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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Looking at the Various Kinds of Therapy Used in Eating Disorder Treatment

There’s no simple panacea for treating eating disorders. To make a complete recovery, several disciplines and types of treatment are needed.  This can include a combination of therapy, in some rare cases, medication, and education. Because of the variety of various treatments available, the types are used will depend on the eating disorder a person has ...
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Loving Kindness

Libby Parks, MA, LMSW utilizes a compassionate and informed approach to support clients and families on the journey to full recovery in her role as Lead Therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester. In this week’s blog post, Libby discusses the idea of lovingkindness in eating disorder recovery. Call to mind the biggest bully ...
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Maintaining Recovery During COVID-19

Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S offers tips to maintain recovery during COVID-19. Read on to learn how to take care of yourself during this difficult time… In the best of circumstances, recovery is hard. Really Hard. These are not those circumstances. The circumstances facing us to have those who are struggling trying to ...
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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with ...
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Maintaining Recovery this Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but get ...
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Males & Eating Disorders

Conventional Wisdom tells us 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are male, but data suggests 25% of diagnosable cases occur in males.  Unfortunately, the under reporting is likely a result of stigma, lack of sensitivity and detection, and gendered perceptions of eating and dieting. The lower occurrence of eating disorders in males may, however, also ...
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Men and Eating Disorder Recovery

Most of what we know about eating disorders is based on what we know about women with eating disorders. Most of what we know about men with eating disorders is based on what we know about conventional models of masculinity. Most of what the two of us know about either of these topics is heavily ...
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Men with Eating Disorders

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Monte Nido Chief Clinical Officer. He shares important information about treating males with eating disorders in this week’s blog post. Most of what we ...
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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. In this week’s blog post, Keesha discusses mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into treatment. Mindfulness might be one of the buzziest of the current buzz ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 2 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month As a follow-up to mental health awareness month, brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine ...
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Molly Perlman, MD – Neurobiology and Genetics

Part 1 of 2: A Discussion During Mental Health Awareness Month It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental ...
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Moms Midlife/Changing Bodies during Eating Disorders Caregiving

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this week’s post, Becky offers some inspiration in dealing with challenges mothers face both ...
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Monte Nido & Affiliates Nutrition Programs: Monte Nido

When a person is living in the trenches of an eating disorder, decisions around how to safely and appropriately interact with food are dominated by unhealthy, dangerous and life-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Over time, connections to bodily signals are weakened and awareness of hunger and fullness becomes distorted. At Monte Nido, we understand while ...
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Monte Nido Nursing Program

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Nursing Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN helped to create the current nursing program, and currently oversees the well being of clients and the team of nurses. In this week’s blog post, Lyn dives into the passion and dedication behind the Monte Nido nursing program. Research now supports the notion ...
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Monte Nido: A Program You’ve Trusted for 22 Years

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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Monte Nido: A Trusted and Quality Care Program

It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of what each program provides and who each program “is” in the eating disorder industry. We know when a family asks you to recommend a program that treats eating disorders, you’re taking their lives in your hands. We know they ask you, “Does the program work? How do you know this ...
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My Monte Nido Journey: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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My Recovery Letter

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt letter to her younger brother in this week’s blog post. Read Jacquie’s moving post about her eating disorder recovery journey and her love and appreciation for her brother. Dear Felipe, You are one incredible human. I don’t think you know how lucky it is to ...
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My Soulful Journey: Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a glimpse ...
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My Soulful Journey: Grace Kuo

Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so ...
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My Soulful Journey: Jondra Pennington

Monte Nido Rain Rock Primary Therapist Jondra Pennington, LPC, MFT tells of her soulful journey to joining the Rain Rock team. In her writing, Jondra gives us an inside look into her days at Rain Rock and how she works passionately with her teammates to support clients on the path to full recovery. What is your name ...
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My Soulful Journey: Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS

Vice President of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, PhD, LMHC, CEDS shares her journey to joining the Monte Nido & Affiliates team. She gives insight into the work she does with the admissions team and what inspires her to be so dedicated and passionate in her role. Read on to learn more about Dr. Spann…   What is your ...
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Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders in the COVID-19 World

Jenn Burnell MS RDN/LDN CEDRD-S Regional Outreach Manager, Mid-South Territory Monte Nido & Affiliates Regardless of our situation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have experienced a shift in our connection and access to food.  Brunch with friends or a quick pop into the grocery store after work seem like events of the distant past or far ...
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OSFED: A Common Eating Disorder Many People Don’t Know About

Despite there being many misconceptions and assumptions about eating disorders, many of them are well-known by people outside the mental health treatment field. Most people recognize disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), and binge eating disorder (BED), and can describe the basic symptoms, even if they’re holding on to misguided ideas like “every ...
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Outlining Common Co-Occurring Disorders for People With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t exist in a vacuum; people who have a disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder often experience another kind of mental health illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies show that these kinds of dual diagnoses are much more common in people ...
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Outlining the Ways Bulimia Nervosa Is Affected by Body Image

