Eating Disorders

GettyImages-911015862-crop.jpgNorthern Light Acadia Hospital offers outpatient psychotherapy geared specifically to help people struggling with eating disorders or eating issues that affect their daily lives.

Participants need to be medically stable as a requirement for participation in our outpatient services. This may require weekly medical monitoring with an established Primary Care Physician (PCP). Medical monitoring is not a service provided onsite. Our program is not in lieu of higher level of care treatments.

Treatment options include: individual, family, and group therapies or a combination of these options. 

While our treatment team works with individuals of all ages for individual and family therapy, the group offering is designed specifically for participants aged 18 or older. Topics such as Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) skills, health and wellness, self-care, strategies for dealing with thoughts and impulses that lead to unhealthy eating behaviors, and education around nutrition and psychiatric conditions that can affect recovery are explored in this group setting. 

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For patients under the age of 18, individual, family and nutrition counseling is offered. Family-based therapy (FBT), otherwise known as the "Maudsley Approach", is often utilized as a primary modality of treatment. A comprehensive evaluation is completed at the beginning of treatment with the eating disorder treatment team. Recommendations for treatment and medical monitoring are made at that time.

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The group is co-facilitated by both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietician (CEDRD). Many insurances (including MaineCare and MediCare) are accepted. Prospective group members are encouraged to contact their insurance provider(s) for information regarding coverage and/or co-pays.

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For questions and to find out the group's meeting schedule, please contact Sara Porter, LCSW at 207-973-6504 or send her an email at

To schedule an appointment for an assessment, please contact Northern Light Acadia Hospital's Access Center at 207-973-6048.