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…

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By: Denise Stewart Orem, Utah, January 25, 2001- Nearly seven million women in the United States currently struggle with anorexia or bulimia. The goal of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is to raise awareness of this growing problem and to provide help to those who are struggling. Under the direction of EDAP, a national eating…

When the Road to Recovery is Full of Potholes

Author: Julie B. Clark, PhD You seem to be sailing along with the wind in your hair and then bam! – you fall into a pothole. Finding yourself engaging in the same eating disorder behaviors you’ve been fighting so hard to be free from can be discouraging. Some refer to this pothole process as a…

One at a Time

Author: Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the…

Listen to Your Body

Author: Rebekah Mardis, RD, CD Life is precious and fragile. Through the senses of your body, you have a unique experience of life. As a child you lived in the moment, you honored your body by doing what comes naturally. You ate when hungry, scratched when you had an itch, and yelled and laughed when…

A New Day

“Being in Center for Change has changed my life forever! I have learned to be true to myself, to ask for help, to express my emotions, to trust, to be honest, to respect myself, and to think ‘in all colors’ – not just in black and white. I have learned the healthy coping skills that…

Center For Change 2000 Year End Outcome Report

By: P. Scott Richards, PhD Director of Research At Center for Change, we use a variety of measures to assess patients’ progress. We assess specific eating disorder symptomatic behaviors such as bingeing, purging, and food restriction as well as beliefs about food, dieting, body shape, and so on. We also assess patients’ general psychological and…

Dance/Movement Therapy at Center for Change

By: Laraine Miner, MS, LPC The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” This form of therapy is uniquely suited for those suffering from the symptoms of eating disorders since the goal is to engage…

Report On Foundation For Change Activities

By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD “Exquisite Pain – Exquisite Joy: Artistic Expressions of Anorexia and Bulimia” This art show sponsored by Foundation for Change, has shown in a number of galleries along the Wasatch Front since October 2000: The Springville Art Museum, Art Access in Salt Lake City, the SCERA Gallery in Orem, and the…

Over-Scheduling As Self-Harm

By: Kipling Rasmussen, PhD It’s difficult to convince clients with eating disorders that there is a limit to how little food they can eat and still live. Almost as difficult is helping them understand that there is also a limit to how little rest and relaxation they can get and still function. Clients often treat…

My Experience At Center For Change

By: Jan Birchell – Former Client Checking into Center for Change was the best decision I have ever made. My Eating Disorder had complete control over me. I wanted to want to get better, but there is no way I could have made the commitment to change without the help of the Center. I was…

My Experience In Center For Change

By: A Personal Story by Amy Gould – High School Senior A great man once said, “That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.” If this statement has any validity, and I believe it does, then that means my eating disorder has been a strengthening agent in my life because it hasn’t terminated me…

Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT): A Useful Framework For Working With Eating Disorders

By: Harold A. Frost, PhD Children born into this life come with an innate capacity to learn, to grow, to love, and to experience. Children enter this existence ready to receive joy; ready to take on the challenges of this glorious journey called life. If children are born into a warm, accepting environment, there is…

What Spring and Summer Bring

Author:  Julie B. Clark, PhD Summer is coming. What does that mean to you? Is it the renewal of life, warmer and longer days, wonderful smells and beautiful colors, playing outdoors, coming out of hibernation? These sound like positive and pleasant things. Unfortunately, for most women spring is not a time of rejoicing, but a…

The Neglected Addiction: Binge Eating

Author:  Paul Harper, PhD Mary is 47, lonely, socially phobic about relationships, and weighs 525 lbs. She is constantly dieting, having tried numerous diet plans. She is obsessed with thoughts of food. She reports hearing a voice in the back of her mind that continually tells her to eat. When she is not dieting she…

Managed Care

Author:  APA Editor’s Note: “From the Therapist’s Chair” is intended to be a forum for professionals in the field. We invite you to forward articles or papers to : ANAD, Newsletter Editor, Box 7, Highland Park, IL 60035. Insurance companies, faced with the rising costs of health care and reduced profits over the past decade…

Recovery: A Matter of the Heart

Author:  Randy K. Hardman, PhD I would like to share a few observations from my ten years of experience at Center for Change. These observations will be about treatment and recovery from eating disorders and are related to the many wonderful women who have been in the clinical programs here at the Center. I have…

Decreasing the Mystery of Emotions

Author:  Espra L. Andrus, LCSW EATING DISORDERS AND THE AVOIDANCE OF EMOTIONS “I’m so scared.” “What do I do?” “What do I do with these feelings building up inside of me?” “How do I make it go away?” “I hate feeling like this – I just can’t stand it!” Many individuals with eating disorders believe…

Hunger in a Person Experiencing an Eating Disorder

The scale described below is as follows: 0 =no hunger 2.5 =minimal hunger 5 = moderate hunger 7.5 =moderately intense hunger 10 =intense hunger Normal Hunger A person, who has a normal relationship with food, may fluctuate on the hunger scale between a 0 for no hunger and approximately a 5 for moderate hunger. This…

A Dentist’s Perspective on Diagnosing Eating Disorders

Author:  John M. Farley, DDS During the past year I have had a couple of patients present with some interesting health problems. Of course, the reason they were in my chair was to receive dental treatment, which I was happy to do. After their treatment I have given thought and consideration to how I could…

Listening to the Heart (With Artwork)

Author: Randy K. Hardman, PhD Broken Hearts This heart is covered by a dark cloud with empty space around the heart.   This is a heart of gold that is “always broken” and “Always feeling pain.”   Her heart is in a cage and bleeding green blood.  The green blood represents how she does not feel…

Food for Thought – Worry Chart

I heard of a businessman who drew up what he called a “Worry Chart,” in which he kept a record of his worries. He discovered that 40% of them were about things that probably would never happen; 30% concerned past decisions that he could not change; 12% dealt with other people’s criticism of him; and…