Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for Eating Disorders

Eating and Body Image Therapy Center in Washington D.C. and provide comprehensive day programs (aka. Partial Hospitalization Program) for the treatment of eating disorders. We provide comfortable and easily accessible care to clients in and around the mid-Atlantic’s two larges cities

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for Eating Disorders

For many, the idea of leaving home for extended treatment at a residential center or inpatient program is too daunting. For those who don’t require daily medical monitoring but need significant supports to move forward in their recovery from an eating disorder, PHP is an excellent option. The rationale is simple – clients need to learn how to live and recover in their actual environment if possible. By identifying and using the resources available at home, teaching friends and family how to support their recovery work, and challenging themselves both in treatment and in real-world scenarios, clients develop the resiliency and skills necessary to return to school, work and home life with as little disruption as possible. PHP is also the best next step for those who are stepping down from residential or inpatient care to achieve those same goals.

We invite you to contact Eating and Body Image Therapy Center for more information.

(240) 673-6133 |

Who we treat:

  • All genders ages 18 and up struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder (aka compulsive overeating), compulsive exercise, and muscle dysmorphia.
  • Patients who are 16 years old and up can attend once they are assessed for maturity, readiness and motivation to participate in an adult-focused program. For those who need an adolescent focused program, we refer to our Columbia, MD program.


  • Patients are accepted based on medical need and psychological readiness for care
  • Medically stable to the extent that more extensive medical monitoring is not required
  • No danger to self or others
  • Can demonstrate increasing self-sufficiency in eating/weight restoration
  • Fair to good motivation to recover, including cooperativeness, insight, and ability to control or tolerate obsessive thoughts
  • Can greatly reduce compulsive exercising or are ready to begin including light exercise again
  • Can greatly reduce binge eating, purging, laxative and diuretic abuse in non-structured settings
  • Others can provide adequate emotional and practical support and structure


  • Establish a regular and sustainable eating pattern including three regular meals a day plus snacks as required by a dietitian-designed meal plan
  • Stop all eating disorder behaviors for 4 consecutive weeks
  • Recognize unhelpful thinking patterns and learn skills to change them
  • Develop and demonstrate competence with at least 5 alternative coping and self-soothing skills
  • Decrease the importance of weight and shape in defining self-worth
  • Integrate physical activity into daily routine and improve mood and self-esteem

Treatment Team Includes:

  • Licensed Masters or Doctorate Level Clinicians
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Psychiatrist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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    PHP Treatment includes:

    • Group therapy
    • Individual therapy*
    • Family therapy (optional for adult clients, required for adolescent clients)
    • Nutrition education and counseling*
    • One meal and two snacks daily
    • Weekly medical and psychiatric follow ups*
    • Coordination of care with an outpatient team if applicable

    *These services are billed separately and may not be in-network even if the PHP group programs are.

    PHP Groups Include:

    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Nutrition Therapy
    • Stress management
    • Mindfulness training
    • Art Therapy
    • Goal setting
    • Weekly meal planning


    • We are in-network with most insurances and can often arrange single case agreements for those who do not have coverage for care with us. In most cases, you will be responsible for your deductible and co-pays.
    • Please call us so we can verify your insurance information. As a courtesy to prospective patients our admissions staff will, with your consent, contact your insurance carrier to obtain a quote of insurance benefits. We will share this information with you to help you make an educated decision about your treatment options and what your insurance will cover.
    • Our staff will also coordinate insurance coverage and payment for all treatment authorized by your insurance company.