Eating Recovery Center The Woodlands
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Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment in The Woodlands, TX
Accredited by the Joint Commission and overlooking a serene, tranquil lake, ERC The Woodlands is ideally located to support eating disorder treatment for children, adolescents and adults. Only 35 miles from the city of Houston, this center is led by a multidisciplinary treatment team of professionals: many of whom have worked together since the center’s inception in 2015. With individualized treatment plans, evidence-based interventions, extensive family involvement and discharge planning, ERC The Woodlands guides patients forwards on their recovery journey.
- 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
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)
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, nutrition counseling, art, music and yoga.
Be your authentic self — without judgement
Find acceptance in supportive spaces that respect diversity and cultural differences.
Access Evidence-Based Therapies
ERC's medical and clinical leadership team includes the world’s leading eating disorder treatment experts, many of whom have actively led research supporting effective, evidence-based eating disorders treatment. The foundation of all psychoeducation groups that ERC The Woodlands provides lies within DBT, CBT and ACT.
As extensions of these modalities, we offer a variety of different psychoeducation and experiential groups related to body image, role-playing for real-life scenarios, emotional regulation and more. As patients progress through treatment, we work closely with them to ensure they are prepared and supported for life outside of treatment. At ERC The Woodlands, patients can expect to have individual psychotherapy with the same licensed primary therapist, as well as family therapy with that same therapist.
“Many of us joined the team when we first opened this location several years ago, so we’ve had such a unique opportunity to grow together as a team. There is a lot of trust between us, and so many years of experience. We’ve developed an excellent rhythm and collaboration in terms of working together and working with patients and families.”
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 National Experts in the Field of Eating Disorders
A multidisciplinary treatment team of eating disorder professionals oversees all programming. ERC The Woodlands is part of the larger network of Eating Recovery Centers in Texas and around the country, with access to higher levels of care, including residential and inpatient programs in our Dallas/Plano location. The treatment team will work with patients and their families to ensure a seamless transition to any of our tother sites, should there be a need for a higher level of care. Patients and caregivers can work with:
- Primary therapists
- Registered dietitians
- Case managers
- Alumni support
- Patient support staff
PHP Eating Disorder Treatment — Backed by Research
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, neither do we. We provide programming 7 days a week for individuals in residential and PHP levels of care, because it offers our patients the best chance of recovery.
Our Nutrition Approach
ERC The Woodlands focuses on structured, supportive meal planning that emphasizes balance, variety and flexibility. Patients and families entering the center are supported by a registered licensed dietitian who curates a meal plan specific to their nutritional needs – all with patient input and involvement. Patients meet with their registered dietitian at multiple touchpoints each week throughout care.
ERC The Woodlands operates from a perspective of “all foods fit” and provides education from that stance, including a HAES-informed approach (Healthy at Every Size). With a demo kitchen including an oven and stove in the middle of the dining room, clinical teams work with patients to perform kitchen experientials. These activities enable patients to:
- Participate in hands-on food exploration
- Discover new foods and recipes
- Work within their nutritional meal plan
- Recreate foods they have previously enjoyed
Traveling for Care? We Can Help
ERC The Woodlands is committed to helping patients and families at every step of the treatment journey. Many patients come to the center from Louisiana and other states, and we have a specific Travel Concierge to help us eliminate barriers to care, handle all moving parts of transportation and logistics and work tirelessly to remove obstacles from your path to recovery. Our Travel Concierge additionally helps patients and families with discounted transportation, financial aid and support surrounding local accommodations.
To meet the needs of diverse patients, ERC The Woodlands has two apartments located within a mile of the center. Our apartments can house 4 patients or one family unit, if a parent or caregiver is staying with a child or adolescent patient. When entering our partial hospitalization program, many patients choose to live in one of our apartment homes. While staying at our apartments, we will support transportation to and from the treatment center. If you have any questions or concerns about housing availability, give us a call today.
Supporting Young Patients and Their Families
Family-Based Treatment That Works
ERC The Woodlands couples evidence-based treatment with experiential work to support young patients in all aspects of the journey to recovery.
- Evidence-based interventions include body image, self-compassion, healthy relationships and other external challenges
- Patients participate in process groups three times a week in addition to individual therapy and psychoeducation
- Experiential learning includes mirror and body image exposures
Robust Family Programming
Family involvement is a significant component of ERC The Woodlands’ treatment approach. Our team supports families with individual meetings and therapy sessions, in addition to group support through family education, seminars and support groups. ERC The Woodlands coordinates with other Texas centers to tailor programming for caregivers and provides local, regional and national education including:
Support for Students
At ERC The Woodlands, the team includes an Education Specialist for child and adolescent patients. As a certified teacher, their role on the team is to support dedicated ‘school time’ for 10 hours each week. During this time, 12–18-year-old patients participate in dedicated time for academic studies. Our Education Specialist liaises with schools and any external providers or counselors, giving the family an opportunity to retain credits, continue with school obligations and not have to make the difficult choice between attending school and getting well.
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Paying for Treatment
When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you should never have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Our experienced team of insurance and benefits experts does everything we can to simplify, streamline and communicate the insurance and payment process for you. We will also work on your behalf to ensure you have as much coverage as possible.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your center located?
ERC The Woodlands is regional to the Greater Houston area, and the center itself is approximately 35 miles north of the city of Houston.
Do you work with any local groups or organizations?
Clinical Director Dr. Anna Brown is the President Elect of HEDS (Houston Eating Disorder Specialists): a local nonprofit and network of professionals who self-identify as working with and being knowledgeable about eating disorders and treatment. This group includes mental health professionals, psychologists, other types of therapists, registered dietitians, medical physicians and more.
What type of eating disorder 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 are set with an outpatient team experienced in the treatment of eating disorders.
We acknowledge that transitioning from treatment to a home environment can be challenging, and our community outreach team is here to support you every step of the way. We’ll send follow-up emails and phone calls within days of discharge, highlighting alumni resources including virtual support groups, upcoming events, blogs, our Mental Note podcast and additional hands-on practical tools. Whether you need words of encouragement or referrals for outpatient treatment, our team will be here to support you long after treatment ends.
How long will I be in treatment?
Prospective patients and families often feel anxiety or concern about the length of treatment. The duration of treatment entirely varies on specific patient needs, but we do work closely with caregivers and families on ‘outings’ including meal passes, a therapeutic half-day or even full day passes later in treatment to give patients more exposure. Our primary goal is for patients to integrate learnings from treatment into their home environment.
Expert Care for Eating Disorders in The Woodlands, TX
Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center The Woodlands.
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
Anna Brown Link
Anna BrownClinical DirectorDr. Anna Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and primary therapist for Eating Recovery Center of The Woodlands. Dr. Brown ...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
We also 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 Eating Recovery At Home.
- San Antonio
- The Woodlands
- Fort Worth
- El Paso
- Corpus Christi
Explore Our Other Locations in Texas
4708 Alliance Blvd #300
Plano, TX 75093
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