Mirasol's Family Therapy Program
Eating disorders deeply affect every member of the family, creating tension between family members, disrupting daily routines, and contributing to feelings of confusion, anger, guilt and fear. Family-based treatment is at the heart of Mirasol's residential eating disorder treatment programs.
Through regular secure videoconferencing sessions, family members learn how they may be unintentionally supporting the eating disorder, and how to respond appropriately to client behavior changes during and after treatment.
This program is designed to help spouses, family members and significant others develop honest and balanced relationships with one another. Family members learn what they can do to help, how to open up lines of communication, illuminate what role eating disorders serve within the family system, how to set boundaries and limits, and how to deal with their own feelings of guilt, anger, shame and helplessness.
Clients begin preparing for our family program from the day they arrive at Mirasol. Through individual and group therapy, they learn to use affirmations and "when you ... I feel" statements to build self-esteem and assertiveness.
Family programs are highly individualized according to the client's needs and interests, but the core of the program is creating opportunities to practice new ways of communicating.
During family program, clients and family members will explore:
- different types of eating disorders, their symptoms and health consequences
- eating disorder causes
- the basics of healthy nutrition
- how to build and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries
- "amp down skills" to help defuse stressful situations situations
- keys to building a home environment that promotes sustained recovery