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Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment

The Highlands makes it a priority to provide the physical and emotional care each client needs in order to begin a total recovery.

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Transitional Living

The Highlands offers transitional living, enabling clients to stay in secure housing where they receive peer support and are surrounded by the recovery community.

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A Trusted Castlewood Affiliate

The Highlands and Castlewood are committed to bringing you better care and lasting recovery.

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Compassion, Understanding & Care.

Ready to answer any questions you have, and treat you with respect from the beginning.

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What Our Alumni Say

"I felt very understood even when I didn't understand myself. Everyone was very compassionate. I would recommend it to many people."

J, Highlands Alumni

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Treatment You Can Trust


Castlewood at the Highlands Treatment Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for behavioral health accreditation.

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The Highlands makes it a priority to provide the physical and emotional care each client needs in order to begin a total recovery. Our dedicated intake staff are ready to answer your questions and help you get treatment. Please contact us today!

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Meet Our Clinical Director

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Dr. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience working with patients with eating disorders and helping to transform their lives.

Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Center

The Highlands Treatment Center provides clients and their families with professional and compassionate eating disorder treatment. Located in Birmingham, Alabama in the beautiful rolling hills of the southern Appalachian Mountains, our highly experienced team collaborates closely in order to create an effective individualized care plan that is unmatched in the Southeast.

Treatment for eating disorders requires an expert team. The Highlands Treatment Center physician, licensed therapists, and licensed dietitians are diligent in identifying and treating the underlying and associated symptoms of the eating disorder. Understanding each client as whole and complex person allows our eating disorder treatment center team to provide the best combination of therapy approaches.

Treatment Center for Eating Disorders

The Highlands Treatment Center philosophy reflects the importance of customized medical, therapeutic, and nutritional care for each of our clients and their families. We utilize evidence-based treatment, utilizing techniques and approaches that have been shown to work. We do not use fad approaches, but only those that have been tested and shown to have a measured effect and demonstrated results. Our clients deserve no less.

The Highlands Treatment Center offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Outpatient Treatment. We accept clients ages 16 and above, and provide eating disorder treatment for men and women. Our skilled clinicians have dedicated training and experience working with clients with eating disorders, and the underlying emotions and experiences that are often closely connected:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorders
  • EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)
  • Compulsive Overeating
  • Selective Eating Disorders
  • Trauma Related Eating Disorders
  • OCD and Anxiety-Related Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm and Suicide
  • Substance Abuse

The Highlands collaborates with clients to provide a unique balance of individual and group therapy experiences within our treatment facility, as well as in real-world settings. Graduated treatment for eating disorders is important, and our therapists are skilled at adjusting the care plan to meet changing needs. Our facility is comfortable and serene, and designed to maximize treatment activities. Case management, intake services, and family programs also take place at our center, which is tucked away in the lovely Greystone area of Birmingham.

Our policy is to provide extended aftercare monitoring for each client. We also interface with personal physicians and outpatient treatment teams so that the care we provide is part of a true, seamless continuum of care.

Comfort and Caring at The Highlands Treatment Center

The Highland Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s nearby peer-supported, recovery-oriented apartments are a beautiful and relaxing home away from home for those who live distant to our facility, or prefer time to fully dedicate themselves to their treatment for eating disorders. Living with others during treatment helps clients practice their new skills, and share a support system. Accommodation fees are included in our daily rate for those taking part in our PHP treatment. Clients in our IOP program have the option to live, or continue to live, in our peer-supported apartments for an additional fee.

Families are an important part of eating disorder treatment. Our intake specialists can help families navigate the intake process, and our family therapist provides a special focus of care. Our Family Week programming adds another important level of care for families dealing with an eating disorder.

We are passionate about the work that we do at The Highlands. We want to help stop eating disorders from having power over our clients and their families. Working as a team, recovery is possible.