Carolina House proudly serves people of all genders age 17 and older who are struggling with eating disorders and other co-occurring concerns.
A typical day at Carolina House varies depending on the needs of the individual client. Most days begin around 6:30 a.m. when clients meet with one of our caring 24-hour nursing staff to assess vital signs and address any medical concerns. After breakfast, which is prepared by our culinary staff, clients who have received clearance from our medical and clinical teams may take a walk near the 10 acres of forest surrounding our farmhouse or engage in another approved activity.
Clients will begin a full day of individual and group therapies, lectures, activities, and meetings. In addition to individual and family therapy sessions, clients participate in a wide range of therapy groups addressing topics such as body image, coping skills, interpersonal effectiveness, spirituality, and many others. To assist in the recovery and healing process, clients have one hour of nap or rest time daily.
Our Eating Disorder Program
Once a week, patients go on a restaurant outing where they have lunch as a group. At Carolina House, clients prepare and eat meals together with supervision, often using fresh ingredients from their own garden. In culinary group, which is led by our full-time chef, clients also learn how to grocery shop and prepare meals according to their nutritionist-prescribed meal plan. Those who prefer a plant-based diet can follow our vegetarian meal plan.
On weekends, after a morning therapy group, clients enjoy supervised group outings to nearby attractions and other leisure activities. Visiting hours are on Sunday afternoons, and we make every effort to accommodate clients’ diverse religious practices.
In the evenings, clients have free time to use in whatever way they find most meaningful for their recovery. They may prefer to interact with others or spend some quiet time reflecting on the work they’ve done in therapy. This is their time to use as they choose.
- Process group
- DBT group (dialectical behavior therapy)
- Art therapy
- Food and Feelings
- Body image group
- Nutrition therapy
- Spirituality group
- Yoga and mindfulness group
- Culinary group
- Community meetings
Outings & Activities
Experiential activities may include:
- Grocery shopping
- Restaurant challenges
- Body movement