From Former Clients & Families:
Castlewood offered me a different reflection of myself, and they gave me a safe space where I didn’t need all the self-loathing behaviors, thoughts, and emotions associated with my eating disorder. Those stripped away, I could see what I really am, and I decided that I didn’t want to lose what I saw. Castlewood taught me and empowered me to care enough to fight for my life.
Castlewood has not been my first treatment center, but here, I found something for the first time: people who were willing to treat me with compassion, respect, and had a genuine interest in what I wanted and what would be most beneficial for me. They pushed and encouraged, but never forced me to do things before I was ready. I made plenty of mistakes and had lapses, but instead of being shamed, like I have been in the past, I was taught to take each situation and give myself understanding, as well as glean what I could to prevent the same errors in the future. Castlewood taught me that there are no “shoulds”: I am exactly where I am and I am allowed to feel exactly what I am feeling, and that is okay. I am okay. I am a person who deserves recovery. For the first time in my life, people have seen me, as I am, and in reflecting acceptance of this back to me, I have come to gain a better acceptance of myself, my strengths and qualities, and am confident I can be a more genuine person in the future because of it. Although I still have a way to go on the road to reocvery, I having nothing but gratitude for me time, who freely gave their time, kindness and knowledge to help me discover and feel things about myself I didn’t know existed. I can also say I have built strong bonds in the community through skills taught by Castlewood and by daily challenging former beliefs about trust. In building relationships among other clients, I also feel more confident in my ability to apply these skills in the world.
“The people at Castlewood Treatment Center saved my life. But they did more than that. They opened up my eyes to what life is all about, to all that I have to look forward to. I came in closed off from the world. The people here helped me find my strength. They didn’t just give me wings, they helped me find my own. They helped me realize I had the power to fly inside me all the time. I’m not just alive today because of the people here, but I’m actually living life as well.
“We chose Castlewood very carefully. When my daughter started I had hope, bits of optimism, and of course some relief in seeing her downward spiral arrested. Almost a month later, I still felt those same things, but my daughter was voicing some optimism of her own. The degree to which the staff blend their perspectives with each client, including my daughter, is what returned her to life, and life to her. You were the reason she believed she might, then could, then would make it — and yours was the strength she ‘borrowed’ when hers wasn’t quite there.”
“Before coming to Castlewood, I had given up on life. After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years, I felt hopeless and drained. I could not feed myself; I could not leave my home; I could not function. Castlewood save my life in countless ways. They saved me from my eating disorder and a path of self-destruction. Rather than focus purely on weight restoration and the nuances of eating disorder behaviors, Castlewood provided to me, and all of its clients, specialized and individualized adjunctive services targeting the underlying and co-occurring disorders that contribute to the eating disorder.
The therapeutic experience at Castlewood is unmatched by any other program I’ve been to. The emphasis on both individual and group therapeutic work allowed me not only to explore the depths of my own struggles, but to learn and grow through the shared experience of my peers. For the first time, I was not alone in my struggles. The clinicians and staff at Castlewood approached my treatment with a compassionate discipline that helped me see the power of my eating disorder when I was in denial and could not face it. I learned about the shame, worthless, and self-hatred that my eating disorder tries to protect me from.
My shame and self-hatred kept me locked in my house afraid to face the world. The work I received for my anxiety allowed me, for the first time, to recognize how my anxiety manifested in my life. I had a space to work on my anxiety without shame and judgment. My anxiety work allowed me to leave my home again. I will never forget how I panicked during my first exposure to Target and now visit Target on a regular basis by myself and free of panic.
I now face the future with a renewed sense of hope. Castlewood helped me understand the underlying pain that keeps my eating disorder alive and the strength I have inside to battle it. I now have the foundation to move forward. I will be forever grateful to Castlewood for giving me the chance to do that.”
“It was very difficult to make the decision to send our 16 year old daughter to Castlewood for residential treatment of anorexia. However, we found quickly that Castlewood is a high quality and effective treatment center for eating disorders. Within 2 months of checking her in, she was back at home, well into her recovery, not only of her health and eating, but her life as a typical teenager. Castlewood’s program is rigorous, diverse and intense. The dietitians, psychiatrists, and therapists have specialized knowledge and experience with eating disorders and work together to devise a recovery plan to meet the client’s specific needs. They utilize a variety of treatments and approaches to therapy, focusing not only on restoring the client’s health, but also on identifying and addressing the issues behind the eating disorder. The household staff is sincerely warm, empathetic and caring. Having originally been built as a residence, the facility provides a nurturing environment during the client’s stay in a scenic and tranquil location. These factors all clearly contributed to the success of our daughter’s recovery. We are forever thankful to Castlewood for helping us and our daughter through a very difficult time, and for providing our daughter with the support and life skills that she will be able to use throughout the rest of her life!”
- J & MG
“I came to Castlewood a broken person, riddled with shame, self hate and terror. I was not far from death. The effects of trauma had left me fragmented and terrified of both existing in my body and functioning in the outside world. At Castlewood, I have for the first time in my life, slowly begun to experience a sense of safety. Through my work here, I have been able to cultivate enough strength and courage to explore the seemingly endless layers of pain an suffering accumulated over the course of more than 30 years of life. Throughout my journey at Castlewood, I have been privileged to be guided, challenged and supported by a team of profoundly brilliant, skillful and compassionate clinicians. The patience, strength, vision, deep wisdom and humanity of my treatment team have allowed me to do transformative work I would not have imagined possible before coming here. The willingness and ability of my clinical team to follow my process into the depths of terror, pain, despair and chaotic emotion have allowed me to do the work I needed to do in order to begin to heal. I am clear that it is by virtue of the healing I have found at Castlewood that I am still alive. The the possibility of a life lived with joy, freedom, strength and capacity to embrace the ebb and flow of life, the broad spectrum of human experience is now even remotely possible for me only because of the unspeakably hard work I have been able to do at Castlewood. To those who have touched my process along the way and contributed to my healing journey at Castlewood, I extend deepest respect and profound, lasting gratitude. “
“I am currently working with three clients who have graduated from Castlewood’s program for Eating Disorders, both male and female. I have found the Castlewood staff to be very professional and committed to each client’s recovery. While my clients were in treatment at Castlewood, I spoke on a weekly basis with their therapist, and was apprised at all times of their progress. I have found the IFS model of treatment to be highly effective for treating trauma and its effects, and I continue to use IFS with my clients to further their recovery. I applaud the work that Castlewood does with an extremely challenging client population.”
~ Judi Addelston, Ph.D., LMFT
“Castlewood Treatment Center has served as an invaluable resource for me and my clients. Castlewood is a model of what eating disorders recovery can be – a coupling of innovative and expansive therapeutic methodologies in a supportive, serene environment. The clinical staff at Castlewood comprises the most talented, dedicated therapists in the world, with individualized programming uniquely attuned to the needs of each client. The recovery process at Castlewood is a partnership – clients develop a core sense of competence and ownership of their recovery path. My clients leave Castlewood empowered to continue their healing journey with their outpatient team, families, and friends. “
~ Daisy Miller, Ph.D., LDN
“Unlike so many treatment centers, Castlewood helps clients heal the pain that underlies their eating disorders rather than just manage the symptoms. The place is beautiful, not just in its physical setting, but also in the compassionate way the staff views and relates to the clients. I wish I could send them all my traumatized clients, not just those with eating disorders.”
~ Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D
Developer of the Internal Family Systems model