Eating Recovery Center Houston
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Eating Recovery Center Houston focuses specifically on eating disorder treatment for children, adolescents, and adults, and is located in a vibrant part of the city conducive to the social aspects of eating disorder recovery.
Located near Houston’s renowned medical district, the center is ideally placed to best serve patients, should the need for medical intervention arise. Our seven-day-a-week Partial Hospitalization Program offers daily recovery focused programming for patients struggling with eating disorder behaviors. Our Intensive Outpatient Program is three days a week. Both programs are led by a multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team of compassionate professionals who will help light the path for patients and their families to find lasting and sustainable wellness.
Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment in Houston, TX
Eating Recovery Center Houston offers eating disorder treatment for children, adolescents and adults of all genders in a vibrant part of the city conducive to the social aspects of eating disorder recovery. Accredited by the Joint Commission, all programs are led by a multidisciplinary treatment team of compassionate professionals who work with each and every patient to customize evidence-based treatment with experiential offerings – and fully address underlying eating disorder triggers and behaviors.
- Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
- 91% of parents of former patients would recommend ERC to others in need of services
- 87% of former patients agreed that their experience at ERC was helpful
- Specialized treatment designed by a team of experienced clinicians
Find Recovery with Evidence-Based Therapies
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Family-Based Treatment-informed care (FBT – for children and adolescents)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Lighting Your Way to Recover from Eating Disorders
Develop Your Toolbox of Coping Skills
Learn how to interrupt eating disorder behaviors, manage symptoms and improve emotional well-being.
Explore New Approaches to Healing
Experience growth and resilience with evidence-based care, nutritional education, art and music therapy, and yoga.
Show Up with Authenticity and Acceptance
Express your genuine, authentic self: regardless of body shape or size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, gender identity or expression.
State-of-the-Art Medical Care for Eating Disorders
ERC Houston is in an ideal location, near a renowned medical district, to address any medical complications that arise for our patients. Should you or your loved one need access to a higher level of care including a residential or inpatient program, the treatment team will work with you to facilitate a seamless, streamlined transition to any of our other sites, including our center in Plano, Texas.
Bringing extensive training and experience, the clinical team at ERC Houston are highly equipped to understand each individual's nutritional needs and therapeutic goals. The staff are also well-versed in the treatment of binge eating disorder.
“My staff care so wholeheartedly about these patients and are so compassionate. It’s a huge step for people to come to treatment, and we really have an environment that engenders trust, respect and integrity. We respect the person as a person....we never treat them as their illness.”
Who We Treat
Children & Adolescents
We can help guide you and your child on a path to long-lasting change and healing.
We provide eating disorder treatment and mood and anxiety disorder treatment for all genders ages 18 and older.
Conditions We Treat
An eating disorder is a treatable mental illness that includes a number of different symptoms, including extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. See how atypical anorexia affects people in a variety of body shapes and sizes.
ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.
Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.
Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.
The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.
Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Levels of Care Offered
Our Inpatient programming is designed to support adults, children and adolescents of all genders who are acutely ill and are experiencing medical and mood instability as a result of their eating disorder.
Within ERC Pathlight's step-down model of care, the Residential eating disorder treatment program as well as the Residential mood & anxiety treatment program offer medically stable patients a highly-structured and supportive 24-hour treatment environment.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers some of the same intensity and structure of Residential mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment while providing additional opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled eating disorder treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer-supported apartment communities.
On-Site Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Our Intensive Outpatient program is a flexible mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment program that allows patients to work, go to school, or care for children during the day and sleep at home at night.
Virtual Intensive Outpatient - Eating Recovery At Home
ERC is removing the barriers that can keep patients with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders from receiving treatment. Through telebehavioral health programming, Eating Recovery At Home (our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program) offers the same proven care as our in-person treatment centers.
Work with a Specialized Team
A caring, compassionate multidisciplinary team is a critical factor in helping patients navigate the challenges of eating disorder treatment. Each clinician at ERC Houston respects the patient as a person – not their condition. These team members provide unparalleled expertise and the capability to treat highly complex cases with multiple diagnoses and co-occurring conditions. Your wraparound support team will include:
- Primary therapist
- Registered dietitian
- Primary care physician
- Nursing staff
- Program therapists and behavioral health counselors
- Alumni support
While treatment eventually comes to an end, our commitment to you does not. We provide individualized, post-discharge recovery plan support, ongoing alumni events, support groups and resources to help ensure you continue on a path of lasting recovery.
PHP: Eating Disorder Day Treatment — Backed by Research
Eating disorders don’t take the weekend off. Patients stepping down from residential care to our 7-day PHP receive critical support and skills building 7 full days a week. Unlike other centers that offer 5-day PHP programming, we work with our patients on weekends, offering consistency and daily structure to support continued progress in recovery. Each day, we offer supportive supervision for all daily meals and most snacks by trained staff who help patients with emotion regulation during mealtimes.
