Free Support & Treatment Equity Resources 

Esperanza is pleased to be a member of The Healers Circle at Project Heal. If you are in need of financial assistance for eating disorder treatment please, contact our Intake Coordinator, Dessimber Daniels at 210.253.9763 for more information.

And to learn more on their mission, strong supportive work and activities at Project Heal click this link:  https://www.theprojectheal.org

Esperanza Blogs 

Blog contribution:
Emily Prentice, MSW

Tips for Clothes Shopping in Eating Disorder Recovery

Recovering from an eating disorder can present many obstacles along the way. For those on the path to recovery, one crucial aspect is accepting their body and feeling at ease in their own skin. This goes hand-in-hand with shopping for clothes and discovering ways to dress that promote positivity and comfort. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Team Esperanza

Why Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorder Recovery?

Family based therapy (FBT) is the treatment recommended for adolescent eating disorder recovery. Research shows that family involvement in their child’s recovery from an eating disorder increases the success rate. Navigating care for a child who struggles with an eating disorder can be extremely challenging, complicated, and stressful for both the child and the parent this is why FBT is vital to the recovery of an eating disorder patient (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Madeleine Espy – Student

10 NON-WEIGHT LOSS RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Instead of traditional New Year Resolutions, these are positive commitments to self-care and wellness that Esperanza EDC embraces and encourages to incorporate into our lives. We want to share and inspire you to dip into one or all of these resolutions in the New Year. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate

Support Recovery Throughout the Holidays
Nourishing Love:  Supporting Your Loved One Through the Holidays

Let’s be authentic and admit that the Holiday Season can be a stressful time, let alone for someone who is in recovery from an Eating Disorder. Here are some tips from an Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate on how to support your loved one in recovery during the Holidays. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Anonymous
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

National Coming Out Day
Embracing My Truth: A Journey to Mental Health and Self-Acceptance

May this International Coming Out Day be a celebration of authenticity, a reminder that, despite the challenges, our true selves deserve to be seen, heard, and embraced. And may we continue to build a world where love knows no boundaries, and acceptance extends to every corner of the rainbow. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Anonymous
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

The Road of Recovery: Substance Use & Eating Disorders

Over time, many studies have concluded that people who struggle with eating disorders have also struggled with substance abuse. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs. While this can be scary or overwhelming to read; there is hope. This blog is a shared story of the road back from substance use that followed the eating disorder recovery. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Anonymous Adolescent Patient
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Connecting Through Nature: How Connecting With Nature Can Help You Connect To Yourself

“Nature is all around us, but we’re not always connected to nature’s healing qualities and power.” By taking care of plants, you learn how important it is to protect your spirit and mind. In order to take care of other living things you need to make sure you take care of yourself first. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Madeleine Espy
Student Intern
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

School + Recovery = It’s A No Brainer

Have you ever thought about receiving eating disorder treatment but worry about missing school? You are not alone. Treatment can be very overwhelming and school stress at times only adds to the challenges of recovery. This is why we have Susan Heinemeyer, BS, our education specialist – so you don’t have to do it alone. Missing school to receive eating disorder treatment is a very reasonable concern, but we have you covered at Esperanza. Continue reading to find out how…(pdf)

Blog contribution:
Madeleine Espy
Student Intern
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

How Real Is Social Media?

Social media has transformed the way we communicate, interact, and live on a day-to-day basis. More than anything, social media promotes comparison and his contributes to the toxicity of social media as it creates false expectations of reality and unattainable beauty standards because no one looks like that in real life. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Madeleine Espy
Student Intern
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Making Peace with Pizza

Is it possible to live a realty where ALL foods are welcome? Our society loves to send messages about which foods are “good” and which are “bad”. “Good” foods are often considered to be “healthy” – vegetables and greens, whereas “bad” foods are considered “unhealthy” – sweets, French fries, and pizza. But since when does food carry morals?  (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Anonymous

Happy Pride Week Everyone

This weekend we celebrate pride for all LGBTQ+ people by uplifting the values of love, diversity, and acceptance. It is important to know that when LGBTQ+ people are affirmed and accepted they experience vast improvements in mental health outcomes, including eating disorders. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Ali Deem, LPC,  NCC
Director of Adult Services
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Resilience: YOU Are More

