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Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services

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Eating disorders don’t only affect an individual’s physical health. They wreak havoc on a person’s emotional and mental state as well. Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services treats the whole person to restore health and wellbeing.

Our Approach

Eating disorders are more than just an unhealthy relationship with food. They can be symptomatic of underlying mental health issues.

At Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services in Winter Park, Florida, we address all of the causes of the behavior. Our treatment philosophy emphasizes building healthy relationships with those who can provide support outside the center’s bounds.

We provide two levels of care, an intensive outpatient program and a partial day program, as well as case management services. Our goal is to empower clients to live a healthier life.

The Center

Located next to Orlando in Winter Park, Florida, Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services is home to a team of counselors, psychologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, dietitians and medical doctors with the sole focus of empowering clients to lead healthy lives.

We accept male and female clients ages 9 and older.

Armed with a research-proven, evidence-based approach to treatment, our clients undergo treatment for disordered eating behaviors and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Treatment plans include counseling, group and family sessions, meal support and other therapies. Holistic therapies such as art, yoga and meditation complement standard treatments.

A Caring Team of Eating Disorder Professionals

At Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services, every member of our team has a specialized degree or certification in treating eating disorders or their co-occurring illnesses. In fact, each of our staff members has an advanced degree in their field of expertise, so you know you’re getting care from the best.

Meet the Team

Christina Purkiss, Program Director

Christina has worked with clients with eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. She holds a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Kurry Friedell, Director of Nutritional Services

With specializations in pediatrics, ketogenic dietetics, bariatrics, renal, cardiovascular and critical care of all ages, Kurry’s breadth of experience is a boon to Blue Horizon clients. She is a board member of the Central Florida International Eating Disorder Professionals chapter and a member of several other internationally recognized eating disorder professional organizations.

What is Disordered Eating?

Eating disorders comprise several categories: undereating, overeating and obsessive behaviors associated with food and eating. The most common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and orthorexia.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. As the most deadly of all mental illnesses, eating disorders are a major issue for women, especially young women around college age.

Eating disorder statistics are staggering:

  • Every hour, one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder
  • More than 1 in 10 women over 50 engage in disordered eating
  • 16 percent of transgendered college students, 3.5 percent of queer women and 2.1 percent of queer men suffer from eating disorders

Disordered eating is not only about food. Anxiety, depression and other addictions can make eating behaviors worse, especially if they go untreated. Eating disorders can lead to other mental health disorders, or mental health issues can cause disordered eating behavior. Two-thirds of people with anorexia also exhibit symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

In a study of 2,400 individuals with eating disorders, 97 percent had a co-occurring mental health disorder, mostly major depressive episodes. More than half had anxiety disorders, and about one-fifth had an obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or a substance use disorder. Self-harm and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are also common mental illnesses that accompany eating disorders.

That’s why it’s important for eating disorder treatment to treat the whole person, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and physically.

What We Treat

Eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders, races, socio-economic statuses and sexual orientations. That’s why our programming is individualized for each client, treating the full spectrum of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders in both children and adults.

We treat the following eating disorders and disordered behaviors:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorders
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • Compulsive eating
  • Emotional eating

Other specified eating and feeding disorders such as:

  • Pregorexia
  • Diabulimia
  • Drunkorexia
  • Orthorexia
  • Reverse anorexia
  • Bigorexia
  • Muscle dysmorphia
  • Children’s eating disorders

We place special emphasis on educating our clients about their disorder so they can successfully overcome their challenges and enjoy a life in long-term recovery. We also invite family members to learn about their loved one’s condition and how to support their recovery journey.

Levels of Care

Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services offers two levels of intensive treatment: an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Both of these programs use holistic treatment, individual and group therapy and meal processing therapy in supportive, structured environments.

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    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

    Intensive outpatient programs are a step up from outpatient care and a step down from partial hospitalization programs. Our clients attend:

    • Nine hours of services per week (three hours per day, three days per week)
    • A once-per-month dining group at a local restaurant
    • 30 minute family sessions every two weeks for adolescents or monthly for adults
    • Art, yoga and meditation therapy
    • Meal support

    We also coordinate care with our clients’ primary care physicians, or we recommend one if our clients are in need of a physician. Each client is evaluated during intake, and an individualized plan of treatment is developed and updated as needed.

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    Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

    A more intensive level of care, the partial hospitalization program is for clients seeking an immersive experience to jumpstart their recovery. Clients in the PHP attend:

    • 20 hours of services per week (five hours per day, four days per week)
    • Individual therapy sessions
    • Individual dietitian services
    • Individual psychiatry appointments
    • Meal support
    • Art, yoga and meditation therapy
    • 30 minute family sessions every two weeks for adolescents or monthly for adults

    At this level of care, it’s essential that our clients’ primary care physicians are involved in their treatment. We coordinate with an outpatient physician to ensure our clients’ safety and health as they begin the recovery process.

Contact Us

There’s no time to lose. Contact us at (754) 300-3120 to speak to a case consultant who can help you, your child and your family heal from addiction.

Blue Horizon
1155 Louisiana Ave., Suite 216, Winter Park, FL 32789
(754) 300-3120