EATING DISORDER TREATMENT FOR ALL GENDERS
Monte Nido Affiliates specializes in the treatment of eating disorders for all genders and includes three distinct clinical programs: Monte Nido, Clementine, and Oliver-Pyatt Centers. For over two decades, our tenured and expert staff—which includes recovered professionals — has delivered treatment that leads to full recovery. Treatment programs at Monte Nido, Clementine and Oliver-Pyatt Centers focus on stabilizing the eating disorder and co-occurring presentations, reducing urges, enhancing motivation, developing alternative coping capacities, and changing the way clients think about themselves and their world. Though the programs have some nuanced philosophical differences, they share a deep commitment to helping clients regain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
MONTE NIDO & AFFILIATES PROVIDES:
A full continuum of gender-affirming care — ranging from residential to day treatment programs — for adults and adolescents
Effective, outcome-backed treatment as demonstrated by a 10-year, longitudinal, peer-reviewed study as well as ongoing research
Thorough medical, psychiatric, clinical, and nutritional assess ment and screening to guide the development of each client’s treatment plan
High staff-to-client ratio
TREATMENT COMPONENTS INCLUDE:
High levels of medical and psychiatric care with 24-hour nursing in the comfort of a home at all of our residential programs
Skills development through evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), plus therapies to address co-occurring presentations as indicated
Group therapies that focus on trans-diagnostic etiological and maintaining factors
Therapeutic opportunities, assignments, journaling, challenges, self-monitoring, and treatment exposures
Nutritional programming that meets differing needs
Treatment contracts with personalized goals and objectives
Specialized mindfulness training
Exploration of spirituality, personal values, and personal meaning to help build and sustain motivation
Family involvement as active partners: multi-family groups, family education, and family therapy as needed
Nutrition programming across all of our programs works from the same core foundations of health, freedom from eating disordered behaviors, and developmentally appropriate progression toward self-trust and internally directed eating. With this solid foundation, our clients move through the early stages of food relationship repair to the later stages of growth and expansion in a recovered life.
Our informed nutritional care reflects:
Recognition that healthy, recovered people come in all shapes and sizes
Recognition that all bodies deserve to be nourished and experience satiety
Behavior-focused, rather than weight-focused, philosophies
Belief that weight loss attempts and focus are contraindicated for recovery from all eating disorder diagnoses Kitchens that are open and accessible as in a homelike setting; at any time throughout the day, individuals can request and be provided with more food for satiety
Co-occurring presentations such as substance use disorder and trauma reactions such as PTSD share common causal and maintaining factors with eating disorders that influence treatment and recovery. At many of our locations, we integrate specialized programming to address these factors. We use the concept of “healthy self” and “disordered self” dialogues as a model for build ing symptom control, self-awareness, and perspective.
Core interventions can include:
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), CBT, and interpersonal therapy to address substance use and support behavior change
12-step meetings to enrich social support and decrease risk of relapse
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based model for addressing PTSD, that helps clients identify and process traumatic experiences and the post-trauma reactions and adaptations that may be contributing to their eating disorder
Schuyler Bailar is the first transgender NCAA D1 Men’s athlete and Monte Nido & Affiliates Fellow. Schuyler has a shared history with our organization, having attended Oliver-Pyatt Centers where he was first able to discuss his gender identity aloud. During this time period, Mr. Bailar also attended gender workshops at the YES! Institute in Miami, Florida, which allowed him to better understand his gender. Soon after, Mr. Bailar began his transition. Now a college graduate and influential speaker and advocate, Mr. Bailar will work closely with the team at Monte Nido & Affiliates to continue teaching and guiding others on gender-inclusive care, particularly in the context of eating disorder treatment.