Mclean Hospital
Klarman Eating Disorders Center

Klarman Eating Disorders Center

Our individualized treatment plans are developed for patients at each level of care and are based on a therapeutic contract. The contracts are created with the patient, in her own words, focusing on her treatment and life goals and are collaboratively shared with her family and the program’s staff. This approach is effective toward meeting the challenges of life after being discharged. Treatment plans are continually monitored, discussed, and renegotiated as progress is made.

Patient care at the Klarman Eating Disorders CenterGirls and young women are taught the skills to manage their physical and mental health and to change problematic behaviors by increasing their self-awareness. They develop healthy relationships with food and their bodies, paving the way to recovery.

Our comprehensive treatment includes:

  • Medical, psychiatric, psychological, and nutritional evaluation
  • Monitoring of labs, vital signs, bathroom use, weight, and physical health
  • Nutrition education and counseling by a registered dietician
  • Individual psychotherapy (three times per week)
  • Family therapy (one to two times per week)
  • Daily milieu and group therapy
  • Expressive arts therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation and medication management and evaluation
  • Impulse control and anger management training
  • Social and interpersonal relationship skill building
  • Menu and meal planning, cooking and kitchen preparation
  • Self-esteem and body image development
  • Evidence-based treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic therapy
  • Academic assistance with tutoring for high school students and separate assessments for transition to college/return to college
  • Specialized consultations for trauma and substance abuse
  • Transition and discharge planning including relapse prevention
  • Restaurant outings
  • Pet therapy
  • Yoga

We believe that family involvement is crucial to understanding the impact of the illness on a patient’s and family’s life and is essential to supporting her healthy recovery. We engage parents, siblings and loved ones in therapy, education and close communication to help realize this common goal.

In addition to the residential component of the KEDC, we also offer partial hospital services. After completion of the residential program, the patient continues treatment during the day and through a supervised evening meal. Patients are then able to practice their newly acquired coping skills at home in the evening. The emphasis is on providing a smooth transition to home by learning and practicing the necessary skills that help reduce the potential for relapse and provide a sufficient level of stability for the patient to succeed in outpatient treatment.

“Klarman was outstanding in every way, extremely caring and professional. Thank you all, you saved my life.”– Klarman Eating Disorders Center patient