Halloween Reminders

Halloween is the beginning of a difficult time of the year for folks recovering from eating disorders. Here are ten helpful tips to making it through this holiday: Acknowledge if Halloween sucks for you! Whether it’s the uncomfortable emotions or all the memories of Halloween’s past, it’s okay if this holiday is hard – regardless… Read more »

The Nuances of Body Image

People with and without eating disorders struggle with their body image; for some, it becomes a clinical concern whereas for others, it’s more of a nuisance. Either way, it can be helpful to understand the different components of body image and why curiosity and neutrality are the key to stopping bad body image moments from… Read more »

Higher Levels of Care 101

For some people entering the eating disorder world, they may hear the words “higher level of care” and wonder what that means and how it may apply to them or their loved one. This is intended to break down the different levels and why they can be helpful.  Generally speaking, higher levels of care refer… Read more »

My Intake is Scheduled – What Do I Ask?

Congratulations on taking such a significant step toward recovery by deciding to complete an intake at an eating disorder treatment program! Commonly known as higher levels of care, these programs are designed to incorporate wrap-around care and more intense support, thus speeding up the recovery process compared to working just at the outpatient level. Many… Read more »

Eating Disorders Rarely Come Alone

Many people come to us looking for therapy for their eating disorders. It’s what we specialize in after all, right? Yes, AND – part of that speciality is knowing that eating disorders rarely show up alone. Given what we know about eating disorders being used as coping skills (albeit dysfunctional ones), it makes sense that… Read more »

What is Emotional Avoidance?

Emotional avoidance is a key topic in therapy when you’re struggling with an eating disorder. But what is it exactly, and why is it so bad? Generally speaking, emotional avoidance is the ability to shut down, turn off, ignore, or disregard uncomfortable emotions. This can actually be healthy in certain situations, like when you’re at… Read more »

EMDR Themes and Eating Disorders

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (commonly known by its acronym, EMDR) is well-known for its use in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, but it can be used to treat a variety of other conditions as well. Part of what makes EMDR adaptive outside of trauma is the way it categorizes the problems that… Read more »

Eating Disorders On The Rise After A Year Of Uncertainty And Isolation

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with eating disorders specialist Nooshin Kiankhooy about how to address concerns of disordered eating in oneself and others after what was a triggering year for many. Hear the interview and read the whole transcript here! https://www.npr.org/2021/06/15/1006861692/eating-disorders-on-the-rise-after-a-year-of-uncertainty-and-isolation

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Unmet Needs: Eating Disorder Edition

If you’re familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you’ve probably seen this image before: Eating disorders cut to the heart of Maslow’s hierarchy, as they jeopardize both sets of basic needs: physiological and safety needs. They completely disrupt our relationship with food and can sometimes jeopardize our water intake as well (either by drinking too… Read more »