Preferred Nutrition is an eating disorder recovery and nutritional counseling facility located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Treatment is provided on an outpatient basis and aims to have clients learn to have a healthier relationship to food along with learning life and coping skills to remain in an empowered state in terms of their eating disorders. One of the key elements of the programs at Preferred Nutrition is the concept of introducing a “non-diet” approach as a means to a well balanced life.
Treatment and Staff
Programming is offered within packages of services that focus on different needs and concerns that their clients face. There is a general nutrition program that lasts around three months that establishes achievable goals while in treatment, offers meal planning and grocery shopping assistance, and five 30-minute sessions with a registered dietitian every other week. Another track offers guidance towards moving into a primarily plant based diet. It consists of a meetings with an RD, meal planning sessions and food prep combined with a grocery store tour. There is also a program that solely deals with having clients stop the cycle of dieting where a nutritional assessment is performed, and the concept of finding alternatives to emotional eating while having mindful meal experiences and regular treatment sessions with an RD on a bi-weekly basis. This track is also designed on a three month basis.
Preferred Nutrition also offers several group therapy options per week that have both a therapeutic and wellness tilt to them. There are eating disorder support meetings for adults, chair yoga, and open discussions surrounding self esteem and developing tools for body trust.
The approach at this facility through all levels of treatment is individualized and the counselors meet their clients where they are at and is centered around balance. Treatment methods include CBT, DBT, Family Systems Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. In addition there are elements of of holistic measure like art and yoga therapy. Programming is designed for all ages of clients from pediatric to adult, and staff works closely with medical professionals and therapists to offer evidence-based client focused treatment.
Along with the counseling and guidance parts of treatment at this clinic there are also treatment options for those who have difficulties with nturiton to due an illness like diabetes, allergies and GI conditions. During these sessions clients are given a thoughtful and thorough meal plan that details what the client can do to lessen their discomfort and symptoms.
The small, all female team at Preferred Nutrition are all RDs and licensed nutritionists who specialize in eating disorders and alternative treatment modalities like yoga and mindfulness.
There are online health options for clients who can’t make it into the office through phone or Skype. Additionally a recreational option known as Walk and Talk takes clients out of the facility and onto the local beach with one of the staff members to discuss their progress.
Having clients feel empowered when it comes to food is the main objective of the programming at Preferred Nutrition. There are several different avenues to take in terms of what treatment would best for each individual, and the personalized nature of these programs allows for growth and a boost in self esteem.
2380 S 3rd St, Ste 1
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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