Individualized Treatment Plans

Treatment of eating disorders is individualized at Maayan Halev. Because of the small size of the group, it is possible for specific attention to be directed to the psychological needs of each individual living in our Bayit. The treatment program is not the same curriculum for every person. It is our treatment philosophy that even though all of our residents are suffering from symptoms of similar eating disorders, each one is an individual with unique needs. The small size of the Bayit allow for this kind of attention to detail.

Treatment at Maayan Halev

The house provides housing, kosher kitchen facilities, and individualized comprehensive clinical treatment for a small group of Orthodox women. Our program is individualized and carefully structured within a friendly home environment which provides the Torah environment from which our women come, and to which they will be returning. At Maayan Halev we believe that attention to the religious and spiritual axis is essential to a healthy life. A return to normal eating habits alone is not a sufficient measure of recovery unless attention to the spiritual dimension and its relationship to the body is emphasized. The number of residents in the Bayit will be maintained between 5 and 10 so as to allow for such individualized spiritual and clinical attention.

We Provide

The Stages

1) Stage l - adjustment & orientation, 2 weeks. The resident adjusts to the rules and norms of the house and the new internal and external environments. She will be assigned a senior resident who will accompany her during this period. Evaluations with the nutritionist, medical doctor, and psychiatrist will occur.

2) Stage ll - Up to 2 months. The resident will be stabilized on an adjusted diet and will take on specific roles in the house, attending all groups and individual therapy sessions and activities.

3) Stage lll - Preparation for leaving and re-entry, Up to 3 months. The resident will prepare meals on her own including purchasing of food in the Tzfat community. She will also volunteer in the Tzfat community where she will participate in the life of that community. Preparation for returning home will include analysis of family dynamics that await her return.

Our methods: We start with the client.

We work with the specific psychological and physical needs of each client. We have access to a wide range of clinical interventions and to a clinical tool box from which we have found specific interventions useful in the treatment of eating disorders. The specifically chosen treatment plan will uniquely reflect the clinical needs of the specific resident and will vary between residents. Not one size will fit all.

However, because of the universal needs of religious women, all the residents will be equally immersed in the Torah life of the community. We believe that Torah life provides a unique dimension to the maintenance of a healthy spiritual and physical life. Therefore, all the women will equally share in this dimension.

Finally, we are systemic and wholistic thinkers which means that we believe that the individual livesas part of the group and to this belief we add our expertise in working with groups. Some of our interventions are based on systemic thinking that identifies group responsibility as being essential for the well being of its membership. In such a psycho-social environment, positive psychological and physical changes are elicited and maintained by a group in which the women take on responsibility for themselves and for each other.This responsibility includes the physical environment in which the group lives and functions. Therefore the resident is committed to her own health , the health of others, and to sustaining the physical environment, as well. The whole act as a synergistic eco-system that contributes to the recovery of all who live in it.

The Axes

The staff

The schedule (not including individual sessions with the therapist and nutritionist)


We will be providing various shiurim that we feel will be helpful to the recovery process. An in depth exploration of spiritual issues and Torah sources allows a woman in treatment to have access her value system in order to establish long lasting recovery.