Anorexia Nervosa

What anorexia nervosa is

  • Restriction of energy intake, resulting in significantly low body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat (despite having a significantly low body weight)
  • Disturbance in the experience of body weight or shape; undue influence of weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of low body weight

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What we treat

  • Anorexia nervosa -- restricting type
  • Anorexia nervosa -- binge-eating/purging type
    • Exercise addiction
    • Laxative, diuretic, enema abuse
  • Commonly co-occurring diagnoses, such as bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Commonly co-occurring medical issues, such as gastroparesis, dehydration, bradycardia, edema, anemia, and hypotension

Our program philosophy

  • Comprehensive and strengths-based
  • Includes (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director
  • Incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy

Goals for therapy

  • Eliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical modalities

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, experiential and symbolic experiential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy, reality therapy

Recommended reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

Testimonials

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    Client1Just wanted to let you know that everything's going great, and I'm not letting myself disappear. (My living situation) is ideal and I couldn't be happier. Thank you for helping me learn to love life.

    Former Client - Magnolia Creek

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    client2How do you thank someone who has given you their life back? I can't even put into words how much you all mean to me. Magnolia Creek was a gift from God.

    Former Client - Magnolia Creek

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    Client3You are changing people's lives. There is no greater thing than what you all are doing...Thank you for treating [our daughter] with respect and helping her recover herself back. What a gift you have given to us. We can never say thank you enough.

    Family of Former Client - Magnolia Creek

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