FAQs - The Balance Collective
At the Balance Collective, we recognize the devastating toll an eating disorder takes on the entire family. We know from research and practice that families need the support of a team in order to have the best chance of success. There are three vital pillars within the Balance Collective: mental health, medical safety, and dietary education. Through the balance of these specialties, families are supported in the recovery process and are provided a positive environment for success.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I suspect my child has an eating disorder and our pediatrician is also worried and referred us to your program. What can my family expect from an initial evaluation with the Balance Collective?
An initial evaluation consists of a thorough and extensive assessment and diagnosis, followed by a family treatment plan with individualized recommendations based on your family’s unique circumstances. In order to fully understand and determine a best course of action, your child will receive an assessment from each of our specialists, including a medical assessment, nutrition evaluation, and psychological testing and interviews with both your child and your family.
Our group truly functions within a team framework and will conceptualize your care in a holistic way that takes into account all areas of health, with your child’s safety and recovery remaining paramount. At the conclusion of the evaluation, your family will receive feedback from the entire team and a written treatment plan, where you can decide your next steps for recovery.
Q: My family received an evaluation through the Balance Collective, and we want to pursue treatment. What’s next?
The Balance Collective provides Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders in a collaborative setting where your family will work regularly with all disciplines. Depending on the nature of your child’s difficulties, we may also recommend treatments varying from individual therapies to nutrition consultation to ongoing follow up and monitoring with our physician.
Q: We already know our child has an eating disorder. Should we still seek an initial evaluation?
Yes. Even if your child has already been diagnosed, our team will need to fully assess her medical safety to begin treatment and better understand any co-morbid psychological difficulties that are also present. We want families to begin treatment with a full clinical picture of their child’s psychological and medical well-being and we believe that the only way to do this is through our initial comprehensive evaluation.
Q: My child is currently in residential treatment but does not have follow-up scheduled for after they are discharged. Is the Balance Collective an appropriate post-residential treatment referral?
Yes. Children often do well in residential treatment only to regress when they return home and are in their normal environment. It can be challenging to maintain gains made in residential without strong follow up and support. Treatment provided in the Balance Collective can serve as a strong relapse prevention tool and help your child to generalize skills they learned during a residential stay to their normal life.
Q: Our family is trying to decide between treatments. We have been accepted to a residential program but have also read about the success rates of FBT. How do we choose?
The research on FBT is strong and convincing – children and adolescents with eating disorders can have similar levels of recovery compared to those who attend residential programs – but at a lower cost to families with significantly less life disruption. While significant commitment is required of families who participate in outpatient treatment, there are many reasons to consider FBT as an initial treatment. Aside from cost and limiting the disruptive nature of hospitalization, outpatient treatment allows for generalizability in the home setting. This generalizability is often lost when a child returns from residential treatment and families may see regression following discharge. The current research suggests that if FBT is an available option in your area, families should consider it as an aggressive and effective front-line treatment.
Q: Does my insurance cover the services at The Balance Collective?
We understand that the financial aspect of treatment can be stressful. Our goal is to work with you and your family to help make treatment accessible and possible. Do not let the stresses of paying for treatment stop you from reaching out, we are here to help you discuss options and find a financial plan that allows you to focus on recovery. We accept insurance for some aspects of our program but the majority of our services are self-pay. This enables us to offer the best quality of care rather than have our treatment protocol dictated by an insurance company. Helping our clients afford treatment however is important to us. We are pleased to report that many of our clients have been able to access out-of-network benefits to cover some of their treatment in our program.