Seeds of Hope is an Intensive Outpatient Program specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and offering support and direction for individuals in crisis or struggling to function on a regular basis. It is often an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or can be a transition for individuals being discharged from an inpatient stay. We treat clients in the least restrictive environment which allows many to maintain their daily lives and routines.
Eating disorders disrupt the natural course of emotional health and development. They interfere with work, school, physical health, and relationships, and they cause people to focus only on issues related to food.
There are three types of eating disorders:
- Anorexia, characterized by an abnormally low weight due to inadequate food consumption
- Bulimia, characterized by extreme binge eating followed by purging, or trying to get rid of the calories in an unhealthy way
- Binge eating disorder, characterized by an inability to stop eating and a tendency to eat excessive amounts of food
Fortunately, Seeds of Hope is where clients can get the support and direction they need and deserve to overcome their eating disorder.
Our staff consists of licensed professional counselors and nutritionists/dietitians who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. Patients meet for group counseling sessions that meet four times a week for a minimum of two hours and fifteen minutes.
Clients are supported in group settings by using a multi-modal approach consisting of Process Group Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy and Educational Nutrition Therapy. Participation in these groups reduces isolation and secrecy, helps clients to identify and learn to express feelings, and introduces more effective ways of coping. In order to best assist clients in all stages of recovery, we offer a day treatment program, intensive outpatient program, and individual counseling.
Psychiatric services are provided to evaluate the benefits or need for medication management. Clients who already have a psychiatrist may continue with that provider and are also welcome to seek a second opinion with a psychiatrist affiliated with The Light Program, if desired.
Family groups and individual meetings are also offered on an as needed basis. Clients typically attend four sessions per week over the course of six to ten weeks. Upon discharge, clients are referred back to their individual therapist. If clients do not have an individual therapist, they will be provided a referral prior to leaving the program.
Day Treatment Program
Seeds of Hope offers a holistic approach to recovery with its partial day treatment program, available at our Exton location. The partial day treatment program includes cooking experientials with a dietitian, as well as daily nutrition support. Staff works with clients to practice mindfulness every day, and also provide yoga, spirituality, art therapy, DBT, ACT, and CBT groups. Clients are also afforded access to psychiatry services 2-3 days per week, as well as family support groups.
A Day in the Life at Seeds of Hope Day Program
Each day clients prepare breakfast together as a community. Our goal is to provide a variety of experiences that will enable clients to practice and move through fears around food. On some days we cook together as a group or have a specific food challenge, and on other days we encourage clients to cook or put together their own meal with the therapist or community support. After breakfast, clients have the opportunity to process how they felt about the experience.
A variety of groups are offered, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups, nutrition groups, art therapy groups, and family group support therapy.
On most days clients prepare their lunches with the dietitian in a shared kitchen and eat together. One day per week, the group goes out to a local restaurant for a meal or to the grocery store to shop for the meal.
A variety of holistic activities are offered throughout the week. Clients regularly practice Forrest Yoga** and participate in relaxation and meditation groups, life coaching and spirituality guided groups. Clients also have the opportunity to engage in Biofeedback and BioSound Healing Therapy.
Clients have the benefit of returning to the comfort of their own homes at the end of each day. Evening planning is reviewed throughout the week, and weekend planning is reviewed on Fridays.
**Forrest Yoga was created by Ana Forrest who created a practice that helped her through her own healing process.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Our intensive outpatient program runs four days per week in sessions two hours and 15 minutes long. Our clients are expected to prepare a therapeutic meal at home and bring it with them to group. Part of the treatment sessions includes meal participation with others experiencing the same issues while sharing the support of our staff. Seeds of Hope maintains a small census to ensure optimum therapeutic support and personal attention to each client.
To schedule an intake appointment and verify insurance benefits, contact an Intake Coordinator at (888) 686-7511.
If you have any questions about Seeds of Hope or The Light Program, please call (888) 686-7511.