Residential Treatment Programs

A safe place to begin or continue eating disorder recovery and healing

  • About
  • Staff
  • For Patients

Reasons residential programs are in intimate 6-bed homes with a high staff to patient ratio, 24-hour nursing, and personalized treatment for each patient.

Our residential programs are designed to meet the needs of adult women who are seeking recovery from an eating disorder and who require a safe place to begin or continue their treatment. Patients can directly admit into this level of care or step down from an inpatient program or step up from a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program.

We treat patients seeking recovery from all forms of eating disorders along with co-occurring anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, substance use disorders, and other psychiatric concerns.

Each patient is offered intensive group therapy and daily exposures to real-life situations within a peaceful and safe home-like setting. We have designed a supportive treatment environment that helps our patients achieve lasting recovery. This is done through a balance of structure, exploration of what maintains the eating disorder and real-life challenges and practice of recovery skills.

Our treatment philosophy emphasizes thorough assessments, exposure and response prevention, a focus on wholeness and integration, specialized care for anxiety and mood disorders, the importance of relationships, and successfully completing challenges for sustained recovery.

Services and Approaches

A Trauma-Informed Care Approach is incorporated for all residents of the program.  Our staff have an awareness and sensitivity to individuals who have a trauma history. This approach includes:

  • A physical environment designed with sensitivity to the sensory experience
  • Therapists trained in empirically derived and empirically supported trauma specific treatment modalities
  • Staff trained in Trauma-Informed Care Approach
  • Programming that incorporates our current understanding of the somatosensory and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma and anxiety

As a treatment team, we take into account and respond to the whole person, treating both symptoms and behaviors as well as what lies deeper. We consider the life experiences of our patients and collaborate with each person individually in restoring and moving toward hope for the future. We explore values, identity, spirituality, and help each of our patients find meaning on their life path.

In addition, all residents will receive our core elements treatment:

Reasons Residential Staff

Our residential eating disorder program offers highly trained and compassionate staff who believe full recovery is possible. Your treatment will be provided by the following team:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Master’s Level Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Mental Health Support Staff
  • Diet Aides
  • Experiential Therapists

Leadership

Our programs are developed and overseen by a team of specialists in eating disorder treatment

Each program is led by compassionate and caring staff who will work with each patient to develop personalized plans that help them address their eating disorder behaviors as well as the underlying fear, isolation, and shame.

Pasadena

Program Manager

Jessica Gillespie, LMFT

Nurse Manager

Heather Johnson, RN

Registered Dietitian

Alyssa Davis, RD

Attending Psychiatrist

Wakelin McNeel, MD

Hancock Park

Program Manager

Owen Petersen, PsyD

Nurse Manager

Alexa Witcofsky, RN

Registered Dietitian

Brittany Canady, RD

Attending Psychiatrist

Howard Askins, MD

We understand that considering residential treatment can be difficult. It is a big decision and one you may not feel fully ready to make. We respect your courage in seeking help and want to share with you some information to help in your decision making process.

Taking time away from daily life can allow you the opportunity to really focus fully on your recovery and healing. It is an act of care and compassion toward yourself. It is a step toward finding your internal strength through the supportive care of experienced staff and peers who are also on their journey alongside you.

We have designed a program based upon a foundation of the current, best practices in eating disorder treatments for women with eating disorders and placed it in a setting and context of compassion and understanding where you are the most important member of the treatment team.

Our goal is to help you experience relief from symptoms, gain deeper understanding into the ways in which fear, shame, and isolation serve to maintain the eating disorder, and develop the skills and tools to live of life of meaning and freedom. We are committed to the mission that all women deserve the opportunity to recover in an environment of structure, support, and sanctuary.

We believe in your resilience and hold hope for your recovery and healing.

Your Treatment Plan

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

Group Process

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Psychoeducation

Relapse Prevention and Coping Skills

Trauma Resiliency

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Ambivalence and Identity

Self-Compassion and Shame Resilience

  • Daily Nutrition Education and Meal Support, including
    weekly restaurant and grocery outings
  • 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
  • 12-Step Meetings as needed
  • Thoughtful Discharge & Aftercare Planning

A sample day at Reasons

6:30

Hygiene/Vitals

7:45

Breakfast

8:45

Deep Breathing and Process Group

10:00

Snack

11:00

Yoga Therapy

12:00

Lunch

1:00

Self-Compassion and Shame Resilience

2:00

SMART Goals and Relapse Prevention

3:00

Snack

3:30

Mindful Walk

4:00

Interpersonal Communication

5:00

Nutrition Education

6:30

Dinner

7:30

12-Step Meeting or Reflection Journaling

8:30

Free Time & Visiting

9:00

Snack

9:30

Leisure Activity/Nighttime Routine

11:00

In Rooms