The treatment method used for interval treatment is rather comprehensive and integrative, developed since 1982 by the founder of the M.H.E. Clinic Göran Carlsson. Before the clinic started he developed and used the method on an outpatient basis at Mora hospital.
The method is rooted in Ericksonian psychotherapy and methods from solution focused therapy and CBT. An important part is a pedagogical model of the anatomy and physiology of the body, used in strategic way, to teach the patient how to eat and stay thin in a healthier way. We also use individual psychotherapy, group activities (mindfulness, compassion etc.) as parts in the treatment method.
For patients with eating disorders the M.H.E. Clinic have developed an unique treatment method. The patients participate in outpatient treatment 3-5 days in a row and get intensive therapy, both individually and in a group setting. Then they go back home for one to three weeks, carrying out carefully selected home assignments, specially adapted to them as individual patients, to practice their therapeutic learning in their own social environment. Then they come back for another week of therapy, after which they go back home for some weeks again. And so on. We call it an interval-treatment arrangement. Compared to other specialized treatment methods in Sweden, both in private clinics and hospitals, our method is usually very cost-effective.