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Day Treatment Program for Eating Disorders

UC San Diego Health's Day Treatment Program for Eating Disorders is an intensive treatment program for individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN) who:

  • Require more structure and supervision than can be provided in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) setting
  • Do not need hospitalization
  • Are "stepping down" from an inpatient or residential care setting

What does the Day Treatment Program include?

  • Individual therapy: All patients receive individual therapy.
  • Family/Couples therapy: All teenage patients will have family therapy as part of their treatment program, as this has been proven to be helpful to both the adolescent’s recovery as well as the entire family system. Adults may wish to bring in their significant others, and/or family members to help with the recovery process
  • Group therapy: We have many groups available in the Day Treatment Program including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Psychoeducation, nutritional, and process groups
  • Nutritional Services: The registered dietitian will meet with patients on a regular basis to provide them with a meal plan outside of program hours and encourage flexibility regarding food choices
  • Psychiatric consultation: Each patient will be given a full psychiatric evaluation upon admission to the Day Treatment Program. Our psychiatrist will consult with the patient’s existing psychiatrist if they have one. In addition, our psychiatrist will coordinate medical care closely with the primary care physician, insuring regular labs, vitals and general medical condition is monitored closely.

When does the Day Treatment Program meet?

This program is a more intensive program for those who require more structure and supervision, including meal support.

  • DT meets from 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, providing three meals a day plus a variety of evidence-based interventions.
  • A less intensive option meets 9:00am to 3:00pm and provides two meals and snack.

Where is the program held?

The program is located in La Jolla in a separate suite from our Intensive Outpatient Program.

How does payment work?

Payment arrangements can be made by using insurance or cash payments

In summary, this university-based program offers the assurance of scientifically-based treatments delivered in a warm and caring environment

Please call 858-534-8019 to schedule a free intake appointment.

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