Eating Concerns Consultation Team
Eating disorders are complicated medical and psychological issues that affect a wide range of individuals. The Office of Student Life is invested in supporting students who may be struggling with eating disorder concerns in order to positively impact overall wellness and assist them in achieving their life goals.
Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS), Student Health Services and the Student Wellness Center collaborate together to form the Eating Concerns Consultation Team (ECC). This group is a multidisciplinary team consisting of mental health professionals, physicians and nutritionists who collaborate to provide appropriate assessment, intervention and support to students on Ohio State's campus who are struggling with eating disorder concerns.
The ECC team provides ethical and effective treatment practices for students with eating disorders. As a collaborative team, this means that students typically will have a comprehensive assessment with:
- a therapist
- a dietitian/nutritionist
- a physician
Following this assessment, a student may be discussed in treatment team meetings in order to collaborate for care and identify the most appropriate treatment recommendations for that individual.
The ECC team understands that eating disorder treatment may be long term in nature and require a higher level of treatment than can be provided through on-campus resources. We are dedicated to connecting students to community resources necessary for their care and that best fit their needs.
The ECC Team will continue to assess a student's progress and recovery and make updated recommendations based on the student's progress and level of functioning and students who remain in the care of the ECC team may receive services by the providers at Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS), Student Health Services and the Student Wellness Center.
To get started, it is recommended that you complete a phone screening at CCS to determine which therapy/treatment services are best for you. It is also recommended that you see a physician at Student Health Services to determine your medical needs. You may also be recommended to schedule a Nutrition Coaching appointment with dietitian Janele Bayless at the Student Wellness Center.
For more information, please contact committee chair, Samantha Tortora.
Why do you use a team approach in the treatment of eating disorders?
Eating disorders are complicated medical and psychological issues that affect a wide range of individuals. Because eating disorders can impact an individual’s physical health, emotional health, day-to-day functioning and other aspects of their wellness, it is best practice to provide eating disorder treatment that includes professionals that can address these multiple facets of wellness and health.
Who is part of the Eating Concerns Consultation (ECC) Team?
- Co-chairs: Student Health Medical Director, Dr. Mary Lynn Kiacz and CCS senior staff therapist, Samantha Tortora
- Therapists and psychiatrist at Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)
- Dietitian at the Student Wellness Center
- Physicians and other medical professionals at Student Health Services
Is the ECC Team a treatment program?
The ECC Team is not a treatment program, but is rather a team of professionals who work collaboratively. Members of the team can provide outpatient treatment services, provide consultation with other professionals on campus who provide treatment and refer students to higher levels of treatment when needed.
What types of services are available through the ECC Team?
Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service provides mental health services for enrolled Ohio State students, as well as students’ dependents covered through the Student Health Insurance. CCS services include brief individual therapy, group therapy, consultation, assessment and workshops.
Students can also meet with a registered dietitian through the Nutrition Coaching program at Student Life’s Student Wellness Center and receive medical care and evaluation through Student Life’s Student Health Services at the Wilce Student Health Center.
What levels of treatment are available to me through the ECC Team?
Level of treatment is a very important consideration. Depending on an individual’s needs and the severity or complexity of an eating disorder or related concerns, one may need different elements or levels of treatment. An individual typically will see a therapist, a dietitian and a physician for an assessment/evaluation. Following this assessment, a student may be discussed in ECC team meetings in order to collaborate for care and identify the most appropriate treatment recommendations for that individual.
How do I know if the Ohio State ECC Team is a good fit for me?
It is recommended that you complete a phone screening at CCS to determine which therapy/treatment services are best for you. It is also recommended that you see a physician at Student Health Services to determine your medical needs.
How does this work with my health insurance?
All Ohio State students (regardless of type of health insurance) get up to 10 free individual therapy sessions per academic year (this restarts each fall semester) at CCS. The ONLY exception to that is if a student has the Ohio State Student Health Insurance (not just the Wilce Supplemental insurance). If a student has the Student Health Insurance, a student may be eligible to receive a total of up to 20 individual therapy sessions per academic year. This is because CCS is the preferred mental health provider for the Student Health Insurance.
What if I need a level of eating disorder treatment that is more intensive, longer-term or more ongoing in nature?
The ECC Team and associated professionals are happy to help in providing referrals for higher levels of treatment. We can assist in locating additional services in Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio. Below are some links to eating disorder treatment programs in Columbus that provide various levels of treatment.
The Center for Balanced Living is a specialized eating disorder organization providing comprehensive treatment, research, and education services for adolescents and adults in Central Ohio.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program provides treatment services for individuals up to age 21.
What if I do not think my eating concerns are serious enough, or I do not think I have a diagnosable eating disorder?
Even eating related problems that do not meet criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis can cause significant problems. It is recommended that anyone seek help who has concerns about their eating patterns, body image, self-esteem or weight.
Do I need to see a therapist, dietitian and a physician?
Because of the physical and emotional components of eating disorders, it is generally recommended that you see a therapist, dietitian and a physician who should work together as a team. Your individual needs will determine how often you are seen by each treatment provider and the level of treatment that best fits your needs. A health professional can help you determine your specific treatment needs.