The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt

Sheppard Pratt Campus - Ariel ViewThe Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt provides treatment for adults and adolescents with complex eating disorders. We call eating disorders “complex” because each disorder has its own unique set of causes, symptoms, and health risks, and every individual may experience the illness and the recovery process differently. Everything we do is guided by our extensive experience and the latest research into the biological, psychological, and social factors of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

We acknowledge that recovery is hard work, so we’ve designed our center to make patients feel as comfortable, cared for, and as safe as possible while they work towards freedom from their eating disorder. Our facility is located on a spacious, beautifully landscaped suburban campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

At The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, we offer a full range of treatment programs that provide varying levels of support for individuals at each stage of their illness and recovery. Patients are able to enter the program at a level of care that matches their specific needs and then progress through lower levels as they move forward in the process of recovery.

Sheppard Pratt Campus and Campus WoodsIf a person has a setback they can easily move back into a higher level of care for additional support and stabilization and then step back down when ready. That’s why we offer evidence-based therapies and treatments across three different levels of care to best help you on your healing journey:

  • Inpatient Program: Our highest level of care, providing a hospital-based setting where patients receive 24/7 care and medical monitoring, structured meals, and a range of therapeutic opportunities throughout the day. While on the inpatient unit, patients receive a personalized treatment approach derived from extensive experience and research, focusing on each patient’s unique physical and emotional needs.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Incorporating a PHP in one’s eating disorder treatment plan can promote long-term healing and reduce the risk of relapse. PHP patients benefit from attending group therapies specifically focused on this unique transitional stage of recovery. Individuals have access to 6.5 hours (9a-3:30p) of care and evidenced based treatment 5 days per week. Programming includes daily therapies, 1 meal (lunch) with post meal support, and increasing opportunities to practice recovery skills. This time of high support balanced with independence is important for building up confidence in recovery.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): IOP offers programming 3 hours a day, 4 days per week. It is an additional step down from the intensity of inpatient and partial treatment, with robust, effective structure and support. The program is designed for individuals who are able to take responsibility for setting goals and working towards them in daily life but could benefit from the extra structure and group support each evening. IOP staff help patients learn how to apply skills learned to their lives outside of treatment, including functioning adaptively within their academic environments, careers, relationships, etc. Staff also work closely with the families to develop a discharge plan and provide resources for continued outpatient treatment and support.

Sheppard Pratt Campus - Central BuildingEvery one of our treatment approaches responds to the psychiatric and medical aspects of eating disorders, and is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and their recovery. When entering The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, patients will be assessed and work with a comprehensive team of highly trained eating disorders experts to craft an individualized plan for people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ODFED, ARFID, and body dysmorphic disorder.

Our clinicians work with patients to assist with medication management and provide evidence-based treatment methods including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Nutritional counseling & support
  • Art, music, and movement therapy
  • Occupational therapy

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Eating disorders are often tied to other underlying psychiatric issues, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt offers two specialized treatment tracks for substance abuse and trauma disorders; and, patients at The Center for Eating Disorders have unparalleled access to experts throughout Sheppard Pratt.

We devote our knowledge and resources to assisting patients in achieving symptom blockade, identifying and targeting factors that serve in the maintenance of the illness and, over time, developing an understanding of what led them down the path to an eating disorder so that they may move forward in recovery.

We recognize that the hard work of recovery often extends beyond the individual, which is why The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt is committed to providing specialized treatment and support options for parents, caregivers, and all family members throughout the recovery process.

The Collaborative Care Skills Class for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt works with families and significant others of patients to provide support and practical advice to gain a better understanding of the illness. It teaches specific skills and techniques to help with the recovery process. We view families and friends as our greatest allies in the treatment process. Our common goal: recovery.

Sheppard Pratt Campus - Weinburg BuildingThe Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt is part of the nationally-renowned Sheppard Pratt system of care, ranked one of the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.

Whether you’re looking to take the next step in your eating disorder recovery or are interested in learning more about our services and offerings, please contact us at 410-938-4433 or email [email protected]

The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Treatment Options:
Inpatient Treatment, PHP, IOP

Patient Types Served:
Adults / Adolescents
Male & Female

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Movement Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Counseling, Collaborative Care Group for Patient Families and Supports.

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