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Eating Disorders Center

Treatment Approach
For the first time in a long time, I can say that I feel genuinely good about myself and where my life is right now. I know I have Silver Hill to thank for that.
- Lauren
Is your relationship to food out of control?

Men and women with eating disorders struggle with their relationship to food. Their preoccupation with weight and food can be an attempt to gain control over their bodies and their lives. But when this preoccupation spirals out of control, it ends up taking over their lives, with serious, even life-threatening, consequences.

The foundation of treatment at the Center is Dialectical Behavior Therapy – a highly-structured form of behavioral therapy that was created to provide the skills necessary to regulate emotions, control destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relations.

Through treatment at the Center patients are given the opportunity to

  • Learn balanced and stable eating and exercise
  • Develop greater behavioral and psychological flexibility
  • Challenge unhealthy beliefs
  • Gain a sense of self and value that extends beyond the demands of an eating disorder
Who we treat

This program is for adults and older adolescents, who are struggling with an eating disorder such as:

Anorexia nervosa
A distorted view of weight and severe restriction of food intake sometimes to the point of starvation.
Bulimia nervosa
A fear of weight gain that leads to cycles of extreme overeating followed by purging or extreme weight loss methods.
Binge Eating Disorder
The compulsion to consume large amounts of food.
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
The persistent avoidance of certain foods, fear of eating, lack of interest in food, or selective eating that leads to significant weight loss.

Co-Occurring Disorders
An underlying psychiatric disorder often drives and complicates the symptoms of an eating disorder. We believe that the treatment of these co-occurring conditions is essential to the successful and lasting recovery from an eating disorder. As a psychiatric hospital, we are especially suited to treat these conditions, including:

Anxiety disorders
The persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
A chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
Persistent feelings of pervasive sadness, hopelessness and helplessness that interfere with thinking and daily activities.
Substance use disorders
The compulsive or difficult-to-control use of drugs or alcohol despite negative or harmful consequences.
Levels of care

We offer three levels of care all on one campus. This allows us to respond safely, flexibly and effectively to the emotional needs of our patients with eating disorders without disruption in treatment.

Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of care indicated for a phase of illness that requires a high level of intervention for symptom reduction and stabilization. It is appropriate for patients whose eating disorder puts them at risk of seriously compromising their health or safety. The inpatient program at Silver Hill offers a high clinician-to-patient ratio so that each patient can receive the individual attention he or she requires. Patient needs can be safely addressed and patients can be prepared to transition seamlessly from inpatient care to a residential setting.

Learn more about inpatient care at Silver Hill.

Transitional Living
In our transitional living program patients reside on campus where they receive a range of therapeutic opportunities designed to interrupt unhealthy behavior patterns while promoting behavioral change and emotional growth. Treatment is comprehensive and individually customized, with an emphasis on treating all aspects of the individual. The length of the program is 4 weeks, but some patients opt to extend their stay.

Learn more about the transitional living program at the Eating Disorders Center.

Intensive Outpatient Program
We offer an intensive outpatient program for patients who have completed the transitional living program and returned home to treatment by a community-based therapist. Patients return to Silver Hill several times per week where they continue to practice the skills and develop the behavioral tools they have acquired under the guidance of our licensed clinicians. Lunch and an afternoon snack are an integral part of this program.

Our treatment team
Individualized treatment that respects the struggles of each resident is provided by a caring, multispecialty team of professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, nurses and residential counselors.
What you will take away

When you complete your treatment at Silver Hill, you can expect to experience:


  • Guilt and anxiety about food
  • Worry and shame about your body
  • Negative emotion, including depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, and self-doubt
  • Negative core beliefs, such as feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness, unloveability
  • Need to try to control your life and relationships through food-related behavior


  • Relationship with food and eating
  • Mood and self-esteem
  • Skill and confidence in managing your life
  • Skill at coping with difficult emotions
  • Motivation, strength and courage
  • Flexibility, balance and freedom
  • Relationship with yourself and sense of well-being
Fees for treatment

Inpatient Treatment
Silver Hill participates with the following insurance or behavioral health managed care organizations to provide inpatient eating disorder treatment and services to their members. While our contracts with these companies typically cover inpatient treatment, they do not cover our residential program.

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Plans other states
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • Magellan Behavioral Health (Yale employees)
  • Managed Health Network
  • Medicare
  • United Health Care/Oxford Health Plans/Optum
  • Value Options
  • Yale Health Plan (Yale students)

Transitional Living
Transitional living programs are not typically covered by health insurance plans, and are most often a direct expense for patients or their families. Some insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost. Our staff will help you determine whether you may have benefits that will allow coverage for this program and, if you do, we will seek authorization from your insurance company to use your benefit.

Intensive Outpatient
Silver Hill Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Programs are generally covered by participating health plans. Our staff will check your insurance to determine whether you have benefits that will allow coverage for this program and, if you do, we will seek authorization from your insurance company to use your benefits.

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Want to know more?

To learn more about our Eating Disorders Center take a look at our brochure.

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