Eating Disorder TreatmentOrange County, California, Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Eating Disorder Residential Extended Care Treatment Program

Eating Disorder Residential Extended Care Treatment is a perfect solution for clients coming to this program from a residential setting as a step-down level of care or perhaps their eating disorder has not yet progressed to require the higher residential level of care. Either way, often both of these clients are motivated for their recovery, but simply can’t seem to do it on their own at home. Many of our clients report upon admission, that they have a difficult time maintaining their recovery when they are alone, feeling lonely, during free time or stress or especially at night. This eating disorder program is designed, not to eliminate those times, but rather to hold you through them and help you use the tools you are learning to as a new method of coping. Our clients have the opportunity at this level of care with the help of the staff and community to replace their self-sabotaging coping behaviors with their newly learned healthy coping behaviors.

Typically, before coming to eating disorder treatment at this level, your activities of daily living (ADLs) may have been a challenge for you, so we provide the needed additional structure to assist you in you in establishing your health more strongly.  In addition to staying in our well-appointed home in an upscale neighborhood, we provide transportation during your clinical time in our Eating Disorder Residential Extended Care Treatment Program.  Our Nutritional Staff—which includes the professionalism and expertise of our registered dietician—assist you in approaching mealtimes with more informed choices, decreased fears, and greater confidence.  Our Kinesiologist will help you approach your physical goals and exercise plans in a more healthful manner, monitoring measures of your long-term health, such as your metabolism.  Our therapists work with you to identify your triggers and teach you tools and how to use them to overcome these triggers. In addition, there is deep, meaningful therapeutic work you are able to do to help you resolve the underlying issues related to your eating disorder.

Usually, when a client is fairly early in remission from eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, our Eating Disorder Extended Care Program is the appropriate level of care. This level of care can also include individuals whose disordered eating might not yet have progressed to the clearly diagnostic degree of acuity.  Even if your condition hasn’t yet advanced, you may require an additional degree of clinical structure and attention.  We have seen that dedicating a block time and commitment at an earlier stage of eating disorders has led to happily successful recovery in individuals, who might otherwise have suffered years of their disorder.  In addition to treating the disordered eating, we also help you establish preventative measures needed for long-term health.

Some clients might also struggle with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. These disorders can include Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Histrionic Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphia Disorder, and Substance Dependency or Abuse.

Let's say, for instance, that your struggles include fragmentation anxiety; you might feel like it's chaotic inside, life makes no sense, or you're always at war with the world.  You may too have problems with control, with achievement, with relationship, with abandonment, with self-harm, and with stress.  It is important to find and maintain a clinically strong external frame or structure that over time, you can internalize in a healthy manner, providing a deeper sense of clarity and coherence both to your experience of the world without, as well as the world within. This strong support is one of the key features of our Eating Disorder Extended Care Program; there are both freedoms and responsibilities, where the healthy balance outside eventually becomes the healthy balance within. 

In groups and individual therapy, the clinical paradigms available to you at this level of care include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Equine Therapy, Psychoeducation, Spirituality, Pastoral Counseling, Mindful Eating, Yoga, Experiential Nutrition, Guided Imagery, Relapse Prevention, Lifeskills, Academic and Vocational Consultation, Couples Counseling, and Family Systems Therapy.  Our team is a tight-knit group of professionals that includes a licensed marriage and family therapist, doctoral-level psychotherapists, masters-level counselors, an EMDR therapist specializing in trauma, a registered dietician, an exercise physiologist, and a consulting team of medical professions, including a physician, a physician's assistant, and a psychiatrist.

Our team is waiting to help you begin living your life.  Let us help you live past your eating disorder.  You can recover, so call now:  1-800-285-4642