Our Programs > Adolescent Program

At BALANCE, we offer flexible treatment options for Adolescents ages 12 to 17.  BALANCE is the only treatment center in NYC that offers a small group setting, allowing us to provide the best possible care available. Our Adolescent Programming has three treatment options:  

The After-School Program

  • Customizable schedule to meet exact level of support needed: clients can do 1, 2 or 3 program sessions per week
  • For girls and LGBTQAI youth ages 12 - 17 years
  • Provides tools for integrating recovery into school, family and social life
  • Small group setting of up to only 8 clients, providing a low client-to-clinician ratio
  • Weekly individual nutrition counseling, and goal setting 
  • Group therapy including: Body Image, Mindfulness, Drama Therapy, Relationships and Nutrition Education
  • Multi-family groups for families and clients
  • Snack provided daily with mealtime support and exposure therapy
  • Co-treatment model providing ongoing communication and collaboration during treatment with referring team members

Specialized Adolescent Day Treatment Track

  • Twice weekly multi-family group to support recovery within the family system
  • Individual and group nutrition specifically for teens to address the challenges of meal planning within the school/social/family context
  • Drama Therapy, DBT, and Body Image Group to help teens creatively explore identity, develop coping skills, and navigate social and cultural pressures
  • Meal support with restaurant outings
  • Individual and family case management with an Adolescent Specialist

Saturday Program for Adolescents

  • A program schedule that meets on Saturdays from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (lunch group), allowing the continuation of school commitments
  • An initial consultation and evaluation (psychological and nutritional)
  • Individual treatment planning
  • Small group setting of only 8 clients, providing a low client-to-clinician ratio
  • Behavioral, cognitive and psychodynamic group therapy with a focus on challenges to recovery, skills building for mood and impulse management, and body image work
  • Experiential group therapies (art therapy)
  • Nutrition groups that focus on neutralizing and legalizing food, debunking food myths, the media's influence on body image, eating habits and self-confidence, and what "healthy" eating really means
  • Mealtime support and processing
  • Weekly nutrition therapy session available (separate fee) 
  • Exposure therapy (restaurant meals, challenge foods)
  • Multi-family group therapy and education
  • Co-treatment model providing ongoing communication and collaboration during treatment with referring team members