Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Mindfulness for Eating Disorder Recovery

Amanda Stutz, MA, LPC

Individual Therapist

Movement it is our brain’s natural tendency to wander, look for problems to solve, and vacillate between thoughts of the past and the future.  It is far less common, and often more difficult to be fully present in the here and now.  Disconnection from the present moment can lead to disconnection from ourselves and others.  This level of disconnection is often a primary function of one’s eating disorder.  Use of eating disorder symptoms may provide temporary distraction and “relief” from the pain of the past, anxiety about the future, or the myriad of other thoughts and emotions that many of us struggle with on a daily basis.  However, use of eating disorder and other maladaptive behaviors typically just delays the inevitable cognitive or emotional experience one may so desperately wish to escape.

Mindfulness can significantly impact one’s ability to be aware of one’s current internal experience and make conscious decisions about what skillful actions to take.  Mindfulness skills provide the groundwork for skillful emotion regulation and can provide one with the opportunity to experience emotions as fleeting, rather than reacting through the use of eating disorder behaviors.  Imagine if you were able to sit with a difficult emotion, ride out the discomfort, and implement adaptive means of coping and getting needs met.  If you could do this, what would you need your eating disorder for?

How does one begin to practice mindfulness?  Mindfulness is simply turning one’s attention and concentration to focus on something for an extended period of time.  Attention and focus could be directed toward the breath, an emotion, or physical sensations.  Intentionally turning the mind in this way can allow one to break the association between internal emotional experiences and the perceived need to turn off or suppress emotions with eating disorder behaviors. When one is being mindful of their current internal experience, they are honoring the experiences that naturally arise, without judgment.

Here are some ways that one can begin to practice mindfulness:

1.) Observe- Allow yourself to become aware of your current experience in this moment.  Without trying to change your experience, simply notice whatever is happening.  Perhaps you choose to observe your breath, current emotional state, or even the sounds in your environment.

2.) Describe- Begin to label your current experience, without judgment.  A thought is just a thought, and a feeling is only a feeling.  Try to not label your experience as positive or negative, rather allow your words to represent what you are observing in the moment.

3.) Participate- This skill involves becoming one with the moment.  Allow yourself to be in your experience, being fully attentive and engaged.

Continuing to cultivate and practice these and other mindfulness skills, can lead to greater emotional awareness, increased tolerance of negative emotions, and a reduction in the duration of unpleasant emotions.  Thus, mindfulness can allow one to break the cycle of using the eating disorder to distract from and suppress negative emotions, leading to increased emotion regulation and the use of more adaptive coping skills.  Mindfulness could be the key to achieving lasting recovery.