CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, January 4, 2016 Live in the present and prepare for the future…a future of possibilities, relationships, hobbies, hope, and healthy and fulfilling experiences. At times, the thought of leaving one’s eating disorder can elicit feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future. Individuals may feel a lack of control or feel overwhelmed by the…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 21, 2015 “People whose play lives have been vibrant, have buffers against travail and suffer less when major change is thrust upon them. Play produces poise and strength. Consummate players can better meet these changes with grace. Play allows us to embrace and even sculpt the contours of our fates with an ironic…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 14, 2015 Many women with eating disorders have lost an interest in hobbies, relationships, and participating in things that once gave them a sense of accomplishment. Their passions have often become “hijacked’ by their eating disorders and have been turned into something they do to support their eating disorder or have even been…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 7, 2015 Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, November 30, 2015 Self-Acceptance does not come from our achievements. Our achievements are products of our values, qualities, and characteristics. For example, the successful gardener is hard working, persistent, adaptable, and willing to learn from trial and error. Regardless of drought, pests, and disease, the qualities and characteristics that made the gardener successful remain,…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

How do you define failure? Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, said “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Is failure a final end, an event, or a perception? Mistakes and/or set-backs are often frustrating and can easily become opportunities to give up and quit. Failures however are…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, October 26, 2015 Striving for excellence and setting goals are healthy pursuits. When, however, expectations become unrealistically high, one starts to reach for the unachievable and impossible notion of perfection. A study out of Virginia Commonwealth University found that “perfectionism appears to increase the risk of developing eating disorders.” Perfectionism has been shown to…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Through communication we share our thoughts, feelings, needs, and interests. We do this in many ways including speech, writing, body language, dress and appearance, what we listen to, and what we spend our time doing. Thoughtful and effective communication can be very difficult. However, effective communication builds trust and aids in problem-solving and decision-making processes….

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside our comfort zone. Many…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Live in the present and prepare for the future…a future of possibilities, relationships, hobbies, hope, and healthy and fulfilling experiences. At times, the thought of leaving one’s eating disorder can elicit feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future. Individuals may feel a lack of control or feel overwhelmed by the process. They may even…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 28, 2015 Life has ups and downs, experiences we want to forget, and moments we wish we could live in forever. Celebrate Life Week is an opportunity to focus on the reasons we can choose to “go on” and embrace life. At times, women with eating disorders fear life, the pressures that accompany…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 21, 2015 “People whose play lives have been vibrant, have buffers against travail and suffer less when major change is thrust upon them. Play produces poise and strength. Consummate players can better meet these changes with grace. Play allows us to embrace and even sculpt the contours of our fates with an ironic…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 14th, 2015 Many women with eating disorders have lost an interest in hobbies, relationships, and participating in things that once gave them a sense of accomplishment. Their passions have often become “hijacked’ by their eating disorders and have been turned into something they do to support their eating disorder or have even been…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 7, 2015 Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, August 31, 2015 The ability to build healthy relationships is invaluable. Whether interacting with an acquaintance, a friend, family member, coworker, your community, or even yourself, the ability to work with others requires a certain level of trust and cooperation. At times, women with eating disorders may struggle with dishonesty and/or other such challenges…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Self-Acceptance does not come from our achievements. Our achievements are products of our values, qualities, and characteristics. For example, the successful gardener is hard working, persistent, adaptable, and willing to learn from trial and error. Regardless of drought, pests, and disease, the qualities and characteristics that made the gardener successful remain, allowing her to use…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, August 17, 2015 Almost everyone at some time in their life faces challenges, responsibilities, disappointments, and discouragements. Our ability to manage and overcome difficult circumstances depends largely on our ability to cope. Awareness of stressful situations, people, environments, and conditions, as well as understanding one’s personal strengths and weaknesses in dealing with these situations,…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, August 10, 2015 How do you define failure? Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, said “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Is failure a final end, an event, or a perception? Mistakes and/or set-backs are often frustrating and can easily become opportunities to give up and…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Most of us are acutely aware of our own flaws, weaknesses, and limitations. In the context of an eating disorder, some women fall into the trap of comparing themselves to others, excessively focusing on weight and appearance, having high expectations for personal achievement, and being constantly preoccupied with how they are perceived by others. Unfortunately,…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Striving for excellence and setting goals are healthy pursuits. When, however, expectations become unrealistically high, one starts to reach for the unachievable and impossible notion of perfection. A study out of Virginia Commonwealth University found that “perfectionism appears to increase the risk of developing eating disorders.” Perfectionism has been shown to inhibit creativity and decrease…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Discovery Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside our comfort zone. Many…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Many women with eating disorders have lost an interest in hobbies, relationships, and participating in things that once gave them a sense of accomplishment. Their passions have often become “hijacked’ by their eating disorders and have been turned into something they do to support their eating disorder or have even been eliminated all-together. Additionally, as…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Discovery Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside our comfort zone. Many…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, May 22, 2015 Self-Acceptance does not come from our achievements. Our achievements are products of our values, qualities, and characteristics. For example, the successful gardener is hard working, persistent, adaptable, and willing to learn from trial and error. Regardless of drought, pests, and disease, the qualities and characteristics that made the gardener successful remain,…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, May 15th, 2015 Almost everyone at some time in their life faces challenges, responsibilities, disappointments, and discouragements. Our ability to manage and overcome difficult circumstances depends largely on our ability to cope. Awareness of stressful situations, people, environments, and conditions, as well as understanding one’s personal strengths and weaknesses in dealing with these situations,…