Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood FAQ Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions About the Castlewood Treatment Center

Castlewood Treatment Center would like to address some misleading information that is circulating about our facilities, staff and treatment program. Castlewood’s mission is to help people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives. We provide a safe, judgment free environment for healing where clients can address their underlying symptoms with our passionate, experienced staff. We welcome open discussions about our facility and encourage clients, family members and referring professionals to visit us, take a tour and ask questions. Following are answers to some frequently asked questions that we hope will help clear up any misperceptions or confusion over who we are and what we do. Q.           What has changed at Castlewood?
A.            A new leadership team has been in place for over a year. Nancy Albus is our CEO and Dr. Jim Gerber is our Clinical Director.  They have each been with Castlewood for more than ten years and lead a qualified and experienced treatment team that continues to provide compassionate, professional and successful treatment for men and women with eating disorders and related conditions.  Our program and facilities have recently been thoroughly reviewed and accredited by two of the most esteemed organizations in the profession - the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International and The Joint Commission. We have also expanded our services to Monterey, California, and Birmingham, Alabama.
Q.           What happened to Mark Schwarz and Lori Galperin?
A.            Mark Schwarz and Lori Galperin are no longer associated with Castlewood or its affiliates.  They are pursuing other opportunities.
Q.           What do you say about allegations of implanted memories?
A.            There is no merit to these allegations. The claims are sensational and unsubstantiated. Castlewood Treatment Center has been reviewed and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International and The Joint Commission which involves rigorous testing and surveys.  We have been a beacon of hope for people with eating disorders for more than a decade and during that time have successfully helped more than a thousand clients with eating disorders.  Our comprehensive treatment process is known nationally and internationally for its high standard of excellence in improving the quality of lives for our clients.
Q.           What do you say about allegations that you don’t use evidence based therapies?
A.            Currently, there are no evidence based treatments for anorexia, binge or compulsive overeating. The evidence based therapy for bulimia is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which we offer as an approach. Castlewood’s treatment philosophy is to develop individualized treatment for each client that addresses the underlying issues. We offer therapies that are evidence based for co-occurring disorders (anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy along with innovative therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Expressive Therapies and Life Skills Coaching. We also strongly encourage family involvement in therapy. Our team recommends treatment options to the clients and allows him or her decide which treatments to use.
Q.           Do you hypnotize patients?
A.            No, hypnotism is absolutely not part of our treatment process.
Q.           Do you still use Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy in your treatment of clients?
A.            Yes, Internal Family Systems (IFS) remains one of the many types of treatment options. Castlewood offers individualized treatment that addresses the underlying symptoms of the eating disorder. Our treatment programs exceed the recommended standards of care for the treatment of eating disorders. We use both evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, exposure therapy and attachment-based psychotherapy, as well as innovative therapies, such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), expressive therapies, and life skills coaching.
Q.           What is Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy?
A.            Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a therapy that helps to facilitate the function of the core self   and integration of “parts of self” that may become fragmented, split off and polarized within an individual. One part of a person may both want to give up the eating disorder and another part may not want to give it up; or in another instance, one part may feel fat, while another part knows the person is starving. The idea behind IFS is to facilitate integration and harmony within self.
Q.           Do you treat trauma?
A.            Yes. Millions of people suffer from eating disorders and many of these individuals also have a history of trauma that exacerbates symptoms of the eating disorder. When there is documented history of trauma, we treat it.  Our therapy is grounded in evidence based treatments, exceeds standard of care guidelines and is individualized for each person under our care.  We help our clients work through underlying issues to help them transform to healthier lives.