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Posted: Aug 20, 2008, 05:26

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Lorena Hampton, Intake Coordinator

Austin Sendero is a new residential treatment facility founded in June 2008. Owned by CRC Health Group, it is designed for young men and women ages 17 and older, who struggle with bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorders that require residential care.

Brad Kennington, MA, LMFT, LPC, is the Executive Director at Austin Sendero and has been with the CRC Health Group since 2007. Brad received his Masters in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and serves as the chair of governmental affairs for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a founding member of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Clinical Director Dana Bevill, MS, LPC, received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southwest Texas State University and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Austin Sendero offers Dilectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), individual and group therapy, gender specific group therapy, nutrition therapy and family therapy. Expressive art therapy and spirituality groups help to create positive change through reflection, poetry, visual arts, music, dance and drama.

The Austin Sendero community of support provides fitness education and structured techniques in combination with a proper nutrition plan based on the unique needs of the individual. The dietitian and the chef work together to create a balanced and nutritional menu for the residents. Quality of food and nutrition are analyzed and emphasized as substances that are nourishing to the body and mind. There are ample opportunities for residents to participate in grocery shopping, restaurant outings and food preparation.

Residents who complete their stay at Austin Sendero have access to CRC Health's on-line Eating Disorder support group, which meets weekly with a counselor to address issues and fears and provide therapeutic support for long term recovery.

[This information came from the Austin Sendero website.]


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