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…

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…

Before and After

By Hannah Hammond, LCSW My social media has recently been bombarded with friends who are posting their “before/after” pictures.  It is that time of year, you know, where you are expected to have the beach body, to have the results of the New Year’s Resolutions and Intentions you set up at the beginning of the…

CURE STIGMA – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

By Quinn Nystrom Americans observe the month of May as Mental Health Month, to assist with raising awareness about the one of five Americans who are affected by a mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose to promote the theme of “CureStigma”. Stigma is defined as, “a mark of disgrace…

4 Simple Ways to Encourage a Healthy Body Image in Your Teen Daughter

By Stephanie Thomas As the parent of a teenage girl, you know one thing: No one’s more beautiful, inside and out, than your daughter. If only she felt the same way. Studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls worry about their weight.1 Add a few more years of body anxiety, puberty and interest from the…

Using Self-Compassion to Heal

By: Cindy Coloma “I hate you,” Dusty whispered. She glared at her own dark eyes in the mirror, searching for signs of anything worth fighting for. Dusty’s stomach rumbled as venomous thoughts flowed through her. Her chest ached, and her head throbbed with hopelessness. Disgusted, she turned and headed for the back door, stepping out…

How Becoming an Activist Helped my Mental Health

By Quinn Nystrom, MS, National Diabetes Ambassador at Center for Change This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things…

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….