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Eating Disorder Center of Portland
Eating Disorder Center of Portland
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Monte Nido Portland
Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Portland is a primary eating disorder day treatment program in Portland, Oregon. Located in the John’s Landing area of Portland, we provide age-sensitive programming for adults and adolescents 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 and adolescents 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
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 Eating Disorder Center of Portland's Clinical Director
At Monte Nido, we believe you and your loved ones can connect to a place of hope – a place where your eating disorder doesn’t feel necessary to cope. Within our community there is space to not only speak your truth and face your fears, but experience laughter, friendship and adventure. Part of this adventure is empowering you to connect to a healthy sense of self that will move you toward being fully recovered. It won’t always be easy, but together we will explore without judgment and new skills will be integrated into your daily life leading to subtle yet powerful transformations. This growth is the gift that truly makes this difficult yet amazing journey of recovery so worthwhile.
MS, RD, MFTI | CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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 Portland 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. 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 | Portland, OR
In addition I would, without hesitation, send a family member to Monte Nido.
My experience of working closely with their staff for the past 9 years has given me a great deal of confidence in their ability to treat eating disorders. Their thorough understanding of the complexities involved in the process of recovering from anorexia and bulimia, in conjunction with Carolyn Costin’s unique perspective on healing, offers their clients an opportunity to receive help in an atmosphere where they will given expert medical and psychological care while being treated as individuals who deserve to have their voices heard and their bodies honored. I have worked with many other inpatient and residential treatment programs, none of which, in my opinion, appreciate how nurturing a person’s soul is just as important as addressing the eating disorder behaviors.
While not everyone who enters the doors of Monte Nido may be quite ready to let go of their eating disorder, they all are given a chance to be surrounded by professionals whose intention it is to give them inspiration and a sense of hope that one day they can be recovered and fully embrace their appetites for life’s many delicious treats.
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)
As a family, you have shown us that although this world is messy at times, there is so much love. You have reminded us to stop aiming for perfection and start accepting each other…with all our beautiful imperfections. No matter what happens tomorrow, we are so incredibly fortunate to have each other.
I am not sure how you go about thanking a group of individuals for the blessings above. Thank you seems insufficient, for what you have given my family is immeasurable. I heard a quote the other day that said, “May you find inspiration in the big picture, but may you find love in the details.” Thank you for giving my sister the inspiration to live a full life, and thank you for teaching my family and I how to find love in the present.