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EATING DISORDER CENTER OF EUGENE
EATING DISORDER CENTER OF EUGENE
Monte Nido Eugene is a primary eating disorder day treatment program located in Eugene, Oregon. Monte Nido Eugene provides services for adults of all genders. Monte Nido Eugene is currently offering day treatment though a HIPAA-compliant virtual platform.
Through partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming, adults and adolescents of all genders participate in group and individual therapy, benefit from Monte Nido’s clinical, medical, psychiatric and nutritional expertise and experience real life challenges. Day treatment programming is available to graduates of a Monte Nido or those in outpatient therapy that need a higher level of care. Program offerings include:
- High number of individual therapy sessions, dietary sessions and psychiatric sessions
- Group therapy that establishes and solidifies other components of treatment. Family therapy including individual family sessions and multi-family groups
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to address co-occurring post traumatic stress disorder
- Motivational enhancement approaches to support behavioral change, 12-step meetings and sober living aftercare options with co-occurring substance use disorder
- Nutritional programming that meets differing nutritional needs
- Programming for Diabulimia, also known at Type-1 Diabetes
- Skills development through evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Comprehensive discharge planning
For female clients 18 and older, living accommodations are offered nearby at many of our locations. Clients participate in Monte Nido’s partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program during the day and return to the residence in the evening. This provides clients the opportunity to practice independent living within a recovery community that provides additional professional support and structure.
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A Letter from Regional Director of Clinical Services
There is nothing more courageous than asking for help when you feel lost. If you’ve found your way to us, I imagine your journey to this point has been lonely and, at times, hopeless. We understand those first steps through our door are no small task and starting the process of recovery can be painful. We believe everyone has a healthy voice that is waiting to be discovered. By cultivating this part of ourselves we open up new possibilities and opportunities to live a more soulful, authentic and connected life. Our team of experienced staff and clinicians create space for individuals not only to build new skills for recovery, but also explore issues of identity, relationships, meaning, purpose and joy. I believe a new life is possible for you and welcome you to take those first few steps with us.
Chris Willson, MS, LPC
At Monte Nido our goal is to help make treatment accessible and we are committed to working with families to access care. Each of our programs are in-network with different providers. We have also been able to coordinate single case agreements with providers if we are not in network with your insurance company. Please see our Financial Considerations page for more information.
We are pleased to offer weekly alumni groups. For more information, please contact the program from which you graduated or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eugene, Oregon Testimonials
Carolyn Costin’s workshop at this year’s National Eating Disorders Association conference was all about recovery, gathering strands from current research, feedback from recovered patients and strategies she’s come up with after 35 years of clinical experience. Costin, who herself recovered from an eating disorder, is founder and executive director of The Eating Disorder Center of California and Monte Nido, with centers in California and Oregon. The session was packed, and it’s no wonder; she is a dynamic, witty speaker with a no-nonsense style born of years of experience in the trenches. Here is a brief summary of her information- and advice-rich talk.
- Recovery is when you accept your own natural body size and shape, have a healthy relationship with exercise, and when you won’t compromise yourself to reach a certain number on the scale. Another sign of a return to health is “when you reach out to others for comfort and help, not your eating disorder.”
- “Your healthy self will heal your eating-disordered self. In other words, your eating disorder can’t be more powerful than you are, because it resides in you and is part of you. The idea is to integrate the two selves over time. The work of the patient, with the help of a therapist, is figuring out what anxieties and issues the eating disorder is solving, and how to replace the eating disorder with healthier coping mechanism. (I know, easier said than done, but clarity about your objective always helps.)
- Costin has patient’s journal before bingeing, because this, she said, “gives access to the part of you that binges.” She also has patients journal about “my last binge,” write a dialogue with their eating-disordered selves, role play, write a thank you letter and then a goodbye letter to their eating-disordered self. She has them write about their worst eating-disordered day, too.
- Learn to tell the truth. Don’t say, “I don’t like pasta.” Say, “I’m afraid of pasta.” This is the first step to overcoming the fear.
- Eating disorders are both about food, and not about food. While non-food issues (anxiety, trauma) may have helped trigger the disorder, you need to regain a healthy relationship with food in order to recover. Food is the phobic object, and you have to be hands-on with it.
- Feel your feelings. Learn “affect tolerance,” or how to live with unpleasant, scary or hurtful feelings, instead of turning to food to mask those feelings.
- Find meaning and purpose outside of yourself. “Religion is the bridge to spirituality and too many people get stuck on the bridge.” Eating disorders are the same: the eating-disordered person seeks something larger, but gets stuck in the eating disorder.
- Advice for counselors, equally applicable to parents, is: Adopt the attitudes of empathy and constructive curiosity. A supportive, empathetic relationship is crucial to recovery.
- Be a positive role model (in other words, “be okay with your own body,” model healthy eating at meals).
- Don’t take sides against the eating disorder. Be for the recovery process, not against the eating disorder).
- Think in the long term: Those who recover don’t throw in the towel.
Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto are co-authors of The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & Positive Body Image at Home (www.childhoodeatingdisorders.com)