Tina Nowak founded Tapestry, a residential treatment facility that caters to adult women and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, in 2007. The Western North Carolina adult program offers home-like living accommodations and treatment built around strength based care for those with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. The goal through treatment is that clients gain a new sense of self through evidence-based and holistic methods and psychoeducation, all of which promotes empowerment and self care.
Accommodations and Food
The women’s only residential treatment facility is in Brevard, North Carolina and set within a Victorian style, two story home that accommodates up to six women. There are private and semi-private bedrooms that are beautifully furnished, spacious and complete with all the comforts of home. Clients can spend time on the oversized front porch or hang out around the fire pit out back in between therapy sessions. Common areas in the house include a large living room space with TV, piano in the front hall, cable and Wifi throughout and a work out room that’s used for yoga and meditation purposes. Since all treatment takes place on site, there are also therapy rooms and offices for staff. Clients have access to their cell phone throughout treatment and can regularly keep in contact with loved ones as well.
A big part of success within the program is that clients learn how to cope with their feelings when it comes to food, and have experiential things that push them to face their fears. There are weekly excursions to restaurants and grocery shopping trips with staff support. Clients have a personalized meal plan that they shop for and, with the help of staff, they learn how to prepare their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
The adult program begins around 7:30 am and includes a full day of therapy and recreational activities. This can mean early morning medications if needed, followed by some form of movement therapy or exercise, holistic therapy like art therapy or listening to a TED Talk, journaling, group therapy and individual therapy. There are regular nutritional education classes, and skills building sessions, and groups that focus on reclaiming beauty, self care, DBT, gratitude, and relapse prevention. Other therapeutic approaches include CBT, EMDR and trauma-informed care.
Many incoming clients have a dual diagnosis, and the multidisciplinary team of clinicians is fully equipped to handle any of their needs. There is a psychiatrist on staff who can manage medications, and substance abuse treatment and education.
Treatment can last anywhere from six to 10 weeks, with the average client staying for eight weeks or more. Through the treatment all takes place in the house and clients are mainly on site during their entire stay, the program is designed to allow for personal reflection and growth with plenty of down time.
Tina Nowak, the founder of Tapestry, is an RN who oversees the programming. Staff includes a medical director, PMHNP, LPNs, LPCs, CEDS, Registered Dietitians and LCSWs.
Tapestry offers a variety of additional therapeutic experiences like Reiki and massage. There are also weekly family therapy sessions provided. Additionally, clients have time to work in the community garden, have a revolving schedule of house chores, put in some time volunteering, and once a week equine therapy.
The women’s only adult residential program through Tapestry helps guide clients into new self discoveries through education and experiences. There are a variety of therapeutic options and step-down treatment programs for continued support and care. This organization and its primary adult residence are a valuable asset to the community they serve.
11 N Country Club Rd
Brevard, NC 28712
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