We understand mental illness – and the difficulties it creates for those who suffer from it. We value you and we are sensitive to your challenges. We will find every possible solution to enable you to live the life you are meant to live.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Co-Occurring Eating Disorders
Characterized by extreme obsession with weight, physical appearance, and eating and exercise habits, eating disorders are complicated conditions that often result in psychologically, emotionally, and physically damaging consequences. Eating disorders are not the result of superficiality; rather, they are maladaptive coping mechanisms that stem from strong, distressing emotions and disordered thinking. Left untreated, eating disorders can have profound physical effects, including electrolyte imbalance, infertility, organ failure, and even death.
Additionally, mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder often accompany eating disorders, or even cause them. The resulting emotional and psychological suffering can be just as frightening as the physical symptoms, and must be properly treated for full recovery.
Eating Disorder Treatment
For those struggling with mental health disorders and co-occurring eating disorders, Solara Health provides comprehensive, holistic care grounded in an expert understanding of both conditions and how they influence one another. Using this expertise, our clinicians create individualized treatment plans for each client, tailored to address their specific symptoms and needs. Treatment plans are augmented by the delectable and nutritious meals prepared by our private chefs; these meals help clients begin to heal physically as they learn to more fully understand their disorder, practice healthy coping techniques, and repair the relationship with their body.
Individual psychotherapy is a vital part of treating both mental health disorders and their co-occurring eating disorders. Using psychodynamic therapy, out clinicians help clients explore the nature and roots of their relationship with their body and with food; they will also uncover how their mental health disorder and their eating disorder influence one another. Then, through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), clients will learn to recognize their triggers and practice healthy techniques for responding to them. Through time and effort, clients can replace distorted thinking patterns and maladaptive behaviors with healthy ones, allowing them to increase feelings of self-confidence and self-acceptance.
Because eating disorders have such profound physical effects, holistic care is a crucial part of long-lasting recovery. As such, Solara Health provides a variety of physical and holistic therapies to help clients reconnect with their bodies in a healthy way, leading to improved physical health and more positive sense of self-image.
Solara offers the following specific treatments:
Classes to teach principles of balanced nutrition and help normalize eating
Yoga and other fitness classes to teach exercise behaviors that improve health, rather than feed the eating disorder
Massages to relax the body and re-teach the mind to associate the body with calmness, rather than stress
Acupuncture to alleviate physical stress and increase physical awareness
In group therapy, clients can connect with peers, sharing in both their struggles and successes. This is a supportive, judgment-free space for clients to build on principles taught in individual psychotherapy and holistic therapies, and to find increased social support as they work towards emotional and physical healing.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, co-occurring eating disorders are often long-term conditions. Understanding this through years of experience, Solara Health provides the entire spectrum of care from in-residence to outpatient to transitional living to continuing, customized case management of long-term aftercare planning to ensure maximum, long-term success. Solara Health is committed and dedicated to freeing our clients from the clutches of co-occurring eating disorders, and each of our programs is created to ensure this.
Contact us now to start the healing process.
What Our Clients Say
The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.
The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.
The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.
The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.
I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.
We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.
Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.
I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
R.M. – Father
If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.
Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.
M.P. – Father
Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many). She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was. We can’t say enough positive about her.
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