Family Therapy For Clients With Eating Disorders

By: Kipling Rasmussen, PhD Although the origins of eating disorders are complex and multifaceted, the family can be one of the most important means to intervene in the lives of clients suffering from these difficult problems. What nearly all family members of eating-disordered clients want to know is how they can help in the healing…

Eating Disorder Recovery – A Spiritual Perspective

Women who suffer from eating disorders battle intense emotions and inner conflicts that negatively impact their recovery. For many of these women, deep spiritual struggles are a major impediment to their ability to recover from an eating disorder. The purpose of this article is to acknowledge the importance of including a spiritual perspective in treatment…

Effects Of Self-Concept, Media, And Gender Differences On Eating And Exercise Disorders

By: Kristine Wright, Care Tech Eating disorders have been on the rise and a center of study since the 1980’s. They have been a serious concern for patients suffering from these disorders, their families, friends, and health care professionals. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)(2004), eating disorders affect seven…

Using Creative Strategies to Reach Sexually Traumatized Clients Who Engage in Eating Disorders

As I worked with my client in therapy, we reviewed once again how her efforts to deal with her sexual abuse eventually led to her eating disorder. The connection, although not logical to some, had emotional reason and logic to her. She needed to own her body, control it, and manipulate it to feel safe….

A Story of Hope

Author: Loni – Care Tech This is a rare and unusual story – a true story about a girl with whom I became close friends, and who I later observed and supported as she made significant life changes in treatment for her eating disorder at Center for Change. Except for our prior friendship, this unique…

Life Changes: The View of the Care Giver

Author: Julie Johnson, Care Technician at Center for Change Early last summer I took a job at Center for Change, a treatment center for women with eating disorders. This is not a direction I thought my life would take; I have not had a passion for this issue, personal experience or someone I love suffering…

Getting Practical: Using the Life Skills in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Author: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD SUPPORTING NEW BELIEFS, EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIORS “Cindy (name has been changed) was seventeen but looked more like twelve. She was pretty, smart, athletic and a twin. She was talkative and open in session, but painfully shy around other young people. She was afraid of other people, deeply depressed, and…

Experiential Art as Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

Author: Kathleen Slade Hofer, MS TRS Art can be used as a powerful therapy to help a woman recover from an eating disorder. In the process of creating her own art, she must participate in her own therapy, and thereby her own recovery. The initial commitment to paper is also a commitment to the recovery…

Facts and Figures

By: Unknown * The average American woman is 5’4″, weighs 140 lbs., and wears a size 14 dress. * The “ideal” woman-portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses–is 5’7″, weighs 100 lbs., and wears a size 8. * One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger. * 75% of…

Suggestions To Help Anyone With An Eating Disorder “Get Through” The Holiday Season A Little Better

By: CFC These suggestions and ideas come from women at Center for Change who are currently engaged in treatment for an eating disorder and are at various stages in their own recovery: Be honest about your feelings with your family. Be open with your family about your struggles and allow them to help you. Do…

Hope

By: Meghan Raab Hope can be hard to see, When under the rubble is me. I get scared and lost, As my ship gets tossed. My mast may be broken But I assure you I still sail For rips ‘n’ tears tell its tale Of a struggle and fight Where I almost lost my might….

Avoiding Avoidance And Other Antidotes To Low Self-Esteem

Introduction I write this article as one having great interest in self-esteem and the impact of avoidance on one’s sense of self. This interest has come from personal life experience growing up and professional experience as a clinician working with many different kinds of clients who have struggled with poor self-esteem. I write this article…

10 Tips To Help Deal With Images Of Women Presented In The Media

By: Nicole Hawkins, PhD 1. Avoid or decrease exposure to publications or television programs that promote unrealistic body images of women. 2. Remember that many of the images presented in the media have been computer enhanced and airbrushed. The models’ hips and waists have often been slimmed and their breasts enlarged. 3. Only 4% of…

Eating-Disorder “Proofing” Your Home

By: The Staff at Center for Change There is no sure way of ridding your home of everything that triggers an eating disorder. However, there are ways to help make your home a safer place. Whether you yourself or a family member are recovering from an eating disorder, here are a few suggestions to make…

In The Arms Of Angels

By: Laura Johnson “In the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here.” To borrow words from a favorite song, Center for Change is full of angels. When Whitney’s eating disorder came to light, I called centers all over the country that spoke more of the huge amounts of money than of hope….

Wow, Ladies

Author: Julia Wow, ladies- I can’t believe that I’m actually writing one of these! From the moment I stepped through the doors of CFC, discharge seemed surreal; some days I honestly never thought I would make it here (although I was good at hiding my desperation). However, upon walking through those doors, there were a…

Who Else But Angels

Author: Anne To all the therapists, staff & residents at Center for Change, with love by Anne Edwards – Former Patient I’ve been asked if I believe in God In angels Or in hope. How could I not believe! For who else but angels could hold so frail a person as I so close to…

When Difficulties Arise…

Author: Gina Maria Paulina Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal with the tough times and difficult choices….

Risk Taking is Free

Author: Author Unknown To laugh is to risk appearing the fool To weep is to risk appearing sentimental To reach out for another is to risk involvement To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss To love is to…

Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: The Pedestal With A Cage – A Guide for Parents and Families

Author: Diane Starks, LCSW I once heard it said that when you reach the top of the pedestal, you will find there, a cage. What brings one to the top of a pedestal is some form of excellence. The cage is created by the demands of self and the expectations of others to maintain or…

Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Academic Education

Author: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD, Former Education Director An eating disorder victim’s body is not the only thing being wasted as a result of his or her food, eating, purging, and/or restriction obsessions. The mind and mental capabilities of the victim are also being impacted and impaired. As eating disorder obsessions increase, the mental…

Introduction

By: Julie B. Clark, PhD The lyrics to a song from Anastasia give an apt description of the journey of healing – the fear, the hope, the reunion with the love of those who are excited and longing to give it, the courage to see the journey through and know that the road to recovery…

2001 Outcome Study

By: Center for Change Research Team Based on data collected from 79 patients during the year 2001, we found that the Center for Change inpatient treatment approach resulted in a substantial decrease in anxiety about eating, preoccupation with food, and other eating disorder symptoms, and that patients’ scores at discharge were well within the normal…

The Value of Recreation Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

Quality of life is intimately associated with leisure experience and opportunities for self-development and self-expression. Play, recreation, and leisure experiences are an important aspect of the quality of human existence. If we are to affirm our humanness and enjoy genuine happiness, we must play. True quality of life is not found simply in improved functioning,…

A Commitment to Change

Author:  Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to…