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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eating Disorder Hope proudly announces the new Castlewood Treatment Center page in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Castlewood Treatment Center - More Care, More Commitment, More Lasting Recovery.

Castlewood Treatment Center Castlewood Treatment Center in Saint Louis, Missouri is a Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center offering compassionate, professional treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive over-eating and binge eating disorders. Castlewood accepts both male female clients age 16 and above. Eating disorder treatment at Castlewood incorporates a comprehensive and individualized approach in a secluded, peaceful environment. We do not merely address the symptoms, but also help our clients resolve the underlying traumatic causes, leading to a deeper and more lasting recovery.
We provide specific treatment for the eating disorder, as well as co-occurring disorders, whether you have an Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression or a Dissociative Disorder. Castlewood specializes in trauma resolution therapies, including EMDR, Internal Family System Therapy, and Attachment based therapies. Castlewood offers a full spectrum of care including, Residential, Step down with free transitional living, Day Treatment with free housing, and Intensive Outpatient Treatment.

A Uniquely Personal Approach

At Castlewood, we understand that eating disorder symptoms are accompanied by an underlying problem. The symptoms are like a red flag being waved saying there is something wrong which I cannot verbalize. Sometimes the client doesn't know exactly what the problem is, but there is an underlying problem such as Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety or just feeling overwhelmed by the perceived need for perfectionism and the need to not disappoint others. Some clients have unfinished business with their families that make separation difficult, while others have unresolved grief or trauma.

Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment

Castlewood Treatment Center Building
Each of these underlying disorders requires a different form of specialized treatment. Castlewood offers a team of specialists, each with different skills, includingtherapists who have subspecialties in each of these problem areas. Most importantly, we have three dieticians who listen to the client and work with each individual's unique metabolic requirements. Once a client is able to attain control of symptoms, they are typically stepped-down to one of three lower levels of care, so they can work with specific fears related to interacting with the complexity of modern living.

Though we naturally wish to restore our clients to health as rapidly as possible, we do not place a pre-ordained time limit on our residents' stays. Our mission is not merely to churn out weight-restored clients who look healthy to others, but whose internal wounds, if un-addressed, will readily result in relapse. Experience has taught us that the full measure of health rests on more than a temporary absence of symptoms. We are entirely focused on ensuring a complete and enduring state of wholeness, following whatever path is most appropriate for you. Clients who have not foundhealing at other treatment centers say this flexibility is what distinguishes Castlewood and allows their recovery efforts to at last succeed.

Why Castlewood?

Pond at Castlewood Treatment Center We individualize care. We treat the underlying issues associated with the Eating Disorder not just the symptoms. We provide specific treatment and treatment approaches for the eating disorder, as well as co-occurring disorders, whether you have obsessive-compulsive disordersocial anxiety disorder,  major depression, multiple addictions, Trauma/PTSD , Dissociative Disorders, or other conditions.
We utilize Internal Family Systems Therapy. All of our therapy staff has had training in Internal Family Systems Therapy, so we can work collaboratively with our clients to discover healthier coping strategies. This methodology is particularly effective with eating disorders.
We provide care even after you leave. We have found that most clients have some degree of relapse following the intensive support of the Residential Program. To improve success rates, we began a Stepdown Program that allows clients the freedom to practice rebounding from the inevitable slips. Clients receive support from peers, implement relapse prevention plans and continue with customized, individual therapy. We then monitor you closely for six months after you leave.

We encourage family involvement. We schedule Family Weeks every 6-8 weeks. Clients invite all interested family members to 3 days of group and individualized treatment. We also schedule additional individualized family therapy and couples therapy with spouses between Family Weeks.

We have experienced staff with extensive training. Our staff specializes in the areas of: nutrition, nursing, psychiatry, behavioral therapy, dance and movement, body image and dysmorphia, psychodrama, family therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Hypnosis, life-coaching, alcohol and sexual addiction, anxiety disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and sexual abuse, Social Anxiety and more.

Castlewood's approach to Trauma Resolution

Castlewood Treatment Center Building
Trauma can be caused by any overwhelming experience in childhood, adolescence or adulthood that is too overwhelming and difficult to integrate or make meaning. Although there is a large incidence of child sexual abuse such that one in three eating disorder clients have unresolved sexual abuse, there are also a large number of other traumas commonly associated with eating disorder. For example, when childhood bonding with caretakers has been problematic or when painful experiences in school with peers or dating were traumatic. Our therapists are trained in the latest trauma techniques for trauma stabilization and resolution, a requisite before the symptom can remit.

Attachment-Based Psychotherapy

The constant availability of a caretaker in infancy and childhood to provide safety, a healthy exploration of the environment, and help to learn to regulate emotions effectively results in secure attachment. The result of secure attachment is a person's sense of security, a sense that the world is a safe place that one can rely on others for protection and support, and one can feel effective in exploring and operating in their environment. The result is a sense of both self-identity and esteem. Very few eating disorder clients have secure attachment or a solid sense of identity and feel confident in establishing adult relationships. Castlewood has developed a unique program to increase secure attachments, which is critical for long-term symptom remission.
Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a powerful tool in working with eating disorder clients. Its founder, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., is on staff at Castlewood, has trained our staff and works with our clients. The cornerstone of IFS is to facilitate self-leadership and integration of "parts of self" that may become fragmented, split off and polarized within an individual. One part of a person may both want to give up the eating disorder and another part may want to not give it up; or in another instance, one part may feel fat, while another part knows the person is starving. IFS allows for working with such parts of self to facilitate integration.

Location/Contact Information

Castlewood Treatment Center
800 Holland Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63021

For more information about our individualized treatment programs please contact us at 1-888-822-8938  or


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