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We are particularly attuned to:
- Those who are stepping down from residential or hospital settings.
- Those who have received residential treatment but found the care did not “stick” or translate into their home setting.
- Those who can be safe when alone, and if not, are able to have care partners or family be alongside them during their treatment experience.
- Those who have family or friends who are willing to remain involved, supportive, and/or reside with the client during their treatment.
what to expect at Galen Hope
Your recovery journey begins with a comprehensive assessment, including a detailed history of your medical, psychological, social, and spiritual background. We will speak to other providers you may be seeing. We want to understand where you’ve been and your current struggles, so that we can recommend the level of care that will best address your needs. From there, our team – including our psychiatrists, therapists, nurse practitioner, and care partners – work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan, individualized to you.
We provide care in the least restrictive environments possible. However, we understand that our clients are giving up a certain degree of freedom when they enter care. It is our utmost goal that our clients regain not only that freedom, but freedom from their eating disorder or mental health struggles. Assertive community treatment is foundational to our program. Each step of the way, we purposefully and intentionally guide our clients in building the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the long-term.
focus on community integration
the family journey
When a family decides to send their loved one to treatment, they may experience a range of emotions. Stress and worry, to be sure. Grief, frustration and anger are also common. They also may be fearful for their loved one’s health and safety.
When families entrust us with caring for their loved one, it’s important for them to know that our clients are treated with compassion and respect. We don’t focus solely on our clients’ struggles. We help them to see their strengths. Then we work to build on those strengths, which are key to sustaining recovery.
We understand that you are worried, and you may have been through a lot. As we help your loved one, we are also here to support you – whether that is answering questions or preparing you to support your loved one in their healing journey.
Our family program provides high-frequency family therapy sessions, family coaching, caregiver support groups, and a monthly family education day that includes a multi-family group, psychoeducation, and a meal experiential for the loved ones of our clients with eating disorders.
Our clinical team and care partners are available to you, ensuring that you are a part of the process. As your loved one progresses in their recovery, we will also guide you in relating to your loved ones in new ways.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Galen Hope covered by insurance?
The team at Galen Hope provides support for verification of insurance benefits, pursuit of out-of-network reimbursement for families seeking to recoup some or all of cost of treatment, utilization reviews conducted by our primary therapists, and initiation of single-case agreements when clinically appropriate. We are currently in-network with ComPsych, and also accept private pay.
Teens and adults of all ages. We have separate programs for our younger clients and our adult clients.
What ages does Galen Hope treat?
What should I expect on my first day of treatment?
You’ll meet individually with each member of your treatment team over the first day or two, including your primary therapist, registered dietitian, care partner, psychiatrist and our family services director. We’ll give you a tour of our program, and start introducing you to your peers. We think it’s important to dive right in and experience the warm and welcoming environment that treatment in our community is all about.
Yes. Mental health struggles can overwhelm the entire family. Galen Hope provides ongoing family support and group activities for families to help them reset family dynamics that may have suffered due to the eating disorder or mental health problem.
While our focus is on treating the client, we find that families need their own time and support to heal too. For so long, their loved one’s eating disorder or mental illness may have taken up most of the space and energy in their lives. Families need time to exhale, and to recover from their own feelings of guilt, anger and exhaustion. Sometimes, families have been under stress for a long time. They may also need help shifting their perspective of their loved from someone who is “sick” to someone who is capable, healthy and strong.
Are families involved with treatment at Galen Hope?
What is your approach to nutrition for clients with eating disorders?
Weight restoration may be needed for some of our clients with eating disorders. But we do not focus on the scale or compulsory calories. Our nutrition philosophy focuses on the restoration of intuitive eating, listening to our body cues, and rediscovering the pleasure that comes from enjoying a meal with others.
