- Counseling and Psychological Services and the University Health Center medical clinic work collaboratively to offer care and support for students with eating disorders or problematic eating behaviors and body image concerns
- Our services include counseling with mental health professionals, medication management with psychiatric providers, nutrition services with a dietitian and medical treatment (e.g., weights, labs, physicals) with medical providers
- Our eating disorder services are available to any University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who is concerned about their eating behavior and/or body image
- Our team can also provide treatment recommendations and referrals if a higher level of treatment is needed than what we can provide on campus
EATING DISORDER SERVICES
We use a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating because there are complicated concerns that involve medical, dietary and psychological issues. Eating disorders can impact many aspects of daily living, including physical and emotional health as well as other aspects of well-being.
When there is a complexity of concerns surrounding an eating disorder, it is usually recommended that the student diagnosed with an eating disorder see a therapist, dietitian and physician who will work as a team to provide targeted treatment. Depending on the level of severity, the therapist will work with the student to determine the best next steps for appropriate care.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Eating disorders are treatable, and most individuals recover. However, treatment can be a process that takes months or years. A large factor in recovery is a person’s motivation to make positive changes in his or her life. Counseling can support those positive changes.
- All University of Nebraska-Lincoln students who pay the University Program and Facilities Fee, otherwise known as student fees, receive most counseling services for no additional charge during their time as a student
- Due to the high volume of students being seen at Counseling and Psychological Services during the fall and spring semesters, students can expect to meet with their therapist every other week. If weekly therapy is needed or desired, the therapist will provide the student with appropriate referrals to meet that need
Depending on the individual’s needs and the severity or complexity of the eating concern, a student may need one or more of our eating disorder services:
This is an opportunity to address the emotional and psychological aspects of an eating disorder. At the initial assessment, the therapist will ask questions to ascertain and understand the presenting concerns. The information gathered will be used to determine the best way we can help. If the therapist determines an eating disorder is present, he or she may make a referral to staff skilled in working with eating disorders or resources outside the counseling center if a different level of treatment is needed.
Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (VIOP)
This service was created in partnership between Counseling and Psychological Services and the University Health Center medical clinic to meet the needs of Nebraska students. The VIOP is facilitated by the Eating Recovery Center (ERC). ERC is the only vertically integrated national health care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating disorders at all levels of care. The program combines the proven excellence of ERC’s intensive outpatient program with the convenience of receiving care wherever there is a private space with a computer with video and internet access. It includes three 3-hour groups weekly (therapy, nutrition and meal support), one weekly individual/family therapy session and bi-weekly sessions with a registered dietitian. Students interested in the VIOP can complete a webform at www.eatingrecovery.com/viop or call 1.877.410.9105. Students can also discuss a VIOP program referral with their CAPS clinician.
Support and Therapy Groups
Depending on student interest, support and/or therapy groups on topics such as body image, disordered eating, food preoccupation, exercise obsession and eating disorder recovery may be offered.
Our dietitian can help students balance their eating patterns. In the first appointment, the dietitian will ask about food intake, weight, diet and exercise history. Our dietitian will set food-related goals based on current behaviors.
Physical complications can result from an eating disorder, which is why this evaluation is important for those struggling with eating disorders. The visit will be similar to any physician visit except that it will also address issues specific to eating concerns.
The university's eating disorder services is not a treatment program, but rather a group of professionals who work collaboratively to develop the best course of treatment. Members will refer students to higher levels of treatment when needed. If more regular or frequent care is needed than we can accommodate or if the situation extends beyond our level of expertise, a referral to other treatment resources and services will be made in order to best meet those needs.
Call 402.472.7450 to schedule your first appointment.
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