Our treatment integrates the best concepts of residential programs, partial hospitalization programs, and community psychology in order to provide an experience that not only feels uniquely meaningful to the client, but also breaks the cycle of repeated hospitalizations, over-institutionalization, and isolation from community and family.
Galen Hope stands for community in more ways than one. In our “clubhouse,” we provide therapy services—including groups and individual sessions—where clients interact with their care partners, therapists, and fellow clients. It is in this togetherness that we hope to facilitate a community of individuals committed to well-being and recovery.
Additionally, all Galen Hope clients will receive services in the community. Our care partners will work with their clients in their homes or elsewhere (such as in a school environment or on location at activities that facilitate their therapeutic goals) to help clients achieve their maximum potential. So, while we create a sense of community inside our doors, we also seek to help our clients become a part of the community at large.
Building our community is treatment. Connection and being part of our community is as fundamental to care as are the more technical therapeutic activities associated with our services. Being part of a community—belonging to a connected group unified by a common purpose—is fundamental to our well-being.
As a client of Galen Hope, you will immediately be acknowledged as an individual whose story may not be represented by traditional diagnostic criteria. You may have had previous treatment experiences that left you feeling misunderstood or frustrated. At Galen Hope, we seek to fully understand your life experiences and to provide you with an environment where you feel acknowledged, accepted, and supported. All of our clinical services, while cutting edge and creative, are also designed to create cohesion and interaction among all those who attend and work at Galen Hope.
We find tremendous meaning in bringing you into our circle and helping you recognize the importance you play in our shared connection. Within our circle, you will discover that, although you come to us for help as our client, your presence and your essence brings something to us as well.
Human beings tend to fall into three categories when it comes to developing a sense of personal growth and meaning after experiencing adversity. Some individuals are worse off, others stay about the same as they were before the difficult experience, and some seem to grow emotionally, feeling that their adverse experience helped make a positive contribution to their lives. We know that establishing a connection to others, developing a greater awareness of the present, and finding a purpose in an experience can help foster this sense of positive growth.
Treatment at Galen Hope goes beyond just clinical interventions. Our work with clients focuses on developing the whole person and reintegrating them with the people, things, and places that help them to create a real life.
We each are born with what we can call “essence.” The essence of who we are drives our passion, our curiosity, our growth, and our connections. We want to tap into, and be guided by, the essence of who you are as an individual—and be a part of your journey of building a pathway of meaning.
As a program, we feel strongly that we have a responsibility—and, of course, a desire—to help our clients achieve the highest level of independence, recovery, and functionality they are capable of. By adhering to these pillars and engaging with clients in a clinical as well as a non-clinical setting, we seek to develop the well-being and dignity of the whole person.
Clients at Galen Hope are also expected to take responsibility for their own recovery, their own actions, and their relationships with others, including those they meet at Galen Hope. Through the creation of A Community for Integrated Wellness, clients are expected to positively contribute to one another’s growth and development as a means of enhancing their own.
As a member of our community, we will help you find direction through giving, and through truly caring about others and about our environment. Galen Hope engages in social justice and social policy activities as a course of treatment. You may find yourself building a garden, working at a local soup kitchen, or advocating at the legislature, all as a part of your own personal journey to health and well-being.
Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt is board-certiﬁed in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry with over 25 years of medical and clinical experience. She is known for her innovative, humane, and dignity-enhancing approach to medically and psychiatrically thorough care. She has developed a unique treatment approach that delves into the underlying issues that place a person at risk for mental health conditions, leading them to healing, health, and inner peace. A world-leading expert on treating eating disorders, she founded three residential treatment centers—Center for Hope of the Sierras, Oliver-Pyatt Centers, and Clementine—which have helped thousands of patients recover.
Dr. Oliver-Pyatt received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She has held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and University of Nevada School of Medicine, where she first developed her passion as a mentor and educator and established the eating disorder curriculum for the school and residency. As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, she educated medical students and in-training psychiatry residents on the treatment and medical consequences of all forms of eating disorders. She served as Medical Director for the State of Nevada Division of Mental Health and Disability Services, where she established the state’s first Program for Assertive Community Treatment and first Psychiatric Emergency Program. She also served as Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health, and has received U.S. Senatorial Recognition for her commitment to the mental health community.
She served as the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Advocacy Committee Chairman and co-authored the AED Guidelines for Obesity Prevention. She is a Fellow of both AED and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She served on the board of directors of IAEDP and was the Chair of the board of directors of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). It was during this period that Dr. Oliver-Pyatt began to heighten attention within the field of weight stigma and initiated Weight Stigma Awareness Week.
Dr. Oliver-Pyatt served on the Joint Commission’s Advisory Committee, has given frequent presentations and interviews throughout the country and at national and international eating disorder conferences, and has been featured on WebMD. Described by colleagues as warm and wise, she matches her comprehensive training with an unwavering belief in compassionate and scientiﬁcally sound treatment.
Dr. Amy Boyers has run a busy private practice in South Miami since 2001 where she provides therapy to adolescents and adults, with a focus on women’s health, eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and behavioral medicine. Five years ago, she opened Boyers Recovery Support Services to address the needs of clients who require more intensive support at the outpatient level of care. Between the two, she has been able to stabilize and treat individuals in their homes and in the community, either keeping them out of treatment centers or helping them to stabilize successfully after a residential stay.
Dr. Boyers was a student at the University of Pennsylvania when her love of psychology began and she worked as a research assistant for the renowned professor and researcher Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D. After graduating with honors in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she was awarded a prestigious U.S. Department of Defense psychological research fellowship at the University of Miami where she completed her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Health Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center where she began to hone her interest in eating disorders. She also completed two post-doctoral residencies at the University of Miami Department of Psychology as Project Director of an NCI-funded breast cancer study and at the Renfrew Center as a primary therapist in their intensive outpatient program for eating disorders.
She has been Clinical Supervisor for graduate students in the University of Miami Clinical Psychology Program; a consulting psychologist at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, an eating disorder treatment facility in South Miami; and co-creator of Clementine, an eating disorder treatment center for adolescent girls. Dr. Boyers is adjunct faculty at the University of Miami Counseling Center and has spoken locally and nationally on the topics of eating disorders, stress, trauma, and adolescent development. She has also co-authored several articles in professional journals and was the founding president of the Miami Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and served on the national board of that organization.