PHCS News

Princeton House Behavioral Health Initiates Emotional Eating Program

Jul 1, 2013

Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH) launched a new outpatient program today designed for women who cope with their emotions by overeating or under eating.

The new offering, Emotional Eating, is part of PHBH's highly regarded Women's Program, which serves patients in Princeton, Hamilton, Moorestown and North Brunswick. Currently, Emotional Eating is offered exclusively at the PHBH Women's Princeton outpatient site, which moved into a new building today at 1000 Herrontown Road, Princeton.

Emotional Eating was created to treat women who self-regulate their emotions and mood disorders by dangerously restricting food intake, binge eating, bingeing and purging, exercising compulsively or misusing laxatives and diet pills.

The program is designed to help women recognize the connection between emotions and disordered eating so they can develop healthier coping skills, said Sheri Solinski, LCSW, LCADC, Manager of the Women's Program at the Princeton outpatient center.

"Our curriculum explores body image and incorporates nutritional counseling and supportive meal planning, and individual and group therapy to help our patients understand how to heal themselves," Solinski said.

Also, because family involvement can be crucial to a patient's recovery, family members receive support and education during weekly group sessions.

The PHBH Women's Program-recently named a Top Performer for "Client Perception of Care" by the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Health-helps women recovering from trauma or abuse, sometimes with co-occurring addiction issues, to develop skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve their relationships.

Patients in the Women's Program receive a comprehensive evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist; an individualized plan of evidence-based treatment; group and individual therapy; family intervention, when indicated; expressive therapies, such as yoga, art, writing and music; education about mind-body connections in maintaining physical and emotional health; and medication management.

"Our programs help women build lives worth living away from substance abuse, emotional eating, and self-harming behaviors," said Nathalie Edmond, PsyD, Associate Director of Outpatient Services and Director of the Women's Program. "Women who are educated on the impact of trauma on their body, emotions and self-esteem feel a sense of hope, and their treatment outcomes improve as a result."

Emotional Eating is offered at a partial hospital (6 hours per day) or intensive outpatient (3 hours) level for three to five days per week. Solinski said women will typically participate in the program for eight to 10 weeks until they are ready to be transitioned to receiving treatment from community providers, such as therapists and registered dietitians.

Most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

For more information or to make a referral, call (888) 437-1610.

PHBH, a unit of Princeton HealthCare System, is a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare. For more information, visit www.princetonhouse.org.


About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.