Treatment of eating disorders tend to focus on the numbers: the person’s weight, body mass index, the calories consumed, the tally of times she or he eats in each day. This strategy often fails because the disorders are not a numbers issue – eating disorders are a mental health issue.
Sovereign Health’s adolescent eating disorder program provides holistic treatment for girls 12–17 years old, targeting toxic thought patterns and choices. We heal from the inside, out.
Treatment Starts And Ends In The Mind
Treatment at Sovereign Health’s adolescent eating disorder program empowers clients to turn self-hatred into self-love, self-harm into self-care, and self-destruction into self-acceptance.
Our mission is to help individuals with eating disorders develop and maintain a healthy relationship with their minds and bodies. Cognitive therapies, life-coaching, coping workshops and dining exercises help reverse the dysfunctional relationship with food and dyspmorphic body image.
Through individual and group therapy, we will arm eating disorder patients with alternative coping mechanisms to manage stress and other triggers to reduce the risk of relapse post-discharge.
Not About The Food
Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego understands eating disorders often begin with childhood trauma, family dysfunction or school and extracurricular stressors.
That’s why we provide residential treatment, away from it all. Our summer camp-like atmosphere fosters a refreshing sisterhood atmosphere in a calm and controlled environment. Cabins feature an open floorplan wherein the young women can create fellowship and benefit from groups psychotherapy sessions and in-house activities.
Eating disorders are not actually about the food. They’re about festering depression, overwhelming anxiety and an ever-increasing self-loathing. The individual is desperately clawing to regain control over her experiences by wielding dictatorship over the only thing she sees before her: food. It’s a wild power struggle within the mind, and if she wins, her body loses.
In Sovereign Health’s eating disorder treatment program we don’t punish or have cold turkey “zero tolerance” rules for behavioral relapses like many treatment centers. Through positive reinforcement and nonjudgemental reflective observation and diaglogue Sovereign’s trauma-informed staff instead focuses on reducing episodes through teaching intuitive eating. Again, the focus not being on the food, but on the person first, and her state of mind before, during and after her nourishment.