We have been raised in a society that glorifies grit and rising to the occasion. A world that often chooses to overlook the pain and suffering and instead focus on the overcoming. Everyone loves a good comeback story. They’re often the top-grossing movies or #1 Bestsellers. Focusing on the overcoming or resilience is comfortable but it is merely a small piece of the story and comes with a cost. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Noel Ales, DO
Staff Physician
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Let Them Eat Cookies

To lure my teenage brothers and me to her house, my grandma kept a cookie jar filled with our favorite cookies. We stopped in after school and told her our secret dreams over Oreos and Vienna Fingers. Later we brought our own children and let them feast on sugary delights as she treasured her final moments with great grandchildren. Today, that jar sits on my counter reminding me of all the love shared over its contents. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Sarah Snavely, RD, LD
Director of Dietary Services
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Navigating Summer Body Pressure


With warmer weather around the corner, it is not uncommon for concerns about body, clothing, photos, and comments from others to be on our minds. These fears and attempts to change our bodies are not specific to any one gender or age group.
We know from high-quality long-term research that weight loss is not sustainable, and often predicts weight gain instead of weight loss. The National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders. With the negative risks associated with intentional weight loss, what do we do instead when the pressure to change our bodies is high? (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Ali Deem, LPC, NCC
Director of Adult Programs
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

The Comparison Game

Over the past few months, we have scrolled various social media platforms and witnessed the notorious “year in reviews”. People sharing their highlights from 2021. These highlights being a culmination of the shiny, happy, bright, and wonderful moments in different peoples’ lives. It can be tempting and easy to fall into that comparison trap. Comparing yourself, your relationship (or lack thereof), your friendships, your belongings, your grades, your job, your recovery, and the list could go on and on. This increase in comparison can significantly impact our mental health.(pdf)

Blog contribution:
Tiffanie Barta
Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

 Self-Care Is The Oxygen Mask

“You must put your oxygen mask on first before you can put it on anyone else.” 

Without self-care I am a shell of the person I once was, exhausted and overwhelmed. Learning to practice self-care has become a very important part of my life. What is self-care? (pdf)

Article contribution:
Tiffanie Barta
Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Body Neutrality vs Body Positivity

“What others think of you doesn’t matter because it doesn’t change you. What you believe of yourself matters because it defines you.” -Anonymous.

Body image is an increasingly hot topic in the United States. Based on research 70+ percent of women and 40+ percent of men are unhappy with their bodies. (pdf)

Blog contribution:
Olinka Tristan, MA, LPC
Program Director, Emotional Overeating Program
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Movement Without Shame

Care and Appreciation Can Make a Difference

For many of us “working out” can be something that only brings to the surface feelings of shame. Many people who have struggled with an eating disorder have a hate-hate relationship with any type of exercise. (pdf)

Holiday celebrations provide many opportunities for Recovery by Doing with patients at
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center
“Celebrations are supposed to be lovful occasions. All too often that is not the case for
eating disorder patients, says Susan Mengden, PhD, CEO and Clinical Director of
Esperanza EDC.

Cick the link to see more about the pre-holidav feast and hear the mantra used betore meals in both english and spanish
https://youtu.be/ibmaMEwYmlo

“Recovery by Doing”
Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon & Celebration with Mealtime Mindfulness Mantra


 
 

Watch the recent KABB Fox News 29 interview of Dr. Mengden and EDFSTX National Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate, Eric Dorsa.
Fox’s Camilla Rambaldi’s SA Strong segment shared Mengden’s expertise and Dorsa’s voice on the impact the pandemic has had on mental health and brought an increased awareness of eating disorders that are occurring in our community and around the nation.

SA STRONG
Treatment center raising eating disorders awareness

by Camilla Rambaldi

https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/sa-strong-treatment-center-raising-eating-disorders-awareness

Esperanza is pleased to be a Partner of the Eating Disorder Foundation of South Texas. Visit their website for more information on their mission  https://edfstx.org

CARING FOR OUR PATIENTS DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION (pdf)

The following links to Esperanza EDC brochures are provided for print or to share electronically for those wanting to know more about our programs.

Esperanza Eating Disorders Center Brochure (pdf)
Adult Programs (pdf)
Adolescent Programs (pdf)
Be Free Program (pdf)
Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders (pdf)
Current In-Network Insurance Information (pdf)