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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant restrictive food disorder, or ARFID, is an eating disorder characterized by an ongoing inability to meet nutritional needs due to eating or feeding disturbances. People who struggle with ARFID are extremely selective due to a lack of interest in eating or in food itself, sensory issues such as texture or smell, or concerns about potential consequences, such as choking. Unlike other eating disorders, ARFID is typically unrelated to body image or weight concerns. If you or someone you love is dealing with symptoms like these, our team at Focus is here to help.

Warning Signs

  • Fear of vomiting or choking
  • Reluctance to eat with or in front of others
  • Severe weight loss
  • Lack of appetite or interest in food
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Issues with concentration
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Dry hair, skin, and nails or thinning hair
  • Avoiding certain foods based on color, texture, or smell
  • Nutritional deficiencies
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Treating Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Our multidisciplinary team is committed to upholding clinical excellence while providing compassionate care for every patient seeking treatment at Focus. Care with us utilizes the following therapeutic framework: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-informed care (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned/non-diet approach
  • Art therapy
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure programming
  • Yoga, meditation, & mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation and skill building groups
    • Body image
    • Emotion regulation
    • Shame resilience and self-compassion
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family therapy and support
  • Relapse prevention and early discharge planning for sustained recovery

We care.

Why Focus?

Helping others find healing and recovery is our passion and life’s work. We work together to create a safe and compassionate treatment environment for everyone who walks through our doors.
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We're experienced.

Why Focus?

Our experienced and multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, therapists, dietitians, nurses, and support staff who are great at what they do. We’re wholly committed to providing the best possible care.
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We've been there too.

Why Focus?

Many of us are walking our own paths of recovery. That means we understand your struggles first hand because many of us have experienced the same adversities ourselves. We believe this insight helps us better support you.
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A Program That Meets Your Needs

Seeking treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help you find the right program for you or your loved one. Learn more about our program offerings through the link below.


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