GBWC SERVICES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS
Multi-disciplinary Client/Family Assessment:
Whether you are seeking help for yourself or someone you love, your concerns, strengths and resources play a critical part in our creating the best solutions for you and your family. Each member of your multi-disciplinary team will meet with you to understand your goals around overall health –medical, nutritional and emotional well-being. Next, your treatment team will work closely together and with you to develop a treatment plan which best meets your unique needs, circumstances and treatment goals. Our unified treatment approach creates the best chances for recovery -we know this based not just on research, but many years of collective experience! We know that this is not an easy time for most of our clients, and our work involves not just getting to know you, but having you know each of us so that we can develop strong and trusting lines of communication.
The components of our initial assessment include:
Mental health assessment: A licensed clinical social worker will do a comprehensive intake to assess all emotional health issues. Mood, behavior, body image and family dynamics will be addressed.
Nutrition assessment: A registered dietitian nutritionist will take a complete nutrition history. Past and present habits, along with food-related behaviors, feelings about food and eating will be addressed.
Medication assessment: A nurse practitioner will take a complete history to assess current needs regarding medication. Mood, relationship to food and body image, past medication trials and family history will be addressed.
Client/family meeting: After these individual meetings happen, the team will meet to discuss all aspects of treatment and the best path for recovery. Then, we will meet together with you to review our observations, and begin to create a map toward wellness.
OUTPATIENT CARE AND ONGOING SUPPORT GBWC PROVIDES:
Case management: Navigating treatment can be complicated. It is helpful if one person has the task of managing a whole case. This means creating an ongoing plan for customized care to aid in recovery. Our clients’ needs change over time and the case manager will be your point person to continually talk, reassess and address challenges as they may arise.
Community-based treatment/exposure therapy: We offer this hands-on, therapeutic technique to help someone overcome fear, anxiety or worrisome thoughts. Our team members have had specialized training and can support our clients in everything from clothes or grocery shopping to exposure around other high-anxiety situations to help reduce fear and bring them closer to living a fuller life.
Meal coaching: We can help our clients plan and follow through with eating meals. This might include shopping, prepping and cooking at home or meeting at a restaurant - getting through a meal with support. This service is provided live or online by one of our team members.
Medication management: Periodic follow up to assess effectiveness of medications used to aid in mood and physical health problems with our psychopharmacologist
Psychotherapy: Many clients benefit from regular psychotherapy appointments. It can take time to change behaviors and habits. Consistent meetings with an experienced therapist are helpful in moving forward toward intentions and recovery.
Often, outpatient treatment meets our clients at just the right place and as we work together we will continue to adjust how often you meet with team members so it continues to fit needs as treatment moves along.
Wellness is our biggest priority and eating disorders as well as mood disorders need to be assessed in an ongoing way as recovery is a process that is continually shifting. If we learn that emotional or medical health is slipping through conversations with you and important others that are helping in your care, like your doctor or school guidance for your kids, more support may be indicated. We may then recommend a higher level of care to help in recovery. This recommendation will never come as a surprise; this possibility will be part of our conversations throughout our work so we can make decisions together about what will best help. There are many levels of care and we can help you learn more about the options as well as specific facilities that can help.
There are programs right here in Boston and all over the country that treat eating disorders. Some of these programs treat chemical dependence, anxiety, depression and OCD as well. Finding the best match can be one of the most important components of recovery. Each team member has relationships with programs and providers all across the country and we can recommend your best options based on diagnosis, program guidelines, location of facility, insurance coverage.