Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

Specialized and Compassionate Care for Teens and Families

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Located in the San Gabriel Valley in Greater Los Angeles, our inpatient adolescent eating disorder treatment program at BHC Alhambra Hospital is an intensive level of care and includes both acute stabilization and intensive therapeutic interventions for adolescents ages 12-17. Patients in this program receive structured and specialized treatment from a multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team. This level of care has a focus on addressing the adolescent’s medical, emotional, psychological and nutritional needs and is designed specifically for those requiring 24-hour care and supervision.

Our clinical team works with the patient and family to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of the adolescent. We collaborate with the family to promote emotional, behavioral and physiological re-regulation and stabilization to begin the process of healing. Our medical and nursing staff monitor vital signs, laboratory test results, effects of malnourishment, and eating disorder behaviors.

The Reasons program is based in an understanding of eating disorders within the context of anxiety. We utilize an Exposure and Response Prevention model designed upon a foundation of evidence based approaches and the current best practices in eating disorder treatment. Patients are engaged in daily exposures, intensive group therapy, and mindfulness-based experiential activities within a safe and contained milieu.

Families Matter to Us

This program is placed in a setting and context of compassion and understanding for both the adolescent and their family members. We view family as a source of strength and support and actively engage them in their child’s treatment on a weekly basis believing they play a critical role in their child’s recovery. Parents are treated as partners in recovery and provided with education, skills, and treated with respect and care. We believe families have an essential role to play in the recovery process and are committed to helping families understand the illness and give practical skills on how to provide support for their child.

Program Components

  • Assessment and On-going Daily Psychiatric Consultation
  • 24/7 Nursing Care and Supervision
  • Internal Medicine Consultations
  • Individual Therapy
  • Nutrition Therapy, Outings, and Exposures
  • Family Programming
  • Group Therapy
  • Somatic, Experiential and Creative Arts Therapies
  • Discharge & Aftercare Planning

We are here for you

The leadership team at Reasons Adolescent Eating Disorder Inpatient program is dedicated to working with families as collaborators in the treatment and care of their loved one. The program is overseen by specialists in eating disorders and includes evidence supported treatment modalities. Your child will be provided a master’s level therapist and registered dietitian that will coordinate their treatment. They will receive daily visits with a psychiatrist and nurse and 24/7 support and monitoring.

Your well-being is our priority

The treatment will be provided by the following:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Registered Nurses
  • Master’s Level Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Mental Health Support Staff
  • Experiential and Somatic Therapists

Leadership at BHC Alhambra Hospital

Program Manager

Anna Governale, LMFT

Registered Nurse

Luis Gudino, RN

Director of Clinical and Nutrition Services

Lisa Arroyas, RD

Director of Operations

Corinne Elliott, RN

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses often accompanied by serious medical complications. People with eating disorders struggle with malnutrition, severe disturbances in perception of weight, shape, and body image, and emotional challenges such as anxiety and mood disorders that can affect overall quality of life and well-being.

If you are seeking treatment for your child, we understand that this can be a daunting process. Entering treatment for an eating disorder takes a tremendous amount of courage on the part of the person struggling and also the parents and family members.

It is a common experience to feel fear, confusion, and uncertainty about the steps to take and navigating the insurance process. Our admissions team is available to walk you through the process and focus on the details so you can focus on your child.

We have developed a program that offers treatment for those struggling with eating disorder symptoms as well as the underlying and maintaining psychological factors. If your loved one has co-occurring depression, anxiety, substance abuse or trauma, our programs can help.

Treatment includes medical and psychiatric stabilization, nutritional restoration, education about the illness, and a focus on healing.

The program curriculum is based in an understanding of eating disorders as disorders of fear, shame, and disconnection. It is our intention that your loved one develops long-lasting recovery skills, self-compassion, and learns to re-engage with life and others in a meaningful way.

Treatment Plan

  • Individual Therapy, 3x/week
  • Family Therapy, 1x/week and Family Education Day 1x/month
  • Nutrition Therapy, 2x/week
  • Psychiatric Consultation Daily
  • 24/7 Nursing Support and Monitoring
  • Group Therapy, up to 6 hours per day including
    groups such as:

Group Process

Identity

Coping Skills

Friendships

Interpersonal Communication

  • Daily Nutrition Education and Meal Support, including
    weekly meal challenge outings with consistent progress and doctor approval
  • Daily Deep Breathing and Mindfulness Practice
  • Somatic and Creative Arts Therapies

Yoga Therapy

Dance/Movement Therapy

Drama Therapy

Music Therapy

Creative Writing

Art Therapy

  • Meaningful Life-Enhancing Outings
  • Thoughtful Discharge & Aftercare Planning

A sample day at Reasons

6:30

Hygiene/Vitals

7:30

Breakfast

9:00

Group Process and Deep Breathing

10:15

Snack

10:30

Yoga

11:30

Lunch

1:00

DBT Skills

2:00

Peer Relationships

3:00

Snack

3:30

Art Therapy

5:00

Dinner

6:00

Visiting and Homework

7:00

Journaling

9:00

In Rooms/Lights Out