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Mirasol Teen

An Integrative Eating Disorder Treatment Program for Adolescents

Mirasol's adolescent eating disorder treatment program treats the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Our program is small — only 10 beds — which allows us to tailor our programs to individual client needs.

Upon admission, each teen receives a thorough medical, emotional, psychiatric, educational, developmental, nutritional and social assessment by Mirasol clinicians. Registered nurses and a naturopathic physician provide 24/7 monitoring of your child's care. Decisions about medication are made in concert with the teen and the family.

The staff develops a treatment plan for the child with a focus on the presenting issues and the recommended length of stay. On a weekly basis, girls and their treatment team meet to set goals and monitor progress.

The staff works closely with the families or primary caregivers to help the teen integrate the new behaviors and skills. They gain confidence, learn personal responsibility, recover from their eating disordered behaviors, and eventually make a smooth transition home with an intensive aftercare plan in place with the treatment team at home as well as participation in Mirasol's Focused Continuing Care for a year after treatment.

The girls participate in group therapy which includes psychoeducational groups, process groups and daily life skills groups.

  • Psychoeducational groups include information about eating disorders, nutrition, appropriate exercise levels, family dynamics, depression, anxiety disorders, roles and relationships, and more. The teen needs to be educated about her diagnoses and the skills necessary to lead a rich and productive life.
  • Process groups may be structured cognitive-type groups or completely experiential. This is where group members begin to relate to each other and compare and contrast their personal experiences. Process groups provide the clients with the opportunity to see how skillfully they communicate with others. Are their communication skills appropriate for their age? Do they need to learn to relate to their peers and adults in a more effective manner?
  • Daily life skills groups help clients learn hands-on skills that help them with everyday life. These skills include time management, cooking, menu planning, shopping, the skills they need in school, work, with family and friends. Most important are the skills in problem solving — the cognitive steps they can use to handle any situation that arises. It's Mirasol's goal to provide your teen with the skills and tools she needs to live successfully in the world.

The teen program combines an expansive array of outdoor activities with a strong inward-focused therapeutic program. Sports include challenge courses, rocks and ropes, camping, caving, kick boxing and "Flight into Aerial" combining dance with low-flying single point trapeze. Weekends are structured with workshops covering a range of topics from assertiveness training to sexuality, spirituality and art therapy.

Daily Schedule - Mirasol's intensive residential eating disorder treatment program provides more hours of therapy than any comparable programs.

Family Therapy - Our Family-Systems-Based treatment program includes weekly family sessions as well as a multi-day "family camp", when family members and friends come to Mirasol to share the experience of intensive residential treatment with their loved ones.

Mindful Eating - Mirasol's meals plans are highly individualized and designed to equip clients with the skills they need to live lives free of eating disorders.

Adventure Therapy - Our clients will develop new problem-solving and coping skills during multi-day adventures in the Sonoran Desert that include caving, camping and equine therapy, complete with meals prepared by Mirasol's famous chefs!

Healthy Exercise - Break the cycle of compulsive exercise in a carefully monitored program that includes yoga, dance/movement therapy, martial arts, weights, gentle cardio and morning walks in the desert.

Focused Continuing Care - Clients begin planning for life after residential treatment the moment they arrive at Mirasol, and our program includes one full year of aftercare.

Alternative Treatment - Mirasol's residential eating disorder treatment program is designed to heal the whole person — mind, body and spirit — by combining individual and group psychotherapy with experiential therapies including naturopathic medicine, neurofeedback, art therapy, dance/movement therapy and adventure therapy.

Education Continuity - Teens who choose to continue their education while in treatment are also provided with access to schools. Mirasol works with an excellent tutor who is available to supervise the students and help them with any lesson problems they may have. The student can choose to work with their own school receiving assignments and tests sent online or they might choose to work with the fully accredited online junior high or regular high school program provided by Mirasol.

Treatment Philosophy - We believe that eating disorders are the result of chronic stress or trauma, and that therapies proven effective in the treatment of other stress-related conditions can achieve transformation in individuals and, ultimately, in families and communities.

Outcomes - Years of research using standardized psychological testing demonstrates dramatic decreases in symptoms of depression.

FAQS - Frequently asked questions about residential eating disorder treatment at Mirasol.