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The Women’s Eating Recovery Center at The Ranch Expands Its Eating Disorder Treatment Program with the Opening of Windsong House

In response to soaring demand for its highly effective eating disorders treatment program, The Women’s Eating Recovery Center at The Ranch opens Windsong House, a 12,000-square-foot treatment center for women. Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) Aug. 12, 2014 – The Ranch, a state-of-the-art behavioral health center specializing in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders and intimacy disorders, as well as substance abuse and dependence, is expanding its eating disorder program capacity with the launch of Windsong House. The 12,000-square-foot facility in Nunnelly, Tennessee, is set on lush farm land and will house 15 clients. Nestled among horse pastures and woodlands near the confluence of Mill Creek and the Piney River, the home features a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen designed to help clients develop a better understanding of food preparation while establishing a healthier relationship with food. “Windsong House was designed specifically with an intention to meet the needs and the preferences of the women served,” says Barbara Larew-Adams, The Ranch’s clinical director. “Windsong House captures our belief that eating disorder treatment is best done in an environment that offers individual and groups an atmosphere that is homelike, cheerful and tranquil. The staff intentionally chose bright, vibrant colors mixed with colors that are soothing and soft, for a warm, inviting feel,” she says. Each client at Windsong has her own team, which includes a primary therapist, a trauma therapist, a nutritionist, an equine therapist, a case manager, medical providers and a large group of residential staff led by a house manager. This provides for a collaborative approach to addressing problems while implementing an individualized treatment and recovery program, reports Cheryl Brown, director of marketing and outreach services. “Over its many years of attending to the needs of this population, The Ranch has established itself as a leader in addressing not only the eating disorder, but also the additional issues often presented,” Brown says. The team draws from dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy as well as experiential strategies to address the eating disorder as well as co-occurring underlying conditions. Conditions that frequently reside alongside an eating disorder include anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse or dependence, bipolar disorder, intimacy disorders and borderline personality disorder. The program features:

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Intimacy disorder work
  • Adult children of alcoholics group
  • 12-Step meetings and mentoring
  • Mindfulness strategies and services
  • Body image group
  • Experiential group
  • Four Agreements group
  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy
  • Life’s questions group
  • Yoga
  • Adventure therapy
  • Women’s issues
  • Spiritual services

The facility has received high marks from its new residents. “When our first group of clients entered Windsong,” says Larew-Adams, “some of the women literally did twirls and pranced with delight. It clearly was a joyful moment.”

About The Ranch

Since 1999, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (855) 893-5987 or visit The Ranch is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Recovery Place, Right Step, Journey Healing Centers, the Sundance Center, Lucida Treatment Center and Clarity Way. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit

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