Housed in a beautiful neighborhood in Carlsbad, California, just three miles away from the beaches of the Pacific coast, Montecatini is a special place of hope and healing for adolescent girls and adult women whose lives have been disrupted by anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, other types of eating disorders, and certain co-occurring mental or behavioral health conditions.
Common co-occurring disorders for which girls and women may receive treatment at Montecatini include bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders.
Since Montecatini accepted its first client in 1991, the program has helped hundreds of girls and women identify, address, and overcome eating disorders and related challenges. Today, Montecatini offers care at the residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) levels, along with detoxification services for girls and women whose eating disorders are accompanied by substance abuse and addiction.
Treatment at Montecatini is holistic in nature and personalized in delivery, with each client’s care guided by an individualized treatment plan according to her unique strengths, needs, and treatment goals. The program is dedicated to remaining a positive, respectful, and culturally sensitive environment that promotes improved quality of life and prepares girls and women to achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
All who heal at Montecatini are encouraged to take ownership of their recovery and play active positive roles in all treatment-related decisions. During an individual’s time in treatment at Montecatini, she will work in close collaboration with a team of dedicated experts, including the following professionals:
· Licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC)
· Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT)
· Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW)
· Physician assistants
· Registered nurses
· Licensed vocational nurses
· Experiential therapists
· Registered dietitian
While at Montecatini, adolescent girls and adult women participate in individual, group, family, and experiential therapies. The broad range of therapeutic activities at Montecatini includes process groups, body image groups, nutrition groups, yoga, mindfulness/medication groups, expressive arts therapy, and a gardening group. Girls and women who are also struggling with chemical dependency may also take part in 12-Step groups both at Montecatini and in the community.
Nutrition education and therapy are also an important component of treatment at Montecatini, as the program places great emphasis on helping clients to develop a healthy relationship with food.
To ensure that clients are prepared for the challenges that they may encounter after they leave treatment, Montecatini provides a variety of guided real-world experiences including grocery shopping, restaurant outings, clothes shopping, beach trips, and similar events.
When an individual completes her time at Montecatini, she will leave with a detailed discharge plan to guide the post-treatment phase of her recovery. This plan will document the progress that she made while at Montecatini and will identify the issues, resources, and services that will be essential to her continued healthy development.