The following questions often arise when one is considering seeking an eating disorder treatment program at The Walker Wellness Clinic for one of our programs.
Typically a patient will be enrolled from approximately three months to one year and this is contingent upon the severity of the eating disorder or other comorbidity diagnoses such as depression, anxiety disorder, or obsessive disorder, medical complications, and how the patient responds to clinical recommendations and outpatient treatment. Often times the patient may decrease their level of care as they make progress such as starting with a day program and stepping down to an intensive outpatient program and then eventually a standard outpatient program.
The Walker Wellness Clinic requires that the family participates in family psychotherapy if the patient is an adolescent. The purpose is to give the family support and coping mechanisms on how to deal with the eating disorder. In addition, we offer a parent psycho-educational support group during the course of treatment as well as a family week of activities and support. We encourage the adults to participate in family psychotherapy as well, but it is not mandatory.
We cannot guarantee that you will receive third party reimbursement from your insurance company, but we provide a statement if you would like to file one with your insurance. We do not work directly with insurance companies or managed care companies and we do encourage you to check with your insurance company prior to starting treatment.
During the initial intake and assessment, a clinical recommendation will be made to help patients make a healthy decision that meets their needs. If the patient enters into a program and the treatment team thinks that the patient needs more or less intensive treatment, it will be recommended during the course of treatment.
We elicit the professional’s and patient’s feedback at all times. In fact, we have found that by the professional having the patient sign a consent and disclosing some patient history that it often expedites the treatment process. Moreover, patients are encouraged to choose the adjunct therapy that is right for them such as cooking classes, art therapy, music therapy, or equine therapy. We value your feedback about how the patient and professional feel about the patient’s treatment and what is important to you.
We can email you a brochure that contains a description of the programs offered as well as the cost for treatment. The treatment is more cost effective than inpatient and residential programs and patients may continue their academic and/or occupational functioning as they are enrolled in treatment.
We have specifically designed our programs so that we welcome patients that live locally, nationally, or out of the country to be a part of the treatment process. It is our pleasure to assist patients with accommodations and sometimes it is more important for patients to attend a program out of state or out of the country because they are seeking more confidentiality and privacy.
Often times the clinical research and our clinical experience shows that it is helpful to have continuity of patient care once the patient has been discharged from an intensive program like ours. Therefore, it is our pleasure to coordinate the quality of patient care with other healthcare professionals and treatment teams prior to discharge so that the continuity of care is a smooth transition. Once the patient signs a patient consent form, we release our medical records so that the new treatment team and/or healthcare provider has some clinical history and clinical data about the patient. We encourage the patient to return back to their original healthcare provider as long as that provider has an expertise in working with formal eating disorders, or other comorbidity diagnoses such as depression, anxiety disorders, or obsessive disorders.
We welcome you to email or contact us personally so that we can address any questions or concerns that you might have about your patient or referral. We recognize that this is a very challenging decision and we want to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to make an informed decision.
We incorporate a comprehensive team approach in working with psychologists, licensed professional counselors, clinical dietitians, adjunct therapist (i.e., art, music, or equine therapist), and exercise physiologist. The mental health incorporate psychological testing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and a family systems approach to treatment. The dietitians and exercise physiologists often use the resting metabolic rate test, nutrition analysis, and meal therapy to treat the formal eating disorder.
We require that the patient have medical clearance to meet criterion for outpatient treatment at The Walker Wellness Clinic. More specifically, the patient may need to complete the following: cardiac assessment, bone density testing, comprehensive medical exam, psychiatric consult, and gynecological exam. In addition, we require ongoing medical monitoring from our network of healthcare professionals that oversee the physical health of the patient.
We provide more individual sessions than most treatment programs; however, we also offer the following in a group setting: adolescent group psychotherapy, adult group psychotherapy, body image, music therapy, art therapy, nutrition education, cooking classes, parent psycho-education group, and equine therapy.
We conduct an initial intake and assessment meeting and some of our clinical staff may be available to meet with the patient and/or the family during this meeting.
We recommend that you review the various treatment programs that are offered such as the standard outpatient program, intensive outpatient program, and day program. You may contact us via email at Walkwell@msn.com or call 1-877-899-7254 X4 to complete an intake to see if you are a candidate to enroll in our program. Once you complete your intake forms and our treatment team reviews this clinical information, an intake and assessment is scheduled and you may start the program immediately afterwards as long as you are medically stable and meet criterion for outpatient treatment.
The Walker Wellness Clinic provides clinical services for both the male and female genders, however the genders are not mixed in any of the group sessions. The male track for the treatment of their eating disorder is more individualized since the prevalence for the male to develop an eating disorder is on the rise.
Our treatment team members are all females with the exception of Mr. Philip Walker, M.S., exercise physiologist and owner of The Walker Wellness Clinic.
We provide a statement for you to file with your insurance company, but we encourage you to check with your provider prior to enrolling in treatment. We only accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card or check and payment is made on a weekly basis for the clinical services that are rendered. Moreover, we provide your statement on a weekly basis as well if you wish to file for third party reimbursement.
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