At Center for Change, our holistic approach, rigorous medical and clinical program, wide range of levels of care and nurturing environment set us apart. Our team of medical, psychological and nutritional experts have been carefully selected because of their expertise in treating both the outward symptoms and underlying causes of eating disorders.
Eating disorders manifest in different ways, but they are all characterized by eating patterns that disrupt a person’s mental, physical and emotional health. We are equipped to address a wide range or eating disorders from anorexia and bulimia to binge eating and eating disorders in conjunction with other issues like substance abuse or diabetes.
When someone is living with an eating disorder, the struggle reaches far deeper than weight loss. These are complex issues that require professional help. Taking that first step can be scary, but our Admissions Team is here to walk you through the entire process and answer all of your questions along the way.
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Center for Change News November 2014
UNDERSTANDING ONE’S WORTH: A CORNERSTONE OF RECOVERY FROM EATING DISORDERS AND OTHER MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL ILLNESS
By Michael E. Berrett, PhD
There are few things more painful than feeling worthless or “not good enough,” minute by minute, day by day, and year by year. I know because I have felt that way myself, much of the time during the first half of my 60 years. Additionally, I have provided counsel and treatment to many hundreds of individuals who have felt similar feelings over the past 30 years as a clinician. To those individuals, their beliefs went well beyond emotion. In fact, many of them felt that they knew “beyond any doubt” that they were as worthless as they felt. How painful it is to live in that place, and yet how wonderful it is that there is hope for every one of us – that we can improve our sense of self, even to the absolute knowledge that we are wonderful beyond anything that words can express. It is this gradual but growing understanding that can increase motivation to change. You, and I are worth the effort it takes to transcend illness and create a recovered life.
Why is it that we medical and mental health professionals dedicate our lives to helping those suffering from illness? There are many reasons, but key among them is the understanding that each individual we serve is worth everything we can do and so very much more. As Mother Theresa said, “I serve not because an individual is in need, but because they are holy.”
It is my belief that our clients – those suffering – reach out for help for many reasons including these two primary ones: 1) They are feeling an intense and utter desperation that has brought them to their knees, and 2) Because deep down inside, beyond all self-doubt and self-contempt, and well beyond their negative and false perceptions of self – they too have a small sliver of a glimpse of their worth – that maybe they also are worth the efforts of themselves and others to make change, transcend illness, and receive the blessing of healing. That little sliver – that glimpse – is a small seed that can grow.
As individuals begin to take steps towards recovery, they find reasons to recover, and any reason is to be honored and remembered to strengthen the resolve towards recovery. Desperation, fear, love for others, passion, life’s purpose, deep desires, and dreams are among common reasons to recover and to live. Eventually, on the pathway to recovery, individuals learn that in addition to all other worthy reasons – the truth that “I also am worth it,” is a powerful force which helps move individuals towards better choices, more self- care, and hard work towards recovery.
Gaining a sense, an understanding, and even a sure knowledge of one’s self worth is a process which is very gradual. As we are patient and consistently taking steps over time, it helps us not only to attain recovery, but also to maintain and retain it in the long haul. It wards against relapse, and protects and solidifies recovery in our lives.
Congratulations to Melissa Taylor, LMFT, Outpatient Clinical Director at Center for Change, who recently received the distinction and honor of being certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) as an Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS). This certification is given to professionals who demonstrate clinical expertise through education, experience and a rigorous examination.
“Wall of Awesome”
Check out this past month’s “Wall of Awesome: What’s your dream?” designed by our RTC adolescent unit! Here are some of the patient’s dreams:
Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals
November 14-16, 2014 Philadelphia, PA Michael E. Berrett, PhD and Nicole Hawkins, PhD will be presenting.Annual Utah iaedp Gala 2014 November 14, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT2014 TABS Conference December 4-6, 2014 Washington, DC Melissa Smith, PhD will be speaking at this conference and Tamara Noyes will be at our exhibit.Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference January 30-31, 2015 Center for Change Orem, UT Register today as space is limited!
Center for Change is currently hiring for the following positions:
“Being at the Center has changed my life and kept me alive. I am determined to become an Intuitive eater and live a long, happy, healthy life.”
“The staff is so caring and kind…. When someone is ready to recover, this is the place to get started.”
“I came to the center with no hope for recovery. I didn’t think that anyone could help me change my ED mindset, but I was wrong. I now have more hope and confidence than I ever have had.”
“I cannot thank you guys enough for all you have done. You have made me feel safe, comfortable and cared for. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I was so impressed with the staff and the program itself. I believe they have the best tools in place to help people. I was and am so grateful for this experience.”
“During my stay here, I have grown more than I ever thought possible. I’m starting to love who I am and what my body can do for me. I never thought I would or could be this person.”
“CFC has literally changed my life. It’s given me hope for my future and confidence in my ability to recover. At times I wanted to quit, but with such an amazing staff on hand 24/7, I was able to push through.”