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PHP or Day Treatment for Eating Disorders

Partial hospitalization (PHP) combines the independence of living in the real world with the structure and support of residential treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. It's ideal for clients who are transitioning to independent living, or who are in recovery but need more assistance than conventional outpatient therapy can provide.

Mirasol's PHP or day treatment program provides individual psychotherapy and nutrition consultation as well as psychiatric and medical follow-up and discharge planning.

The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary treatment team consisting of nutritionists, therapists, psychologists and our staff psychiatrist and naturopathic physician.

PHP Myths and Misconceptions

The term "partial hospitalization" is misleading, since Mirasol's PHP is neither "partial" does it involve hospitalization. Instead, you'll be living at home or in a comfortable residence with other Mirasol clients! See photos of Mirasols' new PHP residence and learn more about the program at PHP Myths and Misconceptions.

PHP living room

Normalizing Behavior, Ensuring Adequate Nutrition, Identifying the Causes

The goals of the partial hospitalization include:

  • establishing normal eating behavior and the complete cessation of bingeing-purging and other unhealthy behaviors aimed at weight control
  • ensuring adequate caloric intake and, when necessary, weight gain or loss to achieve nutritional balance
  • identifying psychological and familial factors that contribute to the eating disorder

Individual Therapy, Process Groups and Nutritional Counseling

The partial hospitalization program is individualized for each client based on her needs and treatment goals. PHP clients receive:

Daily process group topics include:

  • co-dependence
  • spirituality
  • emotional regulation
  • empowerment
  • communications skills
  • boundaries
  • trauma/PTSD
  • body image
  • self-esteem
  • poetry

Overnight accommodations and support at programming meals are also available.

PHP Day Program Schedule of Activities

While there will be some variation throughout your stay at Mirasol, an typical day follows the schedule below.

Monday
9:00-10:00Process Group
10:00-10:15Snack
11:10-12:00Individual Psychotherapy
12:00-1:30Lunch Out
1:30-2:30Menu Planning Group
2:30-4:00Grocery Shopping
4:00-4:15Snack
5:00-6:15Process Group
6:15-6:45Dinner
6:45-8:00Evening Process Group
8:00-8:15Snack
Tuesday
7:00-7:45Breakfast
8:00-10:00Individual Psychotherapy
10:00-10:15Snack
10:15-11:15Dialectical behavioral Therapy Group
11:15-12:00Individual Psychotherapy
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:30-3:00Art Therapy
3:00-3:15Snack
4:30-5:00Yoga
Wednesday
10:00-10:15Snack
10:30-11:30AA Meeting
12:00-12:45Lunch
1:30-2:00Process Group
2:00-3:00Individual Psychotherapy
3:00-3:15Snack
3:15-5:00Individual Psychotherapy
5:00-6:15Process Group
6:15-6:45Dinner
6:45-8:00Process Group
8:00-8:15Snack
Thursday
7:00-7:45Breakfast
8:00-9:00Process Group
9:00-10:00Individual Psychotherapy
10:00-10:15Snack
10:15-12:00Individual Psychotherapy
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:30-3:30Poetry Group
4:00-5:00Exercise (Optional)
5:30-6:45Community Support (Optional)
Friday
11:45-1:00Cooking class with Mirasol chefs
1:30-3:00Spirituality Group
3:00-4:00Challenge Snack Outing
4:00-5:00Weekend Planning
5:00-6:15Process Group
6:15-6:45Dinner
6:45-8:00Process Group
8:00-8:15Snack
Sunday
7:00-8:00 PMProcess Group

FREE Eating Disorder Support Group!

FREE weekly eating disorder support group for adults struggling with food issues, staffed by therapists from Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Centers. Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm at 3116 N Swan in Tucson. For more information, call 520-546-3200 or email Ann at support@mirasol.net.

"Mirasol is light years ahead of any other program in the country."