Woodleaf Center's Treatment
Woodleaf Center's program
is designed to help address the poor body image and low self esteem that are at the core of bulimia. Our
bulimia treatment program involves weekly group psychotherapy in a small group format (allowing for
a feeling of intimacy, safety and tons of personalized attention) weekly individual therapy and weekly nutritional counseling.
believe that you can fully heal from bulimia no matter how long you have had the disorder or how severe it has been. We see
bulimia as a coping strategy, one that is learned and can be unlearned. Woodleaf
Center believes that the true pathway to healing is to address the underlying issues that have prompted the disorder in the
first place. While other programs may provide symptom relief through behavioral modification we believe addressing the underlying
issues is vital for long term remission of the eating disorder. That is why our program addresses eating disorder recovery
in a multi-dimensional fashion.
Here are some highlights of the important issues addressed in our
* Breaking the binge-and-purge-cycle- An important
phase of our bulimia treatment focuses on stopping the viscious cycle of bingeing and purging and restoring normal eating
patterns. Through compassionate and gentle nutritional counseling you will learn to monitor your eating habits, avoid situations
that trigger binges, cope with stress in ways that don't involve food, eat regulary to reduce food cravings, and fight the
urge to purge.
* Changing unhealthy
thoughts and patterns – Our bulimia treatment program focuses on identifying and changing dysfunctional beliefs
about weight, dieting, and body shape. You will explore attitudes about eating, and rethink the idea that self-worth is based
on weight. You will begin to shift and heal the black and white thinking that so often dominates ones
viewpoint with bulimia.
* Solving emotional issues –We believe a vital part of healing from bulimia involve targeting emotional
issues that caused the eating disorder in the first place. This means something different for each person which is why we
individualize our therapy to address issues such as trauma, underlying anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, and feelings
of isolation and loneliness. You will explore underlying issues in your individual sessions as well as in group sessions.