Dumping the Brick Backpack

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Every day, people create narratives about their lives in their minds. These narratives are the stories they tell themselves about who they are, where they came from, and what they want. Many of these stories are positive and encouraging, but the real truth is that most of the narratives we tell…

Remembering to be Body Positive When Prepping for Summer

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Summer is finally here! The sun and warmer temps feel wonderful after what felt like the longest winter season, ever. Though the lure of sand, water, shorts, and sandals are invigorating for some, there are as many people facing the heat of summer with dread. When struggling with body image, there…

Clinical Interventions for Body Image Disturbance

By Center for Change Struggles with body image have a long reach. One study found that as many as 50% of young women in the United States are highly dissatisfied with their bodies and this dissatisfaction, if left untreated, may endure throughout the life span. Body image disturbances can be particularly challenging to treat in…

Intuitive Eating: Reject the Diet Mentality

By Quinn Nystrom, MS So what is Intuitive Eating? It’s a way of eating that has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline or willpower. It’s about discovering a peaceful and satisfying relationship with food, mind, and body. This eating style has been around since the mid-1990s, but this common-sense approach got lost in…

It’s The Little Things

By Quinn Nystrom Remember when the thought of Grandma’s fresh-baked cookies sparked joy and mouth-watering anticipation?  I am also sure I am not the only one who loves the feeling of sliding into a nice, clean and warm bed at the end of every hectic day. And we all know the satisfaction of a reassuring…

Come As You Are

By Quinn Nystrom Those who know me well know that I am navigating life with a chronic illness. These same people also know about the side diagnosis that decided to tag along with my type1 diabetes; an eating disorder. The reality is that eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. Eating disorders are not an “it’s all…

The Truth about the Stories We Tell Ourselves

By Quinn Nystrom I think Brene Brown said it best “You know what we call a decision with limited data points and little “other” information? A conspiracy.” We’ve all had negative stories about ourselves that we’ve done a pretty good job of harboring for as long as we can remember. Not just “stories”…but also self-limiting…

Dieting Myths Debunked

Danielle Basye, RD, LD As we close down 2018 and welcome 2019 with open arms we also will again be surrounded in loud attempts for recruitment into diet culture as a method of self-improvement. For those people who are struggling with weight/size acceptance, body image, and food it can be hard to quiet the noise…

Just Say No (to New Year’s Resolutions)!

By Quinn Nystrom, MS There are countless statistics online pointing out that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February first. This news is not a secret either. Yet hundreds of thousands of people line up every year to jump on the January First Resolution-Making Bandwagon. So why do we do this if we know…

Owning Our Stories

By Quinn Nystrom, MS “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” -Brene Brown Perfect human lives only exist on TV. Actually, I can’t even say that anymore since the most popular shows these days are the ones that share what life is really like; messy,…

Finding Joy Within

Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT For those struggling with a food, weight, and body image issues Winter can be a stressful time of year. Gatherings with family and a focus on food and drink may not feel exciting and celebratory. It may instead feel like increased pressure, stress, fear and anxiety. It’s also that time of…

5 Things I Have Learned in Recovery

By Hannah Hammon, LCSW My Voice Matters.  This took the entirety of my experience in 24-hour care to begin accepting.  I recall about a month in that my already-high anxiety was peaking.  I was certain my family was falling apart because I wasn’t there to help take care of things and, basically, be the glue…

I Want It, No I Don’t: Working Through Ambivalence

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Mixed feelings about recovery is a normal and expected part of the process. Eating Disorders often play a complex role in the life of the one who suffers. While it brings much pain and isolation, it also has typically served a purpose in helping the person cope with painful life…

National Diabetes Awareness Month

By Quinn Nystrom, MS November is a month of so many wonderful holidays and observances including things like Hug a Bear Day, World Kindness Day, Adoption Awareness Month and of course, Thanksgiving. But the eleventh month is also known to many for one special reason: it’s National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you want the scoop…

Cultivating Hope in Recovery

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT In times of personal or collective suffering and darkness, we need hope. When we turn on the news or scroll through our social media feeds, there can be so much sadness, despair, fear, and loneliness. And if you are in the depths of an eating disorder, addiction, or other mental…

What’s Your Pace?

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT   Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Making the decision to come into a treatment program or enter therapy takes great strength and courage….and it doesn’t just stop there. Each day in the treatment process requires making a choice to engage from a place…

Appreciating Imperfections

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver Our culture places so much value on the new, the shiny, the perfect, the best. We tend to overvalue perfection and under value the messiness of being human. For those struggling with an eating disorder, black…

Cure Stigma: Thoughts on Mental Illness Awareness Week

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma and shame associated with having a mental health condition. The theme for 2018 is Cure Stigma. The National Alliance on Mental Illness tells us that 1 in 5 Americans is affected by…

Letting Go Like the Trees

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Fall in our area is a breathtaking event. When the heat of summer fades, and cooler temps take over, it signals the trees that a time of transformation is near. Their normal leafy foliage shifts from bland green to a symphony of blazing oranges, yellows, and reds. But within a few…

Discovering Your Purpose: An essential investment on the recovery path

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide- C.G. Jung Each September for the past 29 years, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors a Recovery Month. This is a month designated to creating awareness of and providing education about addiction and mental…

National Recovery Month | What it Means to Me

By Quinn Nystrom, MS September is one of those months that just has a lot going on. Of course, there are the common milestones that occur around this time every year like Labor Day and the first day of school; both of which indicate that summer is officially over. Its’ also a month packed with…

Places Just Right For Us

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT This morning as I was setting intentions for the day, I opened a book of poetry by Mary Oliver (one of my favorites) called “Felicity” that was recently lent to me by a friend who shares my love of her work and the ways in which it touches the human…

A Path of Healing: Turning Toward Suffering

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Health, healing and happiness are often marketed to us in these quick-fix, neatly wrapped little packages. We receive uninvited pop-ups and ads on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter telling us how we can look, feel, and be better. We find ourselves sitting in a doctor’s office, nail or hair salon…

Which Way Do I Go Next?: Making Choices in Recovery

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT Recovery is all about choices: making good choices, making the best choice from the options in front of you, and making the next best choice when you slip into an old, but all too familiar eating disorder behavior. This is not always easy. In fact, most of the time, it…

Be Still

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Our brains, no matter what age we are, can sometimes be like an over-active toddler. We respond immediately to “shiny objects,” noises, and colorful stimulants so our attention is constantly being shifted from one thing to another. If you’re five, that is completely normal behavior. If you are an adult trying…