Types of Supportive Therapy to Use for Eating Disorders

Traditional medicine will sometimes aim to treat the symptoms of what people are dealing with – rather than the overall cause of the problem. This is true in nearly every type of medicine, including mental health. While it’s certainly helpful to utilize traditional medicines and therapies, supportive therapy approaches pain (whether emotional or physical) differently. Supportive therapies work to address the underlying causes of pain, working to help people discover true, lasting healing. 

Why Are Supportive Therapies Important? 

Unlike traditional therapies and medicine that approach just the physical body, supportive therapies approach a person as a whole; body, mind, and spirit. So, using them in treatment for mental health issues can help in addition to traditional treatments. 

Supportive therapy focuses on support and acceptance, helping to encourage individuals to overcome obstacles using respect and communication. Additionally, a goal of this therapy is to give individuals the confidence and realization that they can overcome obstacles themselves. And, give them some helpful tools to do so.

Some Examples of Supportive Therapies 

Here at Lotus Healing, we believe in the positivity and full-person approach that makes supportive therapy so useful in mental health treatment. That’s why we offer a number of supportive therapies for women in our programs. 

Some of these therapies include: 

  • Biosound Healing
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Art Therapy
  • Eat, Breathe, Thrive

Biosound Healing

Biosound Healing is a type of therapy that uses guided imagery, massage, music, and biofeedback. Here at Lotus Healing, we have a biosound healing room that houses our biosound equipment. Here, you’ll experience this therapy with the guidance of your biosound therapist who works to run the machine and conduct meditative techniques, breathing exercises, and positive affirmations. 

Overall, the goal of biofeedback is to give an individual practice of controlling bodily functions and increase peacefulness through relaxation. 

Trauma Therapy

Commonly, people who live with substance abuse disorder or eating disorders, or both may have experienced trauma at some point in their lifetimes. Trauma therapy is a type of therapy that utilizes a number of techniques, both supportive and traditional, to help women living with the effects of trauma. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic, therapeutic approach that involves the insertion of needles into specific pressure points of the body’s skin. With thousands of years of history and evidence, acupuncture works to provide a number of benefits including stress reduction, pain reduction, help with sleeping, and more. When used in conjunction with other therapies, these benefits are greatly beneficial to anyone struggling with mental health issues. 

Art Therapy

A part of therapy, and in turn, recovery, is identifying emotions and processing them so that healing can occur. So, it’s good to attempt to process emotions in a number of ways. One of the ways we do so at Lotus Healing is art therapy.

In art therapy sessions, you’ll be able to express yourself through creativity and a little bit of crafting skills. And, experience the many advantages of art therapy like anxiety reduction and boosting self-esteem. 

Eat, Breathe, Thrive

Lotus Healing original supportive therapy that’s a three-part approach – Eat (nutrition guidance and eating), Breathe (mindfulness yoga), and Thrive (self-confidence and body image). 

The goal of combining all of these supportive approaches is to give women the knowledge and confidence to use what they’ve learned during their time with treatment. And, help them discover long-term solutions to both negative thinking and self-love issues. Thus, helping them further on their journey to recovery from eating disorders, substance abuse, or both. 

Try Supportive Therapy for Yourself With Lotus Healing

Supportive therapy, in combination with other effective, traditional mental health tools, offers women a different type of opportunity for healing and recovery. 

If you want to utilize a treatment that approaches support from supportive therapies like those mentioned above, learn more about our therapeutic sessions on our website.

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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Lotus Healing helps substance use and mental health providers, foundations, organizations and healthcare companies address urgent healthcare challenges that impact their ability to provide high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations by prioritizing organizational leadership, structure, education and research and commitment to improved organizational wellbeing.

Lotus Healing helps substance use and mental health providers, foundations, organizations and healthcare companies address urgent healthcare challenges that impact their ability to provide high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations by prioritizing organizational leadership, structure, education and research and commitment to improved organizational wellbeing.