ERC/Insight Behavioral Health Center, Seattle, Washington Expands Mood, Anxiety and Trauma-Related Treatment Program to Adolescents

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Expansion of MATR Program Answers the Growing Need to Provide Mental Health Services to Adolescents

ERC/Insight Behavioral Health Center, Seattle, Washington (ERC/Insight Washington) announces today the expansion of its mood, anxiety and trauma-related (MATR) program to adolescents ranging from 12 – 18 years of age. The expansion of MATR to adolescents reflects the growing need and increased referrals to provide an intense and unique level of care to this age group. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness1.

“Early diagnoses and intervention are essential to reduce the potentially harmful impact mental health disorders can have on adolescents,” says Lara Schuster Effland, LICSW, Regional Managing Director of Clinical Operations for ERC/Insight Washington. “It is with great pride that we extend our unique and intensive mood, anxiety and trauma program to some of the most vulnerable patients battling these disorders, helping them and their families begin a lifetime of healing and recovery.”

The adolescent program offers two levels of care: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). IOP will consist of comprehensive support services with three hours of programming per day, three to five days a week. PHP will provide similar services at eight hours during the week and six hours on the weekend, seven days a week.

For both IOP and PHP, patients can expect the same level of high quality of care and expertise as the adult program. Program offerings include:


  • Structured schedule of individual and group therapy emphasizing development and practical use of recovery skills in interactions outside of the treatment environment
  • Patients encouraged to continue working with outpatient treatment professionals as an adjunct to IOP participation or may have treatment team in house
  • Direct-admit or step-down level of care
  • Weekly individual therapy


  • Daytime medical and psychiatric support as needed
  • Structured schedule of individual, family and group therapy and mood-focused nutrition education emphasizing learning and practicing recovery skills
  • Opportunities to practice recovery skills during evenings at home
  • Direct-admit or step-down level of care
  • Twice-weekly individual therapy, weekly patient centered meeting with treatment team, and twice-weekly psychiatry visits

The program works closely with a patient’s therapist and/or psychiatrist (in the community) to ensure continuity of care. It uses an integrated treatment approach that focuses on behavior change modalities from evidence-based treatments, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention, Behavioral Activation, and Radically Open- Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It also supports these treatments with a strong influence from mindfulness focused, behavioral therapies and trauma informed practices.

ERC/Insight Washington recognizes the need for the synergy of care between eating, mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Its unique programs give patients access to multiple levels of care and programs in one setting, increasing their likelihood of achieving and maintaining long-lasting recovery.

In addition to ERC/Insight Washington, ERC/Insight locations that offer the MATR program include Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; Round Rock, TX; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX and The Woodlands, TX.

For additional information about ERC/Insight Washington and the MATR program, as well as our eating disorder treatment services, please call (513) 245-4305 to speak with a Masters-level clinician or email

About Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health Centers
Eating Recovery Center (ERC) is the only national, vertically integrated, health care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders at any stage of the illness. ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age or gender, struggling from: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, unspecified eating disorders, as well as comorbid, co-occurring and dual diagnoses. Led by the world’s leading experts in eating disorder treatment, ERC provides a full spectrum of eating disorder recovery services through an unmatched network of multiple locations across seven states.

ERC partners with Insight Behavioral Health Centers (Insight) to offer best-in-class treatment for mood, anxiety and trauma-related conditions for children, adolescents, adults and families, including depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; bipolar disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; trauma attachment disorders; personality disorders; self-injury; co-occurring substance use; school refusal; social anxiety, autism spectrum conditions or characteristics; adjustment disorder; grief and complicated grief.


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