East Bay Eating Disorder Clinic, Casa Serena to Open After-School Program for Teenagers with Eating Disorders

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Casa Serena, an East Bay eating disorder treatment facility, is opening an after-school program for teenagers with eating disorders in February 2012.

Bay Area Eating Disorders

Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program to open an after-school program.

In the East County right now, there are no programs for teens. Only one inpatient setting in Oakland is available, and for people out in our area, the distance may be a barrier to getting the help they need

Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program, one of the East Bay’s most trusted eating disorder clinics, will launch an after-school, intensive outpatient program for male and female teenagers, aged 14 to 18, in February, 2012. The program is designed specifically for teenagers suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders, and will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

“In the East County right now, there are no programs for teens. Only one inpatient setting in Oakland is available, and for people out in our area, the distance may be a barrier to getting the help they need,” said Jackie Holmes, program founder and director of Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program. “Also, we are addressing the clients who don't need to be hospitalized, but who do need additional, intensive support to recover.”

The after-school program will serve Contra Costa and East counties, and will include nutrition education, family education, family therapy, individual therapy, DBT skills, group sessions, yoga and mindfulness training, expressive-arts sessions, and contract-group sessions. The program is designed to uphold Casa Serena’s philosophy that treatment and recovery are best achieved when the family is properly educated and encouraged to actively participate in supporting the child health.

East Bay eating disorders treatment center, Casa Serena has been offering a well-received, 10-week summer program for teenagers from mid-June to mid-August. But, the center discovered that in the case of adolescent eating disorders, treatment cannot be pigeonholed just for a summer. Parents have been contacting Casa Serena seeking outpatient settings for their children who need to start or continue treatment during the school year.

Academic and social pressures cause combined stress on teens that usually lead to eating disorders. Teenagers with eating disorders need the opportunity to remain in close contact with their familial- and peer-support systems, something that out-of-the-area programs lack.

For more information on the after-school program or any of Casa Serena’s services, call 925-682-8252, view the center on the web at http://www.casaserenaedp.com or visit 1868 Clayton Road, Suite 123, Concord, CA 94520.

About Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program

Casa Serena, a East Bay binge eating disorder center consists of a group of professionals who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, with an emphasis on family involvement. The center also offers intensive outpatient services every week to adult men and women. Casa Serena’s programs are covered by most insurance companies and are available on a sliding-fee scale for the uninsured.

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