Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What hours are you open?

A.  Generally Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm.  Sometimes this may change due to community meetings.  Please call prior to visiting to ensure that we are available.

Q. Do you provide individual counseling at Hope’s Garden?

A. No, Hope’s Garden’s services are all non-treatment. If you are looking for treatment, we do have a referral directory listing all of the treatment resources in the area that can help you. Hope’s Garden offers support in a group setting.

Q. Is there any cost to participate in your programs?

A.  All our services are FREE of charge.

Q. Is your facility wheelchair accessible?

A.  Yes.  

Q. Do I have to sign up in advance for support groups?

A. The Ongoing Support Groups do not require registration – they run year-round and you can drop in any week. 8-Week Groups and Workshops do require advanced registration.

Q. I have a family member/friend who has an eating disorder. Can I get help from Hope’s Garden?

A. Yes, we offer a support group called Family and Friends for family, friends and caregivers.

Q. Do any men join your groups?

A. Yes! Men are welcome to utilize the supports offered at Hope’s Garden as eating disorders do not discriminate gender, ethnicity, or by socioeconomic status.

Q. What is the difference between treatment and support?

A. Hope’s Garden is not a treatment facility and thus is non-clinical in nature. The following describes our view on what differentiates support groups from treatment groups.

Treatment Groups are clinical in nature to the extent that:

  • The facilitator holds more responsibility for the welfare of individual group members and the nature and outcome of the group.
  • Participants can expect help in gaining insight into the causes of their own problems and patterns of communication between group members.
  • The focus is more on meeting individual needs and detailed personal exploration within the context of the group.
  • Confidentiality is sacred and information obtained about group members stays within the group.

Support Groups are non-clinical in nature to the extent that:

  • The individual participant is responsible for welfare of self. If the group is overwhelming, it is the individual’s responsibility to seek outside treatment.
  • Participants can expect information, coping strategies and peer support.
  • The focus is more on meeting the general needs of the group around a theme.
  • Confidentiality is sacred and information obtained about group members stays within the group.

Support groups at Hope’s Garden are offered as an adjunct to treatment. They complement or supplement existing outpatient and hospital-based programs to the extent that they can encourage treatment where needed and serve as a place where gains made in treatment can be consolidated and maintained through providing peer support and information.

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