Chrysalis Center offers a Joint Commission accredited Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for patients 18 and older with all forms of eating disorders.
IOP is designed for those stepping down from higher levels of care (residential or partial hospitalization) who can live independently, but need more support as they transition out of intensive treatment. Likewise, those clients in outpatient therapy needing additional structure to their treatment course can benefit from the 3 day-a-week program which includes individual care, group therapy, and supervised meals.
Chrysalis Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program strives to offer expert level, evidence-based treatment to our clients dealing with all types of eating disorders, while also addressing co-occurring disorders. Our goal is to provide individualized care that targets every aspect of the client’s well-being in order to improve medical, nutritional, psychological, and interpersonal functioning. We seek to understand and challenge the underlying and maintaining factors of the eating disorder in order to achieve and sustain lasting recovery. It is our desire to restore hope and health to clients by empowering them to fulfill their goals, make positive changes, and prevent relapse. We believe that collaboration amongst the treatment team, clients, families, and the community will facilitate a path to successful outcomes.
Sample Schedule (subject to change)
CCIOP will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3pm- 7 pm. In addition to groups, participants may also have individual sessions with a medication provider and therapist. Family sessions will be included as needed.
|3:00 PM||Check In||Check In||Check In|
|3:30 PM||Mindful Living Group||Nutrition Group||
|4:45 PM||Motivation to Change||Staying Open About Recovery (SOAR)||
Mindful Living Group
|6:00 PM||Dinner Meal Group||Dinner Meal Group||Dinner Meal Group|
|6:45 PM||Process & Wrap Up||Process & Wrap Up||Process & Wrap Up|
Mindful Living: This psychoeducational group is designed around the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model, while also heavily incorporating components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through the use of lectures, experiential activities, and group discussion, clients will learn, develop, and apply the skills of distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The aim of this group is for clients to learn to live a meaningful life aligned with ones’ values, utilizing practical tools to help them overcome obstacles along the way.
Staying Open About Recovery (SOAR): This group focuses on eating disorder recovery and the challenges it presents. Improving healthy body image, increasing self-esteem, overcoming distorted thoughts and maladaptive coping, and preventing relapse are key components of the curriculum. Because recovery is an ongoing process, we believe having the support of others walking the same path is essential to forward growth and progress in living a life free of eating disordered thoughts and behaviors.
Nutrition Group: This group provides clients the opportunity to check in with a Registered Dietitian to review their meal plan and set goals. Nutrition education provided helps clients make food choices based on knowledge, rather than assumptions, and on facts rather than misinformation. The group experience also helps clients process distorted thoughts about food and body issues in a safe and productive manner.
Meal Group: The goal of meal support will include normalizing eating in a supportive environment to fuel the body with a variety of foods. It will focus on mindful eating and recognition of hunger and fullness prior, during, and after a meal. Meal support will aim to decrease negative emotions about food during and after a meal, to decrease food fears, and to increase acceptance of food variety. Meal support group is designed to improve self-confidence around self-regulated food intake and individual nutrition needs.
Restore HOPE (Healing Our Posttraumatic Experience): Our clinical experience has been that many of our clients with eating disorders are also survivors of trauma. Therefore, we offer a specialized group program applicable to those clients. Through the use of both psychoeducation and processing, this group explores the chronic impact that trauma has in a survivor’s life. Principles of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are utilized to identify somatic reactions, unresolved emotional dynamics, underlying belief systems, and maladaptive behavioral patterns that keep the trauma alive in a survivor’s life. Establishing group cohesion and safety is paramount to the group’s success. As the group progresses, the use of experiential activities and structured trauma disclosure helps clients delve into new emotional territory, ultimately accessing self-compassion and healing.
Process Group: This open ended group is intended to be a forum for clients to discuss their particular struggles in a safe, supportive setting.
Specialty Groups: Art, movement, and other groups will be conducted as available.
Pictured from left to right: Alexis, Terri, Matt, Kendra & Kelly
Clinical Director, Kendra Wilson, MSW, LCSW, CEDS, DBTC
Kendra is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive group, family, and individual therapy experience within the field of eating disorders. She previously served as an intake coordinator, therapist, group facilitator, and supervisor in hospital-based and outpatient mental health settings, including Johns Hopkins’ Eating Disorder Inpatient and Day Hospital Program. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS). Kendra earned a BS in Psychology from George Mason University and an MSW with a Mental Health specialization from University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Maryland. She helped develop the DBT and ACT informed Mindful Living Group that has been offered at Chrysalis since 2008 and has served as the Chrysalis Compliance Officer since 2010.
Nutrition Director, Terri Mozingo, RD, LDN, CEDRD
Terri is a registered dietitian that has worked at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment since 2011. Prior to that, she was the Clinical Nutrition Director at Silver Hill Hospital, where she developed the inpatient eating disorder program. She is a specialist in eating disorders, certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She offers attentive, highly personalized and compassionate care to all her patients, helping them set obtainable goals and overcome barriers to success. Terri graduated from Acadia University with a BS in Nutrition and completed her dietetic residency through East Carolina University.
Medical Director, Matthew Kalp, MD, PhD
Matthew Kalp, MD, PhD is a neurologist with special interest in behavioral neurology, a subspecialty of neurology that focuses on the basis of behavior, memory, and cognition. He provides inpatient and outpatient care at a large regional medical center in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Kalp earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and continued his graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University to earn a PhD in biochemistry as well as an MD. He completed a neurology residency and additional post-doctoral training at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the North Carolina Medical and Neurological Societies.
Executive Director, Kelly Broadwater, LPA, LPC, CEDS
Kelly is a psychologist and licensed professional counselor who has spent her entire career treating eating disorders, founding the Chrysalis Center in 2003. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) and is recognized as an approved supervisor for others in pursuit of their CEDS. She earned her BA in Psychology from Clemson University with a minor in Women’s Studies and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University. She is a published author and has spoken at professional conferences on topics pertaining to eating disorders and bariatrics at the international, regional, state, and local levels.
Director of Professional Relations, Alexis Hunter
Alexis has been with Chrysalis Center since 2010 leading the administrative team serving in the roles of Office Manager and then Practice Manager. In her current position, she directs all Human Resources, Marketing, and Outreach efforts. As a member of the IOP leadership team, she is responsible for implementing HR management strategies that enable Chrysalis Center to recruit and maintain a high performing and dedicated workforce while branding our services to other healthcare providers and the general public. Alexis graduated from NC State University with a BA in Communication, concentrating in Public Relations.
For More Information about our IOP program, please contact our Director of Professional Relations, Alexis Hunter at 910-726-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.