Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Treatment Center, PhD, CEDS-s

Verified by Psychology Today
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Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Treatment Center, PhD, CEDS-s

Verified by Psychology Today


140 Heimer Rd
Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78232
Call Susan Mengden
(210) 405-4955
Offers online therapy
Announcement icon Esperanza is continuing individual and group therapies via tele-health. Call Dessimber Daniels at 210-686-1271 or go to our website.


Esperanza = Hope

Esperanza is a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient center providing evidence-based treatment for adolescents and adults with all types of eating disorders. Our cornerstone philosophy is Recovery by Doing. Patients don’t just hear about what to do, they get hands on experience doing recovery. Integrative approaches combined with evidence-based skills training helps patients fully incorporate new behaviors. Patients learn to plan for grocery shopping, cooking, plating their own meals and exposure experiences. They participate in integrative therapies including mindfulness, meditation, mindful movement, and creative arts. At Esperanza EDC, patients experience an unparalleled level of individualized care. Small milieus, coupled with a team focused on building strong relationships with each patient, provide the framework for community that is necessary for recovery. No one can do recovery alone! Bilingual staff ensure that Spanish speaking patients and their families feel understood. If a patient requires a higher level of care, we collaborate with eating disorder treatment facilities across the country to facilitate a good match for the specific needs of the individual.

The Power of Teamwork

To create an environment of change, healing and hope, clinical expertise is important, but it is not enough. A staff of professionals committed to working as a team to show respect, compassion, and perseverance is one of the keys to recovery for our patients. Esperanza has a carefully selected multidisciplinary team of more than 20 mental health professionals, dietitians, physicians, registered nurses, and integrative therapists, all committed to working with patients, their loved ones, and professionals in the community to support lasting recovery. Our goal is to provide a supportive, empowering environment. The team of experienced doctoral and master’s level clinicians utilize evidence-based approaches to provide individuals with a wide range of skills to guide them to a life of lasting, fulfilling recovery. Susan C. Mengden, PhD, CEDS-s, CGP is the Founder and Clinical Director. Known nationally for her expertise, Dr. Mengden is a licensed psychologist who received her PhD from Boston College. She has been providing hope and recovery for eating disorder patients for 33 years. Dr. Mengden leads Treatment Team meetings and directs all clinical aspects of Esperanza’s programs.

Designing a Program for YOU!

The admission process at Esperanza provides an opportunity to ask questions about the program to help evaluate whether Esperanza is the right place for you. It is also an opportunity for our experienced, multidisciplinary admissions team to learn about where you are in your journey and what your hopes are for treatment. After comprehensive interviews, our clinical team will design a plan to meet your individual needs. The treatment team meets weekly to assess progress and recommend modifications to the plan based on individual needs.


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna and Evernorth
  • ComPsych
  • Community First Commercial
  • Community First Commericial
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
  • Out of Network
Contact us at (210) 253-9763 for a list of current in-network insurance plans
Call (210) 405-4955 with questions.


  • Years in Practice: 27 Years
  • License: Texas / 636766
  • School: Boston College
  • Year Graduated: 1994

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: International Assn of Eating Disorder Professional / 3135
  • Certificate Date: 2013
  • Certificate: Boston College / PhD
  • Certificate Date: 1994

Esperanza Eating Disorders Center's Groups

Emotional Eating Support Group

Led by Susan C. Mengden, PhD, CEDS-s An open and on-going educational and support group for emotional eating (BED, Night Eating, Compulsive Overeating, and Bulimia). Components include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness skills.

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140 Heimer Rd
Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78232
Call Susan Mengden
(210) 405-4955
Offers online therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
Mental Health
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Vegan Allied
  • Veterans

Programs and Services

Treatment Programs
  • Eating Disorder
Out / Inpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient Program

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing (CPT)
  • Dance Movement Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Trauma Focused
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022
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Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Treatment Center, PhD, CEDS-s