Eating Disorders

Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Obesity

The outpatient programs for eating disorder recovery are designed to provide intensive support for those experiencing difficulties with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, and other types of disordered eating. Our programs can be an alternative to residential care and are an affordable option for those needing specialized care for disordered eating issues. We offer both morning and evening programming for adults and after-school progamming for teens.

Our Partial Hospitization Progam (PHP) offers up to 30 hours of services each week and provides a more structured treatment envirnoment for those that can benefit from a highly focused program. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers up to 12 hours of services each week. Services include a weekly individual session with a therapist, group therapy, and a weekly individual session with a dietiitan. Both levels of treatment are followed by 4 weeks of regular outpaitent counseling  for our clients who have successfully completed PHP or IOP treatment. 

For more information please contact our office at (520) 531-1040, or to schedule an intake call: 520-539-2558.

How our program works

The days, time, and duration of the program are selected to accommodate most schedules with minimal disruption to job, school, and family obligations. Our groups have a holistic focus combining the benefits of cognitive-behavioral, psycho-dynamic and energy psychology techniques to address the multilayer symptoms associated with eating disorders. Each group consists of education, skill development, group process and personal sharing, body image awareness, and stress management techniques. A specialized hoslistic exercise program is available for those addressing weight issues associated with binge eating disorder.

Nutritional education, food planning, and meal support is provided throughout the program. Participants meet regularly with a dietitian to address food issues and begin the process of building a better relationship with food. Nutritional support is offered in both individual sessions and group sessions. Additional activities include personalized meal planning, grocery shopping, and dinner out experiences.

 Adult Program Schedule 

  • Anorexia and Bulimia Group: Monday, Wednesday 6pm-9pm and Saturday 10am-1pm
  • Binge Eating Disorder Group: Tuesday, Thursday 6pm-9pm and Saturday 10am-1pm
  • Holistic Exercise group for BED: Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm
  • Weekly individual sessions with the Dietitian and Therapist
  • Monthly Ranch outing including equine assisted learning and ecotherapy

Morning Program:   Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, 10am-1pm

Teen Program Schedule

  • Groups meet three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4pm-7pm
  • Weekly individual sessions with the Dietitian and Therapist
  • Family Support Group meets once a month on Saturday
  • Monthly Ranch outing inlcuding equine assisted learning and ecotherapy

The teen program is designed to give each teen skills to recover from disordered eating in addition to focusing on important life skills. Teens learn tools for increasing self-esteem and body image, problem solving, healthy expression of emotions, and better communication. Groups are structured and follow a curriculum designed to engage each teen in learning skills that support their recovery. The three groups provided each week include process and sharing, nutritional education, and holistic fitness and skill building.

In addition to the groups, teens meet weekly with their therapist and a nutritionist to enhance their recovery process. These sessions are designed to provide one to one support and provide each teen in-depth time to address recovery issues. Parents are often invited to participate in the therapy sessions to help strengthen communication with their teen or pre-teen.

A corner stone of the program is the nutrition group which includes meal support, nutrition education, healthy eating skills, and learning the intricate role that nutrition has on mind/body health. During the program teens and pre-teens participate in nutrition outings to learn grocery shopping, healthy dining out, and body image exercises.

Recovery skills are further enhanced and developed through participating in ‘A Day at the Ranch’. This aspect of the program promotes healing and growth nurtured by healthy interaction with nature. A Day at the Ranch includes equine assisted learning, gardening, nature hikes, and art therapy.

Family Participation

The family is involved in the treatment process and participates in a support group once a month. During the parents support group, parents are given information to better understand the complexities of the recovery process and tools to interact with their teens in a meaningful and helpful way. This is also a time where parents have extended time with the therapists to discuss their teen’s progress and problem solve needed solutions.

Additionally parents are included in the nutrition sessions to help build confidence in providing healthy foods and understanding the role of nutrition in recovery. During the nutrition session, parents go over the meal plan established for their teen and gain education on their role in supporting healthy eating.

We look forward to working with you!

Office: (520) 531-1040   Intake Department: (520) 539-2558
email:desertmilagros@comcast.net