At Magnolia Creek, we meet the needs of the whole person by treating not only the eating disorder, but also the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each woman in our care. We believe that All Foods Fit, meaning there are no “bad” foods and there is room for all foods. Our holistic approach allows us to help our clients to honor their hunger and fullness cues and to understand that all body types were created for a purpose.
Upon admission to Magnolia Creek, clients will meet with a registered dietitian within 48 hours for an initial nutrition assessment. For their first 48 hours, clients are placed on a standardized meal plan. During the initial nutrition assessment, the client will receive an individualized meal plan tailored specifically to their needs to meet their weight restoration goals.
After completion of the initial nutrition assessment, clients will meet weekly with their dietitian for 30-90 minutes to discuss any nutrition-related topic ranging from education of macronutrients to discussing the functions of their eating disorder to developing acceptance/tolerance of their current body as it restores weight. As progress is made, clients gain freedom and responsibility related to meal planning, preparation, and dining.
Treatment in Stages
There are four stages of DBT treatment across the weeks of therapy. What happens during each stage depends on the women’s behaviors. Also, there’s no set time frame for each stage so that they can progress at their own pace. In either case, therapists provide support as they achieve their treatment goals.
In the first stage of DBT, women often have out-of-control behavior and are miserable. They could try to harm or even kill themselves. Some of them use alcohol or drugs and engage in self-destructive activities. The therapist’s objective is to help them achieve control over their behavior.
Women might feel as though they live in quiet desperation during the second stage. Although their behavior is under control, they continue to suffer from trauma or similar issues. Therapists aim to treat co-occurring disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder if it’s part of the women’s diagnoses.
During the third stage of dialectical behavioral therapy, women learn to live. They define goals for their lives and grow respect for themselves. They also achieve happiness and peace.
Not all women need the fourth stage of treatment. It involves finding a deeper meaning in life through spirituality. It’s only necessary when living with ordinary happiness and unhappiness doesn’t work. During this stage, women transition from feeling incomplete to leading a life of ongoing experiences of freedom and joy.
Learning skills and how to apply them in everyday situations is one of the main components of DBT. Most of the skills training occur in a class-like group setting. Clients get homework every week to practice the skills in real life.
Mindfulness is an essential skill that teaches women how to accept moments in the present. Doing so prevents them from acting or reacting with negative behaviors. Interpersonal effectiveness improves how they interact with others. They learn how to ask for what they want, refuse an offer, and cope with conflicts in healthy, effective ways.
Distress tolerance is a dialectical behavioral therapy skill that teaches women how to deal with pain. It’s a natural development from mindfulness that helps them tolerate and survive crises. Emotion regulation allows women to identify and label their emotions and obstacles so that they can apply distress tolerance strategies. They also learn how to increase mindfulness and positive emotional events.
Magnolia Creek Can Help You or Your Loved One
Do you want to get eating disorder or mental health treatment for yourself or a loved one? Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders can customize a unique treatment plan. Our goal is healing in a peaceful environment where clients feel comfortable.
At Magnolia Creek, we can treat a variety of eating disorder and mental health conditions. For instance, we offer anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, depression, and trauma treatment. Our staff uses several evidence-based therapies, including CBT and internal family systems. In addition, we provide holistic care such as:
- Group sculpting
- Guided imagery
- Art therapy
- Equine therapy
Gaining control over emotions and behaviors is within reach. Dialectical behavioral therapy at Magnolia Creek can provide the guidance that you or a loved one needs. Learn more about our programs by calling 205-409-4220.