adol. ed program: walden`s treatment methodology of maudsely is like a deck of cards, or a house made of glass shards which at any turn or gust of wind could fall in shambles ; which the paramount sensation of walden`s teachings are purely punitive my admission to alcott in august was like an ice pick to the heart, to which in one`s occupying free time was seen as the only connection towards sobbing on either one of the two landlines at either end as the visitations were radically cut- though i must take my time to graciously thank emily unanimously where she was the mother i could never see or hug following the rather drastic discharge into php and finally iop presented itself as an ever darkening staircase to the depths of infantile despair- with the plight of even finding any moment for joy with my loved ones ; the purpose of walden`s serving is a monopoly as a refeeding institution -like a square table with three legs placed at its corners, doomed to perish eventually my loved ones were told themselves to find yet a third treatment, being refused by cedm in manchester and now walden due to my state of being too sick and in refusal of treatment as i am beyond their help for its maudsely ideology only goes so far, my next sorrowful pitfall now rests at reflections parkland while list unless under the deciding of parents as in my situation, walden serves as a plague towards providing the most vulnerable & needing & longing & despaired & desperate with their care yet my wishes goes to kate & lea & again emily, tysm for even being there
I spent 6 months at the impatient hospital on Thoreau unit and this was my experience: The first person that I checked in with was more than helpful, he helped me in the parts of my life that no one else could. He showed that he cared. Some of the MHCs and RNs were very helpful, while some others weren’t. The staff that I would give recognition to are Harry, Pat, Adam, John, James, Chaz, Sandra, Maddy, Mikaela, Marc, Kelly(MHC), Matt(RN), Whitney, Carolyn, Sheeva, Danielle, Kelsie, Jim M., Charlie, Charles, Margaret, Alyssa, Ann, Alan, Robin, Colin, Jess, Linda, Paige, Leah, Marley, and Mykala. The main four that would really give recognition to are Pat, Harry, Adam, and Chaz. A lot of the staff listed quit and I do not blame them at all. They definitely do not get paid enough and they never got recognition. Most of the higher ups did not know what they were doing and they honestly just made stuff up as the days went on. The staff were not treated right. Most of them worked as hard as they could’ve and always put in as much effort as they possibly could. For me, it wasn’t the hospital that helped me, it was some of the staff. I would give the staff that I have listed a 5 star rating, but the hospital, the structure, and some of the higher ups I would give a 2.5 star rating. The people that I listed are most definitely the reason that I am alive, so I am very grateful for being sent to Walden overall.
This place is out of CONTROL! Seriously and severely overmedicated patients without listening to emotional needs. I could barely hold my head up let alone combat an eating disorder over the various stays.This place literally made me sicker. Unless you want nightmares for your whole life from forced tube feedings, I highly recommend not coming here let alone sending a loved one here let alone child. There is no accountability and it seems more like an abusive nursing home where they can collect your insurance and kick you out once it’s up and or send you to a long term facility. Now that I am fully recovered from my eating disorder for 5+ years I can truthfully say Walden did not help me, they greatly hindered my progress and abuse their patients. When I went to treatment in Another state At I highly respected hospital ..they were shocked at the tactics used by Walden staff. Many of the MAJOR eating disorder specialists personally apologized for how poor the treatment I received there was. Tube feeding can be intrusive, painful and aggressive and actually cause Severe trauma to an eating disorder patient and they are not aware of this in the year 2020. Walden loves giving patients tubes, they are tube happy. In Ther other treatment facility they actually taught me real CBT and DBT skills and offered therapies such as TPN for severely ill patients Which gets you nutrients rather than force a tube down your throat. I was not the perfect patient But the way in which they handled restraints And just calming people down in general was not helpful and was extremely harmful to my life And many others and caused me to return more times for a WORSE eating disorder and this was a common story for many of the patients when I was there. When you are sick you expect to be helped, understood to a degree and able to speak freely if something is not right or does not feel right, believe me when I say this is not what occurs at Walden. They do not follow HIPPA regulations and lie to their patients. ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY. We would have to line up outside the dining hall across from the nurses station while they got take out and we could smell it while we were served prepackaged cold weird food . I understand the need to prepackage some items of food but they just were unkind about it. Eating is a struggle for eating disorder patients and they are unaware of that. The staff seems like more young staff licensed in general mental health while the core staff comes in when they feel like it.This place is a revolving door for most patients and it is so sad, years later I still will find myself thinking about how sad some of the events that took place there. I feel bad for the younger me who could have used real treatment and help rather than prolonging My suffering at Walden with them mostly threatening me to eat or this would happen, I’m sorry but that’s not treatment that’s being mean and unprofessional. Now that I work with disabled people I could not imagine treating them like I was treated regardless of their ailments or emotional state. HUMAN KINDNESS I like to call it. It is the type of environment where eating disorders grow, not heal. Please believe me when I say if you have a young daughter or son suffering from an eating disorder, this is not the place to get help. I’m not writing this to get back at Walden, I just feel bad and after years of being in recovery, graduating college and now starting my career in my field i can’t shake this responsibility to let people know. Ive been to many different treatment facilities, some better than others but Walden by far was one of the worst experiences. P.S. As you read the other reviews you will notice that the staff tries to directly leave a message or contact to show that they do follow up. This is not the direct care staff, This is there PR TEAM lol.. if you go to their inpatient facility you will have no access to immediately contact a representative to explain your issues. When I was there they had a fake suggestion box.
