At Montecatini, we know that eating disorder recovery is neither a straight line nor a linear process. There can be many up’s and down’s on the road to healing, and it is often very helpful to have therapeutic support and a compassionate environment to turn when challenges stand in the way of a successful recovery.
We wanted to provide more support for women in our community battling eating disorders, so we recently launched Customized Recovery Services—therapeutic groups and meals designed to strengthen recovery and bring about connection, compassion, and healing.
All groups are led by a Montecatini Therapist or Registered Dietitian, and the programming can complement your current outpatient treatment, weekly therapy, and support groups. You can select which groups and meals work best for you, and customize them to your schedule and recovery needs. So that all women 16 and older can access these healing groups, insurance is not required and groups are offered at affordable rates.
Our goal at every meal and group is to empower you to reconnect you with the strength and wisdom that is already inside you, so that you can live free and recovered! If you have any questions about Montecatini’s Customized Recovery Services, or would like to try a therapeutic group for free, please contact us at 760-436-2657.
*If it’s your first time attending, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your first session to allow for check-in.
Program Group Information
Group therapy is the main intervention used in the Customized Recovery Services. In addition to body image groups, the following groups are offered each week:
- Self-Esteem: This group focuses on helping clients develop self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. The majority of women with eating disorders can benefit from developing and strengthening these traits. The group addresses the causes of feelings of inferiority, perfectionism, and negative self-talk. Learning to recognize their inner critic, and becoming more nurturing of themselves, participants in this group will improve their overall mood and create the basis for joyful living.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This group teaches a variety of skills to assist clients in living more effectively and achieving their goals. The skills learned focus on distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned, and then reviewed in the next session. Practicing these skills will help ingrain them so that they are readily available in times of crisis and distress.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This group teaches clients how their thoughts and actions influence their feelings. By learning to understand their automatic thoughts, cognitive schemas, and irrational beliefs, clients will be better able to change those into healthier cognitions, which will lead to an improved sense of wellbeing. Additionally, by learning and practicing what actions to take to lead a healthier life, clients will have the experience of becoming the person they truly desire to be.
- Relapse Prevention: This group focuses on learning to identify the conditions that put clients at a greater risk for relapse, and how to more effectively cope with those situations when they arise. Clients will learn to identify the thoughts, feelings, and situations that put them at risk for relapsing, and create personalized plans for how to appropriately and successfully respond. Clients will learn through identifying components of past relapses and what can be done differently in the future. This ability to learn from past mistakes to better prepare for the future is known as a prolapse.
- Nutrition Education: The nutrition education group educates clients on various topics such as, but not limited to: the metabolic rate, natural set point, basic nutrition, dispelling diet myths, food preparation techniques, food safety, grocery shopping, intuitive eating, estimating portion sizes and how food can affect mood state. Through nutrition education, clients will be able to make informed, educated choices about their food, while also understanding how their eating disorder behaviors affect their psychological and physiological states.
- Body Image: This group focuses on the social and cultural pressures women are presented with to conform to a specific body ideal. Clients will explore the origins of their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of their bodies, and what changes they would like to make in order to lead a healthier and more satisfying life. The group will also discuss how to resist the pressures to conform to stereotypical ideals. This group integrates the teaching of mindfulness, acceptance, and expressive articulation with effective cognitive and behavioral procedures for body image change.
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