Holistic Eating Disorder Treatment
The Integrative Approach to Treating Anorexia, Bulimia and Co-occurring Disorders
At Mirasol, we believe in treating the whole person. That's why our integrated treatment model is at the core of all we do. This dual diagnosis approach has delivered proven results and is the key to lasting recovery. By pairing co-occurring clinical and psychological treatment with residential and outpatient treatment programs, clients suffering from eating disorders and mental disorders get to the root of their issues so they can experience long-term health. Our model of treatment for eating disorders and mental conditions is based on an integrative medical approach to mind-body-spirit healing. Clients and their treatment teams collaborate to choose the modalities that will be most beneficial.
In Chinese medicine, all illness is seen as resulting from an imbalance of energy in the mind-body-spirit as a whole. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore health by readjusting, improving, freeing and/or balancing energy. We've found acupuncture especially helpful for clients with digestive problems and food allergies, and often for those with cravings. It is also extremely effective in helping a client detox from sugar, alcohol and drug use.
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Wilderness or adventure-based therapy is a well-established intervention for a variety of psychological disorders including substance abuse, adjudicated youth, PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder. Adventure therapy creates unusual, physically and emotionally challenging circumstances that stimulate problem-solving and coping strategies. It provides a fresh perspective that might only be achieved after months or years of traditioal therapeutic interventions.
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Bodywork (Adult Residential Program)
"The body remembers what the mind wants to forget," is an underlying tenet of bodywork. At Mirasol, we use polarity therapy, cranial therapy, Reiki and other methods to help integrate the mind-body-spirit. Our professional bodyworkers are able to individualize care so that each client only receives what she is able to tolerate.
Energy psychology has its origins in Oriental medicine, and is based on the belief that painful physical and emotional and spiritual symptoms are the result of a disruption in the energy system. Correcting the disruption restores the body's balance and natural ability to heal itself.
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Somatic Therapy is an effective way for emotional stabilization. Somatic Therapy is a modality that is extremely effective for treating all kinds of trauma. Somatic or Body Oriented Psychotherapy, encourages the “communication” of experience between the mind and the body, allowing greater understanding of the issues and enabling sustainable movement towards greater health and well-being.
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Expressive Arts Therapy
Art therapy is used to uncover and heal issues that are brought to awareness through the subconscious mind. Jungian mandala work and other expressive art forms are used at Mirasol to help each participant discover and develop her own unique identity.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
The focus of EMDR treatment is the resolution of emotional distress arising from difficult childhood experiences, or the recovery from the effects of critical incidents, such as automobile accidents, assault, natural disasters, and combat trauma. Other problems treated with EMDR are phobias, panic attacks, distress in children, and substance abuse.
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Yoga is a practical spiritual science that does not belong to any particular region or religion. It brings positive results independent of one's belief in its effectiveness. Yoga encourages a balanced, all-around development of human potential. Yoga contains in itself specific teachings that lead to bodily health and emotional well-being; it leads to intellectual, creative, intuitive and spiritual awakening. It prepares the body for the spiritual path via physical and breathing exercises. Yoga prepares and conditions the body so that the mind can practice meditation more or less without obstacles.
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As with healthy eating, healthy exercise is all about balance. Mirasol's carefully monitored exercise program includes yoga, dance/movement therapy, kickboxing, weights, gentle cardio and morning walks in the desert.
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We provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan, carefully factoring in the nature of the eating disorder and the age and overall health of the client. Different forms of therapy will be combined concurrently or in sequence to achieve the desired goals. Clients may or may not experience all of the different therapies that Mirasol offers based on their individual needs and treatment goals.How to Choose a Treatment Program Subscribe to Our Newsletter