CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 21, 2015 “People whose play lives have been vibrant, have buffers against travail and suffer less when major change is thrust upon them. Play produces poise and strength. Consummate players can better meet these changes with grace. Play allows us to embrace and even sculpt the contours of our fates with an ironic…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 14, 2015 Many women with eating disorders have lost an interest in hobbies, relationships, and participating in things that once gave them a sense of accomplishment. Their passions have often become “hijacked’ by their eating disorders and have been turned into something they do to support their eating disorder or have even been…

Center for Change News December 2015

A Holiday Message from Dr. B SEASON OF PEACE: LET US LAY DOWN OUR WEAPONS OF WAR AND OFFER UP AN OLIVE BRANCH My Dear Friends, How I love this Holiday Season of Hanukkah, Christmas, stepping away from fast pace labors, setting aside time for family, the sharing of gifts, and the increased inclination for…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, December 7, 2015 Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, November 30, 2015 Self-Acceptance does not come from our achievements. Our achievements are products of our values, qualities, and characteristics. For example, the successful gardener is hard working, persistent, adaptable, and willing to learn from trial and error. Regardless of drought, pests, and disease, the qualities and characteristics that made the gardener successful remain,…

Even a Penny Can Make a Difference

This past week Center For Change held a community event to provide assistance to the Provo Community Action Foodbank. While working with the Foodbank volunteers, we were informed that for every $1 donated, they are able to provide 15 pounds of food for those in need. We realized not everyone would be able to make…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

How do you define failure? Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, said “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Is failure a final end, an event, or a perception? Mistakes and/or set-backs are often frustrating and can easily become opportunities to give up and quit. Failures however are…

Thoughts on Embracing Flaws

I, as you, have trouble admitting the sad fact that I am an imperfect human being. A human being capable of sleeping through the alarm, spilling blue nail polish on the carpet, breaking a heart, letting co-workers down, disappointing parents, and deviating from the monthly budget. A human being who had to google “does human…

Meditation as a Recovery Method: Time for a Little Consideration

Individuals who are suffering from eating disorders respond to different approaches to recovery. This is only natural, since we all have different personalities and life experiences. While we most often hear and talk about clinical and medical paths to recovery, we have a spiritual and mindful side that we really shouldn’t forget about . A…

Conversations with the Heart Series – Part 1: The Heart in Mind

Most of us are seeking happiness, love, peace, joy… and let’s not forget freedom from the internal turmoil that so often plagues us. The heart, both physical and figurative, bears the burden of our emotional traumas and everyday stressors. The emotional and physical connection between body and mind was for many years considered figurative; however…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, October 26, 2015 Striving for excellence and setting goals are healthy pursuits. When, however, expectations become unrealistically high, one starts to reach for the unachievable and impossible notion of perfection. A study out of Virginia Commonwealth University found that “perfectionism appears to increase the risk of developing eating disorders.” Perfectionism has been shown to…

Living Life with No Regrets

Everyone has one life, so it’s important to make yours great. One of the best ways to ensure a great life is to live with no regrets. When looking at your life and deciding how you can make this your mantra, consider the following strategies. Decide what is Fulfilling for You Every person is going…

Creating Your Own Happily Ever After

All good stories feature heroes who conquer adversity, vanquish the foe, and ride off into their happily ever after. These tales have similarities to real life- we all go through hard things that reveal our true colors. Whether or not our circumstances are created through our own choices, or the choices of others, it is…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Through communication we share our thoughts, feelings, needs, and interests. We do this in many ways including speech, writing, body language, dress and appearance, what we listen to, and what we spend our time doing. Thoughtful and effective communication can be very difficult. However, effective communication builds trust and aids in problem-solving and decision-making processes….

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside our comfort zone. Many…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Live in the present and prepare for the future…a future of possibilities, relationships, hobbies, hope, and healthy and fulfilling experiences. At times, the thought of leaving one’s eating disorder can elicit feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future. Individuals may feel a lack of control or feel overwhelmed by the process. They may even…

Work for Lasting Change

Support the Eating Disorders Coalition http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/ As an Individual EDC Member you become part of a group of concerned citizens who use their voices to influence policies that make a difference in the lives of those affected by eating disorders. Find out how the EDC is working with Congress, federal agencies and national organizations to…

2015 Center for Change Alumni Event

“Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee and we’ll ascent together.” – Amish proverb This summer we invited the alumni of Center for Change back to Orem for a celebration of life and recovery. We did everything from yoga to workshops to a research project to a drum circle. It was a busy day, but…

Solid Bunny

I received a sweet email from one of my former clients reminding me of good therapy moments shared when she was here at CFC. It made me smile and remember many of you beautiful women that have crossed into treatment with courage and a desire for healing. I thought I might venture into this blog…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 28, 2015 Life has ups and downs, experiences we want to forget, and moments we wish we could live in forever. Celebrate Life Week is an opportunity to focus on the reasons we can choose to “go on” and embrace life. At times, women with eating disorders fear life, the pressures that accompany…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 21, 2015 “People whose play lives have been vibrant, have buffers against travail and suffer less when major change is thrust upon them. Play produces poise and strength. Consummate players can better meet these changes with grace. Play allows us to embrace and even sculpt the contours of our fates with an ironic…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 14th, 2015 Many women with eating disorders have lost an interest in hobbies, relationships, and participating in things that once gave them a sense of accomplishment. Their passions have often become “hijacked’ by their eating disorders and have been turned into something they do to support their eating disorder or have even been…

Lost in the Right Direction: Trusting the Pace, the Process, and the Guides

By Nikki Rollo, Ph.D., LMFT I recently stumbled upon the phrase, “Not all those who wander are lost”, from J.R.R Tolkien’s poem “All that is Gold does not Glitter.” Now I have heard that phrase before, but never paid it much attention. However recently it has become somewhat of a popular quote showing up on…

Deadly Silence

By Rebekah Care Tech Whenever I tell people that I work in a treatment facility for girls and women fighting eating disorders the response I get is generally one of admiration. “Wow that must be really tough.” “That is such a problem.” “We really need to do more about that.” But the conversation usually ends…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Monday, September 7, 2015 Discovering our capabilities and our human potential to overcome, adapt, and, navigate through hard and uncomfortable situations is the foundation for Self-Awareness Week. We are constantly in a state of “becoming” as we explore and learn to understand our limits, strengths, capacity to make choices, and our willingness to step outside…