As the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean celebrates two decades of providing highly specialized care for teens and women living with eating disorders, program leadership is excited about recent expansions to its residential and day treatment programs.
“In addition to the Klarman Center’s 20-bed residential unit, we’ve recently re-opened our partial hospital program, which can serve as a step-down for some individuals who may need additional support after their residential stay,” said David Alperovitz, PsyD, Klarman’s program director.
“The staff is enormously excited about the program. It’s been a ton of work, but there’s an energy here that is palpable.”
Founded with the generous support of the Klarman Family Foundation, the treatment program provides world-class eating disorders care for young adults, including cisgender women, transgender women, and non-binary individuals, ages 18 to 28.
As part of its recent updates, the program has shifted from a privileges-focused model to a step model, concentrating on increasing patients’ independence and personal responsibility around food-related issues.
Individual and family therapy are also integral parts of all care. Klarman patients meet with an individual therapist three times a week, and with a family therapist at least once individually and once or twice weekly with their family members.
“The program is comprehensive. Both patients and staff are working hard day in and day out to help bridge recovery and participants’ re-engagement with meaningful activities in life that may have been impacted by the eating disorder,” said Alperovitz.