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Eating Disorder Center of Eugene
Eating Disorder Center of Eugene
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Monte Nido Eugene
Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Eugene is a primary eating disorder day treatment program located in Eugene, Oregon. Monte Nido Eugene provides services for adults of all genders. For female clients 18 and older, living accommodations are offered nearby. This gives clients the opportunity to practice independent living within a homelike community that provides additional support and structure.
Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming available to graduates of any residential program or those in outpatient therapy that need a higher level of care to treat their eating disorder. Our gender-affirming day treatment services are available to adults of all genders.
Through day treatment, clients participate in groups and individual therapy; benefit from Monte Nido’s level system; and experience real life challenges such as shopping for food, cooking meals and eating as a family.
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
- Treatment for clients with Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Diabulimia
- Specialized, integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders that focuses on stabilizing eating disorder and substance abuse symptoms, reducing urges, enhancing motivation and developing alternative coping capacities
Our gender and HAES-informed care reflects the following in all day-treatment programs:
- Recognition that healthy, recovered people come in all shapes and sizes
- Behavior focused, rather than weight focused philosophies
- Recognition that all bodies deserve to be nourished and experience satiety
- Openness of our kitchens and foods, and accessible as in a homelike setting
- All individuals can request and be provided more food for nourishment and/or satiety throughout the day
- Belief that weight loss attempts and focus are contraindicated for recovery from all eating disorder diagnoses
Evening Intensive Outpatient Programming
Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene’s evening treatment program hours begin at 3:30pm and end before 8:00pm, Sunday through Thursday.
- One supported meal, each day
- One supported meal outing in the community, weekly
- Group therapy sessions before and after meals, when in program:
- Contract or Primary Group, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group, Nutrition Group, Multi-Family Group and Food & Feelings Group
- One group therapy session, after meals on meal outing days
- At least one individual therapy and nutrition session, weekly
Adolescent Day Treatment Programming
Monte Nido is sensitive to the developmental needs of adolescents. We understand the complexity of eating disorders, and offer unique programming to treat adolescents, whether they are stepping down from a residential treatment center or seeking a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care while living at home. For more details on adolescent programming , please visit our Adolescent Programming page.
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A Letter from Monte Nido RainRock's Clinical Director
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. An eating disorder robs us of joy, connection and our ability to feel we are enough. It wraps itself around all aspects of our life, and the process of untangling those threads independently can feel impossible. At Monte Nido RainRock 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. Too often we find new strategies to numb ourselves to our suffering because we believe we are not capable of managing life without turning off our emotions. At Monte Nido RainRock we hope to help individuals build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. We hire recovered staff that hold this hope for you because we have lived it ourselves. I believe a new life is possible for you and welcome you to take those first few steps with us.
Lauren Konnie, LPC
At Monte Nido & Affiliates, our goal is to help make treatment accessible and we are committed to working with families to access care. Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Eugene is in network with Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Cigna, ComPsych, Kaiser, Magellan, MHN, MODA, Multiplan, Optum / Oxford, PacificSource, GOBHI and UBH. Please see our Financial Considerations page for more information.
We are pleased to offer weekly alumni groups at each of our programs, including our Multi-Family Group at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene every Sunday from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Alumni are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the program from which you graduated or email email@example.com to find the closest available group.
Treatment Center Staff | Eugene, OR
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)