Do I Have an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder often begins to emerge when there are obsessive dieting behaviors combined with strong feelings of low self-esteem and poor body image. It is an illness that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Common eating disorder types include anorexia (characterized by restricting one’s food intake to below minimum daily caloric requirements on a regular basis, resulting in extreme weight loss), bulimia (consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time, followed by excessive exercising or vomiting), and binge-eating (consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time followed by feelings of guilt, shame and loss of control).
We have successfully treated adults and adolescent teens suffering from all types of eating disorders. At aspire Wellness and Recovery, we always have intake specialists available if you would like to call and schedule a free, confidential evaluation to find out whether or not you or a loved one may be suffering from an eating disorder.
A Patient-Centered Approach
Aspire Wellness Center has been operating patient-centered eating disorder treatment, wellness and recovery programs in residential, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care throughout Northern California for over a decade. In our nearly 30 years of experience operating behavioral health programs, we have found that the struggles and challenges that every individual faces are so unique, that an individualized therapy approach that allows the patient to actively contribute to their recovery must be utilized in order for any treatment plan to have long lasting success.
A Focus on Individualized Treatment
At Aspire Wellness Center, we believe that eating disorders are often caused by a combination of psychological, biological, interpersonal, and social factors. We focus on helping to improve self-esteem, self-concept, how one experiences emotions, relationships, and social support system(s). When anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse or other related mental health issues are present, we also address these as part of each individual’s customized treatment plan.
We accomplish excellent results with our participants by providing a comprehensive Psychological Evaluation at admission as well as intensive individual therapy by licensed eating disorder therapists (2 – 3 sessions per week on average). Individual consultations with our Registered Dietitian for meal planning are also provided weekly.
An Effective Nutrition Philosophy
We approach nutrition from the basic premise that all foods are good in moderation. Individuals entering our program have often developed complex relationships with food which involve restricting, bingeing, purging and many other compensatory behaviors. Participants work closely with our registered dietitians to create a personalized eating plan designed to meet their unique nutritional needs.
What is most unique about our programs is that we empower our patients by giving them the freedom to make their own food choices. Our patients also learn how to shop and prepare their own healthy meals, as well as how to portion their foods with the guidance of our dietitians and nutritionists. We never tell our patients what they must eat!