Eating Disorders

Specialized Eating Disorders Treatment for Women

Our women’s eating disorders program offers a safe, nurturing haven where clients receive specialized care from trained eating disorders experts. For women struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other disordered eating behaviors, our gender-separate program helps them address underlying issues that contribute to their illness, learn self-acceptance and healthy coping skills, and change their relationship with food from a way to cope and control to a means for nourishing the body and mind.

Gender-Separate Eating Disorders Treatment and Residences

Women-only residences and programming help clients feel safe sharing difficult emotions and experiences. Clients develop supportive relationships with other women struggling with similar issues. Our gender-separate setting and program encourage a close-knit, empowering treatment community that helps clients relate to and learn from each other, hold each other accountable, and practice healthy relationship skills. A beautiful desert backdrop and peaceful residences support recovery in a way that helps clients focus on themselves and getting better.

Expert Eating Disorders Treatment Team

Clients receive expert medical and behavioral health care to help heal the physical and emotional wounds of eating disorders. Our treatment team includes a dietitian with over 20 years of experience treating eating disorders as well as master’s level clinicians that help clients address the issues that contribute to eating disorders like trauma, relationship issues, intimacy disorders, poor self-image, unhealthy attachment styles and sociocultural factors.

Eating Disorders Treatment – Therapies and Approaches

Our eating disorders treatment team draws upon a blend of approaches shown to be effective for treating eating disorders, trauma and related issues. These include:

Individual Therapy – Through regular one-on-one counseling sessions with a primary therapist, clients develop a close, trusting therapeutic relationship that allows them to address their specific issues and gain new insights into their recovery.

Group Therapy – Group therapy encourages clients to explore issues among peers with similar experiences. Topics include nutrition education, trauma, shame, relationship and family challenges, and self-care practices.

Family Therapy – We integrate family therapy into treatment via phone or in person. Clients and loved ones learn about their family roles and relationship patterns and how to develop more effective ways of connecting and communicating. During their stay, clients also have the opportunity to participate with their loved ones in a full-day process called Common Ground family day, addressing relationships and family dynamics.

Nutrition Counseling – Our eating disorders treatment team includes licensed, registered dieticians who specialize in supporting clients with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Clients learn to maintain a healthy weight with proper nutrition and develop a healthier relationship with food.

Meal Support – With help from our treatment team, clients prepare and plate their own meals and engage in pre- and post-mealtime support to process emotions around food and eating.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Research has shown that this form of cognitive behavioral therapy is particularly effective for treating eating disorders. Through DBT, clients learn to regulate emotions and negative thought patterns and apply healthy coping skills in the face of triggers.

Trauma-Focused Approaches – Past trauma and PTSD often fuel eating disorders. Our treatment team is specially trained in approaches that help address and heal trauma like cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and Brainpaint® neurofeedback.

Body Image Work – Through body image exercises, clients learn about their food-weight-body misbeliefs and associations, and develop a more positive self-image.

Shame Resilience – People with eating disorders and other mental health issues often struggle with shame and self-hatred. We have therapists who are specially trained in Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ shame resilience curriculum. The Daring WayTM teachings help our clients address shame, comparison and scarcity, and learn to live wholly and authentically.

Medical and Psychiatric Care – Clients work with a medical team to restore their physical health. They also meet with our board-certified psychiatrist to manage mental health issues that may accompany eating disorders such as anxiety, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression and other mood disorders.

Eating Disorders Support Groups – We offer onsite and offsite support groups for eating disorders such as Emotions Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous.

Experiential Therapies – Eating disorders disconnect the mind, body and spirit. Our experiential approaches help clients reconnect these different parts. Some of our experiential approaches include equine-assisted therapy, adventure therapy, art therapy and music therapy.

Mindfulness – Practices like meditation and yoga can also help clients reconnect mind, body and spirit and also learn to let go of obsessive thoughts. Clients learn to integrate these activities into eating disorder recovery.

Real-World Experiences – We help clients prepare for the challenges of everyday life following treatment. They participate in grocery shopping, restaurant outings, dessert groups and other situations they’ll encounter post-treatment so they can practice healthy eating and self-regulation among potential triggers.

Start Your Eating Disorder Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or other eating disorders, we can help. Call us today to learn more about our specialized eating disorder program. 888-478-0036