Living the Glass-Half-Full Method

It can be a real challenge to live a positive life – always checking for a lining with a hint of silver, looking carefully for the side that seems brightest, and telling yourself that the glass is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, at least 50% full. Under the pressures of our modern times, though,…

How Universality Can Improve Body Image

In recent years, the self-help industry-favorite term “self-esteem” is slowly being replaced. We’ve spent decades working on self-esteem, trying to get kids to develop self-esteem, etc, and we haven’t made much progress. So now the dialogue is shifting to the idea of “self-compassion.” You don’t necessarily need to think that you are a super special…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Most of us are acutely aware of our own flaws, weaknesses, and limitations. In the context of an eating disorder, some women fall into the trap of comparing themselves to others, excessively focusing on weight and appearance, having high expectations for personal achievement, and being constantly preoccupied with how they are perceived by others. Unfortunately,…

Building Your Self-Image on a Foundation of Self-Respect

A positive self-image requires a strong foundation that won’t shake or fall under pressure. To that end, self-respect and self-esteem are often mentioned as a good place to start. However, while these two concepts are often considered one and the same, there are some significant differences that show how one may be more useful than…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

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 inhibit creativity and decrease…

Keeping a Healthy Body Image During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body changes dramatically—even miraculously! For some women, this can be a time of wonderment and joy, for others it can be a time for enduring discomfort and quirky bodily symptoms, and still for others it can lead to severe anxiety and fear about their body. For those who…

Using Summer for Recovery: How to Help Someone Struggling with an Eating Disorder During The Summer Months

Summer Solstice marks the day when the sun will appear at its highest point in the sky and there is more daylight than any other day in the year. This year, solstice will begin on June 21st for those of us in the Northern half of the world. This day ushers in the beginning of…

Supporting a Loved One

Having a loved one suffer from an eating disorder can feel overwhelming and confusing at times. You want to help but don’t know how. You try to help and say the wrong thing. You can often feel that you are fighting a losing battle. How do you help? During high school my best friend, Joslyn,…

The Power of Words

From the day I said my first word to the last word I spoke aloud, I have known one thing about words: they hold power. My parents (and probably yours too) have taught me something about words; keep them soft, keep them sweet. And if you don’t have something nice to say… don’t say it at all….

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 Discovery 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…

Simple Mindfulness Meditation for Recovery

Recently I was leading a group meditation on our residential unit. When I walked up with my iPod speakers and a stash of pillows, one client immediately said, “Oh great, you’re going to make us get enlightened again.” While it would be kind a great if imposed enlightenment was one of my abilities (I’d be…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

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 eliminated all-together. Additionally, as…

Center for Change News June 2015

Welcome to the Team! We are excited to have Hannah Hopkin, LCSW and Tracey Trantor, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on our team. Hannah began interest in treating eating disorders when she became fully recovered from her own eating disorder 10 years ago.  She received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Central Florida…

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-Discovery 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…

Self Compassion…the New Self Esteem?

There is a lot of interesting research that has developed over the past several years about self-compassion and how it stacks up against self-esteem. The self-esteem movement in Western culture in the 70’s and 80’s was based on the idea that the root problem for individuals, the very issue at the core of anxiety, depression,…

What Makes You Happy?

We asked some of the staff at Center for Change what makes them happy.  Here are some of their answers: “My amazing and hilarious family, jumbo shrimp, and golf!” – Tamara Noyes, Business Development Director “Spending time with people that I love, trying new things (new music, food, traveling to new places), reaching goals that…

Yoga at Center for Change

Have you ever wondered yoga is like at Center for Change?  Check out these questions and answers: 1.  Why do we have our patients do yoga? Yoga Asana has been proven to be a primary movement strategy which connects individuals to emotions held within the physical structure.  For this reason, patients may feel emotionally engaged while doing yoga. …

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, May 22, 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,…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, May 15th, 2015 Almost everyone at some time in their life faces challenges, responsibilities, disappointments, and discouragements. Our ability to manage and overcome difficult circumstances depends largely on our ability to cope. Awareness of stressful situations, people, environments, and conditions, as well as understanding one’s personal strengths and weaknesses in dealing with these situations,…

How You Can Feel More Beautiful Right Now

Be ConfidentA person’s overall appearance is more than outfits, hair, and make up. The secret to being beautiful is made up of several different factors, which all contribute to a person’s overall appearance or true beauty. These characteristics make up inner beauty, and they are confidence, kindness, and being positive. The best part is that…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, May 1, 2015 Most of us are acutely aware of our own flaws, weaknesses, and limitations. In the context of an eating disorder, some women fall into the trap of comparing themselves to others, excessively focusing on weight and appearance, having high expectations for personal achievement, and being constantly preoccupied with how they are…

A Tribute to Lynn Grefe

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and our friend.  Lynn had such a tremendous impact on the eating disorder community.  She was a tireless voice for those who suffer, and their families.  She had the heart of a lion…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, April 24, 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…

CFC Recreation & Experiential Therapies Weekly Focus

Friday, April 17, 2015 Communicate, from the Latin word “communicare”, means “to share”. We share our thoughts, feelings, needs, and interests through our speech, writing, body language, dress and appearance, what we listen to, and what we spend our time doing. Thoughtful and effective communication, or sharing, can be very difficult. Effective communication builds trust…

Open Heart, Loving Boundaries

The idea of love and boundaries has been on my mind lately. As I have been diving deeper into my own practice of yoga and meditation, my understanding of Love has become much more expansive. One of the things that often is generated from the practice of yoga is the creation of space. Space is…