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Casa Serena

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in California

Casa Serena is a women's-only substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment center that now offers comprehensive treatment for eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and other common eating disorder diagnoses.

Our trusted treatment staff and facilities are thrilled to open our arms to new clients seeking lasting recovery through our Binge Eating Disorder treatment program for women. Casa Serena is a premier binge eating disorder treatment center in California that also offers mental health treatment and therapy for eating disorders. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

Why Choose a Women's Only Program

Attending a Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Center for Women

Why attend a Binge Eating Disorder treatment center for women? If you are a woman, there are many potential benefits of entering a women's treatment program for Binge Eating Disorder. First and foremost, our Binge Eating Disorder treatment program for women considers the unique obstacles a woman may face in the world and ensures that women will have a safe space to heal.

It is important that clients who attend eating disorder treatment of any kind feel comfortable not just at the treatment center itself, but in group therapies, recreation activities, and during other parts of the treatment experience. Eating disorders are complex, with many possible contributing factors such as weight stigma or bias, trauma, and comorbid mental health concerns.

Doing the deep healing work required for eating disorder recovery can be particularly vulnerable for a woman. Since we are an entirely women's-only facility, we are here to provide that comfort and safety. We accept clients from all backgrounds with a wide range of different stories and understand the complexity of an eating disorder diagnosis.

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Learn About BED

About Binge Eating Disorder (BED):
Signs and Symptoms

Binge Eating Disorder is a serious eating disorder characterized by frequent, ongoing episodes of binge eating that aren’t due to another condition. While it is one of the most common eating disorders, it often goes overlooked. Many people with eating disorders go years, and even decades, without seeking help, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Understanding the signs and symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) can help you identify whether it might be what you’re going through, which is often the first step to reaching out for help.¬†

The diagnostic criteria for BED states that someone must experience the following to receive a diagnosis of the disorder.

Recurring episodes of binge eating are marked by both of the following:

  • Eating an amount of food that is larger than most would typically consume in a similar period of time (e.g., two hours) and under similar circumstances
  • Feeling a lack of control during binge-eating episodes

Episodes of binge eating are marked by three or more of the following:

  • Eating alone due to embarrassment surrounding the amount of food one consumes
  • Feeling negative emotions (e.g., sadness guilt, anger, frustration) after the episode¬†
  • Eating more quickly than normal
  • Eating until one feels uncomfortably full
  • Eating when one is not hungry

Current diagnostic criteria for Binge Eating Disorder also states that an individual must experience episodes of binge eating at least once weekly on average for at least three months for a diagnosis to take place. A person with Binge Eating Disorder will experience marked distress surrounding these episodes. Binge eating episodes must not involve the use of compensatory behaviors such as excessive exercise, vomiting, or fasting, as seen in those with Bulimia Nervosa for a diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder to occur. Additionally, binge eating episodes must not exist strictly during the course of another eating disorder diagnosis. Casa Serena provides eating disorder treatment in Santa Barbara– we are here for you.

What Sets Us Apart

Why Choose Casa Serena for BED Treatment?

Being a specialized women's Binge Eating Disorder treatment center in California is not the only thing that sets Casa Serena apart from other facilities that treat eating disorders like BED. Other reasons to choose Casa Serena for your treatment needs include but are not limited to the following.

Beach Location
Casa Serena is located just minutes from the beach, with welcoming, friendly facilities. In many cases, taking a tour of treatment facilities helps people take the leap and enter treatment. You can take a virtual tour of Casa Serena's facilities (including our outpatient center) online through our website or schedule an in-person tour. Contact us to learn more about our amenities and mental health treatment center for women.

Treatment Approaches
Binge Eating Disorder treatment in California usually involves a combination of multiple therapies. Casa Serena utilizes a range of evidence-based approaches for treatment, which may include but aren't limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma resiliency model (TRM), family therapy (via the family systems model), and EMDR. Clients usually engage in a combination of individual, group, and family therapy sessions. All clients receive a collaborative initial treatment plan within one day of their admission to Casa Serena. As you work with our team and make progress or learn more about your needs, you will continue to work together to set new goals and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Experienced + Caring Staff
Our employees are highly skilled and sensitive professionals. Clients in Casa Serena's women's Binge Eating Disorder treatment program can engage with a variety of clinicians, including therapists, group facilitators, registered dieticians, medical doctors, and others. Casa Serena's staff is here to listen, cooperate, and create an understanding of the needs of each individual client we see.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Substance use problems and eating disorders can coexist in some cases. A "dual diagnosis" is the presence of a substance use disease as well as at least one additional mental health problem. Eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder are examples of this. If you have both a substance use issue and an eating disorder, one of our dual diagnosis addiction treatment programs may be beneficial to you.

Admissions and Insurance
Casa Serena accepts most major insurance policies to assist clients in defraying treatment costs. To make your transition to treatment easier, we offer a four-step admissions procedure. To begin treatment, you will need to complete an initial intake and insurance verification. Following that, you will go through a more extensive intake assessment.
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Getting Started: Contact Casa Serena

No matter where you start, it's possible to get to a better place and heal. Casa Serena is here for you if you or someone you know needs help. If you're ready to find women's Binge Eating Disorder treatment, contact Casa Serena today. To reach our team, call 1-866-950-0545, send us an email, or fill out the contact form on our website, and we will get back to you shortly.
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