Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment
Eating disorders and substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand. At Turnbridge, we screen and assess for eating disorders both before and during a client's residency. Clients who meet medical criteria are provided a customized eating disorder treatment plan that may include a combination of therapeutic meals, individual and group therapy, one-on-one support from a dietition/nutritionist, enhanced behavioral monitoring, and frequent measurement of vitals.
Eating disorder treatment at Turnbridge helps clients normalize their eating patterns by developing a balanced and sustainable relationship with food free from negative or distorted thoughts about self, listening to and trusting the body’s internal cues to determine hunger and fullness, and learning an approach to eating as a means to meet the body’s daily nutritional needs.
Eating Disorder Treatment Specialists
Most recently, Joy was the Supervising Psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi, providing therapeutic services in the college counseling center, and had worked in several other college counseling centers during her training and education. Joy also has experience working in private practice settings and community mental health. As the Director of Eating Disorder Services at Turnbridge, Joy uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help both men and women who are struggling with addiction and eating disorder concerns. Additionally, Joy provides psycho-diagnostic assessment to those engaged in services at Turnbridge. Joy also continues to teach at the graduate level to help prepare the next generation of mental health clinicians.
Ashley believes nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery from an eating disorders and substance use disorders. At Turnbridge, Ashley helps clients to establish a balanced, sustainable relationship with food, free from negative or distorted thoughts about oneself. She believes in the “All Foods Fit” philosophy, and uses psychoeducation as a tool to help clients recognize the adverse medical implications of disordered eating and the importance of recognizing hunger and satiety cues related to physical need, rather than emotional triggers.