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The Bella Speranza Residential Healing For Eating Disorders
The Bella Speranza “The Beautiful Hope” in La Cañada Flintridge
Who We Are
Unlike other treatment facilities that may feel confrontational, controlling and rigid, we ease the pressure you feel by offering you an environment that is structured; yet nurturing. We desire to make your experience more conducive to learning the skills that enable you to begin living healthier lives. Residential treatment is 24/7 care.
The Bella Speranza offers care for both adults and adolescents. This level of care, as with all others, is determined during the initial consultation. Although the majority of those suffering from eating disorders are female, we treat both males and females. The program focuses on your individual needs, encouraging you to take an active role in expressing your feelings, thoughts and goals.
The Bella Speranza Residential Healing includes monitoring of unstable vitals and labs, starvation effects, purging and non-purging behaviors, such as, excessive exercise, vomiting and laxatives, and substance abuse with a focus on the individual's nutritional goals while attending educational and therapeutic groups.
Facts about the Residence
The Bella Speranza housed is a charming Cape Cod residence in the sought out community of La Cañada Flintridge, California. The beautifully decorated and spacious home is a six bed residential facility. It is tastefully decorated with a grand living room, formal dining room, kitchen nook, meditation room and entertainment room, including a computer and internet access. Each bedroom is comfortably and tastefully decorated with unique themes from our outdoor jungle mural and motif to a room for sophisticated tastes to a rustic tone. Our grounds are likened to an Italian garden with fresh herbs amidst our lavender bushes, trees, shrubbery and flowers. Our French doors lead to an open patio with fountain for calm and relaxation. Our quaint garden courtyard is yet another opportunity to escape to being rejuvenated. The facility is within walking distance of specialty stores, drug store with pharmacy, grocery stores, newly opened Town Center shopping, activities and city events. The length of stay varies according to the needs of the individual. Residents are asked to commit to a minimum stay of one to two months in order to interrupt eating disorder patterns. Potential residents must have a recent medical evaluation to determine medical stability for a residential setting.
The Bella Speranza's well-developed curriculum to help patients deal with the physical danger they are putting themselves in. Our program will assist patients to establish a clear set of goals. Established boundaries that are closely monitored and reinforced will assist patients to achieve these goals.
Services We Offer
- Complete psychodiagnostic evaluation of eating disorders and other psychological issues
- Individualized, multidisciplinary treatment plans
- Behavioral program to institute changes in eating behaviors
- Individual psychotherapy three times weekly
- Art therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior group therapy
- Mindfulness and Mediation groups
- Psychiatric and Medical Consultation and Follow-up
- Nutritional and fitness education with counseling
- Family education
- Family therapy if indicated
- Menu planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation
- Self esteem and coping skills group
- Relapse prevention groups
- Life enhancement and creativity groups
- Recreational activities
- Reentry into Life
- Discharge planning
Officer of The Bella Vita established in
1985. She is a nationally renowned
expert in the treatment of anorexia.