Therapeutic Approach and Objectives

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Monte Nido’s treatment approach focuses on interpersonal relationships as the core to healing. Through highly individualized care, clients work towards restoration of physiological and nutritional balance, the implementation of healthy eating and exercise routines, the elimination of destructive behaviors, and the development of motivation and treatment engagement.

We also emphasize the development of insight and coping skills for the emotional and psychological issues that create risk for relapse and can represent barriers to becoming fully recovered. Our objective is to help each client achieve a clear understanding of their eating disorder and its effect on their life, as well as an individualized appreciation of what is necessary for their personal recovery.

We help clients do the following:

  • Eliminate restricting behaviors and work toward the reduction and elimination of other eating disorder and exercise disorder behaviors
  • Heal their relationship with food while addressing weight, nutrition, exercise, thoughts, and behaviors
  • Achieve nutritional, metabolic, and medical balance
  • Develop insight into disordered thinking, attitudes, and behaviors; the underlying causes of their eating or exercise disorder; and their destructive patterns in self care and in relationships
  • Understand the connections between food- and body-related behaviors and emotions
  • Practice appropriate expression of feelings
  • Work toward achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight while learning how to stop using numbers to measure self-worth
  • Improve body image and work on acceptance of natural body size and shape
  • Use journaling and self-monitoring as lifelong recovery skills
  • Work with families and significant others to identify and modify patterns that may be complicating recovery
  • Develop an effective aftercare plan that includes strategies for relapse prevention and arrangements that ensure a smooth transition to aftercare providers

Therapeutic Approach

  • We are human beings first, therapists second
  • We practice truth without judgment
  • We skillfully balance nurturing and challenging
  • We work on strengthening each client’s healthy self
  • We teach clients to reach out to people rather than their eating disorder
  • We combine evidence-based treatment with mindfulness practices and other therapies
  • We are experts at using recovered staff as inspiration and role models
  • We meet every client where he or she is at in order to create an individualized treatment plan

Ten Phases Of Recovery

  • I don’t think I have a problem
  • I might have a problem, but it’s not that bad
  • I have a problem, but I don’t care
  • I want to change, but I don’t know how and I’m scared
  • I tried to change, but I couldn’t
  • I can stop some of the behaviors, but not all of them
  • I can stop the behaviors, but not my thoughts
  • I am often free from behaviors and thoughts, but not all the time
  • I am free from behaviors and thoughts

Carolyn Costin, MEd, LMFT, CEDS | Monte Nido Founder