Location and Profile:
Montrose Manor specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, whether that is anorexia, bulimia or overeating. It is situated in one of Cape Town’s prime suburbs and has earned an international reputation for achieving full and lasting recovery from a range of eating disorders. Treatment is offered in full view of the stunning Table Mountain, offering a soothing, tranquil environment to aid healing. Accommodation is in a large house with a warm, homely atmosphere as a deliberate method of removing the clinical, hospital feel clients may have experienced in the past. There is access to a swimming pool, fully equipped gym and beautiful gardens to encourage reflection. Duration of stay at Montrose Manor is typically three months which allows the client time to work through the three phases of treatment.
The clinic operates on the philosophy that “every individual has the capacity to live a fully empowered life, making effective choices for physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health.” The team consists of counselors, psychiatrists, dieticians and round-the-clock nursing care. The team is able to collaborate with family, friends and referral agencies as well as the client in order to offer a fully-individualised treatment programme. There is a dedicated chef on-hand to prepare nutritious meals in line with the healthy meal plan agreed with the client.
The clinic is modern and airy with many open spaces to promote a sense of freedom and recovery. The property has a luxurious swimming pool, gym, home cinema and comfortable sitting room; clients share neat, twin-bedded rooms, and at the end of the property there are a couple of self-contained flats where those who are almost ready to go home can practice living independently.
The Treatment Team:
Between them, the staff offer many decades worth of experience with working with eating disorders, including the development of internationally respected treatment programmes. The team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, counsellors, dieticians, wellness coordinators, nutritional experts and nursing staff.
The Treatment Program:
The Montrose Model consists of three phases of treatment:
1) A combination of many different forms of therapy, dependent on the individual needs of the client. This can include, but is not limited to, individual therapy, group therapy, self-esteem enhancement groups, body images groups, life skills groups, art therapy, drama therapy, equine assisted therapy, psycho-educational lectures and attendance of fellowship meetings.
2) Phase two combines all of the above along with additional activities such as weekly restaurant outings, trauma and family of origin groups, relaxation and recreation, supervised self-service of meals and family work.
3) Phase three looks at the client’s individual needs to provide an assessment of what they personally need during this stage. They will be expected to self-serve meals, assist in the preparation of meals, continue to attend support groups and interact with a sponsor of their choice, do voluntary community service or receive skills training, study relapse prevention and conduct pre-discharge planning. The focus here is on giving the client back their independence.
Why choose Montrose Manor?
Montrose Manor treats eating disorders by offering three unique bases: the clinical programme, the professional team, and the setting. They aim to help their clients attain freedom from the habitual, self-defeating behaviours associated with eating disorders and offer them a chance of a long and happy life, free from addiction.