Treatment methods

Permanently normalise your eating habits

Body and mind are a unit. To offer you a new perspective on life, we at Schoen Clinic take medical, psychological and social factors into account in your treatment. Physicians, psychologists and therapists work together to support you in more securely handling stress factors and permanently normalising your eating habits.

Conservative treatment methods

Inpatient bulimia treatment

In the one-on-one and group psychotherapy, we first work with you to clarify the individual factors that contributed to you developing and perpetuating your bulimia. On this basis, our therapists work with you to develop problem-solving strategies to prepare you for everyday life at home. The treatment regimen includes elements such as creative therapy, sport and exercise therapy, relaxation therapy, cooking classes, nutrition therapy and biofeedback.

Components of our treatment concept

In the framework of a structured treatment regimen, we encourage you from the onset to take on as much responsibility for yourself as possible. We support you in developing your self-control abilities and motivate you to engage in new experiences.

Eating disorder group
Group therapy sessions are a primary component of the treatment The focus is on the factors that perpetuate the bulimia. The exchange with other group participants often provide insights into how the problem even arose. You will come to understand your thought patterns a realise that you are not alone with your problems.

Creative therapy
Here, you can express your therapy topics and the related emotions in images or sculptures. Images provide direct access to your thoughts, feelings and experiences. At the same time, you can take a step back, assess your work and thus gain a curative distance from yourself.

Progressive muscle relaxation against stress
Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a classic relaxation technique: It is intended to put you into a state of inner calm and physical relaxation. You will be sensitised to the signals in your body so you can recognise stress reactions faster in the future and prevent ravenous appetites. PMR can also result in more self-confidence, positive thinking, better sleep as well as an improvement of your physical symptoms.

Sport therapy and physiotherapy
The focus here is uncovering physical, psychological and social disorders. On the one hand, you will improve your strength and endurance and thus increase your well-being. On the other, you can get to know your body again in a playful way. You will learn how to break down fears and protective behaviour and regain trust in your body. Additional goals include being able to realistically assess your own fitness and ability to handle stress as well as recognising signals from your body and psyche.

Nutrition therapy and cooking classes

A kitchen and refrigerator are part of life. If you can properly handle food, eating can become a part of your everyday life again. Here, you will learn, for instance, what “normal portions” are and that it is important to be full. Eating in the group is also part of your therapy. Experiencing eating as something to enjoy is the major goal.

Nutrition counselling and nutrition journal
Bulimia patients often have very precise and comprehensive knowledge about the calorie content of foods. However, their ideas of healthy and adequate nutrition is completely irrational. This is where nutrition counselling comes in. We also ask you to keep a nutrition journal. In it, you will document the food you eat as well as accompany situational, emotional and thought-related processes in writing. This way, we can analyse the frequency and triggers of your binge eating attacks.

Outpatient bulimia treatment

If you do not suffer from a loss of control, participating in an outpatient self-help group can improve your illness significantly. Even temporary outpatient treatment measures can help. What is important is that you understand the relationship between your ravenous appetites and the previous limitation of food and eat adequately-sized meals and, most importantly, regular meals.