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Many clients with an Eating Disorder also have other psychiatric disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depression and once they give up eating disorder symptoms, the other psychiatric symptoms become more acute. It is important that such diagnoses are made early in treatment and treated simultaneously with the eating disorder. The same is true for trauma-based disorders such as sexual abuse or Attachment Disorder of childhood.
Male Eating Disorder Treatment
Castlewood treats men with all types of eating disorders age 16 and above. Our approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Men are housed in the same residence as women with single bedrooms. Men participate in groups and meals with women. Treatment for men is both similar and different than for women. While some men have very comparable developmental pathways or “causes” to their eating disorder as women, others do not. Each client must explore the issues which gave rise to the development of their eating disorder. Most clients have issues with gender identity and sexuality. Gender and sexuality issues for men can be quite different than for women and must be explored in a safe environment. Family dynamics, stigma and body image concerns for men with eating disorders often are very different than for females.
- Stabilization Program
- Residential Treatment
Emily Williams, MA, LPCProgram Director, Therapist
Ms. Williams earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently Program Director and a primary therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center. Ms. Williams has experience in treating Eating Disorders, PTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder, depression, and anxiety, among many other psychiatric disorders. In therapy, she utilizes Internal Family Systems, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic modalities. Ms. Williams also has experience facilitating therapeutic groups such as anger management, relapse prevention, eating disorder, trauma, and community process groups.Show Bio
Jada Thompson, MSHMPrograms Manager, Asst. Program Director Castlewood I
Ms. Thompson earned her Master’s degree in Health Management from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO. She completed research on the topic of obesity in minority populations while obtaining her Master’s degree. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Ms. Thompson has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She has been employed with Castlewood since 2007. Ms. Thompson’s current focus in research and community activism is on promoting eating disorder awareness in minority populations. As Programs Manager, Ms. Thompson assists the CEO in general operations and oversees various aspects of the Castlewood program.Show Bio
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ABOUT CASTLEWOOD II TREATMENT CENTER – ST. LOUIS
One of Castlewood’s two residential facilities in the St. Louis area, Castlewood II treats men and women 16 years and older with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. The program also offers treatment for co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or mental health disorders, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and PTSD. A transitional living program for clients participating in outpatient treatment is also located on campus.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility's website, Castlewood’s clinical team philosophy is to treat clients’ symptoms and then work on underlying issues in therapy. Typical treatment plans last two to four months, but can be extended if necessary.
Care is intensive, individualized, and catered toward clients with eating disorders. Nurses are available 24/7 to provide medical care and support, and clients attend four individual therapy sessions a week, six hours of group therapy every day, and meet with both a dietician and a physician once a week.
Treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), expressive and creative therapies, attachment-based therapy, and relapse prevention. **Staff-supported meals, after-meal processing, and daily weight and vital sign monitoring are also provided. Castlewood’s *co-occurring chemical dependency group meets once a week* and is designed to introduce clients to the 12-step program of recovery. A three-day long family program is offered every six weeks and includes psychoeducational groups for loved ones, along with multi-family group therapy sessions.
Castlewood also offers eating disorder treatment for males and LGBT individuals. Gender neutral language is used throughout programming, and issues of gender and sexual identity are considered during treatment.
The center's website notes the multidisciplinary treatment team includes registered nurses, dietitians, and a medical director. In addition, there are psychiatrists, social workers, and doctoral level therapists on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility's website indicates the campus is set on 55 wooded acres near Castlewood State Park. Castlewood II Treatment Center offers a peaceful campus for recovery and reflection. The intimate facility, which admits no more than 16 residents at a time, offers two-bed rooms with king-sized beds, comfortable furnishings, and flat-screen TVs.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive feedback. They all gave four- or five- out of five stars respectively for treatment effectiveness.
They also indicated they would recommend the Castlewood II Treatment Center, and rated the center's treatment of co-occurring disorders highly. One alum noted they needed better counseling options and another indicated the center needed a better 12-step program. However, overall, alumni praised the center.
The two individuals who left Yelp reviews for the center at the time of this writing provided positive feedback, and five out of five star reviews. "Castlewood II Treatment Center helped me gain my life back from my eating disorder. I don't know what I would have done without the patient and hardworking staff at C2," an alum wrote in a representative review on Yelp. 
According to the facility’s website, Castlewood accepts several private insurance plans, including Blue Cross, Cigna, and Aetna among 12 in total. The facility encourages clients to call their insurance providers prior to admissions.
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AnonymousOverall great facility but needs improvement with 12-step program.
JessicaIt Was a opening of my eyes but wish I was still there for treatment
AnonymousIf I'd done the whole program I think I would have done well. It's a good program.
AnonymousI really enjoyed the family participation but could have had better counseling options
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