Bulimia nervosa is a very well-known eating disorder that affects millions of people of all genders, but the factors that trigger its development still aren’t completely understood. Even though almost everyone has met or personally known someone with this dangerous purging-type disorder, but very few people are familiar with the way media and parenting, as ...
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Part One Summertime in Recovery: Sand, Sun and Skills

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW offers tips for navigating challenges during the summer months. In her series, Colleen discusses 5 potential summertime triggers, and offers advice on how to manage them. Year after year, the inevitable happens: Spring becomes summer and with that comes a new set of challenges ...
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Part One: But I Don’t Want To Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna begins her three part series sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  I’d like to start this ...
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Part One: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares a two part series about changing the food conversation in 2018. Read part one today and check back in next week for part two… We’re in ...
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Part One: Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido Rivertowns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. In part one of her series, Gillian shares some of the do’s and don’ts she has learned through the years from families and loved ones supporting those in eating disorder recovery. Read ...
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Part One: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk begins a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some of their ...
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Part One: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students.  Just over a week ago now, I was invited with Clementine Treatment Programs ...
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Part One: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their ...
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Part Three: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna concludes her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  Click to read PART ONE and PART TWO ...
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Part Three: Group Therapy

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT shares the final part of her series focused on group therapy. Kate shares part of her journey in eating disorder treatment in her writing, as well as, some of the experiences of Monte Nido alumni. We are thankful to Kate and all of ...
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Part Two Summertime in Recovery: Social Events & School/Work

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW continues her series with a few more tips to help manage potential challenges and triggers summertime can present while in recovery. To read part one of Colleen’s series, click HERE. 3. The social one: Many of the clients I work with see recovery ...
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Part Two: But I Don’t Want to Accept This Body…A Shoe Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. In this week’s blog post, Anna continues her series in sharing her unique perspective and personal experience on body acceptance.  To read part one of Anna’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Changing the Food Conversation in 2018

Monte Nido & Affiliates Director of Nutrition Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD is an expert in the treatment of individuals presenting with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. Anna shares part two of her series about changing the food conversation in 2018…   Check out Part One of Anna’s Series HERE As you start 2018, consider these questions ...
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Part Two: Group Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Monte Nido Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares part two of a three part series opening up about some of her journey in eating disorder treatment. In the series, not only does Kate share her personal experience, Monte Nido alumni contribute as well. We are thankful to Kate and all of our alumni who offered some ...
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Part Two: Spreading Awareness

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manager Jacquie Rangel recently spoke at a high school to help educate the students about eating disorders and self love. Jacquie shares a two part series on her experience and time spent with the high school students. Keep reading for part two… To read part one of Jacquie’s series, click ...
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Part Two: Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW has almost ten years of experience treating severe mood and anxiety disorders in multiple settings. Gillian concludes her series by offering tips to loved ones who are supporting others in eating disorder recovery. Read Part One of Gillian’s Series HERE. Do: Ask to be involved in your loved one’s ...
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Part Two: They’re Her Feelings. She Should Know.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Clinical Director Kelsey Fisher, LMSW endeavors to support and challenge people to enliven their potential and forge a way out of the problematic cycles in which they inevitably find themselves. As a social worker, she takes a particular interest in understanding the individual in the context of their environment. In ...
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Petition to Cancel Netflix’s Offensive New Show ‘Insatiable” is Gaining Momentum

A petition to cancel Netflix’s new dark comedy ‘Insatiable’ has gained more than 233,000 signatures since Twitter commentators first saw the trailer for the series back in July. Many Netflix viewers and online readers immediately felt uneasy when they were first introduced to the show because of the sensitive subject matter it dealt with. But ...
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Recovery Tips for the Fall

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk offers tips for navigating the upcoming change of seasons and return to school. Kate shares ways to maintain recovery and manage the stress of a new schedule and academic pressure.   As summer fades into fall here on the east coast I can’t help but ...
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Redefining Resolutions in Recovery

Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Specialist Angie Viets, LCP speaks to the pressure and stress the new year can bring to those suffering from an eating disorder. In her post, Angie pushes us to reflect on the idea of a “resolution”, and to use it to help encourage and support recovery. This will be the year! ...
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Reframing the New Year’s Resolution

Clementine The Woodlands Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT  offers advice in navigating new years resolutions and how to honor your past, while looking to the future. Read on to learn more from Kate… If you do a quick Google search of New Year’s resolutions, you will find that their origins date back thousands of years. ...
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Religious Food Restriction And How It Relates To Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often present concurrently with other mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most prevalent, typified by restriction of certain or all foods in the former, and binging and purging episodes in the latter. Religion’s role in the development of eating disorders is likely not significant, but ...
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Remaining Centered During the Holiday Season

