Therapeutic Approach

The therapeutic approach at Haven Hills Recovery was created with the goal and vision of delivering exceptional, individualized care in a way that is meaningful and fully engaging for the individuals and families that come into the program.

At Haven Hills, we believe it is an honor to be invited into the sacred space of recovery. When women come into the program, it is our job to provide a safe, secure, consistent environment that allows their healing to take place. We believe that each individual who walks into our program has the ability to heal from her struggles. It is our calling to support them on their journey while modeling healthy, respectful behavior, which inspires them to begin healing.

Individuals suffering from eating disorders and other co-occurring diagnoses often become identified through labels given to them by a treatment system that focuses on pathology. At Haven Hills, we aim to steer away from labels and focus on implementing a therapeutic approach for each unique woman in a way that builds upon their strengths and empowers them to step into their recovery journey.

At Haven Hills Recovery we are aware that many individuals seeking treatment for an eating disorder often suffer from co-occurring diagnoses, such as, substance abuse disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., which interact with and sabotage their recovery process. We strongly believe that individuals are complex and various diagnoses cannot be treated in a mutually exclusive way, and attempts to do so ends up with the individual in the cycle of relapse with multiple diagnoses triggering each other.

Our treatment team conceptualizes treatment for our clients through the lens of trauma. Psychologically, the bottom line of trauma is an overwhelming emotion and a feeling of utter helplessness. We believe that trauma occurs on a continuum ranging from significant event traumas to subtle emotional trauma we all experience living in a violence-based culture. Our therapeutic approach attributes much of our client’s struggles to underlying, unresolved trauma and aims to come alongside and empower women to connect with their inner selves and heal from the emotional and physical pain they have experienced.

We utilize a variety of evidence-based and experiential therapeutic modalities to treat the individuals who come into our program. Our clients participate in a collaborative process with their treatment team to develop individualized treatment plans unique to their goals, intentions, and needs.


Family Treatment Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

Haven Hills Recovery was created with the goal and vision of delivering exceptional, individualized care in a way that is meaningful and fully engaging for each individual and family that comes into our program. This means that our approach to family involvement in the treatment process may be different from other treatment centers treating adult women.

We strongly believe in the importance of treating the system in which the eating disorder has developed and perpetuated. An essential part of our philosophy is to deliver quality care and we believe that cannot be done without it being addressed on a systemic level, which means involving support individuals and family members in the recovery process. As humans we are social beings, if we don’t address the relationships and environment in which the eating disorder has infiltrated, when clients return home old cycles are more likely to repeat and contribute to relapse – for the client and the family/support people. Therefore, Haven Hills Family/Support involvement is a non-negotiable portion of our treatment program, all clients must involve at least one support individual in their journey.

We understand that requiring family participation is unusual in an adult recovery program and we are always available to discuss the reasons behind our philosophy to ease concerns and guide clients and families through each portion of our program. It is our goal to build a strong link between our clients and their support systems, to diminish space for maladaptive patterns in clients family systems.


Therapeutic and Treatment Modalities

  • Individual/ Group/ Family Therapy
  • Developmental Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Psychodrama
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – EMDR
  • Somatic Experiencing Therapy – SE
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • 12-Step
  • Yoga
Haven Hills Recovery – Trauma Informed Care for Women