The Refuge

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The Refuge, A Healing Place is a leading treatment center in Ocklawaha, Florida. Along with eating disorder treatment, we provide trauma-centered care, mental health disorder treatment, and substance use disorder treatment. Adults age 18 and older of all genders can benefit from treatment in a serene and relaxing environment at The Refuge.

Campus & Location

Refuge Miracles Happen Here

The Refuge is located on 94 beautiful acres in the Ocala National Forest. This provides a peaceful setting where clients can focus on their healing.

We take full advantage of the tranquil environment, offering experiential therapies outdoors surrounded by tall pine trees and vibrant vegetation. The location is home to much of Florida’s wildlife and offers a space for therapeutic exercises like bicycling, horseback riding, and hiking.

On the property, we also have a swimming pool, volleyball court, basketball court, ropes course, meditation trail, and fishing dock, all of which may be used during experiential therapy sessions. Our campus is home to several therapy horses, which clients have the opportunity to work with during equine-assisted psychotherapy.

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Diverse & Inclusive Treatment

The Refuge is proud to serve all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and our team works hard to ensure that every person feels safe and welcomed. We provide compassionate, personalized services for adults of all genders.

Refuge Waiting RoomWe also accept clients who are pregnant, are in need of detoxification, have special dietary requirements, or are struggling with co-occurring mental health concerns.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Process addiction
  • Substance use disorders

Eating Disorder Treatment Program

At The Refuge, we serve clients who have developed eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. We provide several levels of care, including residential treatment at Oak House and partial hospitalization programming, to ensure that we meet each person’s needs.

Oak House features eight beds and provides a community-driven approach to treatment that encourages peer support and feedback. The core of residential treatment at Oak House is group therapy, providing essential practice in relationship-building, communication, and teamwork. Groups discuss a range of topics, including nutrition, mind-body connection, distress tolerance, trauma, self-esteem, body image, and social media.

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We also offer individual therapy sessions in which clients can understand and harness their unique strengths. Each client has their own care team that helps personalize their treatment services and schedule.

Trauma-Centered Care

White Horse imageAt The Refuge, we understand that eating disorder symptoms often stem from a history of trauma and other mental health concerns. We offer trauma-centered care that addresses the underlying causes of mental health disorders, not just the symptoms on the surface.

Our therapists are specifically trained to help clients who are struggling with trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In treatment, clients have a safe place to explore past trauma and its impact on their current behavior and relationships. They can then begin the process of healing and improving their emotional well-being.

Treatment Techniques & Services

At The Refuge, we take a holistic approach to treatment, combining experiential therapies and traditional therapy methods. Depending on each client’s specific needs and goals, their care may include treatment techniques and services such as:

  • Detoxification
  • 12-Step education
  • Medication management
  • 24/7 nursing support
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Exposure therapy
  • Supportive meals
  • Group shopping trips
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Art therapy
  • Equine therapy

We encourage all clients to play an active role in all aspects of their treatment. At the outset of their time at The Refuge, each client has the opportunity to collaborate with their treatment team on the development of their care plan.

Continuing Care

Hope Lives Here imageWe begin discharge planning in the earliest stages of care. Each client’s care is documented, and a plan for continuing care is prepared.

A continuing care plan helps clients continue their progress after their stay at The Refuge. This may include admission to a lower level of care, referrals to outpatient treatment, connections with community programs, and other relevant resources for support. Once discharged, clients are also welcomed into our alumni program and encouraged to see The Refuge as a place of continued support.

Treatment Team

The Refuge has a team of interdisciplinary experts who share an unwavering dedication to providing person-focused care and comprehensive support. Among the staff are psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, physicians, registered nurses, and registered dietitians. Our team at The Refuge treats every client with respect, compassion, and dignity.

If you or a loved one can benefit from eating disorder treatment, contact The Refuge and a member of our admissions team can answer any questions you may have.

The Refuge – A Healing Place
14835 SE 85th St
Ocklawaha, FL 32179

The Refuge Treatment:
Residential, Medical Detox, Partial Hospitalization, Relapse Prevention, Alumni Support

Patient Types Served:
Adults / Adolescents
Male & Female

CBT, DBT, EMDR, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Support, Medication Management, 12-Step Programming, Exposure Therapy, Equine Therapy


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