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.
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
601 Sierra Rose Drive #202
Reno, NV 89511
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