Libby Neal’s First 90 Days as Director of Clinical Services at Remuda Ranch

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Remuda Ranch, a comprehensive treatment center specializing in eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls, was pleased to welcome Libby Neal, MA, LPC, as the new Director of Clinical Services approximately 90 days ago when she assumed the clinical leadership for Remuda Ranch.

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“We are so fortunate and blessed that Libby Neal has joined our team. Her passion for the work we do is contagious,” said Chris Diamond, Executive Director for Remuda Ranch.

Remuda Ranch, a comprehensive treatment center specializing in eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls, was pleased to welcome Libby Neal, MA, LPC, as the new Director of Clinical Services approximately 90 days ago when she assumed the clinical leadership for Remuda Ranch. Neal is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive clinical training, project development, and executive leadership skills.

“We are so fortunate and blessed that Libby has joined our team. Her passion for the work we do is contagious,” said Chris Diamond, Executive Director for Remuda Ranch. “In just three months, she has made impressive inroads into every aspect of Remuda Ranch.”

According to Neal, her initial focus was to continue Remuda Ranch’s long-standing excellent reputation for best practices and being a leader in the field of eating disorders by assessing the overall programming of Remuda Ranch, identifying where more systems and training were needed, in addition to reviewing the curriculum and peer-to-peer relationships.

“In my first 90 days, we’ve made so many strides forward starting with property improvements by revamping all of the buildings, tripling our census, and building a strong team,” said Neal. “Additional changes include increasing the equine experiences, ropes courses, and overall individualized care so we can best address the needs of the individual. Our goal is to have best practices for eating disorders in conjunction with creating individualized care for a wide variety of eating disorders and comorbid issues.”

Neal’s position is primarily administrative, however, she is personally present on the unit with the patients where she knows everyone by their first name and they know her. Because she has an open rapport and is in touch with the patients, along with her clinical background, she can create programming, establish the core of the curriculum, and develop family week. She also manages the therapists and the activities and equine departments.

Moving forward at Remuda Ranch, Neal’s priorities focus on continuing with the momentum of her first 90 days and expanding services that includes creating a cutting-edge model by adding therapies such as Somatic Experiencing (SE) and EMDR. According to Neal, SE very subtly addresses body image that people with eating disorders get to rarely examine. In addition, Neal says that she would like to have a strong alumni support with quarterly alumni retreats, along with bringing back the western flair by resuming western night and rodeos. “Horses are our best therapists,” Neal commented. “I think they model everything for us that we need to learn and they do it with great patience and attention and empathy.”

Remuda Ranch is an industry leader in treating eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls through its inpatient, residential and partial-care programs. To learn more about Remuda Ranch’s work, contact an intake coordinator at 866-390-5100 or visit http://www.remudaranch.com.

Since 1990, Remuda Ranch has been a leading eating and co-occurring treatment center. In that time, over 10,000 women and girls have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. Through Remuda Ranch’s treatment approach and clinical excellence at its two state-of-the art locations in Wickenburg and Chandler, Arizona, individualized treatment is offered by a multidisciplined team of psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dietitians, therapists, psychologists and registered nurses that provided assistance and support 24 hours a day. Along with treating eating disorders, Remuda Ranch addresses co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. Remuda Ranch was acquired by The Meadows in 2012 and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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