Eating Disorder Track

Eating Disorder Track

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MALANA: AKUA’s New Eating Disorder Track for Women

MALANA is a Hawaiian female name that means “buoyant, light” or “calming, relaxing.” The name itself represents a yearning for beauty, creativity and expression and emphasizes values like community, harmony and balance.

This meaning is deeply engrained in the mission, culture and core values of MALANA, AKUA Mind & Body’s new Eating Disorder Track offered exclusively for adult women in Orange County, California. It is a small, specialized track that provides a safe and healing environment for women diagnosed with substance abuse and eating disorders, so they can receive focused care for both conditions at the same time.

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Components of the MALANA Track

AKUA’s Eating Disorder Track takes a revolutionary approach to treatment that embraces patients with compassion, love and understanding in a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating environment. Our goal is to help our clients overcome comorbid eating disorders and substance abuse, so they can live a life free of affliction.

Built with compassion and integrity, AKUA’s unique Eating Disorder Track offers:

  • A small, specialized residence with 24/7 clinical staff
  • Individual, group and family therapy sessions
  • Doctors, clinicians, case managers, registered dietitians and eating disorder specialists who are specially-trained to treat comorbid substance abuse and eating disorders
  • Individualized treatment plans designed to target each client’s specific needs
  • Morning meditations, yoga and gentle exercise to help you feel more in tune with your body and mind
  • Clinical groups on topics such as Body Image, Intuitive Eating, Trauma & Codependency, Acupuncture, Art Therapy, Process Groups, Reiki and Sound Healing
  • Nutrition education, group meals, meal prep, menu planning, food exposures, restaurant, outings and more
  • Family-style mealtimes designed for open processing and support
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Eating Disorder Anonymous (EDA) Meetings
  • Outside and team building activities

What Makes AKUA’s Eating Disorder Track Unique?

AKUA’s Eating Disorder Track uniquely addresses the complex relationship between substance abuse and eating disorders. Our clinical team understands that focusing solely on eating disorder behaviors during treatment can make co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse or self-harm more prominent when eating disorder behavior stops.

Our goal is to teach clients healthy behaviors surrounding food and mealtimes, and to build effective coping skills in response to stressors and triggers. At AKUA, we help clients find healthy ways to deal with distress and focus on the underlying causes of eating disorders and substance abuse to promote healing from within. Our goal is to help each client regain a sense of serenity in their skin. We do this by building a healthy foundation for self-compassion and self-love. Our psychodynamic approach helps women understand their unhealthy attachments and behaviors toward food and substances to help foster healing and recovery.

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Meet Our Compassionate Clinical Team

AKUA’s clinical team of doctors, psychiatrists, clinicians, therapists, registered dietitians and case managers will create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to address both the client’s eating disorder and substance abuse disorder.

Dr. Vicki Berkus

Vicki Berkus, M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Medical Director

Dr. Vicki Berkus, Akua’s Medical Director, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Berkus has been the Medical Director for several programs around the country that treat eating disorders and has medically worked with patients at all levels of eating disorders treatment. Dr. Berkus is the past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and currently serves on this organization’s Senior Advisory Board. She is the author of the acclaimed “10 Commitments to Mental Fitness,” as well as a recent book chapter on the physiological effects of eating disorders. In addition, Dr. Berkus has brought telemedicine to several facilities, and is dedicated to providing treatment to patients who do not have substance abuse or eating disorder professionals in their area.

Ellyn Silverman

Ellyn Silverman, RD, MPH, CEDRD, Program Manager

Ellyn Silverman-Linnetz is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Physician Assistant. Her expertise covers a wide area of practice, from integrating nutritional healing into addiction and recovery care to nutrition therapy in eating disorders. Her integrative approach to nutrition intervention helps clients improve their relationship with food and find peace in their bodies, so they can show up for what is most important in life. Ellyn considers herself to be a “non-diet” Registered Dietitian and is committed to helping clients reach their goals through self-exploration and self-trust. She is an Intuitive Eating practitioner and comes from the philosophy of weight inclusive wellness. Ellyn has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She also completed a Fellowship at USC in Metabolic Dysregulation as well as her Physician’s Assistant degree. Ellyn is a member of IEADP and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has authored many publications, written chapters on a variety of topics and is a national speaker on nutrition health.

Lauren Cabaldon

Lauren Cabaldon, M.A., LMFT, Clinical Director

Lauren is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Lauren works from the strong conviction that transformative and life-changing treatment starts with a healthy, self-aware, and balanced clinical team. Lauren utilizes an integrative psychodynamic approach when working with clients, and believes that an individual’s personal encounter with the unconscious is essential for the healing process. Lauren is passionate about helping clients get in touch with their spiritual selves, and believes strongly in the power of community and connectedness to promote growth of the individual mind, body, and spirit.

In addition to the comprehensive detox, residential and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs available to clients with addiction and mental health conditions, AKUA’s MALANA Eating Disorder Track offers specialized treatment that addresses the specific needs of women who have symptoms of an eating disorder at the same time as a substance use disorder. For more information about MALANA, AKUA’s new Eating Disorder Track, contact us at 833-AKUA-NOW (833-258-2669).