Our Treatment Approach


At Cedar Springs Austin, we provide treatment tailored to the individual’s needs in a setting highly conducive to recovery. Various treatment approaches are offered in a setting that promotes health, empowerment, hope, self-understanding, and self-expression.

Our on-site kitchen allows for creative and healthy food preparation, and provides a perfect venue for training in cooking and meal selection. We house a large movement therapy room where classes in yoga, body movement and other activities allow individuals to experience physical activity in a rewarding, fulfilling way. Classes in art therapy elicit one’s creative abilities and enhance self-expression in soothing, nurturing ways.

We are committed to providing the most effective, evidence-based, team approach to treatment, which has been shown to optimize the chances of recovery for patients with eating disorders.

Our treatment of eating disorders builds on a bio-psycho-social model of illness treating nutritional and physical dysfunction, cognitive distortions and errors in thinking (typically about food, weight and shape), and other specific underlying issues that may relate to why someone develops or has difficulty recovering from an eating disorder.  When treating adolescents, family based interventions are used to help empower parents and caregivers.  We believe  parents play an intricate role in their adolescent’s recovery and are valuable members of their loved-one’s treatment team.

Cedar Springs Austin offers regularly scheduled family programming which provides parents and caregivers an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of eating disorders while remaining closely involved in the patient’s recovery. Parents of our adolescent patients participate in our weekly multi-parent psycho-education group.  Led by a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating children and adolescents with eating disorders, this group provides parents with the knowledge and skills they need to help their adolescent recover while connecting with others who share a common struggle.  Parents also receive weekly family coaching sessions from their adolescent’s individual therapist and dietitian.  To help model healthy family meal time, family dinners are provided at Cedar Springs Austin.  These weekly meals allow parents to eat with their adolescent with the support of a trained staff member.

Those who have a family member struggling with an eating disorder can often feel isolated and misunderstood.  Our weekly therapist-led community support group provides a safe place for parents and spouses/partners who are impacted by their loved-one’s eating disorder to meet and support others who can personally relate to the unique challenges of dealing with these destructive disorders.

Our Team includes:

  • Staff to assist with admissions and verifying health benefits
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurse
  • Multidisciplinary therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • On-site chefs
  • Experiential therapists for art, yoga & meditation, body movement and drama
  • Fitness professionals
  • Direct care staff
  • Case manager to assist with insurance and discharge planning