The Lotus Collaborative – Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: We are the first eating disorder intensive outpatient program to serve the Santa Cruz and MontereyBay areas. Our IOP is designed for people who struggle with eating, exercise, mood, interpersonal, food, and body concerns. Our excellent treatment is individualized and personalized to address each client’s unique needs and concerns. TLC provides clients living in Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay an intimate, supportive treatment environment to work towards recovery while living at home. Our evening and weekend programs are designed to minimize interference in a client’s life but provide the thorough support each client needs.
Board Certified: Yes; California, Board of Psychology
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 10+ years
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE:At The Lotus Collaborative, we utilize the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Eating Disorder Treatment Guidelines. All of our staff specialize in eating disorder treatment and are warm, wise, and passionate. It’s very important to us that you feel heard, respected, and empowered. Our treatment program is designed to minimize disruptions to your work/school/family lives and to be a supplement to outpatient treatment. We deeply respect your willingness to share yourself, your life and recovery with us.
The Lotus Collaborative believes it’s important that we understand the unique individual you are: who you are, where you’ve been, what you’re struggling with, what your strengths are, and where you’d like to go from here. We believe in meeting people where they are at and that you don’t have to want to recover from an eating disorder in order to get help or seek treatment. Definitions of what “recovery” looks like vary from person to person and this is something we define together. Collaboratively, we can help you determine your recovery goals and develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you. You will not be pressured to give up your eating disorder but instead will be supported to achieve optimum physical and emotional health whatever stage of change you are in. If someone would like to fully recover from an eating disorder, we believe it’s possible by breaking the addictive cycle, learning healthier coping skills, and not only move on… but thrive! There are many people, including some of your treatment staff, who have found peace in recovery and now fully enjoy their lives, eating disorder free. Lotus Collaborative also provides free assessments that can be booked online and a free support group on Sundays. Please see our website for more information.
Yes, we believe in meeting people where they are at and assisting them with the goals they have. In providing eating disorder treatment, these are few essential beliefs we have: 1) You don’t have to want to recover in order to get help or seek treatment. Definitions of what “recovery” looks like vary from person to person and this is something we will discuss. Our initial meetings will help us determine your recovery goals and develop our treatment plan. 2) If someone wants to fully recover from an eating disorder, I believe it’s possible. I believe that people struggling with eating disorders can fully recover by breaking the addictive cycle, learning healthier coping skills, and not only move on but thrive! There are many people who have decided they don’t want an eating disorder to be part of their lives anymore. We have witnessed clients do the recovery work and go on to live healthy and enjoyable lives. We believe in full recovery because we conceptualize eating disorders as a learned coping skill and an addictive-additive behavior (behavior that once used to help the person cope but over time, took more control of the person’s life, health and happiness). Learned behaviors can be unlearned and replaced with new healthy habits. These new behaviors eventually replace the eating disorder with more sustainable coping skills and people discover they are no longer motivated by the eating disorder. 3) And finally, we believe that recovery is worth it. We have seen the havoc eating disorders can wreck on a person’s emotions, health, finances, relationships, and general well-being. But… we also know that people can fully recover and finally get their life back. Judging between the two, living a healthy, happy life is much more sustainable and joyful.
POPULATIONS SERVED:Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors.
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight, Other: Dual-Diagnosis
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Art Therapy, Biofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Medical Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, Support Groups.
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Day Treatment, Phone Counseling
FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Payment Plans, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale Insurance – We obtain Single Case Agreements for clients. “Provider out of the network” in a PPO – Will bill on behalf of patient.