This is Where
I Change My Story

We have treated eating disorders for more than 25 years. Recovery from an eating disorder is possible, it’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose. Are you ready to change your story?

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A goal of our program is to disempower the eating disorder by uncovering the complex psychological factors contributing to the patient’s unhealthy relationship with food. Change, emotional growth and personal empowerment are all among the benefits of participating in the effective experimental therapy programs The Meadows Ranch.

Culinary Arts

At The Meadows Ranch our first goal with our patients is to help them restore their full mental and emotional capacities through adequate nutrition. We do this by sitting down for meals with patients to monitor eating, food intake, and thought patterns. Through our conversations at meal time, patients learn to develop eating patterns that are normal in time, manner and amount of food eaten.

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Family Therapy

Family therapy is an indispensable part of recovery from an eating disorder at any age and integration of family is an essential part of the ground-breaking family program at The Meadows Ranch. Throughout their loved one’s treatment, our experienced staff maintains contact with the family, preparing them and the patient for the challenges of returning home and preventing unwanted relapse. We also offer weekly family session on-site or via Skype for those who cannot travel to our Wickenburg campus. Family members join their loved one approximately halfway through treatment during our Family Week Experiential. This includes: psychoeducational groups, skill groups, and experiential (on and off campus) geared toward recovery of the entire family system and not just the person in treatment. This is a time of learning, growth, change and forgiveness for everyone. It ensures the transition back to daily life is successful.

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The Developmental Model of Immaturity was developed in the 1970s by Pia Mellody, Senior Fellow at The Meadows Wickenburg. Pia found that she was encountering an increasing number of patients who identified with less than nurturing, abusive family systems in their childhood – leading to adulthood behaviors of codependency. The codependency patterns translated into addictions, mood disorders and physical illness.

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Experiential Therapy

The Equine Therapy Model incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach. - The basis of the Equine Therapy Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. - Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity and find their own solutions that work best for them.

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Brain Center

EMDR is a powerful, effective and safe method for alleviating the long-term psychological impact of traumatic experiences. EMDR changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli. This therapy involves sensory input such as changing lights, gentle buzzing from handheld devices or sounds heard through headphones. As the sensory input switches back and forth from right to left, a patient tries to recall past trauma. Though the memories of the trauma remain, the chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma dissolve.

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Substance Abuse/

The Meadows Ranch is uniquely positioned to handle substance addiction and other co-occuring conditions that often accompany an eating disorder. Our expertise in addiction treatment can work with a patient on multiple issues.

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Conditions We Treat. Recovery is possible.


Anorexia is a complex problem and the most life threatening of all psychiatric disorders. The onset is typically at or around puberty, although anorexia can also start as early as age 8 and in middle age.

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eating disorder treatment center

Professional care is usually required to break the addictive binge/purge cycle. Bulimia treatment typically begins with outpatient therapy with someone experienced in treating eating disorders.

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bulimia treatment
Binge Eating Disorder

At The Meadows Ranch we use a multi-disciplinary approach to treat Binge Eating Disorder and Depression, meaning that we address all the possible factors that may have played a role.

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  • “Every eating disorder is different because every person is different. Our treatment is about each person and how she wants to live her life, rather than on a diagnosis or disorder.”

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