At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we know that struggling with eating comes in many different forms. What does not change, however, is our belief that every single one of our clients is capable of inspirational feats of healing and growth. If you are reading this, you are likely wrestling with some type of eating disorder. As a message from all of us at Center of Hope, know this: There is still hope. There is still time to claim the better life that you deserve, and we would be honored if you chose to come heal from your eating disorder with us.
Struggles with healthy eating come in many forms, and sometimes these struggles are severe enough to warrant seeking professional care. The symptoms of eating disorders vary, but they all include some form of unhealthy eating behavior, coupled with emotional turmoil. Sometimes people may not eat enough, as is the case with anorexia. Other times, they may eat too much, as in binge-eating disorder. Still others may eat large amounts of food but then use various methods to rid themselves of the food they ate, as in bulimia. Many individuals with eating disorders also struggle with low self-esteem and preoccupation with parts of their bodies that they find unattractive.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we know the unique challenges that you face when you have an eating disorder, so we have created a safe space where you can recover and realize that a brighter, healthier tomorrow is within your reach.
Types of Treatment Offered at Center for Hope of the Sierras
From the day we accepted our first client in 2003, Center for Hope of the Sierras has been dedicated to providing life-changing treatment to adolescents and adults who are struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring conditions. Housed in a beautiful 10-bed country-style home in a quiet neighborhood, Center for Hope is a nurturing and supportive environment in which clients work in close collaboration with experienced professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their compassion and commitment to helping others.
Our treatment options include residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs for adolescent and adult males and females ages 16 and up (ages 14 and up for PHP and IOP). We are one of the very few programs in the nation that provides specialized treatment for individuals who are dealing with diabulimia. We also accept clients who follow vegetarian or vegan diets, and are equipped to care for those with celiac disease.
Center for Hope’s treatment is founded on the principles of intuitive eating. We believe that our bodies know when they are hungry or full, so we strive to develop our “ear” for listening to our bodies’ signals. Because our bodies guide our eating, food is considered to be nothing more than fuel to help our bodies run. Intuitive eating seeks to remove the dieting mentality and reclaim a balanced, joyful approach to eating, which then provides a robust foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating behaviors.
At Center for Hope, you will receive comprehensive care that has been personalized to meet your specific needs. Depending upon your unique situation, you may follow treatment plans that include the following elements:
Medication management: If your eating disorder is accompanied a by co-occurring mental health condition, you may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into your treatment plan. Our medication management services include weekly meetings with a psychiatrist, and ongoing medication management provided by registered nurses.
Individual therapy: As a residential client, you will receive three individual therapy sessions each week with your primary therapist. These individual sessions provide a valuable opportunity for you to process any successes or setbacks that you have experienced, as well as address any questions or concerns that you have about treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the primary forms of treatment at Center for Hope. Groups allow you to share your insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice the new skills that will support long-term recovery from your eating disorder. Residential clients participate in two to three group therapy sessions every day, Mondays to Fridays. Group therapy sessions, which are led by therapists and social workers, may focus on the following topics:
- Recovery maintenance
- Process group
- Co-occurring disorders
- Life skills
- Family systems
- Body image
- Music and art appreciation
- Mindful eating
- Anxiety management
Experiential therapies: Experiential therapy provides clients with the opportunity to engage in activity-oriented experiences that may incorporate recreation or active education as part of the therapeutic process. Every week, residential clients at Center for Hope have several opportunities to participate in experiential therapies, such as the following:
- Yoga (offered one to two times per week)
- Cooking class
- Music appreciation
- Equine therapy (Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is offered weekly)
- Creative expressions
At Center for Hope, we understand that residential care is just one step in the long-term process of recovering from an eating disorder. To ensure that you are able to successfully maintain and build upon the progress that you make with us, we begin planning for life after discharge on the day that you start treatment.
Depending upon your specific objectives, as well as the progress that you make during treatment, discharge planning may include a range of aftercare options, including step-down treatment at a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), or referrals to community-based support services. To ensure that you have the support you need to make a healthy and productive transition, our staff aftercare coordinator follows up with you at regular intervals for six months following completion of residential treatment.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we respect the courage that it takes to enter treatment, we welcome each person who chooses to heal with us, and we pledge to remain true to our mission of providing a nurturing and supportive environment where you are treated with the utmost dignity and compassion.
To learn more about Center for Hope of the Sierras, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our program is the perfect place for you to begin your recovery journey.