The Adaptive Care Model: Therapeutic Component - Alsana®


  Eating Disorders, Blog

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At Alsana we believe that a full recovery is not only possible, but probable for each of our clients when they receive the right treatment for a full-length of stay. A full recovery is much more than symptom stabilization and it requires intensive therapy adapted to the specific needs, underlying issues, and co-occurring disorders of each client.

At Alsana, clients receive three individually-tailored therapy sessions per week with their primary therapist at both RTC and PHP levels of care. Additionally, rather than following a curriculum or a process-style format, Core Groups (typically led by the Director of Clinical Services or Lead Therapist) and ED groups (typically co-led by a seasoned therapist and dietitian) are tailored to the individual assignments that each client has been assigned specific to their process. In this way, both groups and individual sessions create an adaptive pathway specific to each client’s recovery.

To provide this intensive, adaptive therapy, our therapists are all trained in stabilization therapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (DBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, therapists are trained or certified in at least one processing therapy, which include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Attachment-Based Therapies, and Schema Therapy. A combination of stabilization and processing therapies is necessary to stabilize symptoms and address the underlying issues and co-occurring disorders associated with eating disorders.

In addition to providing this intensive, individually-tailored therapy, we are committed to measuring outcomes from admission to discharge and on a weekly basis. These results are reviewed with the entire team during weekly treatment team meetings and shared with outpatient clinicians so that they can also track the client’s progress. These outcomes measures are included in the process of creating a Treatment Map for each client, which includes goals for treatment and a week-by-week plan of what needs to be addressed and resolved before the client is ready to step-down to a lower level of care. This Treatment Map is also shared by our Utilization Review Team with our insurance case managers to assist in getting clients a full length of stay at each level of care, which is necessary for clients to achieve a full recovery.

At Alsana we believe that we provide something unique in the treatment of eating disorders. We have a request of our clients at Alsana that they “show up” in sessions or groups, which simply means that they come with willingness and curiosity. Our Alsana teams live by this same principle. We are committed to “showing up” every day to do this work and walk beside our clients and families in achieving a full recovery. We are grateful to you for partnering with us.


Nicole Siegfried
Chief Clinical Officer


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