The Leading Anorexia Treatment Center for Women & Girls

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides comprehensive care for women and girls who are struggling with anorexia nervosa. Timberline Knolls delivers compassionate, comprehensive treatment so that the journey to healing from anorexia can begin.

Learn About Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Treatment for anorexia nervosa at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening illness. It rapidly overtakes your life and begins to impact every decision you make. It taints the way you view the world and, more importantly, the way you view yourself. 

Given the many serious health consequences that can result from anorexia nervosa, many treatment providers who offer care for anorexic individuals focus exclusively on treating the eating disorder itself. However, when you’re wanting to heal from anorexia, it is important that you find a treatment center that doesn’t solely focus on the symptoms of the disease. Rather, it is necessary to find a center that focuses on you as a whole; on everything that makes you who you are and on the circumstances that may have impacted the development and continuation of your symptoms. 

At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, we place an emphasis on understanding your entire history – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual We believe that we need to understand you as a person before we can treat your symptoms. 

We listen to you. You are the narrator of your story, and we will meet you where you are.  

Why Choose Timberline Knolls for Anorexia Treatment

What makes our anorexia treatment center successful?

The anorexia treatment we offer is tailored to meet the unique needs of women and girls. The way that women interpret the world around them and the way that they view themselves often differs from the way that men view things. We believe that in order for true healing to occur, your needs must be met in the way that is going to be of most benefit to you. We also recognize that women and girls who are receiving anorexia treatment tend to feel more comfortable when they are surrounded by other women and girls. Providing this sense of comfort and safety is an important aspect of the treatment process and in helping our residents be successful in their recovery.

As part of our programming, we take into account the presence of possible co-occurring disorders. Many women and girls who are struggling with the symptoms of anorexia are also battling symptoms of other mental health or addiction concerns. These conditions may either be a part of the root cause of the anorexia, or they may develop in response to struggling with untreated anorexia symptoms. These co-occurring conditions can have a critical impact on recovery if they are not addressed. By understanding a woman’s entire history of addictive and/or compulsive behavior, we are able to customize her treatment plan to address all of her concerns and provide a holistic treatment experience.

There are any number of co-occurring conditions that can present alongside anorexia nervosa. These include depression, bipolar disorder, panic and anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder, among others. Additionally, many women and girls who are suffering from anorexia struggle with addiction as well. When someone is struggling with anorexia and is also battling a substance use disorder (e.g., cocaine addiction, alcohol addiction, etc.), it is known as dual diagnosis. Comprehensive treatment must be received in order to address the symptoms of all disorders and addictions that a female may be struggling with.

We leverage the experience of our entire staff to customize each woman’s treatment for anorexia nervosa. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of anorexia treatment at a leading treatment center like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It’s also one of the reasons why so many outpatient anorexia treatment providers refer their patients to us when they need more intensive treatment. Our individualized, medically-informed approach to anorexia treatment succeeds where other anorexia treatment centers may have failed.

What to Expect Prior to Entering Anorexia Treatment

What happens before admission into anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls?

The assessment of a woman’s treatment needs begins early in our admissions review process. We ask both the woman and her family to provide information about her anorexia symptoms, concerns with friends and family, and challenges that may be occurring at work or in school. We also seek her permission to communicate with any previous anorexia treatment providers to gather additional information about her medical and psychiatric history. Additionally, we ask for her permission to acquire information regarding her past anorexia treatment experiences/progress, as well as any stumbling blocks that may have hindered her from achieving or maintaining recovery from anorexia nervosa.

Understanding the First Steps of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Thorough intake assessment for anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls 

Once a woman or girl is admitted into anorexia treatment at our center, she undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. Once the results of those assessments have been compiled, the resident will be assigned an anorexia treatment team that is made up of several members of our staff, including a primary therapist, a family therapist, a psychiatrist (MD), a registered dietitian (RD), and an eating disorders specialist who is trained in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Once the resident is settled on campus, she will meet with these staff members individually.

Each anorexia treatment team member will provide further assessments within the resident’s first days at our treatment center. The findings are integrated and reviewed with the entire clinical staff, including that which has been received by other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about the woman’s needs is taken into account, and a thorough treatment plan is devised and implemented.

Your Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Process

Taking ownership of your anorexia treatment

At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, we believe that it is critical for each woman to take ownership of her treatment from the outset. This is the only way that recovery can truly be accomplished. Once a resident’s treatment plan is formulated, our team’s recommendations will be discussed in detail with her during her first care conference. These conferences include all of the staff members who will be providing her treatment, including her primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff, and lodge staff. This collaborative approach allows the woman or girl to have input in the goals for treatment and allows her to choose several elective elements of her programming experience. She will be asked to sign off on her treatment objectives and the progression of her anorexia treatment plan, including any initiative that will be taken to address co-occurring psychiatric concerns or dual diagnosis addiction problems.

