Castlewood Treatment Center
Castlewood Treatment Center – More Care, More Commitment, More Lasting Recovery.
Castlewood Treatment Center helps people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives. Established in 2000 as the first residential treatment facility in Missouri, our licensed health care team is nationally recognized and has decades of combined experience in providing compassionate, professional and successful treatment for more than 1,000 men , women and adolescents age 16 and up with eating disorders and related conditions.
We offer individualized, supportive and comprehensive care in a home-like residential setting to help people towards recovery and healthy futures. We provide a full continuum of care including: Residential, Day Treatment or Step Down, Transitional Living and Intensive Outpatient. In addition to facilities in St. Louis, Castlewood has affiliate facilities in Monterey, Calif. and Birmingham, Ala. Each facility is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and The Joint Commission.
At Castlewood, we address underlying symptoms leading to a deeper and more lasting recovery. Each of these underlying disorders requires a different form of specialized treatment, and we offer a team of experts who have subspecialties in each of these areas. Most importantly, we have dietitians who listen to clients and work with their unique metabolic requirements. Once a client has attained control of symptoms, they typically step-down to 1 of 3 lower levels of care, to work on specific fears related to interacting with the complexity of modern living.
Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment
At Castlewood, our dietitians do more than just prescribe meal plans and supplements, they provide education, support and nurturing guidance as our clients let go of their eating disorder behaviors and distorted thoughts regarding food and weight. Our menus are based on the average nutritional needs of our clientele. Upon admission, our clients tend to be very disconnected from their bodies and have little information about their internal cues of hunger, satiety, or even thirst. By practicing mindful eating, many of our clients are able to begin recognizing these intuitive cues again, after completing the weight restoration process.
Though we naturally wish to restore our clients to health as rapidly as possible, we do not place a pre-ordained time limit on treatment. Our mission is not merely to churn out weight-restored clients who look healthy to others, but whose internal wounds, if un-addressed, will result in relapse. Experience has taught us that the full measure of health rests on more than a temporary absence of symptoms. We are entirely focused on ensuring a complete and enduring state of wholeness, following whatever path is most appropriate. Clients who have not found healing at other treatment centers say this flexibility is what distinguishes Castlewood and allows them to at last succeed.
We individualize care. We treat the underlying issues associated with the Eating Disorder not just the symptoms. We provide specific treatment and treatment approaches for the eating disorder, as well as co-occurring disorders.
We provide care even after you leave. We have found that most clients need assistance in developing life, relationship and relapse skills following the intensive support of residential treatment. We offer a Step-down Program that allows clients the freedom to practice rebounding from the inevitable slips. Clients receive support from peers, implement relapse prevention plans and continue with customized, individual therapy. Our Alumni Relations staff will then contact you monthly for 6 months post discharge to follow up and monitor your progress.
We encourage family involvement. We schedule Family Weeks every 6-8 weeks. Clients invite all interested family members to 3 days of group and individualized treatment. We also schedule additional individualized family therapy and couples therapy with spouses between Family Weeks.
We have experienced staff with extensive training. Our staff specializes in the areas of: CBT, DBT, Exposure and Response Prevention, EMDR, Expressive Therapies, Internal Family Systems, life coaching, alcohol and sex addiction, family therapy, trauma resolution, anxiety, OCD, nutrition and more.
The constant availability of a caretaker in infancy and childhood to provide safety, a healthy exploration of the environment, and help to learn to regulate emotions effectively results in secure attachment. The result of secure attachment is a person’s sense of security, a sense that the world is a safe place that one can rely on others for protection and support. Very few eating disorder clients have secure attachment or a solid sense of identity.
Castlewood has developed a unique program to increase secure attachments, which is critical for long-term symptom remission. Our attachment expressive groups provide a unique way to look at complex attachment concepts and understand them in an embodied way, which provides an opportunity of mastery and moving towards an earned secure attachment. We work with clients to help them develop a cohesive coherent narrative and life timeline to assist in the development of an earned secure attachment.
Exposure and Response Prevention
Castlewood utilizes exposure and response prevention therapy, a specific type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, to treat anxiety disorders. Clients are asked to identify anxiety-provoking situations that they typically avoid altogether or have difficulty tolerating without using ritual or harmful behaviors. We then gradually and repetitively expose clients to these situations, while requesting that they not engage in ritual behaviors to cope with the anxiety or fear that they experience. With this consistent exposure to feared situations, clients allow themselves to see that what they fear will happen in a given situation will not actually occur, and as a result their anxiety about a previously feared situation reduces naturally.
Castlewood Treatment Center
1260 St. Paul Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63021
For more information about our individualized treatment programs please contact us at 1-888-822-8938 or www.castlewoodtc.com
Page Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on November 15, 2013
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