Eating Disorders and Insomina

Breaking the Cycle of Eating Disorders, Insomnia and Trauma

Insomnia affects about 24% of Americans, but the incidence is higher for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. Fully 70% of individuals with PTSD have recurring sleep disturbances, and the majority of PTSD-diagnosed patients cite falling asleep or remaining asleep as their chief complaint. There's a similarly high correlation between eating disorders and sleep disturbances. Anorexics and bulimics often complain of sleep onset insomnia and disrupted sleep, and restrictive eating can also reduce sleep quality.

Over the past decade, Mirasol has witnessed a steady increase in the percentage of clients admitting with serious trauma, and has consequently developed specialized protocols for the treatment of eating disorders with co-occurring complex trauma and PTSD. Given the complex interactions between trauma, depression and eating disorders, it's not surprising that a high percentage of Mirasol clients also suffer from recurring sleep disturbances.

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Mirasol PHP: "We Help You Get Your Life Back!"

Mirasol clinicians and a former client describe how Mirasol's PHP combines holistic medicine, nutritional guidance and individual and group therapy to help clients develop new ways of communicating and coping, and learn to live life free from an eating disorder.

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New! Mirasol Substance Abuse Outpatient Program

Mirasol now offers an intensive outpatient treatment program for substance abuse, combining individual psychological counseling, family therapy and process groups with alternative therapies and healthy lifestyle education.

Substance Abuse

Upcoming Events

Trauma and Eating Disorders: From Torment to Transformation and Embodiment with Dr. Peter A. Levine

Monday, March 6, 4:45 - 8:30 pm
Plaza Arboleda Conference Center
Dodge Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Dr. Levine has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of Somatic Experiencing. He received his PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California in Berkeley and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. Dr. Levine is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, a drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center located in Arizona.

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Outdoor Art Therapy Session

Mirasol art therapist Rachel Nelson leads an outdoor art therapy session using encaustic, a molten wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment which is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. There's an interview with Rachel about her work at Art Therapy:Challenging the Inner Critic.


Camping at Organ Pipe National Monument

A break in the winter weather gave us a chance to spend three days camping and hiking at Organ Pipe National Monument.

Lunch break on Bull Pasture Trail, with see-forever views all the way to Mexico.
Full moon hike in the desert.
On the way home we saw two of these unusual Crested Caracaras.
While we were hiking, a pesky pair of ravens broke into two LATCHED rubber containers, scattering tea bags and rain ponchos, and punching holes in coffee creamers, which were much appreciated by the bees.