Eating Recovery Center Irvine

Location Details

Who we treat
Child and Adolescent
Level of Care
On-site Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Conditions We Treat
Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Atypical Anorexia
Bulimia Nervosa
Compulsive Overeating

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Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment in Irvine, California

Located in Irvine, California, in Orange County, ERC Irvine serves medically-stable adults and adolescents with eating disorders. This center is our second in the state and first in Southern California, led by a competent and compassionate staff in peaceful, coastal surroundings. With a warm, welcoming color scheme and design to support feelings of serenity, calmness and restoration, ERC Irvine features coastal artwork acquired from Southern California artists and group rooms named after Orange County beaches.

  • Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
  • 87% of former patients agreed that their experience at ERC was helpful
  • 91% of parents of former patients would recommend ERC to others in need of services
  • Specialized treatment designed by a team of experienced clinicians
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Lighting your way to recover from eating disorders

Take home a toolbox filled with new coping skills

Learn how to interrupt eating disorder thoughts and behaviors to create a life based on your values.

Explore new approaches to healing

Experience self-growth with individual and group therapy, nutritional counseling, art, music and yoga.

Be your authentic self — without judgement

Find acceptance in supportive spaces that respect diversity and cultural differences.

A path to healing as unique as you are

ERC Irvine is accredited by the Joint Commission, the gold standard in healthcare accreditation. This center is led by experts in the field: many of whom have actively led research supporting effective, evidence-based eating disorders treatment.

Providing daily skills groups equipping patients with numerous tools to tolerate distress and regulate emotions, ERC Irvine offers an abundance of ancillary programming that speaks to healing the whole individual. The clinical team emphasizes interpersonal relationship work, family dynamics and the importance of boundaries in recovery. Additional programming includes:

  • Spirituality Group
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Expressive Art
  • Grief & Loss Group (for adults)

“I think the thing that’s most important is that eating disorders are treatable, and there is hope. At ERC Irvine, we consider ourselves hope-holders…if patients or families have lost hope, we’ll be here for them and walk alongside them every step of the way of the recovery journey. We will hold hope for them.”

Laura Sabin Cabanillas, MA, LPCC, CEDS

Who We Treat

Conditions We Treat

  • Eating Disorders

    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

    Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Atypical Anorexia

    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

    Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.
  • Compulsive Overeating

    Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.
  • Diabulimia

    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

  • Inpatient

    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.

  • Residential

    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.

  • Partial Hospitalization

    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. 

Benefit From Expert Eating Disorder Care

Patients and families at ERC Irvine work closely with a compassionate team of providers. Individualized eating disorder treatment plans, evidence-based interventions, medical support, family involvement and discharge planning are fundamental to the ERC treatment approach – all of which help patients and families experience the freedom of healing and recovery. At ERC Irvine, you'll work with:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Primary care physicians
  • Nursing staff
  • Program therapists and behavioral health counselors

Find Recovery With Our 7-Day PHP

Research shows that eating disorder patients in 5-day, weekday only programming struggle with eating disorder behaviors over the weekend. Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. We provide programming 7 days a week for individuals in residential and PHP levels of care to facilitate the best chance of recovery. Our PHP program provides supportive meals and snacks each and every day, with daily opportunities to practice new recovery skills in a safe, healing environment.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Counseling & Education

Our nutrition approach acknowledges that eating disorders are not just about food, and that patients cannot recover from an eating disorder without food. We practice weight-inclusive eating disorder treatment that means better care for our patients in diverse bodies, and concentrate on meal planning, nutritional rehabilitation and therapy, shame resilience and extensive body image programming.

  • In our PHP program, we take patients on weekend outings to local attractions – typically a snack outing partnered with an activity.
  • We’ve taken patients to Tanaka Farms for a tour of the produce market and fruit-picking, pottery and other art-based activities, to Michael’s to purchase craft supplies and to the zoo
  • These outings help patients become comfortable eating in public and challenge their fear foods: all while supported by team members including a registered dietitian
  • Adult patients participate in a cooking experiential every other week, enabling them to prepare their own foods in a kitchen

Travel & Housing Assistance Provided

Traveling for eating disorder treatment can present unique challenges, including logistics and costs. To eliminate unnecessary stress from the admissions process, we offer Travel Concierge Services for our out-of-town patients and families. If you have questions or need help with travel or housing, please contact our Concierge Services Representative. Let us know how we can help you with:

  • Travel arrangements, including airline reservations and ground transportation
  • Accommodations for caregivers with nearby hotels, extended stay facilities and long-term rentals
  • Recommendations and referrals for local services and stores
  • Coordination to and from apartments for PHP patients

Helping Young Patients Each Step of the Way

Providing families with guidance and care

At ERC Irvine, we focus on care for the entire family: both biological and chosen.

