Villa Garda


Via Montebaldo, 89, 16 – 37016 Garda (VR-I)

Contacts: 045 6208611, Fax 045-756132


Inpatient and day-hospital for eating disorders 

The unit treats severe cases of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders NOS.

The treatment is based entirely on on the 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) (4) psycho-educational groups; (6) meetings with significant others; (7) CBT family therapy for adolescents.

The treatment is conducted by a multi-disciplinary (non-eclectic) team composed of physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, dietitians and specialized nursing staff all trained in CBT-E

The treatment protocols adopted at Villa Garda has been evaluate in a controlled study designed and carried out in collaboration with prof. Christopher Fairburn from Oxford University: Dalle Grave Psychother Psychosom 2013.pdf
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

Information for patients. Inpatient CBT-E

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Villa Garda Eating Disorders Unit

Inpatient and day-hospital treatment for severe obesity

This treatment program is indicated for persons presenting a severe degree of obesity or obesity associated with serious medical and/or psychological complications.

Treatment is based on a original and individualized lifestyle modification programs and includes the following procedures: (1) assessment and diagnosis; (2) nutritional rehabilitation; (3) physical rehabilitation; (4) cognitive behavior therapy; (4)  medical management of the complications associated with obesity.

The treatment is conducted by a non-eclectic, multi-disciplinary team composed of physicians, clinical psycholoogists, dietitians, nursing staff and physiotherapists.

The unit has been accredited as Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management (COM) by European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and the Società Italiana dell’Obesitá (SIO)

The efficacy of the treatment has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial Dalle Grave R, Calugi S, Gavasso I, El Ghoch M,  Marchesini G. A Randomized Trial of Energy-Restricted High-Protein versus High-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat Diet in Morbid Obesity. Obesity 2013;21:1774-1781.

The treatment showed promising results also for patients with severe obesity associated with binge-eating disorders. Calugi, S., Ruocco, A., El Ghoch, M., Andrea, C., Geccherle, E., Sartori, F., & Dalle Grave, R. (2016). Residential cognitive-behavioral weight-loss intervention for obesity with and without binge-eating disorder: A prospective case–control study with five-year follow-up. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(7), 723-730. doi:10.1002/eat.22549

Information for patients (pdf, in Italian) 


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