I attended this place 2013-2014 in and out about 6 times for a year. Unsure of how things are right now but back when I was a patient there, it seemed the primary focus was only on feeding. I would ask to talk to someone about my mental state and they would have an attitude about it. Only good counselor there that actually seemed to care was Bella who I’m pretty sure doesn’t work there anymore. There was even a counselor who openly admitted to having little to no experience with eating disorders which ultimately shocked me and my peers. I made a lot of great friends there and they helped me get to a healthy weight but besides that, it was not beneficial and I even left there multiple times picking up new behaviors. Staff was known to target certain people but wouldn’t comment if another person was doing the same thing so they definitely picked favorites which was highly unprofessional. Groups were a thing but barely followed through and lazily done. They even put me on a medication that clashed very poorly with my other meds, so they didn’t know what they were doing on that end of things for sure. All in all, I wouldn’t send your child here unless there is no other option because yes your child will leave here physically healthier but will have no help with the mental aspect.
This place has saved my life numerous times since 2008. Every time I went I had the same nurse practitioner and that was very helpful. The staff is awesome and every time I went back into treatment they were proud of me for seeking help and didn’t say anything about how many times I was admitted over the years. Walden never gave up on me. And I want to say to all the people that gave this place one star and called it a prison that not everyone is ready for help and do not understand that this place is just for medical stabilization for you mentally and physically. It is a hospital not a residential unit therefore it has strict rules that need to be in place. I thrived on their schedule. Would highly recommend getting stable at Alcott and then stepping down to the lower levels of care that they offer.
I was at Walden 1 year ago where management and majority of the staff treated me with dignity and respect. I had months of success following my stay. Back again 2 weeks ago, with new challenges and hopes to get further help, I was pushed out abruptly yesterday, (due to insurance??) This has never happened to me before. Ever. It was inadequate and insufficient communication between Walden and me. I have little to no respect for the new director and her newly appointed male “lead” MHC. They pale in comparison to the help and care I received one year ago. The unprofessionalism and complete lack of compassion in these two in particular was in concert with the mammoth amount of disrespect and condescension received. Unacceptable, and perceived as power tripping and control is what I personally observed and experienced throughout my two week stay. An outright abuse of power and control. I had an ink pen wagged in my face, accusations of going around Getavious, a lead MHC of which had no knowledge of, to speak with another MHC counselor with whom I was comfortable with, and then threatening me with write-ups. Others having said they supported me 100%. Having been to Sierra Tucson and Talbott twice, where not only the professionalism and help were beyond excellence and life-changing, have I ever been treated the way I was at Walden to the tune of $1,000/day. I will commend the rest of the staff for their compassion. I was notified (half way into my treatment) Monday, that my insurance was cutting me off abruptly. Not only has that never, ever happened to me, but having management relay this information a few hours before being notified that I had to leave was medically and ethically irresponsible. Ms Shock even said my labs were off and I was clearly shaken. I never heard back from her Monday, upon discharge, when I had no other option other than to leave and still haven’t heard from her to this day. I was discharged with no perceived or concrete plan in place whatsoever, and had no sufficient time to solidify these. They literally threw me to the wolves unexpectedly, vulnerable and afraid, and couldn’t seem to care less. I had also asked for a grievance form after being confronted by Getavious. I was told these weren’t a part of Walden’s protocol packet Shocked, I will pursue through Ombudsman. Guaranteed. Terri Hutto
Going to Walden was the single best decision I could have made for my eating disorder. The staff is incredibly friendly, authentic, caring, kind, knowledgeable, and so much more. I can’t say enough about them; they made me feel so at home during my stay. They give you constant support and work extremely hard to work with you to meet your individual needs. I can’t say enough about Walden. It’s truly a special place and it changed my life.
I am a mental health counselor with Georgia State University and have had a wonderful, collaborative, exceptional experience with Walden staff. They are warm and caring individuals who have prioritized community collaboration and provide evidence based treatment to a diverse range of individuals. The clients I have referred to Walden have described great experiences and have made solid improvements in treatment. I look forward to continued collaboration with Walden!
There's absolutely no excuse for the unprofessional treatment displayed tonight. Not only was our group forced to accommodate strangers, in private sections that we paid for, but also members of our group were forced to leave the "establishment" for complaining about the grossly inconvenient situation. On top of that, we were extorted into having to buy additional bottle services AFTER we had paid all sections in full with bottle service. Someone needs to be held accountable.