The Charis Center for Eating Disorders

The Charis Center for Eating Disorders is Indiana’s most comprehensive program offering medical, psychological and nutritional services for patients. Our experts are all specially trained to care for the unique needs of children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders.

We treat:

  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • binge eating disorder
  • Other related disorders

Our goal is to help individuals achieve a sense of inner contentment and a healthy balance—psychologically, medically and nutritionally—to counter our culture’s focus on external beauty and perfectionism, which are strong contributing factors to eating disorders.

We provide:

  • Medical evaluation/treatment
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling
  • Psychological testing
  • Eating disorders education
  • Consultation to schools, educators, community organizations and health care providers

We offer care in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospital settings, depending upon the needs of each individual. In the rare instance when a patient requires inpatient care, staff members at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis provide treatment.

Levels of Care

The Charis Center offers three levels of treatment intensity for its patients:

Outpatient treatment is tailored to suit the needs of each patient, and includes a combination of psychological, nutritional, medical, and psychiatric services as deemed necessary by the staff. Outpatient treatment typically involves regular individual therapy appointments with one of our licensed psychologists and regular nutrition counseling appointments with one of our registered dietitians. Outpatient treatment also requires regular monitoring by one of our medical doctors or an outside physician.

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed for those who need more support than traditional outpatient treatment can offer, or for those who would benefit from a “jumpstart” in their outpatient treatment. The IOP is an eight week program that meets three afternoons a week from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. IOP incorporates group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, nutrition, assertiveness training, mindfulness training, body image, and a variety of educational topics related to the recovery process. A snack is provided each session.

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) is designed for those whose eating disorder is severe enough that outpatient therapy, including IOP, is not sufficient to provide the support needed to recover. Patients may go directly into PHP, they may try individual treatment or IOP first, or they may come from a residential treatment program and need PHP to facilitate the transition to individual outpatient treatment. PHP meets five days a week from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm. In addition to providing the treatment modalities included in IOP, PHP incorporates individual and family therapy, medical monitoring, nutritional monitoring, and psychotropic medical management if necessary. Meals and snacks are provided each day, which are tailored to the individual nutritional needs of each patient.

All meals and snacks provided in IOP and PHP are planned by our registered dietitians in an effort to introduce patients to a wider variety of foods that can be eaten without causing weight or health problems.

Careful assessment

We begin by assessing patients’ readiness for change, since ambivalence about giving up the eating disorder is not uncommon. We promote change by encouraging patients to move forward incrementally and by acknowledging that the path to recovery is not straight. Instead, it has loops and plunges that can gradually contribute to the wisdom necessary for recovery. The pace at which a person moves toward recovery can be influenced by motivation, severity of the eating disorder, amount of social support and physical condition. A medical assessment is essential during the course of treatment for eating disorders.

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To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Charis Center for Eating Disorders
6640 Intech Boulevard suite 195
Indianapolis, IN 46278