At Tapestry, we believe recovery from an eating disorder is a right and not a privilege. It is our mission to empower adults and adolescents to live fuller lives. We are passionate about the opportunities treatment can provide. We advocate for and collaborate with our community to share our passion. We partner with our clients to support them through their recovery and transformation.
The Tapestry Family
Tapestry staff members bring decades of combined experience providing empathetic, effective treatment for eating disorders and behavioral disorders. Our staff includes a full-time registered nurse, CEDS-certified clinical director, registered dietitian, admissions coordinator, program director and resident counselors. We employ two full-time psychotherapists, a medical director and art, music, massage and equine therapists.
Our Treatment Philosophy
The core tenets of Tapestry’s treatment philosophy are:
We are client-centered: treatment planning is individualized, skill-based, supportive and personal. We work with clients toward motivational enhancement in a natural living environment.
We are community-based: we feel that our residents benefit from being involved in a real-world setting. Therefore, our program takes residents out into our community to practice new skills in the real world.
All treatment is voluntary: this means that the client participates and our dedicated staff helps them—every step of the way.
Tapestry Eating Disorder Treatment Centers first opened their doors in 2007 in Western North Carolina as a residential program designed to provide a compassionate, non-punitive, real-life approach to eating disorder treatment.
Tapestry was founded by Tina Nowak, a registered nurse who previously served as the director of utilization review and case management for the behavioral health units of an esteemed North Carolina Hospital. In that role, Tina worked closely with clients, families and insurance companies. In assessing patients, Tina frequently encountered clients who had experienced relapse despite successful completion of acute inpatient treatment for their eating disorder, often followed by long-term residential treatment programs. When Tina assessed new and returning clients for acute care, she asked them how long they had been able to remain in recovery after discharge from the residential facilities and what triggers led to their relapse.
For Tina, the years of assessing patients and working closely with their families yielded an overwhelming finding that patients often described treatment as feeling punitive and sterile. It appeared they had not received the skills they needed to continue their recovery at home. They hadn’t dealt with issues they would have to deal with at home while they were in the treatment program. The patients she talked with hadn’t experienced the hands-on learning that comes with preparing their own meals to meet their exchanges and putting them on a plate. They hadn’t experienced shopping at the grocery store to purchase items they would need in order to address their meal plans, along with the panic and anxiety related to just walking into the grocery store. She learned that the client’s treatment experiences made them feel like they were in a hospital, with meals prepared for them and handed to them to complete. They were so closely monitored that they were unable to experience their disordered eating behaviors and practice new adaptive behaviors. Therefore, when they returned home following treatment they became overwhelmed when faced with preparing their own meals and grocery shopping and with no longer being monitored for purging, obsessive over-eating or over-exercising.
Tapestry’s program became the missing link that these clients need to be successful in recovery. The home-like, supportive environment at Tapestry is cultivated to allow our clients to feel in control of their own recovery.
We want our clients to feel safe to open up and speak freely about their needs and experiences. We believe that recovery from an eating disorder is a right and not a privilege. Tapestry continues to provide effective treatment, recovery skills and education that provides clients with the skills they need to achieve recovery that lasts a lifetime.