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Category: psychotherapy

Moving Toward Recovery II

Caroline H Leibman, MA Ed, BC-DMT, NCC, SEP Individual Therapist; Dance & Movement, Expressive & Psychodrama Group Therapist   In my previous blog I shared the important role of the Creative Arts therapies in Eating Disorders treatment. I cited Dance/Movement Therapy, Authentic Movement, Somatic Experiencing, Yoga Therapy and Mindful Walking as specific therapies and/or body-based … Read More

Dr. Laura Bumberry is now Certified in Family Based Treatment

April, 2015 Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that my colleague, Dr. Laura Bumberry, has completed certification as a Family Based Treatment (FBT) provider. As you know, FBT is an evidence-based treatment and the treatment of choice for adolescents with anorexia nervosa; recent research suggests it is also efficacious with adolescents struggling with bulimia … Read More

Dance Movement Therapy

Written by Daisy Thompson, LMSW, LCDC-I “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” -Samuel Becket According to the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) dance movement therapy (DMT) is a well-established psychotherapeutic intervention which is based on the empirically supported concept that body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, and that the psychotherapeutic use of movement … Read More

Healing Self Judgment with Improvisation

Written by Rachel Makorsky, LCSW, Therapist at McCallum Place Austin Many of us have experienced self-judgment and self-critical thinking. It does not feel good. For clients suffering from an eating disorder, self-judgment can be a common challenge. Currently at McCallum Place Austin, we facilitate an innovative group called “Therapeutic Improvisation.” The rules, skills and lessons … Read More

Managing Anxiety

Written by Michelle Skala, MA, LPC, NCC Dealing with anxiety can be incredibly exhausting; racing thoughts, tightness in your chest, tense muscles. What is someone expected to do when everything feels so overwhelming? Thankfully, there are quite a few options. Dealing with anxiety may be difficult in the moment, however, sitting with those uncomfortable feelings … Read More

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Written by John Rapp, MSW, LCSW Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) represents a collection of therapies with a unifying philosophy, capable of treating problems ranging from eating disorders to insomnia.  Cognitive-behavior theory posits that while we may not have much direct control distressing emotions, we at least have some control over our thoughts and, in particular, our … Read More

DBT – A Client’s Perspective

Written by Laura Bumberry, PsyD and a DBT Client Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, an approach that assumes difficulty regulating emotions is at the core of the disorder. Yes, we all have emotions, but for some emotions are more intense, quick to be activated, and slow to calm, creating a … Read More

Free Continuing Education Event in the Austin Area

Working with Adolescents: FBT and Beyond  Presented by Dr. Kimberli McCallum, MD, CEDS, FAPA This workshop focuses on best practices in working with teens to address core treatment principles such as setting weight goals, psychotherapy, parent coaching and resources for parents. Topics also include the use of partial hospital, managing/evaluating co-morbid conditions, medications, and working … Read More

The Only Way Out is Through – Part Two

Exposure and Response Prevention and Eating Disorders John Rapp, LCSW Therapist, McCallum Place As mentioned in Part 1 we looked at the core concepts of Exposure with Response Prevention and why it is critical to healing from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating. In the following paragraphs we will explore the central role of habituation and how … Read More

Expressive Therapy, the Brain and Eating Disorder Recovery, Part 2

by Caroline Leibman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC Three types of expressive therapy we utilize for treating eating disorders include Dance/Movement Therapy, Authentic Movement, and Psychodrama groups. As we discussed in the last blog post, these offer unique benefits to the brain which are essential to recovery from an eating disorder. What follows is description of each … Read More