There are different levels of treatment for eating disorders. The first is individual psychotherapy where a client meets with a therapist for one hour a week. The treatment may or may not be augmented with dietary counseling sessions with a dietician. In some cases a physician is involved to monitor the client medically.
Another form of treatment when an individual needs more structure and support to change behaviors, is an intensive out-patient program where the individual will come to therapy a few times a week and will include different forms of therapy including individual psychotherapy, family counseling, and possibly group therapy.
The most intensive type of treatment available is residential or inpatient hospitalization where the patient is in a facility for a period of time. This is when medically the client is not stable and is needing a more structured environment to assist in recovery.
The therapeutic relationship provides the interpersonal context in which the individual can begin to develop their authentic self and move past the limitations of the eating disordered thought process.