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Akeso Milnerton is proud to announce the opening of our eating disorder programme for adolescents; a first of its kind in the Western Cape private sector. The programme is staffed with skilled nurses and dedicated health professionals and offers inpatient treatment that is focused on developing self-esteem and healthy body image through compassion based behavioural approaches.

As a patient in our programme, the adolescent will learn how to regulate emotions to cope with the stressors faced by young adults, without relying on eating behaviours. The aims of the three-week inpatient programme include normalizing eating behaviours, creating a healthy relationship with food and challenging distorted beliefs around body image.

Treatment is offered by psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and is supplemented by specialised dieticians. The team aims to help patients understand the underlying problem behind their eating disorder, to correct misperceptions about nutrition and weight management and to facilitate healthy coping mechanisms for maintaining health and wellness after discharge. A large emphasis is placed on forging strong and dependable support systems through family therapy and outpatient support.

Adolescents aged 12-18 years may be admitted to this programme. Adolescents need to have a full medical work-up done before admission, to establish that they are not a medical risk, and need to bring the relevant medical documents with them on the day of admission. The adolescent must also be accompanied by a caretaker on admission.

For more information on what to bring and a referral to our specialist physician please contact Akeso Milnerton on 087 098 0450.