Eating Disorder Treatment
The Engemann Eating Disorder Treatment Team is a group of caring professionals that assists students who have eating disorders. The team is comprised of two psychologists, two physicians, a psychiatrist and a registered dietitian. In contrast to a treatment facility, our goal is to asses, stabilize and, when necessary, connect students to ongoing or intensive care in the community. Students may choose to begin treatment with any of the following services:
- Individual Counseling: Short-term counseling is available to begin the process of recovery. Students will be referred for open-ended treatment in the community as clinically indicated.
- Group Counseling: Peace with Food and Body Image Group. The group focuses on students’ feelings, coping, relationships, and recovery. Concurrent and/or prior individual therapies are usually recommended.
- Psychiatric Consultation: Psychiatric care is an option for those receiving individual therapy at the counseling center. If you are seeking psychiatric treatment only, please request an appointment for a Mental Health Consultation to obtain referrals.
- Medical Services: If you have concerns about your physical health, you may request a physical evaluation and ongoing monitoring. Please specify your concern about disordered eating to ensure that you are given an appointment with one of the treatment team’s physicians.
- Off-campus Treatment: Sometimes students need long-term or more intensive care than we are able to provide. If we feel that this is the best option, we will make a referral to an outside agency. If you have been in open-ended therapy prior to coming to USC and know you would like to continue, simply call and request a Mental Health Consultation to obtain referrals. All referrals take into consideration your insurance, financial and transportation resources, and individual needs.
How to utilize this service
You may access the Eating Disorders Treatment Team by scheduling an appointment with Counseling Services, Medical Services, or the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. Schedule an intake appointment with Student Counseling Services to meet with a professional counselor for a private, individual consultation. After your assessment, the counselor may refer you to any of the above services.
For more information on eating disorders, disordered eating or body image, visit these websites:
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.
Go Ask Alice!
National Eating Disorders Association
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center