Eating Disorder Center of California
Many of us at the EDCC have walked the path of recovery ourselves and we know that even with hard work and the best intentions, these problems can be hard to tackle, especially single-handedly. We believe that a supportive environment and a connected community helps people to learn and blossom and encourages them beyond what they could have done alone.
Not all eating disorders are alike. We work hard to help you develop an understanding of how your eating disorder works and what fuels it. We also know that no two recoveries are alike. We want to help you to connect to your values and intentions—who you are, not what you look like.
Both clients and loved ones report that hearing the staff share their personal experience in recovery has been helpful in their own journey. They report that working with recovered staff increases clients' and parents' hope for the future. Seeing staff eat normally with clients helps clients to know that it is possible to have a healthy relationship with food. The staff’s experiences also enable them to anticipate many of the pitfalls in thinking and behavior that can keep problems in place and make forward movement difficult. For parents, the staff’s personal knowledge can help facilitate understanding and at the same time, help them to figure out how to be a useful support without inadvertently fueling the eating disorder.
At the EDCC we believe nutrition and exercise are crucial areas of recovery. We deal with nutritional status, metabolism, and biochemistry, and teach clients what this information means in terms of their recovery. At the same time, we believe that eradicating problematic behaviors is not enough. We believe it is essential to help clients to figure out who they are when they are not influenced by their eating disorder and what it is they want for their lives. We help clients to discover what the eating disorder initially promised a person and how they can get these desires in non-destructive ways. In addition to individual, group and family therapy, we provide education, nutritional counseling, life skills training, mindfulness and spiritual enhancement.
We believe that in healing eating and exercise disorders we must engender purpose and meaning in our clients' lives by providing non-denominational spirituality and what we call "Tending The Soul." We work to instill soulfulness and a spiritual dimension back into the lives of our clients. Once clients are reconnected to the spiritual, sacred and soulful aspects of life, the need for the symptoms diminishes.
Mindfulness is an important part of this process. Jon Kabat Zinn says, "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally."
The EDCC incorporates a variety of mindfulness experiences and activities. Our staff includes therapists who are trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which incorporates mindfulness as a core part of treatment. In addition we offer Yoga, meditation and Nia, all in the effort to enhance each person's mindfulness skills.
It is often difficult for people with anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders to go inside and quiet the critical mind. We help give clients the ability to have awareness without judgment. Having the ability to go inside and stay non-critical of one's own experience, whether it is the breath, an emotion, or something as simple as eating is beneficial in recovery and optimal living.
One of the greatest benefits to the EDCC is that people get to recover in their own environment. While residential programs can be helpful for people who feel it is essential to separate themselves from the challenging things in their environment, eventually they have to reincorporate into that environment. At the EDCC we help you deal with everyday pressures as they are happening. In day treatment people are able to use the structure of the program as support some of the time and also to experiment and practice new skills in their day-to-day lives. We have groups specifically designed to help people define intentions for their time spent outside of the program and then follow up groups to discuss the successes and set-backs of these events. Peers in the program tend to become very close as everyone encourages each other to face fears and reach new heights.
A Letter from Monte Nido’s Founder, Carolyn Costin:
HAVING RECOVERED MYSELF I know the pain and courage involved in accepting and then battling an eating disorder. Making the decision to enter a treatment program is a difficult step. Many factors have to be considered by you and those concerned with your welfare.
I believe that the Monte Nido's approach to eating disorder treatment is what you, and others like you, have been waiting for.
In order to come to a Monte Nido facility, you do not have to be ready to give up your eating or exercise disorder. We consider it our job to help you get ready to do that. We do not expect defined goals or even a clear commitment that you want to get better. Instead, we are prepared to help you define those goals and develop commitment. Working with our staff, many of whom are recovered themselves, you will learn that you can conduct your life free of your disorder, but you will ultimately have the power as to whether or not you choose to do so.
Monte Nido has successfully helped many others like you gain insight into the destructive behaviors and underlying emotional issues that interfere with being a healthy successful self. We give you the tools to restore your body and mind to a natural, healthy functioning state with our therapeutic protocols and using both allopathic and naturopathic treatments.
We believe you can be fully recovered, where food, weight and exercise are no longer used in self-destructive ways and where what you weigh is not more important than who you are. We are committed to helping you reach this goal.