Eating Disorder Program at Banyan
At Banyan Treatment Centers, we value both the physical and mental well-being of our patients. Although we’re predominantly focused on addiction recovery, we have some amazing news. In addition to our different levels of substance abuse treatment, we are now offering eating disorder programs at our Philadelphia facility. We have focused heavily on substance abuse and mental health treatment at our facility, and we’ve recognized a need for eating disorder treatment. Because we want to help as many people as possible, we’re now offering recovery resources to individuals with eating disorders like anorexia bulimia, binge eating disorder, and more.
What We TreatWhile there are many eating disorders, the three most common are bulimia nervous, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. At our eating disorder program in Philadelphia, we offer different individualized treatments that can help you or a loved one currently struggling with any of these disorders and their related symptoms.
Our professional treatment for an eating disorder includes options for conditions like:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder)
- ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)
- Body Dysmorphia
The types of treatment for eating disorders that patients receive are dependent on their symptoms and condition. These disorders are complex and require an in-depth level of care to ensure our patients’ recovery. Based on these factors, we create an eating disorder treatment plan for each patient that caters to their needs. Moreover, because eating disorders and mental illness often co-occur, our eating disorder programs include holistic treatment options, medication-assisted treatment options, recovery support groups, and more.
Outpatient Eating Disorder TreatmentOur outpatient eating disorder program includes several levels of outpatient care, such as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient. Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs require patients to come to the facility three to six days a week to receive several hours of treatment per day. During treatment, clients will work with our therapists, physicians, and dietician to develop realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies. As with substance use disorders, individuals with eating disorders or mental health disorders can also relapse, which is why it’s important to teach our patients realistic ways to manage their conditions. During treatment sessions, patients and their therapists will discuss topics including body image, emotional distress, beliefs, and other factors that can contribute to their condition.
Outpatient eating disorder programs are great for patients who want to slowly reintegrate themselves into society and their everyday routines. In this way, we help our patients slowly transition to a lifestyle where they can maintain their symptoms and sustain their health independently.
Finding the right level of eating disorder treatment for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. With so many options, how do you know which treatment facility will be the right fit? If you’re interested in our eating disorder programs at Banyan Treatment Centers or possibly our drug treatment programs, contact us today to be connected to a team member. We’re here to answer all of your questions and find a treatment plan that works for you or your loved one.
Eating Disorder Program Team
Stephanie DiCandia, MA, LPC, NCC
Stephanie received both her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, with concentrations in Mental Health and School Counseling from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Stephanie's passion for working with eating disorders began in her undergraduate and graduate studies where Stephanie's research focused on disordered eating in college students, perfectionism, and specific issues impacting adolescent girls.
With over ten years in the mental health field, Stephanie has spent the past 4 years specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Stephanie has experience working in various levels of care including a residential treatment facility, inpatient psychiatric hospital, inpatient eating disorder unit, PHP/IOP for eating disorders and general mental health, and private practice. Stephanie strives to provide trauma-informed care, utilizing CBT, DBT, and a strengths-based approach to help clients work towards recovery from their eating disorder.
Matthew A. Berger, MD
Medical Director of Eating Disorder Program
Matthew A. Berger, MD is currently director of the Senior Medical Mental Health Unit at Moses Taylor Hospital, located in Scranton, PA; Program Director for the Short-Term Acute Treatment Unit at First Hospital located in Kingston, PA, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Berwick, PA; and also operates a private practice in Moosic, PA. Dr. Berger also provides psychiatric services for local correctional facilities and several drug and alcohol treatment programs in the Greater Scranton area. He has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1989.
Dr. Berger earned his medical degree at Universidad Central Del Este, located in San Pedro De Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency at Delaware State Hospital in New Castle, DE., followed by his fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Berger is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Forensic Examiners, as well as a member of the American Psychiatric Society.
Dr. Berger serves as a preceptor for medical students, physician assistant students and psychiatric nurse practitioner students. He has served as an expert forensic witness on a federal level as well as in the states of Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He is also a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials.
Director of Operations
Stacy was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. She got involved with pills in college and unfortunately, became and IV heroin and crack user. After getting sober the first time around, Stacy began in the addiction field as a Business Development Representative in 2012. After a relapse, she officially got clean in 2015 and began working as a Behavioral Health Technician. Aside from working as the lead office manager for Banyan, Stacy is a key speaker for local high schools in New Jersey, for Recovery Advocates. Her favorite part of her job is running groups throughout the week and helping clients, which she’s passionate about because it keeps her grounded. Stacy hopes to return back to school for a degree in business, as well as social work, and use the skills she learns to help combat addiction that is very much prevalent in her own community.
Xiomara Jimenez was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA with a Puerto Rican background. She received a Bachelor’s degree for nursing at Temple University in 2008 and later on received her Master’s from La Salle University in 2018. Although Xiomara has not first handedly been affected by drug abuse, she has witness the affects it has made on the lives of both friends and family. Xiomara began her career has a Nurse Practitioner working in PHP and IOP level of care for substance use disorders, while simultaneously running a Sub Oxone maintenance program. She then went on to helping women and children who suffered from mental health and substance use disorders. Growing up in North Philadelphia, she witnessed the destruction drugs and alcohol had on the community as well as the impact it had on the families involved and believed how one helping hand could provide the necessary courage and make all the difference in an individual’s life.
Veterans Business Development Representative
Michael Urban is a Veteran in recovery and a LCSW in the state of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Widener University where he earned a master’s in Social Work. While at Widener, Michael completed a certificate in the treatment of trauma and has been trained in the application of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Over the past five years, he has worked in all levels of care within the addiction field. He created a program to treat substance use and eating disorders concurrently which has then been applied to the Banyan Eating Disorder Program in Philadelphia, PA. Furthermore, Michael began building a private practice where he worked primarily with individuals who suffer from co-occurring eating and substance use disorders. Towards the beginning of 2020, he founded and ran a program for Veterans and First Responders, to assist circumstances resulting from COVID 19. Currently, Michael is a Veterans Business Development Representative with Banyan Treatment Centers and has implemented a Veteran’s program and believes in helping establish relationships with veterans’ hospitals across the Country.
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.