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Mind Over Body


The Basics

Located in beautiful Palm Desert, California, Mind Over Body is an outpatient behavioral health organization that provides flexible treatment plans for eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. The facility was founded by Kelly Lewallen, a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) with a specialization in nutritional sciences. With a team that has expanded over the years, Mind Over Body now provides outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).

Treatment and Staff

Before beginning a program, clients go through an intake process to help staff members determine their needs. As the facility is non-medical and not particularly oriented towards treating substance abuse, detox services are not offered on-site. While the specifics of each plan may vary, treatment includes both group and individual therapy with evidence-based practices including EMDR, CBT and DBT. Trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis support for issues like depression or anxiety are also available.

In general, participants attend therapy three times a week for six to eight weeks. In addition to the methods mentioned above, programs also include nutritional counseling, exposure therapy, supervised meals with therapists and holistic methods like mindfulness training, Qi Gong and yoga. While 12-step participation is typically not required, those interested in peer support programs can get referrals to nearby meetings.

The staff at Mind Over Body is a small team of LMFTs, LPCs, nutritionists and psychologists.


Other services include couples and family therapy as well as extra individual therapy whenever necessary. Those who complete a structured program can also work with the clinicians to develop stepped down aftercare plans as well.

In Summary

Overall, Mind Over Body is small program with a specific focus on treating eating disorders. To that end, the program includes an impressive array of evidence-based therapy, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, nutritional counseling and supervised meals. Because the team is close-knit and the organization is relatively small, clients are sure to receive personalized, attentive care. For those in the area seeking flexible care for eating disorders, Mind Over Body is a strong resource worth considering.

Mind Over Body
43-585 Monterey Aven #4
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Mind Over Body Cost: $100 per hour (individual therapy); varies by insurance. Reach Mind Over Body by phone at (760) 200-3042 or by email at [email protected]. Find Mind Over Body on Facebook and Twitter

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