Center for Hope of the Sierras Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Center for Hope of the Sierras


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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Center for Hope of the Sierras provides a safe environment for those recovering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and related disorders. It is one of the country’s top eating disorder facilities, with residential treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for men and women ages 16 and up.

Accommodations and Food

Treatment takes place in a large home with wrap-around porches, all on an expansive property covered in green lawns and trees. The facility has 10 beds, inviting sitting areas, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and a spacious floor plan. Rooms are shared between two to three clients, each with twin beds, dressers, nightstands, a shared desk and a comfy reading chair. Residents are allowed up to two electronic devices, but they can only be used during free time and on the weekends.

Towards the beginning of the program, each client meets one-on-one with a nutritional therapist for help with meal planning. As they progress, residents are expected to help prepare and portion their own meals as a way to confront and overcome their compulsive behaviors. By the end, clients are expected to be involved with menu planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation, with all meals finally served family-style.

Finally, restaurant outings are a regular part of the program used to help residents deal with eating in situations with more social pressure. Special dietary needs can also be accommodated pending the approval of the treatment team.

Treatment and Staff

Center for Hope of the Sierras offers individual therapy, family and group therapy, DBT and support for co-occurring disorders. The Intuitive Eating philosophy is also emphasized, which teaches residents to synchronize their body, mind and emotions to hear internal hunger signals. Groups include topics of core values, relapse prevention, anxiety management and body image. Other available therapies include poetry writing, meditation, mindful movement and life skills training.

More unique is the fact that clients also participate in a weekly cooking class. In these sessions, residents learn simple recipes and cooking techniques, all while becoming more comfortable with food and meal preparation. All groups are facilitated by accredited staff members.

The staff includes a psychiatrist, medical internist, nutrition therapist (with a PhD in nutritional biochemistry), licensed MFTs, LCSWs and 24-hour-a-day nursing assistants. In addition, Center for Hope employs a group of specialized contract therapists including an art therapist, equine therapists and yoga and meditation instructors.

Family visits are considered after two weeks, though there are no set visiting days; each client is assessed individually. Depending on the assessment of the treatment team, visits can be scheduled accordingly provided they don’t conflict with any previously scheduled groups or sessions.


Some bonus recreational activities include trips to the movies or the theater, community events, bowling, yoga, massage, equine therapy and expressive art therapy (writing, visual art and dance).

In Summary

Treating women with eating disorders is a delicate business, and it appears that Center for Hope of the Sierras is fully aware of that fact. Holistic treatment methods are used to great effect here to deal with each resident’s deeper emotional issues. If no other treatment for eating disorders has been effective and finances allow, Center for Hope of the Sierras could be a good choice for recovery.

Center for Hope of the Sierras Location

601 Sierra Rose Drive #202
Reno, NV 89511

Center for Hope of the Sierras Cost

$67,500 (45 days). Reach Center for Hope of the Sierras at (877) 828-4949 or by email. Find Center for Hope of the Sierras on Facebook

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  1. I am a mother of a former patient and consider CFH a complete hustle. They capitalize on the fact so many ED patients are vegan and there are very few treatment facilities available for vegans. If you have a loved one under the age of 25 who is impressionable, I would RUN from this place. Their staff is unprofessional and one of the counselors is an intern without a license. They talk a great game to get you there (and your money) and then don’t deliver on anything. I hope I can save at least one patient from wasting their time and money but most importantly a damaging experience. Please hear me that if you have an impressionable young person CFH will do more harm than good. Please look at any other place for treatment besides CFH.

    • I believe all patients at CHS are different. When a person is 18-25 they are no longer considered young and impressionable. I went there and despite me being an adult when I went there, there were a few girls who were under 18. Some people are not ready to face their e/d, and oftentimes with these people they can be impressionable. When I first went into treatment I was in my mid 20’s and I learned other e/d behaviors and “tricks” from the people I was in treatment with. I am thrilled that CHS permits vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. When I went to my first program they did not allow any patient to eat vegetarian meals, and honestly that was more detrimental to the patients than anything. You want to be able to not fear,hate, or resent food. After I went to the first program I hated, feared, and resented all food. I felt as if I was being forced to eat food, and I had absolutely no control over what I was allowed to eat. I have not been in a program since I was last in CHS’s program, and that was in 2009. CHS saved my life, and some women that I became friends with as well.
      I also wanted to comment on having a counselor as an intern. I am currently working on my Master of Social Work, and when I intern I will be interning as a counselor. I am in a clinical program, and that is how people learn. As long as the person who is supervising me there is a licensed professional in my field guiding me it is allowed. As an undergrad I worked with a LCSW practicing Play Therapy. Without hands on experience one would never learn. It is a common practice for interns to be hands on, because it is the only way to learn.

    • I wanted to reach out to you personally as all of us at Center for Hope are so dedicated to our clients. As you know, there will always be someone that has complaints and we encourage honest feedback from patients and referral sources as we are not perfect and are always looking to make improvements. With that said, the comment about a therapist being an unlicensed intern is a very harmful statement that is grossly inaccurate and unethical. All of our therapists ARE licensed. We do work with our local university to have “interns” do their internships and practicums with us but they DO NOT work with clients as their therapist. They come in to learn from our therapists and do not do any independent work.

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