Anorexia Help & Treatment For Women

Overcome Anorexia By Rediscovering Your Self-Worth & Positive Body Image.

Welcome to Selah House

If you’ve been looking for a compassionate refuge of healing from anorexia with proven results and the highest standard of clinical excellence, you’ve found it at Selah House. As the nation’s leader in faith-based anorexia treatment, we provide the strength, encouragement, and practical tools needed to overcome anorexia to every daughter, sister, mother or friend who walks through our doors.

Selah gave me my life back. I had battled an eating disorder for about seven years. I had tried other treatment options, but with little success. The first time I came to Selah, I knew I had found the people who could truly lead me to freedom. They are the most caring group of people I have ever met. I know that everyone at Selah truly loves me and cares about me for who I am. – Erin, Selah House Alumnus

At Selah House, clients experience transformation in self-worth and self-love, healing from past wounds and trauma, and life-changing growth in physical, mental, and spiritual health. Our program is built around faith-based principles of unconditional love for hurting, struggling women and teen girls. We would be honored to walk alongside you or your loved one on this recovery journey to reclaim freedom from anorexia.

Anorexia Treated With Urgency

At Selah House, we understand the dangers of anorexia nervosa. It has the highest death rate of any mental disorder (even higher than major depression), but not everyone recognizes its subtle yet destructive nature. Anorexia is life-threatening and must be addressed with a sense of urgency through immediate professional treatment. We prepare our clients for their recovery journey by ensuring they are educated about the seriousness of anorexia.

Complications & Dangers
Warning Signs
Trauma & Mental Health Issues
Body Image Issues

Complications & Dangers

If the warning signs of anorexia are not taken seriously and treatment is delayed, the detrimental effects of this eating disorder will begin to take its toll. The following physical dangers and medical complications are what can be expected if anorexia goes untreated:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Fluid imbalance
  • Suicide
  • Kidney failure
  • Electrolyte Imbalance
  • 15% or more below normal body weight
  • Loss of menstrual period
  • Hair loss
  • Osteoporosis or Osteopenia (thinning of the bones)
  • Dry, yellowish skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Anemia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Repeated constipation
  • Low body temperature
  • Person feels lethargic
  • Person feels cold all the time
  • Low blood pressure and slower pulse
  • Languno (excessive growth of fine hair on body)

Warning Signs

There are a variety of warning signs that indicate an individual is likely dealing with anorexia nervosa:

  • Denial of hunger
  • Frequent weighing
  • Refusal to maintain body weight at or above minimally normal weight for age and height
  • Dieting obsessively when not overweight / a relentless pursuit of thinness
  • Binge episodes
  • Excessive exercising, being over active
  • Strange food related behaviors (labeling of food as “good/safe” or “bad/dangerous”)

Trauma & Mental Health Issues

For most women and teen girls seeking treatment at Selah House, their struggles with anorexia began with a traumatic experience or life-altering event. In addition to trauma, many other mental health issues can arise. Our focus at Selah is to address and deal with these underlying issues. With great care and sensitivity, we help our clients learn practical methods to cope with and heal from:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Self-injury
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Dissociative disorders

Body Image Issues

The issues of self-esteem, the continual thoughts about one’s appearance, and the need to complete specific actions to decrease negative body image are thought patterns common among individuals struggling with anorexia:

  • Disturbances in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced
  • Undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation
  • Claiming to feel “fat” when overweight is not a reality
  • Making your weight the only thing you judge yourself on
  • Weight phobia: intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight
  • Depression, irritability, withdrawal, compulsive rituals
  • Denial of the current low body weight. i.e. believing you are fat when you are not
  • Preoccupation with food, calories, nutrition, and/or cooking
  • Denying medical seriousness of your low weight
  • Low tolerance for change, fear of growing up or assuming adult responsibilities

How We Treat - Selah's Approach

Nothing about Selah is institutional. Our two beautiful houses provide a homelike setting that is safe for you to heal and be yourself. Our highly trained clinicians utilize evidence-based eating disorder treatment plans that are personalized to meet the unique needs of each girl and woman on her path to recovery.

Explore Our Components of Care Below

Medical Care

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.

Coordinated Care

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.

Nutritional Care

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.

Spiritual Care

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.

