Individualized Assessment and Treatment Planning
Every woman at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center follows a treatment plan developed just for her. A woman’s treatment team considers all the available knowledge about her history. They consider her relationships with her friends and family, as well as her desires and wishes for the future. Together, the resident and the treatment team design an individualized therapeutic program to help the resident help herself. This collaborative process gives residents a sense of investment, empowerment and ownership of her recovery process.
Our treatment philosophy is built on the overriding goal of helping a woman obtain optimal health in all aspects of her life. Our treatment planning includes a rigorous assessment phase, including a thorough examination of past and current problems. We start by listening to each woman. What does she want for her life? What skills does she need to help her achieve those goals? What strengths does she bring to treatment? These are the areas she can build upon while learning new skills that work to keep her disease in remission for the rest of her life.
Integrated, Holistic Treatment
Rarely do eating disorders, alcohol or drug addiction, or mood disorders exist independently of one another. Recovery from these disorders is not possible without an approach that considers the fact that these disorders are often, if not always, intertwined. Unfortunately, these co-occurring mood or other psychiatric disorders are often unaddressed or under-addressed in outpatient treatment. Our approach to treatment of co-occurring disorders is critically important for women with more than one disorder.
Integrated residential treatment offers the greatest potential for healing in women with co-occurring disorders. Integrated treatment means that a woman’s presenting problems are addressed simultaneously and holistically. This is necessary because a mood disorder can affect substance use, or trigger anorexic or bulimic behaviors directly. Substance use also impacts mood, while both can affect a co-occurring eating disorder (which, in turn, affects both mood and substance use in a continuous, vicious cycle).
Using an integrated, holistic approach to treatment, all of the presenting problems receive concurrent clinical focus. This is seen in the focus of individual therapy, individualized program schedules and the individualized treatment goals drawn up for each of the co-occurring disorders.
The nurturing treatment environment at Timberline Knolls provides a secure, tranquil setting that inspires a woman to look within to her spirit and find new sources of strength. The combination of a beautiful, wooded campus, support from peers and new friends, and compassionate staff can renew a woman’s faith in her capacity to recover.
Regardless of her diagnosis, every woman in our care needs spiritual nourishment, and our treatment program helps her find it. Our approach to spirituality has helped women of all faith traditions and those of with none at all. We offer each resident the flexibility to integrate religious beliefs or not as they see fit.
Healing for the Whole Family
Eating disorders, substance abuse and mood disorders affect not only the resident, but also impact her loved ones. Individual therapists help the women to integrate DBT skills, 12 step principles, new communication skills and other elements of treatment into her relationships with family.
Family therapists work with each family to seek new understanding of how the resident’s problems have affected the family dynamics, and how the family dynamics have affected the resident’s problems. The family therapist works with the resident and her family each week, and, when appropriate, may plan for on-campus visits with the resident. Families also benefit from education in disease processes and recovery tools that equip family members to support their loved one following residential treatment. Additionally, family members are supported in joining the recovery community of family members and friends of those with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, addiction or mental illness.
Focus on Recovery
Facilitating the lifelong recovery process is our goal for every woman we treat. The clinical staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center recognizes that clinical excellence alone cannot cure women of eating disorders, substance abuse and mood disorders. In addition to being trauma aware, our treatment program supplements a core medical and psychological focus with daily practice of the 12 Step Recovery Principles. These principles promote the development of a healthy self and a connectedness to a Higher Power of each woman’s choosing.
We also recognize that a very challenging phase of a woman’s recovery begins when she leaves a residential treatment center. Our dedicated discharge planning staff works closely with a woman and her loved ones to recommend the next phase of treatment that will best support her ongoing recovery. We also work closely with each woman’s referring treatment providers to equip them to continue supporting her healing.
Many of the women who come to Timberline Knolls have a history of trauma in addition to the presenting diagnostic problems of substance abuse, anorexia, bulimia, or mood disorders. TK staff is trained to be aware of the impact of trauma on a woman’s life and treatment. They are constantly mindful that each woman has a unique story that influences her emotions in very personal ways. We understand how ordinary interactions can lead to overwhelming emotional responses in women with histories of significant trauma.
We also integrate the use of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills, clinically proven to be effective in working with trauma, along with experiential therapies to help women with unresolved trauma learn to release feelings of shame, fear and anxiety in a constructive way. This awareness reassures them of their ability to make recovery-oriented choices in the future when they are confronted with reminders of trauma. The skills learned in DBT reduce a woman’s need to rely on her symptoms for self-soothing and instead provide growth-enhancing alternatives.