Eating Disorders

SANFORD Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

Announcing Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders! Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers has taken the next logical step in expanding treatment services in West Michigan by partnering with Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S, and her talented team at Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (CTED). We are located at 1003 Parchment Drive SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546.

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Providing state-of-the-art treatment for eating disorders in an intimate, personalized setting…

Eating disorders are complex mental health disorders with the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric diagnosis. That is why we believe treatment is best provided by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Medical monitoring and stabilization, nutritional intervention, and psychological support are all essential parts of the treatment process.


Often the eating behavior is a symptom of an underlying emotional conflict, or a way to meet a need. But the exact nature of the conflict or unmet need may not be clear until later in the treatment process. Meanwhile, the disordered behaviors need to be directly addressed to reduce or eliminate medical complications. Once the behaviors have been slowed or stopped, new healthier coping mechanisms are being learned.


Eating disorders can occur in individuals of all ages, genders, and body types, and are progressive in nature. We treat both adolescents and adults and offer outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) and telehealth care. Our continuum of care allows the individuals we treat to enter a program at the level which is appropriate for their symptoms.


When somebody is ready to engage in treatment and get the care they need, putting them on a waiting list or sending them out of state is just not acceptable. We need to do better and provide a full continuum of eating disorder care in Michigan. I believe the partnership with Sanford will provide us with the resources to do that.





Treatment Philosophy


Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders is a state-of-the-art treatment program in an intimate, personalized setting. Sanford CTED is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is a nationally recognized accreditation organization, which surveys treatment programs against 1,500 CARF standards.



Therapy may be individual or group; we utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, interpersonal, and family systems therapy. The groups are led by clinical therapists and registered dieticians. Our therapists are also familiar with the Maudsley approach and coach parents who are involved in home-based treatment for anorexia. Therapy includes members of the immediate family whenever possible, especially with younger individuals still living at home.


We practice a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, which honors body diversity and encourages movement for health and enjoyment, not to lose weight. Our ultimate goal for everyone we treat, is to return to Intuitive Eating behaviors – eat when hungry, stop when full. However, most of the individuals we treat have practiced unhealthy eating habits for so long they have reduced or eliminated the body’s hunger and fullness cues. Often following a prescribed meal pattern for some time is necessary before Intuitive Eating can be reestablished.


Through therapy and individualized nutrition counseling, individuals reconnect with their body and learn to trust themselves.


A registered dietitian is also an important resource on the team. The dietitian will prescribe the needed changes in eating patterns and weight. Our Registered Dieticians embrace the HAES philosophy. The HAES approach promotes the benefits of physical activity by encouraging social and pleasurable movement. And it offers health habits for the sake of health and well-being. Through mindful eating, people learn to eat in a flexible manner, taking internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite. HAES begins to create a normal, relaxed relationship with food.


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Gail Hall, Executive Director of Eating Disorder Services, in her cozy, intimate and comfortable surroundings.


What We Treat

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain, and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. There may be strange eating behaviors or obsessional routines, and a denial of hunger or weight loss. At times, the individual might be obviously underweight; however, individuals might not be visibly underweight even though they are malnourished.



Orthorexia is an addiction to exercise or “clean eating”.


Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by excessive (binge) eating followed by compensatory behaviors – induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, excessive exercise, and fasting. There is secrecy and shame about the behaviors. Individuals with bulimia may appear to eat small or normal amounts with others, but binge in secret. Individuals with bulimia often struggle with other impulse control problems including Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Co-occurring depression is common.


Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder. Binge is characterized by uncontrolled continuous eating beyond the point
of feeling comfortably full. Feeling out of control, feelings of shame or self-hatred, and changes in body weight are common. Symptoms may include fasting or yo-yo dieting. And co-existing conditions include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorders.


Avoidant Restrictive Food and Intake Disorder (ARFID)

AFRID is a recently identified eating disorder. AFRID begins in young childhood but may not present for treatment until adulthood. These individuals eliminate foods based on food textures, smells, and the fear of vomiting or choking. Other sensory integration and processing issues may be evident as well. AFRID often results in failure to grow and develop at an appropriate rate. By adulthood individuals with ARFID will have extremely inflexible eating habits and will refuse to try any new foods.


Babies come into this world as intuitive eaters, eating disorders are learned behavior.


Group Therapy

We currently offer three sessions of small group therapy as part of our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The groups are led by Clinical Therapists and Registered Dieticians. Our groups offer a safe environment for support, encouragement, and mutual accountability. There is a cost for these groups – insurance often covers the cost of treatment. For registration, or to discuss possible insurance benefits, please call 616.957.7700.


Current Schedule for Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP)


11:00 am to noon Nutrition ED – noon to 1:00 pm Support Lunch – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Group Therapy


11:00 am to noon Cooking – noon to 1:00 pm Support Lunch – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Group Therapy


11:00 am to noon Nutrition ED – noon to 1:00 pm Support Lunch – 1:00 pm  to 2:00 pm Group Therapy


We integrate experiential therapy into the recovery process whenever possible. Experiential therapy utilizes recreation, creative expression, and other activity-based techniques to restore physical and psychological health. At Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders, we believe that the mind-body connection is a crucial part of long-term wellness. Activities such as art, movement, yoga, and therapeutic excursions can be an important adjunct to the more traditional therapies.



Making masks in art therapy.


Our Services

    • Individual, Marital, and Family Therapy

    • Group psychotherapy

    • Experiential Therapy

    • Nutritional Therapy

    • Nutritional Education

    • Body Image Therapy

    • Art Therapy

    • Meal Planning and Supervised Meals

    • Yoga

    • Clinical Consultation and Supervision


Occasionally, hospitalization or a residential placement may be necessary for the patient whose condition is more severe or does not respond to outpatient therapy. We will assist you in making a referral to the appropriate facility and will remain involved in your care. We also maintain a directory of therapists across the state and region, and network with many of the national organizations involved in eating disorders treatment and prevention. Ask us for more information.


Payment for Services

Therapy for recovery from an eating disorder can often involve months to years of treatment. The need for intensive and/or long-term treatment is not always well recognized by insurance companies. We will do our best to make treatment recommendations based on what we believe is clinically necessary. We will also explore insurance benefits on your behalf, and advocate with your carrier when necessary.

We work with these insurances and more:

Outpatient: Priority Health, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cofinity, Medicare,
Medicaid and Magellan