24/7 Onsite Medical Care
As the only licensed inpatient treatment center for eating disorders in Indiana, Selah provides highly trained medical and psychiatric staff on-site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical conditions from eating disorders can be complex and severe, ranging from cardiac complications to edema. At Selah, we take medical issues very seriously, and the safety of all women and girls comes first. Especially at an inpatient level, our clients are closely monitored with the most advanced evidence-based treatment and medical equipment.
An important difference between our program and other treatment centers is how involved our medical staff is in your treatment. Our medical team works closely with our clinical team to help support and reinforce the therapies and goals of the treatment plan. They provide weekly individual sessions and frequently participate in group sessions. Our experienced and compassionate nurses are always present and ready to take care of anyone suffering from any complications from their eating disorders.
Access to Hospitals
In the case that a temporary transfer to a hospital is needed, we have a physician on-call to help assess the individual case. Clients benefit greatly and receive the best care from a treatment team that works closely to ensure the safest path forward.
Nutritionally-Sound Meal Plans
Our dietitians create nutritionally-sound meal plans including balance, variety, and moderation. Our nutrition program at Selah House is pivotal for our clients to reach recovery and reclaim freedom from their eating disorders. We realize that meals can be one of the most difficult aspects of treatment. All of our registered dietitians and nutrition support staff are experts who work as a part of your therapeutic team to fully-integrate the appropriate nutritional therapy into your treatment plan. Throughout the program, you will receive nutritional assessments, education, and individualized counseling with your registered dietitian.
All Foods Can Fit
Our approach to nutrition is based on the premise that all foods can fit into a nutritionally-sound meal plan when including balance, variety, and moderation. Clients learn to feel comfortable identifying and responding to feelings of hunger and fullness and portioning food for themselves, both with and without measuring tools. We practice “real life” eating during treatment, including intuitive eating. All of our food is prepared on-site in the kitchen where clients have the opportunity to participate in meal preparation. Depending upon the season, we even have a garden where clients can harvest fresh herbs and vegetables for meals.
Living and Eating Together
At Selah, as we live life together, you will learn practical skills around meal planning and food selection in a home-like setting to support your recovery. Dining with peers is a regular occurrence, where fun and fellowship are taught as we gather around the table. Supported/supervised group meals facilitate normal social eating and provide a format to address rituals and other eating disorder behaviors.
Our unique family-style meals provide just the right blend of sharing food together while considering individual preferences. We then build on this foundation with individualized snacks as needed to achieve each patient’s unique nutritional needs, including weight restoration when necessary. Tube feeding is only used in extremely rare instances when clients cannot consume regular meals or supplements. As patients gain insight, skills, and confidence, they learn to choose and portion their snacks with the help of our caring team. This unique and tailored approach helps patients prepare for the transition back to home to independence and the flexibility needed in real life.
Mind, Body, and Spirit
Our eating disorder recovery program offers the needed space and support for your spiritual growth. At Selah House, we care about your whole being, with treatment supporting your mind, body, and spirit. We utilize evidence-based research to guide our holistic therapeutic approach, which includes exploring spirituality. Along with diverse therapies, psychiatric care, dietary and nutritional care, we provide space and time to address common spiritual issues that many women and girls feel they need to work through on their path to recovery. We encourage emotional and spiritual growth in an environment of love that cultivates a positive relationship with God, not religion. Our approach is to support our clients without judgment or pressure to believe a certain doctrine, and guide them through often challenging spiritual issues that will ultimately lead to a true and lasting recovery from their eating disorder.
Groups and Chapel Services
At Selah, women have opportunities to attend staff-led chapel services and participate in a spirituality group. For example, clients are often asked to articulate and conceptualize their image of God, including any negative or shaming ones that they may hold. Images are conceptualized through journaling, drawing, painting, collage, story-telling, pictures, to name a few. Women are then encouraged to consider which beliefs support and which impede their recovery. Counselors lovingly support the women through these activities to facilitate restoration and recovery from their eating disorder.
Although our staff is largely Christian-based, our goal is to be a safe place for our women and girls to explore the truth of who they are and who God is without feeling pressured or judged. Many clients from a variety of faiths and backgrounds have been through our program and felt respected and comfortable.