Villa Garda is a clinic founded in the 1920s. It is situated in a valley, surrounded by hills that slope down towards the town of Garda, which is situated on the eastern bank of Lake Garda in the province of Verona. The Clinic falls within the remit of the Veneto Region Local Health Unit (ULSS 22).
The clinic provides eating disorders treatment, within the regional healthcare plan, offering diagnostic and healthcare services to outpatients and inpatients.
The unit treats severe cases of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorders and other eating disorders NOS.
Treatment is based entirely on enhance cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-E) and includes the following procedures and strategies: (1) assessment and diagnosis; (2) assisted eating; (3) monitoring of weight and eating habits; (4) round-table sessions (individual weekly meetings with a patient and all the team members); (5) individual psychotherapy; (6) psycho-educational groups; (7) meetings with significant others; (8) CBT family therapy for adolescents.
Treatment is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team composed of physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, dietitians and specialised nursing staff all trained in CBT-E.
Treatment protocols adopted at Villa Garda have been evaluated in a controlled study designed and carried out in collaboration with Prof. Christopher Fairburn from Oxford University.
Outcome data are particularly promising for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: Dalle Grave R, Calugi S, El Ghoch M, Conti M, Fairburn CG (2014) Inpatient cognitive behavior therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: immediate and longer-term effects. Front Psychiatry 5:14. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00014
The treatment has been described in the following publications
Dalle Grave R. (2013). Multistep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory, Practice, and Clinical Cases. New York: Jason Aronson
Dalle Grave R. (2012). Intensive cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders. New York: Nova Press.
Dalle Grave, R., Bohn, K., Hawker, D., Fairburn. C.G. (2008). Inpatient, Day Patient And Two Forms of Outpatient CBT-E. In C.G. Fairburn (Ed), Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders (pp. 231-244). New York: Guilford Press.
Dalle Grave R. Intensive Cognitive Behavioural Treatment for Eating Disorders. European Psychiatric Review, 2011;4(1):59–64