Residential Eating Disorder Treatment
Focus provides residential treatment in a cozy, home-like setting that serves up to 10 women at one time. The recommended length of stay is 45 – 90 days to thoroughly explore the underlying causes of the eating disorder and create a solid foundation of recovery.
Focus also specializes in "dual diagnosis" treatment, which means treating co-occurring issues of drug or alcohol use. When on this track, women join some of the co-ed substance use programming that is offered at Focus. This is a larger program of 20-25 adults and the recommended length of stay may be adjusted when enrolled for dual diagnosis.
Treatment Philosophy at Focus
We believe that food and body struggles emerge for a reason, yet the specific chain of life events, beliefs, genetics, and brain chemistry differs for each unique woman. Regardless of the reason(s), we notice that food and body patterns can mirror what is happening within the self and in relationships with others. In other words, eating disorders are often windows to the soul, and when explored in a safe and supportive environment, can shed light on deeper struggles in need of healing. Immediate relief, as well as lasting recovery, are both possible at Focus.
We practice clinical excellence through established and empirically- validated therapeutic models. Our philosophical framework utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support our patients in achieving long-lasting behavior changes based on acceptance and mindfulness practices. We also engage our patients in intensive shame resiliency and self-compassion work, EMDR trauma therapy grounded in somatic attachment theory, skill building groups based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and interpersonal neurobiology, expressive therapies such as art, dance, and equine therapy, and Family Based Therapy (FBT).
Everyone in the program participates in a weekly spirituality class, including those with no designated religious or spiritual framework. The concepts of forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and connection to other souls are universal regardless of belief. In addition, Christian-based therapy is also offered for those who desire to call on this faith to aid in the recovery process. Every patient is valued for her unique journey and individual needs.
"This place truly saved my life!! the staff was so loving and caring and genuinely cared about me and my recovery!! This place will always hold a special place in my heart!"- Hailey
Nutrition Philosophy at Focus
Our nutrition program is founded on the belief that Food IS Medicine. By using evidence-based treatment, our staff supports each woman by using an individualized meal plan to meet her specific needs. Treatment focuses on:
Normalizing eating patterns and the eating process
Repairing relationship with food and body
Learning to trust the body’s internal signals of hunger and satiety
We understand that there are many underlying obstacles and struggles regarding the appropriate intake of food. We also recognize it’s about more than just the food. Along with structured meal planning, every woman participates in scheduled meals and snacks in addition to taking part in experiential exercises to address and understand behaviors and promote lasting recovery for life. Weekly exposure work related to real-world experiences includes:
Mindful eating exercises
Individual nutrition counseling and therapy is an integral part of the eating disorder recovery process. In addition, every woman attends weekly nutrition education groups and post-meal nutrition process groups. Groups are designed to improve knowledge about the importance of meal planning, incorporation balance and variety into meals, and encouragement to challenge fear foods and dispel food myths.
Individual therapy session with Master’s or Ph.D. level primary therapist twice weekly
Individualized nutrition counseling with Registered Dietitian weekly and meal planning five times weekly
Treatment team meeting to discuss treatment plan progress and individualized needs
Weekly family therapy in person or conference call
Optional treatment of trauma with our EMDR trained psychotherapists
Therapeutic process groups led daily by Master’s or Ph.D. level therapist
DBT and life skills training
Self-awareness and stress management
Metaphor work: connecting psyche and soul
Trauma therapy (EMDR), as indicated
Nutritional education and meal planning
Yoga and dance/movement therapy
Art and expressive therapy
Gentle eating and mindful meals
Cooking classes with nutrition team and chef
A variety of therapeutic outings
Intensive relapse prevention
Didactic and experiential therapies
Therapeutic community meetings
Eating Disorder Anonymous (EDA) meetings weekly
Educational Families in Focus weekend
Sunday dinner outing for family weekend participants
12 step meetings (as indicated)
Psychiatric assessment, treatment and monitoring with psychiatrist
Dual diagnosis treatment, as indicated
Licensed nursing staff provide 24 hour care
Ongoing medical monitoring by physicians and nurse practitioners
Assistance with FMLA or other medical leave documentation
Take a Peek at Our Facility
Would you like to come by and take a tour of the facility? We understand that making the decision to enter residential treatment can feel overwhelming and that sometimes getting a feel for a place can help ease the uncertainty. Our staff would love to show you around anytime, please just let us know when you can make it to Chattanooga for a visit.