Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment

Eating disorders and substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand.  At Turnbridge, we screen and assess for eating disorders both before and during a client's residency.  Clients who meet medical criteria are provided a customized eating disorder treatment plan that may include a combination of therapeutic meals, individual and group therapy, one-on-one support from a dietition/nutritionist, enhanced behavioral monitoring, and frequent measurement of vitals.

Eating disorder treatment at Turnbridge helps clients normalize their eating patterns by developing a balanced and sustainable relationship with food free from negative or distorted thoughts about self, listening to and trusting the body’s internal cues to determine hunger and fullness, and learning an approach to eating as a means to meet the body’s daily nutritional needs.

Eating Disorder Treatment Specialists

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JOY ZELIKOVSKY - PSY.D., HSPP, M.A., M.PHIL.EE., M.S.ED
Director of Eating Disorder Services
Joy received her Doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She has also completed a Master’s of Philosophy in Education and a Master’s of Science in Education in Professional Counseling and Psychological Services, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is also credentialed as a National Health Service Psychologist.

Most recently, Joy was the Supervising Psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi, providing therapeutic services in the college counseling center, and had worked in several other college counseling centers during her training and education. Joy also has experience working in private practice settings and community mental health. As the Director of Eating Disorder Services at Turnbridge, Joy uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help both men and women who are struggling with addiction and eating disorder concerns. Additionally, Joy provides psycho-diagnostic assessment to those engaged in services at Turnbridge. Joy also continues to teach at the graduate level to help prepare the next generation of mental health clinicians.
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ASHLEY DEBELLA - MS, RD, CEDRD, CD-N
Clinical Dietition
Ashley DeBella is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD) and a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). She received her Master of Science in Nutrition and her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition from University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Ashley spent her first year of college at Sacred Heart University, where she was recruited as a Division 1 track athlete with a specific interest in cross country running.
 
Prior to joining Turnbridge, Ashley worked for 5 years as a Dietition at Institute of Living’s Eating Disorder Programs, while also performing nutritional consults and facilitating nutritional groups in their Schizophrenia Treatment Center for young adults and adolescents. Additionally, she worked as a consultant dietitian for Newport Academy in Bethlehem, CT.

Ashley believes nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery from an eating disorders and substance use disorders. At Turnbridge, Ashley helps clients to establish a balanced, sustainable relationship with food, free from negative or distorted thoughts about oneself. She believes in the “All Foods Fit” philosophy, and uses psychoeducation as a tool to help clients recognize the adverse medical implications of disordered eating and the importance of recognizing hunger and satiety cues related to physical need, rather than emotional triggers.