Starfruit - Eating DisordersWelcome to the Eating Disorders Center at EBTCS! Eating disorders are serious problems that can lead to many medical complications and are linked with other mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Due to the shame many people experience when suffering from an eating disorder, they may be reluctant to seek help. For children and adolescents, parents may suspect something is wrong but are uncertain of where to turn or what to do. Seeking professional help is an important first step to recovery and will help achieve a lifetime of good mental and physical health.

Our first priority in treating clients is to develop a treatment plan guided by scientifically-determined first-line treatments for eating disorders, while also tailoring the plan to the individual’s unique situation. We involve physicians, dieticians, and psychiatrists, as needed, in our multidisciplinary approach. We collaborate with a network of physicians to help manage medical complications. Our clinicians have received extensive training in evidence-based treatments for eating disorders.

To learn more about our services, give us a call at (206) 374-0109.



The Eating Disorders Center now offers two new groups!


Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). EBTCS offers a complete Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) program (individual therapy and skills training class) for adults with problems of emotional overcontrol. After working with the treatment developer, Tom Lynch, PhD, the DBT Center and the Eating Disorder Center at EBTCS are happy to provide this state-of-the-science treatment. Director Peter M. Doyle, Ph.D., psychologist Elizabeth LoTempio, Psy.D., and others provide this new treatment for individuals who experience difficulties resulting from too much control over their emotions and associated behavior. This treatment has been used in the UK for some time, but is relatively new to the US. Clients typically experience intense emotion, but have difficulty recognizing the emotion, instead responding with structure, control, social withdrawal, rigidity, and/or perfectionism. Data support this treatment for use with chronic depression that has not responded to other treatment, and Dr. Lynch is currently investigating its efficacy with anorexia nervosa and other disorders associated with overcontrol. We can help you determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. It involves individual therapy and a skills training group with new DBT skills aimed specifically at increasing flexibility, openness, and social connectedness. For more information about the treatment, visit Dr. Lynch’s website: Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT).


Parent Skills and Survival Group for Eating Disorders. Helping your child recover from an eating disorder is hard. The stress, isolation, and fear associated with this task can lead to significant levels of depression and anxiety. These feelings can impact your relationships with your spouse/partner and other family members and ultimately can make it even more difficult to face the job at-hand. This is a group to both provide support to parents who are in the midst of supporting their child with an eating disorder as well as provide skills related to all that needs to be done in the process, such as effective communication, self-care to avoid burn-out, working well with your treatment team, planning for eating during holidays or vacations, and coping with conflict. Participating parents can attend as a couple or just one parent can attend. The group meets on Thursday mornings from 9-10:30am. The cost is $60 per week which may be eligible for insurance reimbursement. Your child must be in treatment by a mental health practitioner to attend this group.


Please contact Jessica Jakubiak with any questions at 206-374-0109.