Our Nutrition Approach
ERC Houston’s nutrition program includes “innings” (meal support on-site) and “outings” (meal support off-site). Clinical staff join adult PHP patients for a lunch or a snack off-site to help them practice recovery skills in environments similar to what they see outside of treatment. ERC Houston is also committed to experiential kitchen tutorials and engaging in education with patients, including:
- Practicing knife skills, prepping food and creating snacks with a registered dietitian
- Learning about the benefits of macronutrients through 1:1 sessions with a registered dietitian
- Participating in nutrition groups to create butter sculptures and work hands-on with triggering foods
- Making dough for personal pizzas and enjoying the food they created afterwards, while practicing portioning
The staff at ERC Houston is highly flexible and willing to work closely with patients on different experiential therapies, including clothes shopping, outings to grocery stores and more.
Apartment Housing for PHP
For patients who require housing during PHP, ERC Houston has two apartments nearby that can support adult patients or adolescents with caregivers. If those apartments are full, we work with a nearby hotel to ensure patients have a comfortable, supportive and close place to stay during treatment. Additionally, for out-of-town patients who require additional travel support, we have a dedicated Travel Concierge who assists with a variety of needs before and during treatment. Whatever your specific needs are, ERC Houston is here to make the transition to treatment as easy and worry-free as possible. Click the link below to learn more about our travel concierge services.
Supporting Young Patients and Their Families
Family-Based Treatment That Works
ERC Houston uses key evidence-based interventions in tandem with experiential work to support patients in all aspects of their treatment and continued recovery.
- Clinicians use evidence-based interventions including ACT, DBT, and CBT based in body image, self-compassion, healthy relationships and other ‘stuck points’
- Patients participate in process groups three times a week in addition to individual therapy and psychoeducation
- Experiential learning includes mirror exposures and body image exposures to give patients the best chance at long-term recovery
Robust Family Programming
Our team provides unparalleled support to families, caregivers and friends to ensure they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to support their loved ones.
- Adolescents participate in two family sessions per week
- For all Texas programs, Dr. Tyler Wooten hosts education for caregivers on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday
- ERC Houston offers a virtual, clinician-led family skills support group based in EFFT
- National Virtual Family & Friends Series
- Family and Caregiver Support Groups
- Hope Orientation
Support for Students
Working with child and adolescent patients 12 and up involves coordination with academics and school-related activities. ERC Houston employs a certified Education Specialist who works collaboratively with patients, families and school personnel on keeping up with schoolwork and maintaining active participation in academic life. Adolescent patients have monitored school time 1-2 hours each day during the school year; outside tutors can also work with them on-site. Our team will accommodate patients who learn virtually or require homebound schooling — always working to keep recovery as the primary focus and priority.
Make Peace with Food
Reaching out for help is the first big, challenging step. Our Clinical Assessment Team, comprised of master’s-level clinicians, are available to walk you through the entire admissions process with care and support. In most cases, we offer same-day assessments so that you don’t have to wait or worry about accessing care.
No referral is ever needed for you to access the treatment you need and deserve.
Paying for Treatment
When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying for treatment. Our insurance verification experts do everything they can to simplify and streamline the insurance and payment process for you. This team will always communicate exactly what your coverage includes and how to best access care.
Covered by Most Commercial Insurance Plans
Our patient access team is here to advocate for you. We can help you address financial challenges and work with you to get you the maximum coverage offered by your plan.
Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Houston, TX
Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center, Houston, TX.
Stephanie Setliff Link
Stephanie SetliffRegional Medical DirectorDr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist living in Dallas, Texas. She is certified by the American ...READ MORE
Landry Weatherston-Yarborough Link
Landry Weatherston-YarboroughExecutive DirectorLandry Weatherston-Yarborough, LPC, CEDS-S, NCC is an Executive Director at Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety ...READ MORE
Alyssa Aakre Link
Alyssa AakreDirector of Operational ExcellenceAlyssa Aakre is Director of Operational Excellence at ERC and Pathlight. Alyssa has been with Eating Recovery Center and ...READ MORE
Catherine Ruscitti Link
Catherine RuscittiClinical DirectorDr. Catherine Ruscitti, PsyD, CEDS is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and the Clinical ...READ MORE
Jennifer Vittitow Link
Jennifer VittitowRegional Nutrition DirectorJennifer Lewis received her degree in nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and completed a dietetic ...READ MORE
Ramona Weatherford Link
Ramona WeatherfordRegional Vice PresidentRamona Weatherford holds a master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University and has over 30 years of clinical ...READ MORE
Tyler Wooten Link
Tyler WootenMedical Director, PsychiatristDr. Tyler A. Wooten is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and ...READ MORE
Jamie Phillips Link
Jamie PhillipsRegional Nursing DirectorJamie Phillips is the Regional Nursing Director. Jamie has been with Eating Recovery Center since 2016. As Director of Nursing ...READ MORE
Leslee Marcom Link
Leslee MarcomRegional Clinical DirectorLeslee Marcom grew up in the Dallas area. She attended Texas State University for her undergraduate degree and then entered a ...READ MORE
Heather VanHooser Link
Heather VanHooserChief Nursing OfficerHeather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...READ MORE
Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Texas
Since 2016, our expert clinical team has offered virtual care with the same proven outcomes as our in-person eating disorder treatment programs. We continue to offer virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals in Texas through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across Texas, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in this online group therapy-based program that incorporates individual therapy, family therapy and nutrition counseling.
- San Antonio
- The Woodlands
- Fort Worth
- El Paso
- Corpus Christi
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