  • Child and adolescent treatment is informed by family-based treatment (FBT) and emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT).
  • Caregivers and friends can enjoy on-site visits with younger patients in our PHP program.
  • Apartments near the treatment center provide families with accommodations and resources to engage with loved ones in PHP

Robust family programming

Collaboration with family, friends and loved ones is emphasized for all patients, providing families and support systems with education and skills development. In addition to weekly family therapy sessions, we offer:

Academic support for students

Designed for patients ages 12 and up, ERC Irvine has a dedicated Education Specialist working with children and adolescents on weekdays for 90 minutes, providing studying and education time. Our Education Specialist serves as a liaison between schools, parents, and patients to help customize and individualize educational needs.

Our primary goal in working with younger patients is to help them continue their academic journey without disruption, while primarily focusing on eating disorder recovery.

Find the right support at the right time

Reaching out for help is a critical and brave first step. Give us a call and our compassionate admissions team comprised of master’s-level clinicians will walk you through the entire admissions process with care and support. Got a question?

Let us help you with insurance

When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Our experienced insurance verification team does everything we can to simplify and streamline the insurance and payment process, including consistent communication about what your coverage includes and how to get the best care.

Get matched with the exact support you need.

With one conversation, our mental health professionals will help you better understand what you’re going through and what you need.

We will meet you where you are, listen to your story in a therapeutic setting, and match you with the level of support that meets your struggle.

Covered by Most Commercial Insurance Plans

  • cofinity
  • compsych
  • magellan health
  • moda
  • multiplan
  • phcs
  • rocky mountain health plans
  • ascension seton
  • value options

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you coordinate with outpatient providers?

    One of our primary goals is to provide frequent communication touchpoints and coordinate with local outpatient community providers. At every step of the journey, we work to ensure continuity of care through regular updates on treatment progress, changes in treatment planning and discharge instructions.

  • What support do you offer once treatment ends?

    Extensive aftercare planning conducted by an Aftercare Coordinator helps ensure you have a “plan of action” for continuity of care and maintaining recovery progress: pre-arranged appointments set with an outpatient team experienced in the treatment of eating disorders.

    Our clinician-led team of Community Outreach Liaisons, provide ongoing support for patients who have transitioned to outpatient care through alumni events, free support groups, social recovery communities and resources for patients and caregivers.

  • What are the exact ages you treat?

    ERC Irvine treats adolescents (ages 12-17) and adults with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID and other unspecified eating disorders and general body image disturbances.

  • What does your intensive outpatient program (IOP) include?

    Our three-day-a-week IOP includes one meal per IOP day, process groups and skill-building groups with an emphasis on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT).

Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Irvine, CA

Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Irvine.

  • Elizabeth Wassenaar, MS, MD, CEDS
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    Elizabeth Wassenaar

    Regional Medical Director
    Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar is the Regional Medical Director for the Mountain and West regions at Eating Recovery Center and ...
  • Amy Richards, RN, BSN
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    Amy Richards

    Regional Nursing Director
    Amy joined Eating Recovery Center / Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in February 2014 as Illinois opened its first residential ...
  • Robert McFerren, LCSW
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    Robert McFerren

    Executive Director
    Robert McFerren graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at ...
  • Laura Sabin Cabanillas
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    Laura Sabin Cabanillas

    Clinical Director
    Laura Sabin Cabanillas is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in CA and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA, as well ...
  • Jessica Barth Nesbitt, MA, RD, LD, CEDRD
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    Jessica Barth-Nesbitt

    Regional Nutrition Director
    Jessica is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian. Jessica has experience in working with individuals with eating ...
  • Adam Marion
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    Adam Marion

    Regional Vice President
    Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social who has worked with child, adolescent, and adult populations across the country in various ...
  • Heather VanHooser
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    Heather VanHooser

    Chief Nursing Officer
    Heather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...
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Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in California

We also offer virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals in California through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across California, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in Eating Recovery At Home.

  • Newport Beach
  • Costa Mesa
  • Anaheim
  • Lake Forest
  • San Diego
  • Long Beach
  • Laguna Woods
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Tustin
  • Glendale
  • Los Angeles
  • Mission Viejo
  • Santa Ana
  • San Bernardino

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Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

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