At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we know that seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be a difficult decision that is made all the more challenging when you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring body dysmorphic disorder. However, we believe you are capable of change for the better. We respect you and honor the courage it takes to ask for help. Motivated by our belief that each person is deserving of a better life free from the pain that eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder can cause, we are eager to welcome you to our center and would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by a preoccupation with one or more perceived flaws or defects in one’s physical appearance that are either not observable to others, or are not seen as being as prominent to others as they are to the individual battling the disorder. While many people may see themselves differently than others see them, those who are suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, also known as BDD, experience these preoccupations to such an extent that it results in clinically significant distress. The impact of this disorder may be so intense that it also causes impairment to arise in important areas of daily functioning. Sadly, many individuals who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder also struggle with eating disorders. Whether it be anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, or a related condition, the obsessive thoughts that are characteristic of BDD can lead individuals to engage in disordered eating patterns in a futile attempt to fix whatever physical aspect of themselves they are displeased with.
Eating disorders and co-occurring body dysmorphia can be exceptionally painful, but they are, fortunately, disorders that can be successfully treated. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we walk alongside you and help you heal from the pain of these disorders. We are committed to working with you and supporting you through your journey to improved health.
Types of Treatment Offered at Center for Hope of the Sierras
Since opening our doors in 2003, we, at Center for Hope of the Sierras, have been dedicated to providing caring and compassionate treatment to adolescents and adults who are battling eating disorders. In addition to being a world-class eating disorder treatment center, our knowledgeable staff members are fully trained and qualified to treat an array of other co-occurring conditions, including body dysmorphic disorder.
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Center for Hope offers residential treatment for male and female adolescents and adults, ages 16 and older, and outpatient treatment for male and female adolescents and adults, ages 14 and older. When individuals are suffering from the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, in addition to struggling to overcome symptoms of an eating disorder, the highly skilled staff at Center for Hope can provide individualized treatment that is tailored to meet their specific needs.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood and surrounded by lush lawns and gorgeous trees, residential treatment at Center for Hope is offered in a beautiful, country-style home that sets the stage for a serene place to begin the healing process. In this comfortable setting, you are provided with the opportunity to work with supportive staff members who dedicate themselves to creating a welcoming environment that is truly conducive to healing and lasting recovery. In keeping with our mission to meet individualized needs, we are also pleased to be one of very few eating disorder residential treatment programs that are able to accommodate clients with celiac disease, and clients who follow vegan or vegetarian diets.
Our treatment approach focuses on helping you remove a dieting mentality and develop an intuitive, mindful eating philosophy. We view food as nothing more than fuel for our bodies, and we hope to instill in you a desire to honor your body by giving it appropriate nutrition. It is our goal to help you become an intuitive eater, as we have found that training in intuitive eating provides a strong foundation on which to build lifelong healthy eating habits.
In order to address your eating disorder and co-occurring body dysmorphic disorder, our residential programming allows you to partake in the following therapeutic interventions:
Medication management: If you are suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition(s) alongside an eating disorder, you may benefit from the addition of certain psychotropic medications into your overall treatment plan. However, the use of any medication is always determined on an individualized basis. You have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once a week, and registered nurses are available to handle all medication management services.
Individual therapy: Clients meet with their primary therapists for individual therapy sessions three times each week. These one-on-one sessions are designed to be a time for you to process through your experiences in treatment and discuss any concerns that you have in a private, confidential setting.
Group therapy: One of the core components of treatment at Center for Hope is group therapy. Led by therapists and social workers, you will participate in two to three groups each day, Monday through Friday. The specific types of groups and the topics discussed in those groups will vary but may include the following:
- Process group
- Family systems
- Co-occurring disorders
- Anxiety management
- Life skills
- Body image
- Mindful eating
- Music and art appreciation
- Recovery maintenance
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a well-rounded approach to treatment, we provide you with multiple opportunities every week to engage in experiential therapies. These therapies are designed to expand upon the more traditional therapies offered and may include the following:
- Music appreciation
- Creative expressions
- Cooking class
- Equine therapy (offered on a weekly basis)
- Yoga (offered 1-2 times per week)
Recognizing that comprehensive treatment does not end when residential care is complete, Center for Hope of the Sierras is pleased to offer a full continuum of outpatient treatment services. Including both a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program, these outpatient services are designed to ensure that you receive the support you need to continue on your journey to recovery. Therapists will collaborate with you during your stay in the residential program to make sure that you are comfortable with the transition into your next level of care. Additionally, Center for Hope’s aftercare coordinator will check in with you in consistent intervals for up to six months following your discharge.
If you are suffering from an eating disorder while also battling the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, look no further than Center for Hope of the Sierras. Here, you will receive compassionate care in a supportive environment that will help you jump-start on the path to lasting recovery.