Clinically-Proven Effective Therapies for Bulimia Recovery

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides comprehensive care for women and girls who are struggling with bulimia nervosa. Timberline Knolls delivers compassionate, comprehensive treatment featuring the best therapies to treat bulimia.

Our Approach to Bulimia Treatment

An evidence-based approach to treating bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a complex mental health concern. Individuals who struggle with bulimia engage in a dangerous cycle of rapid food consumption and/or overeating, and subsequent efforts to purge food from their bodies. This could involve self-induced vomiting immediately following meals, laxative abuse, extreme exercise, or a combination of these behaviors.

While food and nutrition are central to eating disorders like bulimia, the disorder’s roots are emotional. For treatment to be successful, each aspect of the disorder must be addressed in an individualized treatment plan. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center offers comprehensive bulimia treatment programming that reflects each woman’s unique challenges and goals for recovery.

During your stay at our center, you’ll have access to a wide range of therapies  to assist you as you begin your path to recovery. From medical intervention and nutritional counseling to scientifically backed expressive therapies and pharmacologic intervention, you’ll have the support you need at Timberline Knolls to regain control of your symptoms and your life.

Individual Counseling

One-on-one support during bulimia treatment at Timberline Knolls

All residents at Timberline Knolls have regular individual counseling sessions with their primary therapist. These private, confidential meetings offer a safe space to process the successes and setbacks of bulimia treatment, practice new coping skills, explore past traumas, and set goals for the future.

Group Counseling

Strength in numbers when getting treatment for bulimia nervosa at Timberline Knolls

Teens and women who struggle with bulimia and other mental health concerns often report feeling alone and isolated. But by engaging in group therapy at Timberline Knolls, you can forge positive bonds with other residents who share similar experiences. You can learn from the collective wisdom of the group, share your story in a safe space, and receive timely feedback as you practice new coping tools. A skilled facilitator will lead the group in discussions of issues relevant to those struggling with bulimia.

Family Counseling

Healing relationships through bulimia treatment at Timberline Knolls

At Timberline Knolls, we believe in the power of the family as an invaluable tool to promote success in recovery from bulimia. Often, mental illness can take its toll on the family unit, causing strain in significant relationships. Whenever possible, we seek to partner with our residents’ families in their healing journeys. During family counseling, loved ones learn about their family member’s struggle with bulimia and gain a better understanding of the disease. This fosters deeper empathy and serves to repair important relationships. Knowing that you have the love and support of your family when your time at Timberline Knolls comes to a close can make a critical impact on your success after leaving treatment.

Expressive Therapy

Healing for the mind and body during bulimia treatment at Timberline Knolls

Bulimia takes its toll on the body, but it also impacts the mind. Research-backed expressive therapies are used to treat bulimia because they encourage integrated healing below the surface. During your stay at Timberline Knolls, you’ll be able to participate in expressive therapies to find safe ways to release your emotions while moving the body. We are pleased to offer art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture, and other media. You can also take part in dance/movement therapy, an empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery), yoga and meditation, and outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton, or gardening on our 43-acre campus.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Trauma-informed care during treatment for bulimia nervosa

There is a well-documented link between surviving trauma and developing a mental health concern like bulimia. At Timberline Knolls, we utilize dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) within our therapeutic approach because it is one of the most effective forms of trauma-informed care.

DBT helps our residents increase awareness in the present, allowing them to free themselves of triggers of the past. DBT interrupts faulty thinking patterns and makes room for the development of new healthy coping skills and self-regulatory behaviors.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Healing from the effects of trauma during bulimia treatment at Timberline Knolls

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another effective method of treatment for bulimia because, just like DBT, it addresses the impact of trauma on the brain. EMDR combines comfortable bilateral stimulation with verbal guidance from a trained therapist. The treatment modality works by healing damaged neuropathways in the brain, which allows you to stay grounded in the present while making room for new, healthier ways of responding to stress.

Pharmacologic Therapy

Medication management services when getting treatment for bulimia at Timberline Knolls

Many teens and women who seek treatment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to bulimia. This means that for many, medication is a critical component of the healing process.

While not included in every resident’s plan of care, pharmacologic intervention can improve symptoms of disorders like depression and anxiety. If these conditions are left untreated, it can be difficult to progress in bulimia treatment because it will affect your ability to fully engage in our programming.

At Timberline Knolls, our skilled psychiatric staff will monitor the dosage and effectiveness of any medications you require and will support you in making the most of your treatment experience at our center.