Back to School: Tips for Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery for Students

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing, but Fall is right around the corner. Late August and September brings with it the ritual of students returning to high school and college campuses. For some students this can be an exciting time of reconnecting with peers, meeting…

Doing Anything is Easy (It’s being good at it is the challenge!)

By Quinn Nystrom We all have dreams that may seem a bit unattainable. But we hang on to them anyway. We might not “go public” about these dreams, but they are alive and well and residing in a hypothetical “Wish File” that we like to mentally crack open and peek at on occasion. Some people…

Please Stop “Shoulding” on Me

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Should…such a benign word, but such a pressure-filled one too. Basically the definition of “should” is the same as “ought to” as in; I ought to schedule that dentist appointment before the end of the month. Since we were little, our parents were charged with lovingly directing us to all the…

Why We Need to be Talking About Eating Disorders AND Type 1 Diabetes

By Quinn Nystrom I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was 12 years old. I was a competitive figure skater and remember back to the year when I started comparing myself to the other skaters, equating my weight to how good I’d be at the sport, and putting myself on a strict diet regimen….

When Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of Year

by Quinn Nystrom In our American culture, I think it’s easy to buy into the sense that holidays should be the most joyful and wonderful time of year. But then if we don’t feel that way, there’s something wrong with us, and/or we’ve become Scrooge! There are a lot of reasons why research has shown…

3 Ways to Practice Fearlessness in Recovery

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Sometimes even just the word “fear” can be enough to cause a knot in our stomachs and send a shiver up and down our spines. We might remember a situation in which we felt afraid or a worry we have about the future that we just can’t seem to shake….

Five Ways to Find Inner Peace in the Recovery Process

Peace has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever we move into another holiday season, I think about how we can increase peace in the world, in our country, in our neighborhoods, in our families, and in our own hearts. Peace is something that transcends religion, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa,…

Recovery-minded Living

We often feel motivated after inspiring experiences—finishing a good book, hearing a rousing speech, taking part in service, having a great therapy session, etc.  However, at times these feelings fade and we often return to old mindsets and habits.  So how do we find the motivation to keep working towards our goals? Deep inside each…

Why Be Mindful?

When I first teach mindfulness, I often get initial resistance from clients. I have heard responses such as “I can’t do it. I’m too anxious” or “I don’t see the point. How is this really going to help?” Research has shown that meditation practices can help with a variety of issues, including substance abuse, trauma,…

Strong Enough to be Broken

In today’s society we are told that we have to be unbreakable. We have to be iron men and iron women. To show any weakness or to have anything negative to say is taboo. Every day we are consciously and, more often, subconsciously inundated with messages that we must have a perfect life – a…

Made for Something More

As women in the modern world, we are constantly being measured up to society’s expectations. We are taught from the time we are young that as we strive to be what the world expects us to be, we will inherit a plethora of  friends, money, status, relationships, and success. We are told by society what we are…

Don’t Let Your Struggles Define You

We all have something in our lives that is hard for us to get through.  For some it may be an addiction to drugs, alcohol or maybe an eating disorder.  For others it may be a physical or mental ailment.  The one thing we all have in common is that we struggle.  It is a…

Be Here Now

For as long as I can remember, the fear of the future has been my biggest inhibitor. I am constantly planning, preparing, and worrying about my next step. This habit has been inbred by a mother who plans constantly, a world that glorifies multitasking, and a society that praises being busy. My planner is heavy…

Don’t Talk to Yourself Like That​

When someone you know is struggling, upset, or depressed, it is human nature to feel compassion and empathy for them.  We often show this compassion and empathy through kind and encouraging words and being a good listener.  We would never intentionally say anything hurtful or damaging to someone we care about, especially when that person is in…

Just Do It! Moving From Avoidance to Engagement

Every moment of time is a moment of choice. One of the primary choices we have, at any moment in time, is to live “present and engaged,” or “trapped in avoidance.” Long ago, a great spiritual leader taught consistently that we should “Just do it.” His plea for action was related to “doing good in…

Even a Penny Can Make a Difference

This past week Center For Change held a community event to provide assistance to the Provo Community Action Foodbank. While working with the Foodbank volunteers, we were informed that for every $1 donated, they are able to provide 15 pounds of food for those in need. We realized not everyone would be able to make…

Thoughts on Embracing Flaws

I, as you, have trouble admitting the sad fact that I am an imperfect human being. A human being capable of sleeping through the alarm, spilling blue nail polish on the carpet, breaking a heart, letting co-workers down, disappointing parents, and deviating from the monthly budget. A human being who had to google “does human…

Work for Lasting Change

Support the Eating Disorders Coalition http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/ As an Individual EDC Member you become part of a group of concerned citizens who use their voices to influence policies that make a difference in the lives of those affected by eating disorders. Find out how the EDC is working with Congress, federal agencies and national organizations to…

2015 Center for Change Alumni Event

“Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee and we’ll ascent together.” – Amish proverb This summer we invited the alumni of Center for Change back to Orem for a celebration of life and recovery. We did everything from yoga to workshops to a research project to a drum circle. It was a busy day, but…

Solid Bunny

I received a sweet email from one of my former clients reminding me of good therapy moments shared when she was here at CFC. It made me smile and remember many of you beautiful women that have crossed into treatment with courage and a desire for healing. I thought I might venture into this blog…

Deadly Silence

By Rebekah Care Tech Whenever I tell people that I work in a treatment facility for girls and women fighting eating disorders the response I get is generally one of admiration. “Wow that must be really tough.” “That is such a problem.” “We really need to do more about that.” But the conversation usually ends…

For Lucy

By Allie Care Tech (Written for Lucy. May you always choose love. Love, Aunt Allie) There are many things I feel called to this earth to do. I dream of making differences and starting charities and rescuing orphans in Romania. I dream of continuing my passion for women’s issues and spreading awareness of all kind….

Living the Glass-Half-Full Method

It can be a real challenge to live a positive life – always checking for a lining with a hint of silver, looking carefully for the side that seems brightest, and telling yourself that the glass is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, at least 50% full. Under the pressures of our modern times, though,…

How Universality Can Improve Body Image

In recent years, the self-help industry-favorite term “self-esteem” is slowly being replaced. We’ve spent decades working on self-esteem, trying to get kids to develop self-esteem, etc, and we haven’t made much progress. So now the dialogue is shifting to the idea of “self-compassion.” You don’t necessarily need to think that you are a super special…

Building Your Self-Image on a Foundation of Self-Respect

A positive self-image requires a strong foundation that won’t shake or fall under pressure. To that end, self-respect and self-esteem are often mentioned as a good place to start. However, while these two concepts are often considered one and the same, there are some significant differences that show how one may be more useful than…