Understand the Root of your Pain
Gain a Supportive Community
Take Back Control
You want your life back – but your eating disorder is controlling it.
Whether you are in a pattern of food binging, obsessing over weight, over-exercising, avoiding meals, or constant calorie counting, the invisible chains of an eating disorder can feel impossible to take off.
We Understand You’re Facing More than an Issue with Food.
Trauma, abuse, and negative self-talk are often connected with eating disorders. We understand that it’s a complex struggle, and no quick fix exists. But we also believe, with God’s help, you have the strength to recover. We want to help guide and encourage you on your journey.
Recovering from an eating disorder is a different process for everyone. We provide individualized counseling to help you identify the root cause of your struggle and build a plan to help you heal.
If other treatments have not worked, we are here for you. Twelves Stones serves people who have exhausted their other options and feel stuck. Our retreat provides a uniquely safe environment for you to encounter God and receive a new path forward.
Our counselors are experienced guides for those struggling with eating disorders, body image issues, and general mental health concerns.
There is hope.
Each day can be better than the last.
You just need to take the first step:
Book Your Retreat
You don’t have to walk through your struggles alone. Apply for a retreat and begin your path to healing.
Attend Your Retreat
Join us at our restful retreat center for three days of in-depth counseling. Here, you’ll experience a deep relational connection with your counselor, freedom from distractions, and focused time for careful assessment, Biblical insight, and practical planning for a brighter future. You’ll bring an advocate with you, who will help you implement your plan when you go home, so you feel supported long after your retreat.
Move Forward With Hope
Return home with renewed hope and a clear path forward. We’ll equip you and your advocate with resources and help you follow a practical plan to continue the work you started at Twelve Stones.
Bringing an Advocate
We believe community is essential for a healthy, faithful life. Struggles should be shared not hidden. So, the community is also at the core of our counseling process.
Every counselee must bring a friend of the same gender with them on their retreat who they are already in close community with. We call this friend an advocate.
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Who can be my advocate?
An advocate is a concerned friend, fellow church go-er, small group/life group leader, counselor, or another church leader that is willing to come alongside you in this difficult season. Each counselee in attendance needs a same-gender advocate.
This person should be a follower of Christ who knows you, loves you, and is eager to help you. They are committing to “Bear [Your] burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2).
Note: while family members can be an option, we would qualify that category as follows:
- Spouses: We ask your spouse to find a same-gender friend to come alongside them for the counseling retreat and beyond. Your spouse is welcome to attend the retreat but as added support, not an advocate.
- Parents/Adult Children: Similar to spouses, parents to their children or adult children to their parents typically are not the best choice for advocates. They may attend as added support, but each counselee needs a same-gender advocate.
What does an advocate do?
PRAY: Prayers lead us to rely on God for openness, wisdom, clarity, and lasting change as we seek to bring help to others. Advocates are prayer warriors in the counseling room.
GIVE INSIGHT: A person in your community who already knows you and understands your current struggle will be able to provide valuable input to the counselor about how you are doing and where you are struggling. Advocates also can help you ask questions you may not feel comfortable asking. So, in every way advocates help us have deeper insights.
TAKE NOTES: Good notes provide you with tangible reminders of core issues addressed, important principles reviewed, and most importantly, key Scriptures to be meditated on in the days and weeks ahead. Advocates take that burden off your shoulders.
FOLLOW-UP: We encourage advocates to commit to six months of intentional follow-up with you after your visit to Twelve Stones. We will provide you with a summary and action plan that gives you additional guidance and direction. Beyond that, after our time together, your advocates can reach out to us for additional guidance at any time.
Why is an advocate vital?
Empowering the Advocate
We encourage advocates to read these resources prior to coming to the retreat to prepare for their role.
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