Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder?
What does treatment look like at Opal?
How do I get started and what can I expect?
What is the difference between PHP and IOP?

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) is a more intensive type of treatment in which clients are at Opal for 5 days a week, 10 hours per day, whereas Intensive Outpatient (IOP) requires clients to be in treatment anywhere from 9 – 15 hours per week. Clients create individualized IOP schedules that best fit their needs.

Is Opal religiously affiliated?

While Opal is not affiliated with a specific religion or spiritual practice, we do invite clients to incorporate their own traditions and practices into their recovery and help to facilitate that part of their experience.

Does Opal accommodate for vegetarianism, veganism, or other dietary needs?

Opal assesses these needs on a case-by-case basis. Typically, we ask for medical documentation of food allergies before approving accommodations in a meal plan. Regarding food values, we typically ask clients to submit a written explanation of their particular value and discuss their needs in individual nutrition sessions. Ultimately, we are open to honoring these requests depending on how they may/may not serve eating disorder recovery.

What is a meal plan?

A meal plan is a document created by each client and their dietitian that depicts the client’s daily intake requirements. It includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and pm snack (if applicable). The dietitian assesses each client’s nutritional needs in conjunction with recovery goals and they create the meal plan together. It is common for the meal plan to change as a client progresses through treatment. The idea behind meal plans is to give clients, who have developed abnormal patterns of eating, a guide to retrain their bodies on what is “normal eating” in terms of quantity, variety, and frequency of meals. The ultimate goal is to move away from needing meal plans, but that clients can use the skills they have developed to eat in a more attuned manner.

Can I see my current therapist or dietitian while in treatment at Opal?
We have found that for the best care, clients at the PHP level will see an Opal therapist, dietitian, and psychiatric nurse practitioner; we take great care to communicate and collaborate with those clinicians who have referred their clients to us. Clients at the IOP level will collaborate with Opal staff to find the best team to fit their needs. This may mean a mix of Opal providers and outside providers.
What kinds of services does Opal provide?
  • Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient
    • Individual therapy
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Psychiatric medication management
    • Family therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Yoga therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group
    • DBT 24-hour crisis management
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Equine therapy
    • Art therapy
    • Meal support
    • Culinary skills development
  • Outpatient
    • Individual therapy
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Psychiatric medication management
    • Groups
  • For Professionals
    • Body Talk
    • HAES Consult
    • Quarterly Talks