Founded with the generous support of the Klarman Family Foundation, the Klarman Eating Disorders Center (KEDC) provides state of the art treatment for young women ages 16 to 26. Our residential and partial hospital program specializes in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
The Klarman Eating Disorders Center is ideal for young women who:
- Have been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder
- Are in need of 24-hour care in order to begin the path towards recovery
- Seek treatment for coexisting mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction
The KEDC draws from all of the resources at McLean Hospital to comprehensively treat each patient individually for the best possible outcome. Recognizing that each young woman has a distinct set of issues that contribute to her eating disorder, we also understand that many also struggle with co-occurring mental health problems such as substance misuse, depression, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.
The overarching goals of treatment are to improve symptom control, foster a sense of understanding of the patient’s emotional life and the issues underlying the eating disorder, enhance self-esteem, and build a greater sense of personal and family well-being. Our average length of stay is four to six weeks.
Learn more about eating disorders treatment at McLean.
“Klarman was outstanding in every way, extremely caring and professional. Thank you all, you saved my life.”– Klarman Eating Disorders Center patient
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.
Girls 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 behavior 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 use
- Transition and discharge planning including relapse prevention
- Restaurant outings
- Pet therapy
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.
Admission & Cost
For further information about our program or to make a referral, please contact our admissions coordinator:
McLean Hospital accepts many insurance plans, including Medicare and Massachusetts Medicaid.
More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Mass General Brigham website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.