RecoverED Eating Disorder Services | Burrell

Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs

RecoverED Eating Disorder Services

Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships for women and men of all ages. The good news: RecoverED Eating Disorder Services is here to help.

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RecoverED Intensive Outpatient Program

RecoverED Eating Disorder Services in Springfield is offering our area's only Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescent and adult eating disorders. This four-day-a-week program for adolescents 12 to 18 years of age, and is intended as a "next step" from standard outpatient care for acute eating disorder patients not yet needing inpatient treatment, or as a way to step down from inpatient, residential, or partial hospitalization treatment. (RecoverED's standard outpatient care option is detailed lower on this page.)

Why is IOP a needed option? With the exception of opioid addiction, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any behavioral disorder. Additionally, American Psychological Association data shows that you are more likely to successfully complete treatment for eating disorders if you have a dedicated, consistent team to help you along the way.

Those in need of this type of program currently have to drive to Kansas City, St. Louis, or Tulsa for care. This will increase access to much-needed care and eliminate travel barriers that may affect families in southwest Missouri. Additionally, this will be the only IOP in Missouri to readily accept Medicaid as payment, in addition to self-pay clients. More program details and information on accepted insurance will be posted on this page after the first of the year.

RecoverED IOP will offer:

  • Group therapy sessions four days a week, three hours a day
  • A daily meal with a registered dietician and a therapist
  • Meal prep help
  • Shopping
  • Individual therapy/dietician sessions each week
  • Goal-setting
  • Movement sessions (yoga, Tai Chi, etc.)
  • More

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Outpatient Eating Disorder Therapy

Outpatient therapy is designed for adolescent and adult women and men who need support and guidance but can manage eating disorder behaviors and thoughts in a well-supported home environment. The range of clients varies from patients just beginning the recovery process to patients well into the journey of recovery. Clients who need to restore weight or who are experiencing physiological distress should consider a more structured level of care.

Outpatient eating disorder treatment for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) at Burrell Behavioral Health is available for clients who are motivated, medically stable, and require little structure to maintain weight. Outpatient therapy is designed to assist clients with their emotional concerns as well as offering guidance with eating disorder behaviors. Clients often find it helpful to their recovery to attend an outpatient group offered during the week and to meet with an outpatient dietitian.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are complex psychiatric and medical illnesses. They have serious consequences to a person’s health and wellness, and can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, phases, or fads. Persons who struggle with eating disorders very often become obsessed with food, weight, and/or body image. Eating disorders can be life-threatening if they are not identified and treated. The earlier someone receives treatment, the greater the chance of a full recovery.

  • Anorexia Nervosa is primarily characterized by excessive weight loss, preoccupation with body image, and self-starvation.
  • Bulimia Nervosa is primarily characterized by episodes of binge eating, which is then followed by using a compensatory behavior to counteract the effects.
  • Binge Eating Disorder is primarily characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating without regular use of compensatory behavior
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) is an eating disorder that causes significant impairment, but does not meet all of the criteria for another feeding or eating disorder diagnosis. Examples of OSFED would be:
    • Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal – other criteria met)
    • Bulimia nervosa or Binge eating disorder (with behaviors that are less frequent)
    • Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)

Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

  • Preoccupation with food, weight, body image, calories, and/or dieting
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Evidence of purging, including self-induced vomiting, frequent bathroom trips following meals, periods of fasting
  • Developing abnormal, extreme, ritualized, or secretive eating habits
  • Evidence of binge eating – large amounts of food disappearing, food remnants left out
  • Excessive exercising
  • Feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, or isolation

These signs are not inclusive, but represent many indicators of an eating disorder.

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What does treatment involve?

Eating Disorders require the help of a trained professional who has expertise in treating eating disorders

The most effective treatment involves a multidisciplinary team approach so that the individual is engaged in psychotherapy or counseling, as well as attending to medical and nutritional needs.

Eating disorder treatment should be focused on the individual needs of each client

Eating disorder treatment addresses the presenting symptoms, as well as considering the biological, psychological, interpersonal, nutritional, and cultural considerations that aid impact the disorder

Experts in the field

Clients at RecoverED will have access to Individual and Group therapies with experts who have received specialized training in evidence-based practices. The RecoverED program team includes therapists/psychologists, registered dietitians, and psychiatric providers. We work closely with your regular physician to monitor medical stability, and to ensure that your treatment encompasses every aspect of your life.

When you begin working with your team at The RecoverED program you can expect to meet with your therapist one to two times per week, your registered dietitian weekly, and your psychiatric provider as recommended.

Your Individual Treatment team will include:

  • Licensed Clinician (1-2 Individual sessions per week)
  • Registered Dietitian (one 50-minute assessment followed by one 15-30 minute session per week)
  • Group Therapy (One therapy group per week)
  • Psychiatry (Appointments as recommended)
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What to expect

RecoverED Treatment Approaches

While treatment will vary based on individual needs, there are several common goals of eating disorder treatment.

Resources for Friends and Family + Eating Disorder Myths


No one should go it alone. Education for friends and family is vital to the recovery of anyone seeking treatment for an eating disorder. These resources will help educate you on the myths surrounding eating disorders as well as some best practices for being an important ally in treatment and recovery.

Support Guidelines for Friends and Family

Eating Disorder Myths (printable)

Additional information can be found online at,, or


Access the Care You Need

To access this service, take the first step of visiting one of the Burrell walk-in clinics near you. Our team will evaluate and assess the client's needs and identify the appropriate service for that person. Burrell walk-in clinics file insurance information and applications for financial assistance and schedule follow up appointments to start clients in proper care. Click the link below to find the walk-in clinics serving your area, see hours and find more information. Call 417-761-5000 with any questions.

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