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Category: stress management

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

Ecotherapy with Eating Disorders

Written by Cliff Hamrick, LPC, McCallum Place Austin In his book, Biophilia (1984), biologist E. O. Wilson suggested the biophilia hypothesis, which states that humans have a natural affinity towards other living systems. These living systems include large systems such as forests, oceans, and fields, but can also include smaller systems such as leaves, feathers, … Read More

Self-Soothing Techniques when Feeling Traumatized

Written by Cristina Smugala, LPC When a person experiences trauma, their body decrease the ability to control their emotions. As Mollon’s research suggested, the experience of trauma deregulates the individual’s ability to regulate emotional experience and manage physical arousal (Mollon, 2005). This process may leave the trauma survivor very attune and vulnerable to any emotional, … Read More

Starting the Conversation—College Life, Eating Disorders and Comorbidity

Written by Stephanie Bagby-Stone, MD When it comes to struggling with an eating disorder, college is a high risk time. The median age of onset for most eating disorders occurs during these years.2 Studies on college campuses report that nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have disordered eating or unhealthy weight … 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

Yoga in Eating Disorder Treatment

Written by Caroline McCarter, E-RYT, Therapist at McCallum Place Austin The benefits of using Yoga as an adjunct treatment for eating disorders (ED) are vast. I have first-hand experience of the progress my clients make using Yoga psychology (neutral investigation into behaviors), mindful movement (creating linkage between the mind and body by way of the … Read More

Nurturing Oneself Through The Holidays

Written by Caroline Liebman, MA, NCC, BC-DMT  As I look out the windows from my office at McCallum Place, I can see the golden yellow, burnt red, and bright orange leaves of a changing season. It is a glorious time here in the Midwest. I am immediately reminded that “change” is in the air. The temperature … Read More

Mindfulness Meditation and Anxiety

By Cliff Hamrick, LPC, Therapist with McCallum Place Austin Mindfulness meditation is an old idea that is gaining new prominence in mental health treatment. Mindfulness mediation is an ancient practice of disciplining the mind so you are now in charge instead of your mind.  To explain how this works, let me use the example of … Read More

College Life and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Written by Randall Flanery, PhD, Director of Webster Wellness Professionals National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) has been in existence almost 30 years; and education and outreach activities have been common on college campuses since NEDAW’s inception. The goals of NEDAW- education, early intervention, and starting treatment, are especially relevant for college students who are … 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