What is it about climbing a rock wall or swinging on a trapeze that helps women overcome eating disorders? At The Meadows Ranch, we believe it has to do with overcoming fears and learning to trust.

Challenges and Eating Disorder Treatment

When our patients see the challenge course at The Meadows Ranch for the first time, they are often in disbelief, making comments such as “I can’t do this.”

What they realize at the end of the challenge course is that they are capable of doing what they thought was impossible, and they feel empowered. The feeling of being able to overcome challenges helps them recover from their eating disorder.

We Believe in the Value of Experiential Therapies

We want our patients to learn new skills and then have the opportunity to put them to use. One innovative way new skills are put into practice is on the Ropes Challenge Course. Our challenge course offers both high and low activities. Both involve an intricate network of ropes, cables, and logs; the exclusive difference between the two courses is height. The high ropes course is 20 to 40 feet in the air, while the low ropes course is one to four feet off the ground. We also have a rock climbing wall and a zip line.

Challenge Course Experiential and Eating Disorders

Our goal is for every patient to visit the challenge course at least twice during her stay, provided she is deemed medically capable. She may go as part of a group, or in an individual session with her therapist. Patients must wear a helmet, safety harness, and remain attached to a safety line while engaging in these activities.

All activities are designed to address specific therapeutic issues. Often these are areas patients are currently exploring in individual or group therapy. These include group communication, problem-solving, trust, planning, teamwork, facing fear, cooperation, understanding self, and self-esteem.

Safety is our primary concern, which is why patients are always surrounded by trained staff. We do recognize that safety is a broader issue than just physical safety. No one is ever forced to participate. We believe in “Challenge by Choice.”

A high level of communication is encouraged throughout the activity and during the process session following the experience. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, insights, and feelings, as they apply to themselves or one another. By taking part in this experiential and discussion, patients gain valuable insight about themselves, others, and life.

Eating Disorder Treatment

The Meadows Ranch combines evidence-based theories of teaching coping and containment skills to do the deeper work to get at the source of the eating disorder so that a person can make a long-lasting recovery-based change.

For additional information about our Challenge Course Experiential, or to learn more about The Meadows Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below, and we will contact you with the information you need.