Reasons for Growth provides virtual support and structured care to adolescents seeking a level of care between outpatient and inpatient services. This program uses compassion-based approaches to provide you with the skills needed for a lasting recovery.
Reasons for Growth: Our Programming
Virtual Programming is offered five days per week at flexible times. PHP programming is offered 5 days a week, Tuesday-Friday from 1 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4:00 pm, Pacific Time. IOP programming is offered 5 days a week, Tuesday-Friday 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.
This program includes two groups and one supported meal each session as well as additional individual sessions with a therapist, dietitian, and psychiatrist. Our PHP has 5 groups and 2 meal sessions; IOP has 2 groups and 1 meal session per day.
Virtual care can make eating disorder treatment programming more accessible and can provide other benefits to support the recovery process such as being able to stay at home and practice skills in a real-life setting.
Reasons for Growth: Our Philosophy
The Reasons program is based in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and designed upon a foundation of evidence-based approaches and the current best practices in eating disorder treatment. We integrate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as therapies based in compassion. Our nutrition program is non-diet and we believe all foods fit, helping our patients learn to eat intuitively and without shame.
Patients and families will be provided:
Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
Therapeutic challenges and exposures
Nutrition sessions and education
Meal planning and supported meals
Intensive group, individual, and family therapy to provide understanding and support for adolescents and their families
Mindfulness-based experiential therapies
Developing a sense of self-compassion and safety
Personalized assignments tailored to each adolescent
Who We Treat
We offer personalized and culturally sensitive treatment for adolescents of all genders ages 10-17 with a primary eating disorder diagnosis. Many of our patients may also be struggling with depression, anxiety or OCD. We are able to help with co-occurring diagnoses as well.
This program is open to adolescents who are stepping down from a higher level of care such as inpatient, residential or partial hospitalization or for those who need more support in addition to outpatient therapy. Patients must be medically stable for admission and our admissions team can review all of this information with parents and/or caregivers via phone or a Zoom call.
We view family as a source of strength and support and actively engage them in their loved one’s treatment on a weekly basis believing they play a critical role in their child’s recovery. Our approach is compassion-based and we strongly believe families are not at fault for their child’s eating disorder. We also believe that families are a key part of recovery and healing and your involvement is so important.
A parent and/or caregiver is needed to be available and accessible to their child and to staff during the PHP and IOP programming hours. We also include families in nutrition education and meal support so you can continue to support your child outside of program hours. As a parent and/or caregiver, you will need to plan to attend multi-family groups as well as medication meetings with the psychiatrist on Saturdays. Parent and/or caregiver participation is an important part of our adolescent programming.
Reasons provides intensive family programming, including:
Weekly family therapy and multi-family groups
Weekly therapeutic family meals and nutritional support
Lisa is a registered dietitian practicing in many areas of dietetics including eating disorders, chemical dependency, diabetes, and PCOS. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach and has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults of all genders with disordered eating. She also has a background as a personal trainer, which allows her to use an approach that meets the unique needs of individuals struggling with poor body image and disordered eating. Lisa’s focus is on nutrition therapy using a non-diet approach, providing nutrition counseling and exercise education. She specializes in working with Athletes and Compulsive Exercisers, Binge Eating Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Lisa has been working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders for over 10 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is the co-founder of the Reasons Residential Program and served as the Director of Nutrition for a multi-site substance abuse and dual-diagnosis program. She is extremely passionate and dedicated to helping individuals struggling with food and body issues.
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We Hold Hope for Your Recovery
Eating disorder recovery is not always easy, but it is possible. Let us support you in discovering not only the reasons for your eating disorder but the reasons for your recovery. To schedule a no-cost clinical consultation or for more information, please call 844-573-2766 or use our online contact form. In case of a medical emergency or crisis, please call 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.
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