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You are not alone. We are in it together.

Collaborating with a diverse group of women who share similar feelings and experiences battling an eating disorder is a powerful vehicle to achieving lasting recovery.

Group therapy offers an excellent opportunity and support for clients to learn and process together. There are a great number of benefits from group therapy including normalizing (group members learn that they are not alone in their battles), support and acceptance (group members learn compassion and empathy for themselves and others), interpersonal skills, and confrontation of unhealthy behaviors. At Selah, you will find a diverse group of women and girls who are understanding and anxious to live life together in recovery. Not everyone will have the same triggers or severity of symptoms, it is helpful to know that you are not alone. Many of our clients find lifelong friendship and a special bond with their Selah family.

There are many different types of group therapy programs available for our clients. Individualized treatment plans will outline how they fit in the overall schedule and best helps clients meet their goals. A bonus that comes from participating in a group is the chance to role play challenging situations. This comforting and safe environment is great for building confidence and practicing recovery skills. Some groups may even take outings to practice in real life. For example, take a shopping challenge to the local mall. 

These types of group therapy and support programs include:

  • Equine Therapy: Selah House follows the EAGALA Model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). In this model, a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses collaborate in utilizing specifically designed ground activities with the clients. EAP is an experiential therapeutic approach where clients learn about themselves and others by participating in these activities and then processing what occurred in the session. The client and/or therapeutic team identify metaphors and behavior patterns from the interaction with the horses. Utilizing these behaviors and metaphors, the therapeutic team helps the client both examine and develop verbal and non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, behavior patterns of recovery, responsibility, relationships, confidence, and a positive attitude. No riding activities are utilized in this therapy.
  • Movement Therapy Groups: Resistance training is a time for clients who are cleared medically for physical activity to use equipment such as light weights, exercise bands, or medicine balls to strengthen their muscles. This group is led by the dietitian and is utilized because it helps prevent and treat osteopenia/osteoporosis.
  • Art Therapy Groups: offers clients an opportunity to explore intense or painful thoughts and emotions in a safe and supportive environment. The group will use a wide variety of art materials to create a visual representation of thoughts and feelings. Through creating art and reflecting on the art processes and products, clients can increase awareness of self and others, cope with deep emotions, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming experience of making art.
  • Spirituality Groups: This is often called our “Selah Group”. It helps clients look at their spiritual journey and explore their thoughts and feelings around God, spirituality, and religion. Clients usually complete and process their spiritual timeline along with other activities.
  • Process Groups: This includes all of the clients and allows the clients to process their thoughts and emotions related to their recovery. This group allows the clients to share with each other their goals, successes, accomplishments, struggles, and disappointments.
  • Toolbox Group: is a group designed to help clients think about and create a recovery toolbox and tools to aid in recovery. Items clients put in their box vary, but usually include meaningful items that promote recovery, and that can become positive emotional “triggers” during difficult times.
  • Body Image Group: Body image group helps clients move from the Eating Disordered Body Image to the Recovered Body Image. Some of the tasks clients complete during this group include visually expressing negative body images and beliefs, creating transition body images, creating a goodbye letter to the negative body image/ED, and completing a body trace/positive body image.
  • Writing Group: is a group that provides another form of expression and healing for clients at Selah This type of therapy is a physical way of recording fear, pain, memories, problems, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Nutrition Group: is an educational group led by the dietitian where clients are given factual information about food, nutrients, and portion sizes, and more.
  • Meal Planning Group: is a group where clients discuss and practice meal planning and prepare and cook the meal they plan for that night. This group is led by the dietitian and clients intuitively eat the meal they prepare.
  • Body Awareness Group: is an experiential group where psychotherapeutic use of movement is applied as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual. Body Awareness group emphasizes the mind and body.