Types of Supportive Therapy to Use for Eating Disorders

Willow Place on July 3, 2020
Types of Supportive Therapy to Use for Eating Disorders

Traditional medicine will sometimes aim to treat the symptoms of what people are dealing with – rather than the overall cause of the problem. This is true in nearly every type of medicine, including mental health. While it’s certainly helpful to utilize traditional medicines and therapies, supportive therapy approaches pain (whether emotional or physical) differently. Supportive therapies work to address the underlying causes of pain, working to help people discover true, lasting healing.

Why Are Supportive Therapies Important?

Unlike traditional therapies and medicine that approaches just the physical body, supportive therapies approach a person as a whole; body, mind, and spirit. So, using them in treatment for mental health issues can help in addition to traditional treatments.

Supportive therapy focuses on support and acceptance, helping to encourage individuals to overcome obstacles using respect and communication. Additionally, another goal of this therapy is to give individuals the confidence and realization that they can overcome obstacles themselves. And, give them some helpful tools to do so.

Some Examples of Supportive Therapies

Here at Willow Place for Women, we believe in the positivity and full-person approach that makes supportive therapy so useful in mental health treatment. That’s why we offer a number of supportive therapies for women in our programs.

Some of these therapies include:

Biosound Healing

Biosound Healing is a type of therapy that uses guided imagery, massage, music, and biofeedback. Here at Willow Place for Women, we have a biosound healing room that houses our biosound equipment. Here, you’ll experience this therapy with the guidance of your biosound therapist who works to run the machine and conduct meditative techniques, breathing exercises, and positive affirmations.

Overall, the goal of biofeedback is to give an individual practice of controlling bodily functions and increase peacefulness through relaxation.

BALM, or Be a Loving Mirror Program

BALM is a great supportive tool for loved ones and family members of people in treatment for various mental health issues. It provides both information and support for individuals in these situations.

Information can be a helpful tool to learn about coping skills and how to set boundaries and provide assistance to a loved one in treatment. Furthermore, support is also a necessity – as loved ones and families of those in treatment need to be able to process their emotions and receive comfort as well.

Trauma Therapy

Commonly, people who live with substance abuse disorder or eating disorders, or both may have experienced trauma at some point in their lifetimes. Trauma therapy is a type of therapy that utilizes a number of techniques, both supportive and traditional, to help women living with the effects of trauma.


Acupuncture is a holistic, therapeutic approach that involves the insertion of needles into specific pressure points of the body’s skin. With thousands of years of history and evidence, acupuncture works to provide a number of benefits including stress reduction, pain reduction, help with sleeping, and more. When used in conjunction with other therapies, these benefits are greatly beneficial to anyone struggling with mental health issues.

Art Therapy

A part of therapy, and in turn, recovery, is identifying emotions and processing them so that healing can occur. So, it’s good to attempt to process emotions in a number of ways. One of the ways we do so at Willow Place for Women is art therapy.

In art therapy sessions, you’ll be able to express yourself through creativity and a little bit of crafting skills. And, experience the many advantages of art therapy like anxiety reduction and boosting self-esteem.

Types of Supportive Therapy to Use for Eating DisordersEat, Breathe, Thrive

This Willow Place original supportive therapy that’s a three-part approach – Eat (nutrition guidance and eating), Breathe (mindfulness yoga), and Thrive (self-confidence and body image).

The goal of combining all of these supportive approaches is to give women the knowledge and confidence to use what they’ve learned during their time with treatment. And, help them discover long term solutions to both negative thinking and self-love issues. Thus, helping them further on their journey to recovery from eating disorders, substance abuse, or both.

Try Supportive Therapy for Yourself With Willow Place for Women

Supportive therapy, in combination with other effective, traditional mental health tools, offers women a different type of opportunity for healing and recovery.

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If you want to utilize a treatment that approaches support from supportive therapies as those mentioned above, learn more about our therapeutic sessions on our website. And, call Willow Place for Women today for your confidential conversation today at 1-888-651-4212.

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If you or someone you love is battling substance use, mental health, or eating disorders, please feel free to contact one of our trained admission specialists today. All calls are free and completely confidential. While we know that suffering from a severe and life-threatening substance use disorder or a mental health issue can, at times, seem insurmountable, we sincerely believe that every woman is capable and deserving of the opportunity to recover. Reaching out is the first step – give us a call today and we will gladly walk you through the process of beginning your beautiful, fulfilling journey of recovery.

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