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The Cedar Springs Austin 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 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.

From a clinical perspective, 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.

Our multidisciplinary team, on-site team includes:

  • Staff to assist with intake and insurance
  • Psychiatrist
  • Doctoral and Master’s level therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Experiential therapists for art and psychodrama groups
  • Movement and fitness therapists
Art Therapy Room

Classes in art therapy elicit one’s creative abilities and enhance self-expression.

Our Treatment Services and Features:
Nutrition Evaluation and Counseling
Dining Services
Group and Family Therapy
Psychiatric Services
Medical Services
Expressive Arts Therapies
Yoga and Movement Therapy
Fitness Retraining

Treatment Services and Features


Nutritional Evaluation and Counseling

Our registered dieticians support each patient in nourishing his/her body in a healthful way and help them to understand the process involved. Nutrition counseling typically focuses on restoring nutritional status for underweight, “normal weight,” and overweight individuals. Nutritional education and meal planning are tailored to each individual client’s needs to help them to interrupt symptom use and regain trust in their body’s ability to regulate eating.

We take great pride in the nutrition philosophy and food approach at Cedar Springs Austin. Our nutrition team works with patients’ to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight, normalize eating patterns, assist with avoidance of any abnormal eating disorder related behaviors, and achieve a decrease in feared foods.

With careful consideration, our nutrition philosophy fully encompasses two important aspects of recovery: nutrition stabilization and normalization of food beliefs and behaviors.


Our state-of-the-art kitchen allows for creative and healthy food preparation.

Nutrition Stabilization

Nutrition stabilization is one of the physical aspects of eating disorder recovery. In working with each individual at Cedar Springs Austin, nutritional stabilization is a priority. We address these needs with personal meal plans, individual nutrition appointments and consideration for approved physical activity levels. Our team approach reinforces that weight restoration and management are only one aspect of overall recovery.

“Normalization” of Food Beliefs and Behaviors

“Normal” is different for every individual regarding food, weight and eating. At Cedar Springs Austin, we encourage balance and flexibility with food choices by providing a supportive and open environment to discuss and re-direct food beliefs and behaviors. We also include weekly experiential activities to support social normalization with food patterns.

Dining at Cedar Springs Austin

Dining Room

Dining at Cedar Springs Austin takes place in a calm, relaxed area.

All meals at Cedar Springs Austin are prepared on site by our own kitchen staff. Our full-service kitchen allows our culinary staff to prepare flavorful foods, with health and care as a priority.


By exploring underlying emotions and interpersonal factors that contribute to an eating disorder, the individual works with our therapists to replace uncontrolled behaviors and negative feelings with a strong sense of self and a positive self-esteem.

Therapy Room

Cedar Springs Austin offers group and individual therapy in confidential, healing areas.

Psychotherapy aims to normalize’ one’s thinking around food, weight, shape, body image, self-esteem, and stress-related management. Evidence -based studies looking at the most effective treatments for eating disorders highlight cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on placing one’s individual symptoms in context—increasing awareness of the internal, environmental, and social triggers that serve to reinforce eating behaviors.

Group and Family Therapy

Therapy at Cedar Springs Austin occurs on a group and individual basis. Groups meet to share common experiences to alleviate feelings of shame and isolation. The sharing of common experiences breaks these barriers and inspires self-understanding as each person learns to identify unhealthy patterns and develop healthy alternatives.

Family support and involvement are important components of eating disorder recovery. Often, family members feel shame and guilt and sometimes blame themselves for a loved one’s eating disorder. This sense of guilt and shame tends to make it difficult for family members to provide positive support. Therefore, family based treatment can help develop positive family relationships that in turn help the patient achieve recovery. We encourage family members to participate in family sessions and to learn about eating disorders and what it takes to attain and maintain recovery from an eating disorder.

Interpersonal psychotherapy is important as many times eating disorder symptoms occur in the context of relationships. While relationships do not cause an eating disorder, family members and loved ones often times are helpful resources that aid the individual with an eating disorder in recovery. Examining patterns of current and past relationships is often beneficial in helping the patient with an eating disorder get and stay better. Interpersonal therapy focuses on life transitions, bereavement and loss, boundaries, communications, and family roles.

Psychiatric Assessment

Our staff psychiatrist provides psychiatric assessment and ongoing medication management for patients who require psychiatric treatment beyond that which is provided in individual and group therapy sessions. Individuals with eating disorders often have other psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that need to be addressed in their recovery. Our psychiatrist is a key member of our team who works with individuals regarding consideration of medications that may be incorporated into treatment of the eating disorder or other related conditions.

Medical Services

Patients with eating disorders are at risk for a variety of acute as well as chronic and potentially disabling medical conditions associated with abnormalities in nutrition. These medical problems affect cardiac, musculoskeletal, kidney, neurological, autonomic and endocrine systems of the body. Medical problems associated with eating disorders may result in acute, life-threatening emergencies or chronic and disabling conditions. Patients admitted to Cedar Springs Austin will have the opportunity to work with our staff nurse, who will coordinate appropriate medical services through your primary care physician and/or a medical provider in the community.

Fitness Retraining

At Cedar Springs Austin, we realize that 40% of eating disordered patients engage in excessive exercise. To help bring the highest quality care, our facility partners with the Fit Institute of Texas (FIT). Located on the University of Texas campus, FIT provides our patients with a fitness assessment at a greatly reduced rate. Our trained staff utilizes these assessments to develop personalized exercise prescriptions for our patients. Since we are located next to one of the top athletic facilities in the area, our patients may access The Hills Fitness Center under the supervision of our treatment team. The fitness center has all the amenities for almost any sport, including: indoor and outdoor lap pools; an outdoor track that traces through a scenic, wooded area; an expansive weight room with aerobic equipment; a Pilates room and more. Our patients have the opportunity to relearn healthy exercise in a safe place with special modules of programming that provide appropriate structure and support.

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