What Anorexia Treatment is Like

Your time in anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls

Following the initial care conference, your treatment team will meet weekly throughout your stay to ensure that you are progressing in your treatment for anorexia and are benefiting in the most optimal way. Your treatment team will also consult with one another informally to make sure that your recovery needs are being fully supported. If new symptoms appear, you may undergo additional psychological testing or medical evaluations so that your health is properly attended to and so that nothing interferes with your ability to recover from anorexia.

Additionally, women or girls who have other medical symptoms or complications that have resulted from anorexia nervosa will receive referrals to consulting healthcare providers, such as dentists, cardiologists, gynecologists, orthopedic surgeons, and/or gastroenterologists.

A Unique Experience in Anorexia Treatment

Our individualized approach to anorexia treatment

Each woman or girl with anorexia nervosa has a unique story.

The symptoms of anorexia are often an attempt to cope with complicated emotions. Anorexia symptoms develop and fluctuate over such a long period of time that they become normalized. This can also make it difficult to recognize the signs that this eating disorder even exists. Several members of our treatment staff have personal experience overcoming anorexia nervosa, so they understand the complex emotions and fears that come with accepting the need for treatment and committing to a new way of living and discovering new ways of thinking.

No two women who are battling anorexia nervosa come to a residential treatment center in the same place. This is why we focus on meeting each woman where she is, and supporting her in an uplifting, empowering manner. We never shame or police behavior. We respect the women and girls who are in our care, and we believe it is our duty to encourage them, support them, and help them find healing.

In order to put this mission into action, we take an integrated, individualized approach to anorexia treatment by helping girls and women accomplish various concrete goals. We help them identify emotional triggers that lead to anorexic behaviors, including searching for any underlying cause that has not been properly identified or addressed. We help them create awareness of healthy ways that they can respond to emotions of fear, sadness, anger, or shame. We help them discover ways to avoid destructive “either/or” thought patterns that add to their feelings of hopelessness or unmanageability. We help them develop confidence in their potential to make healthy choices to begin and sustain recovery.

We never make assumptions about a resident’s experience and needs based on her age, weight, or patterns of anorexia symptoms. Each woman or girl will receive coaching and reinforcement that is individualized to help them grow in key areas of interpersonal skills, distress tolerance and management, reality acceptance skills, and emotional regulation skills.

Your Experience at Timberline Knolls

What will you experience during anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls?

While receiving anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, your experience may be significantly different from what other rehab facilities or anorexia treatment programs offer. This is by design.

Every woman who seeks to recover from anorexia must develop tools that she can use not only in the present, but also in the future. These tools must be things that she can trust to help her regulate the emotions that previously triggered her preoccupation with food. We work with our residents to help them recognize their feelings and identify the conscious choices they make. Through ongoing, supportive reinforcement, women and girls begin to use the tools they learn instead of engaging in anorexic behaviors. As they gain confidence in their ability to make positive, healthy choices, they experience improved self-esteem, body acceptance, reduced stress and anxiety, healing from the effects of trauma, and increased self-awareness.

Repairing Your Relationship with Food Through Anorexia Treatment

A realistic, supportive approach to nutrition in the treatment of anorexia nervosa

Many women and girls come to residential treatment for anorexia with great apprehension about meals. Food is already a source of anxiety for them, so our goal is to alleviate their negative emotions. We believe that healthy changes in eating behavior begin with listening and empathy, not with policing or judging behaviors.

Our anorexia treatment staff focuses on creating an environment where you can feel safe expressing your emotions about food and about eating. We want you to understand that you are not alone in your experience with anorexia or in your struggle to cope with your feelings. Our nutritional philosophy focuses on supporting you as you develop confidence in your ability to make healthy choices about food. Experiential activities like shopping and cooking, when appropriate, add to the building of self-esteem, as they give you a chance to practice the skills you are learning in a real-world setting while still being surrounded by caring, knowledgeable anorexia treatment professionals.

We recognize that successful treatment for anorexia nervosa must include a woman’s family. We must equip her family to engage in the process of recovery during and after her stay in our residential anorexia treatment center. Nutrition and meal preparation approaches are part of the weekly family conferences over the phone, and our anorexia treatment specialists and dietitians provide hands-on sessions with family members during on-campus visits. When clinically appropriate, we may also encourage the family to practice these skills together during off-campus meals.

The Road to Recovery

Long-term recovery from anorexia at Timberline Knolls Treatment Center

Reading through what you can expect in anorexia treatment and the different types of experiences you will have can seem intimidating. Making the decision to get treatment for anorexia nervosa is a difficult step in and of itself, but it is important to remember what the outcome will be.

While you are at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, you will receive ongoing support and encouragement from compassionate individuals who have made it their mission to help women and girls succeed in recovery from anorexia nervosa.

You are taking ownership of your life story. You are creating a new narrative. You are setting goals and achieving them. You are on your way to living your best life – a life that you love.

To learn more about anorexia nervosa treatment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, please call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We provide services for women and girls, age 12 and up, and offer admissions seven days a week.

The folks at Timberline Knolls helped me cope with my trauma-related mental health concerns... and have made me a stronger, more emotionally stable person.

– A former resident
Why Choose Timberline Knolls?