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About Eating Disorder Treatment

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Recovering from an eating disorder is possible. At Sovereign Health of California, our adolescent and adult female patients are provided with the most comprehensive treatment plans so they can recover from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa along with any co-occurring disorders. Through Sovereign Health’s Eating Disorder Program, patients learn healthy behaviors regarding food, effective coping skills, healthy eating behaviors, and positive feelings about their body shape and weight.


Sovereign Health of California offers an Eating Disorder Program for females who have anorexia and bulimia nervosa at our San Clemente and Rancho San Diego locations. Our San Clemente facility offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for the treatment of eating disorders among females age 18 and older.

Girls from ages 12 to 17 can also receive treatment for eating disorders at our Rancho San Diego adolescent residential facility, which offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs to female adolescents affected by eating disorders.


Sovereign Health of California’s clinical treatment team specializes in identifying and treating the primary eating disorder along with any co-occurring disorders. During the admissions process, all patients receive a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and physical examination to diagnose the primary eating disorder, identify the presence of any co-occurring mental, medical or substance use disorders, and develop individualized treatment plans based on patients’ specific needs.

Treatment Team

Comprised of professionals from diverse disciplines, our clinical treatment team is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate treatment and care for every patient. Sovereign Health’s multidisciplinary treatment team includes the following:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Primary therapist
  • Medical physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Case managers
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Certified counselors
  • Yoga instructors
  • Equine therapy instructors
  • Nutritional chef
  • Registered dietitian
  • Clinical concierge
  • Patient advocates
  • Family therapist
  • Physician’s assistant

Tailored treatments

Our goals at Sovereign Health are to help our patients achieve and maintain a normal, healthy weight, learn to deal with stress in a healthy way, and stop their abnormal eating behaviors such as binge eating, restricting food intake, purging, fasting and using other weight-control techniques.

We provide an array of evidence-based therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Complementary treatments and activities – including art and music therapy, neurofeedback, equine therapy, yoga and meditation – are also offered as part of our holistic approach to treating eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Sovereign Health’s therapeutic treatment programs for eating disorders are group-based, tailored to each patient’s needs and comprised of the following elements:

  • Supervised meals and medical monitoring
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Medication and illness management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Stress and relaxation techniques
  • Nutritional counseling
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) meetings
  • Case management
  • Relapse prevention and discharge planning
  • A positive approach and trauma-informed care

Clinical Groups

Patients can expect to attend groups Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the duration of treatment. Each day, patients spend six hours in group therapy, two hours with their assigned therapist, one hour with their nutritionist, and two to three hours participating in experiential outings.

The following are some of the topics included in our clinical groups:

  • Process groups
  • Skill building groups: anger management, stress management, symptom management
  • Expressive groups
  • Body image
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional regulation
  • Mindfulness
  • Communication skills
  • Treatment goal setting
  • Art therapy
  • Stress management
  • SMART Recovery, a non-12-step support group
  • DBT skills

Our positive treatment approach encourages patients to implement constructive changes in their lives to achieve successful treatment outcomes and long-term recovery. We accept most private insurance plans, and our admissions team is trained to provide insurance verification as part of the admissions process. Sovereign Health also works with My Treatment Lender to provide loans for behavioral health services to patients and families who need assistance with covering the costs of treatment.

For more information about the Eating Disorder Programs offered at Sovereign Health of California’s San Clemente location for women age 18 and older or Rancho San Diego facility for adolescents ages 12 to 17, please call our 24/7 helpline today.


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