Clients who come to us with a diagnosis of an eating disorder have their own milieu for meals and snacks that includes therapeutic support and supervision, pre- and post-meal check-ins, and meal plans designed by our registered dietitians in accordance with each client’s needs, as well as the necessary accommodations for allergies and cultural or religious backgrounds. Mealtimes at Galen Hope are designed to nourish the body – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Education is important. About the only thing more important is your teen’s health. We have a built-in study hall period in our adolescent program 5 days/week. We will coordinate with school districts and other educational supports or facilities to incorporate the appropriate amount of schoolwork into the week, individualized for each client to achieve the balance needed between a focus on treatment and recovery, and staying connected to their education.
Can I go to school during treatment?
Can I work during treatment?
It depends on the level of treatment. When an individual is in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for an eating disorder or mental health condition, treatment and recovery becomes their job until they reach the point that they step down into an intensive outpatient program (IOP). IOP clients are in treatment 3 to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, and may be able to continue working or taking care of family responsibilities.
We will happily provide you with a sample schedule, packing list, and walkthrough of a “day in the life” of a Galen Hope client. We understand that starting at a new treatment program can come with feelings of nervousness. Galen Hope is an incredibly supportive community that celebrates each person’s individuality. Everyone has their own issues to work through, and their own goals they’re working towards. Your peers will be focused on their own healing, yet at the same time they will be one of your greatest sources of strength. They will understand your struggles more than anyone else could.
How can I get ready for mental health or eating disorders treatment?
Does Galen Hope offer housing?
Galen Hope maintains a peaceful, comfortable home in Coral Gables, Florida, near our treatment center. Our clients ages 18 and up who are participating in our PHP with Community Integration have the option of residing there while they're in treatment. Clients will live with their peers, learn to share space and responsibilities, practice newfound skills in a setting outside treatment, and support one another on their recovery journey. There is a staff presence in the house overnight for monitoring of house rules, general supervision and accessing on-call clinicians or other assistance as needed. Transportation to and from programming is provided.
Clients participate in PHP either 8 to 12 hours a day, 5 to 7 days a week.
Days are full, with individual therapy, group therapy, meals and outings. In addition to multiple sessions each week with your therapist, psychiatrist and dietitian, your care partner will meet with you regularly as well.
Group therapies may include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, anxiety management skills, body image, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, goal setting, multi-family, process, relationship skills, and shame and resilience work. Other groups include Mindful Practice, Relapse Prevention, Identity & Sexuality, Conscious Recovery, Cinema Therapy, Monthly Community Process, Skills Review, Study Hall (adolescents), Narrative Therapy/Autobiography Series, and Self-Esteem.
Other therapeutic activities may include art therapy, cooking, meal outings, movement therapy, nature therapy, psychodrama, recreational outings, therapeutic expression and writing, reiki and yoga.
What’s a typical day like in PHP?
What’s a typical day like in IOP?
Clients can participate in one of two IOP tiers. Tier 2 is 3 to 4 hours a day, 3 to 5 days a week. Tier 1 is 3 hours, 3 to 5 days a week. Days include individual therapy, group therapy, meals and outings. In addition to sessions with your therapist, dietitian and potentially a psychiatrist, your Care Partner will meet with you regularly as well.
Group therapies may include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, anxiety management skills, body image, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, goal setting, multi-family, process, relationship skills, and shame and resilience work.
Therapeutic activities may include art therapy, cooking, drum circle, meal outings, movement, nature therapy, psychodrama, recreational outings, therapeutic expression and writing, reiki and yoga.
Every client at Galen Hope has a dedicated care partner who helps them identify areas for growth, and create routines that that enable them to practice self-care, problem solve and successfully integrate into academic, work and social pursuits. The care partner is all about the client and their unique needs, so the specific activities vary from person to person. Some examples of how care partners help our clients:
- Cooking meals and providing meal support
- Visiting a restaurant that has triggering connotations
- Shopping for clothes
- Dealing with finances
- Assisting with goal setting, managing appointments, and other self-care practices
- Finding volunteer activities in the community
- Negotiating re-entry to school after medical withdrawal
- Creating more order and organization in their environment
- Making home visits
- Coaching families for long-term healing and recovery