Experiential Therapies At Selah House

Life at Selah begins with building meaningful, authentic relationships with both staff and other Selah clients. You will experience a wide-variety of therapies such as art therapy, equine therapy, yoga and other purposefully designed activities and outings, in addition to individual and group therapy sessions. Amidst laughter, fun and fellowship, there is also intentional time for rest, relaxation, and personal reflection.

Learn about our various therapy opportunities below

Your Schedule at Selah House

Our evidence-based treatment model emphasizes both individual and group therapy. You will have five to eight weekly individual sessions in addition to 20 to 30 hours of group therapy. Both types of therapies will heal and strengthen you in different ways.

Download the Residential ScheduleDownload the PHP Schedule

Who We Are

Selah House staff work together as a team to model living in a community and healthy relationship with one another:

We assist each other and the clients by interacting and walking alongside each other to provide a culture of openness, honesty, and high regard for others. We strongly believe in the holiness of each person’s humanity, as well as the sacredness of their journey as we too have walked through places of despair.

Our Beautiful Refuge

At Selah House, we want to make you feel as safe and close to home as possible, which is why we provide the highest levels of care in a homelike setting. Our two beautiful campuses in Anderson, Indiana, are made up of 78 acres of tranquil countryside, complete with an on-site equine program, vast pastures, woods and a pond. At these private estates, treatment is conducted in an actual home, specifically designed to provide a safe, authentic and caring environment.

Inpatient and Residential HomePond and backyard outside the Inpatient and Residential HomeTeen girls on a scenic walkTwo horses grazing at Selah HouseParents walking and holding hands with their teen daughter during eating disorder treatmentWomen walking down a gravel path in a pastoral settingPartial Hospitalization Program Back Porch Overlooking Scenic PasturesPHP EntranceDining Room of Home for Selah's Partial Hospitalization ProgramPartial Hospitalization Program OfficeInpatient and Residential KitchenPHP KitchenView of living area from the second floor in Inpatient and Residential HomeInpatient and Residential OfficeBedroom at Selah House eating disorder treatment center for women and teen girlsInpatient and Residential Bedroom at Selah House

When I entered Selah House I had little hope of living. The team at Selah House completely changed my life! I never would have fought for my freedom if it weren't for them. – Mindy, Selah House Alumnus

Benefits of Traveling to Selah House

Traveling out of one’s local area for treatment can be one of the best things you can do to get lasting value out of your treatment experience. Here are just some of the benefits of traveling for treatment:

  • You can separate yourself from known triggers and any negative influences and relationships.
  • You can avoid unnecessary distraction and focus solely on your recovery process.
  • You can devote your full attention to your wellness in a fresh, new environment.
  • An unfamiliar yet supportive new social context can help you see, hear, and feel things from a completely new vantage point.
  • It’s harder to leave treatment (when you’re tempted to give up) when the facility is far from home; you’re more likely to see treatment all the way through.
  • Treatment can be a tranquil retreat, at a distance from the stresses of normal life.
  • Local programs often do not offer the amenities, high-level specialized treatment options, or qualified, licensed experts that a facility like Selah House can offer.

What Does the Admissions Process Look Like?

You've done the research, you feel like Selah House will be a good fit for yourself or your loved one, and you're ready to start the admissions process. We have a designated admissions team who are ready to walk you through the entire process, start to finish, and answer any questions you might have that wasn't covered online. So, here are your next steps:

  1. You'll start by speaking with one of our admissions coordinators by calling (888) 692-0505, emailing, or texting.
  2. Our admissions coordinator will review the details of your situation with you (personal info, medical history, etc.) and answer any of your questions.
  3. Our admissions team will verify any insurance benefits you may have, as well as payment options.
  4. We will coordinate any travel details for your and/or your loved one.
  5. Upon arrival at Selah House, you or your loved one will be warmly welcomed by our staff.
  6. Your recovery experience at Selah House begins!

Get Started: Speak with Our Admissions Team

Allow us to introduce Renessa Johnson and Alycia Aldieri, our warm and friendly admissions team. One of them will be that pleasant voice answering the phone when you call or the one corresponding with you via email or text message. Renessa and Alycia are true professionals who will handle all your questions and concerns with great care. They would be delighted to assist you in making Selah House your place of healing.

Renessa Johnson

Renessa Johnson

Alycia Aldieri, LPC

Alycia Aldieri, LPC