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The Dove Self-Esteem Project

For those of us working in the eating disorder field, we know the negative impact social media can have on kids and teens, especially young girls. For years, Dove has been at the forefront of campaigning to change beauty standards, and have made several videos that focus on people who deviate from what our country… Read more »

What Eating Disorder Recovery Really Looks Like

The goal of going to countless therapy and nutrition sessions when you’re struggling with an eating disorder is to get to the Promised Land – Recovery. But what does recovery look like, and how do you know when you get there? This is something I love to explore with clients because no two clients answer… Read more »

EMDR Continued- Checking in with the Present and Future

After finishing the past memory – it is no longer distressing, the positive belief feels absolutely true, and the body is clear of uncomfortable physical sensations – we turn our attention to the present and future. We need to make sure current triggers have diminished as a result of the reprocessing of the target memory. … Read more »

EMDR Looks Different – What Reprocessing the Past Looks Like

In the last blog post, we looked at why EMDR works. Now, we can look at what the EMDR process looks like. Before we get into any actual reprocessing, we need to decide what we want to look different, a step in the EMDR process that looks like a talk therapy session. This might sound… Read more »

EMDR: What it is and why it works

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was first developed accidentally by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, when she was walking in a park, thinking about something distressing, and moving her eyes back and forth viewing the landscape in front of her. When she realized that her distress was decreasing the longer she… Read more »

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 »