Monte Nido & Affiliates Chief Clinical Officer Melissa Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S discusses the upcoming holidays in this week’s blog post. Dr. Spann shares some ideas on how to remain centered during this time of year.  As the aisles in Target are peppered with green and red (albeit starting in October) we become increasingly aware that ...
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Residential and Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Effective eating disorder treatment centers offer different levels of care that allow for personalization of treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Within these eating disorder treatment levels, individualized programs are designed for each client. Through the comprehensive intake assessment process, eating disorder therapists help patients find the appropriate level of care to help them reach their treatment ...
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“You’re Too Sensitive” and Other Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You

  Dr. Linda Shanti, PsyD is an eating disorder expert with almost two decades of experience working in the field. As a recovered professional, she understands what her clients are facing on a day to day basis and is able to support them on their journey. In her writing, Dr. Shanti tells some of what her ...
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10 Mindfulness Activities Everyone Can Still Do in Isolation

While in isolation, mindfulness can fall to the wayside. This is especially true for those who previously engaged in group activities, like yoga and guided meditation.  Without mindfulness, ignoring inner thoughts and feelings quickly becomes a habit once again, reducing mental resiliency and wellbeing. With that comes a risk of returning to disordered eating patterns and ...
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10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa

10 Questions To Ask If You Think A Loved One Has Anorexia Nervosa
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10 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Becky Henry is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and uses those skills to guide families to let go of fear and panic, learn self-care skills and become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In her writing, Becky offers self care tips for those caring for loved ones in recovery ...
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10 Tips For Proper Self-Care After Recovery

The road to eating disorder recovery is long and requires the help of professionals, loved ones and above all, acceptance and love from yourself. Developing positive behaviors and attitudes towards food and outlets for stress is critical to the longevity of any implemented plan. While your physical well-being is the first step, tending to your ...
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25 Signs A Loved One May Have Binge Eating Disorder

When it is suspected a loved one may have an eating disorder, it is crucial to watch for the signs and symptoms so they can enter treatment at a binge eating treatment center and begin on the path to binge eating recovery. There are many symptoms besides the more obvious physical signs; individuals with binge eating disorder may exhibit ...
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3 Rules to Maintain Recovery During the Holidays

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Recovered herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. She teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a ...
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3 Ways for Adolescents with Eating Disorders to Balance Treatment and School

Research has shown that common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa typically onset during the early teen years. Eating disorders bring with them serious medical and mental health consequences and are well known for being very difficult to treat. Most often, specialized eating disorder treatment is required before adolescents are recovered. It is important ...
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4 Crucial Steps to Take When a Loved One Gets An Eating Disorder Diagnosis

In spite of great strides being made within the past few years, eating disorders are still often misunderstood. The good thing is that more high-quality eating disorder treatment centers that offer eating disorder treatment programs that are tailored to the individual are available today than ever before. Taking the following crucial steps can help the ...
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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Our families and friends, our brothers and sisters, moms and dads, best friends and roommates – they mean everything. We’re always looking out for them. However, it’s not always easy to look for them if we don’t know what to look for. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders don’t always fall into the stereotypes ...
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8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about one of the most important concepts taught to clients during treatment. Based on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, Keesha explains how the client’s understanding of the “Eating Disorder Self” and “Healthy Self” plays a crucial role in their ...
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8 Keys Series: Feel Your Feelings

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 4th key. In her writing, Keesha discusses the importance of ...
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8 Keys Series: It’s Not Just About Food

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS continues her series this week on the 8 Keys book by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin with the 3rd key. In her writing, Keesha explains how this key stresses that the eating disorder is not just about the food, and the ...
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8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope

Monte Nido Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares about The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder,by Gwen Grabb, LMFT and Monte Nido Founder Carolyn Costin, the philosophy that guides Monte Nido’s practice in supporting clients to becoming fully recovered in this weeks blog post. In her writing, she explains the first key, ...
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8 Things That Set the Best Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Apart

When it’s time to choose a binge eating disorder treatment center near you, it’s important that you find one that’s going to work for you. They aren’t all the same, although many of them have similar offerings. Because they’re all a little different, though, some of them may be a much better fit for some ...
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8 Ways to Heal the Spirit at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

There is more than one kind of treatment available at an eating disorder treatment center. Some are more clinical or medical than others, and others are more focused on the emotional aspects. It is important to remember tending to the spirit at eating disorder facilities is just as important as tending to the body. Many ...
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8 Ways to Tend the Soul During Eating Disorder Treatment

There are a number of different aspects to eating disorder counseling. Some are physical, and some are psychological, but all of them are very important. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that tending to the soul during eating disorder treatment is just as important as tending to the body. Not everyone is expecting this ...
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa

*The following story is a fictionalized account of the effects anorexia nervosa can have on a young woman. Caitlyn’s parents never thought they would see their daughter enter anorexia nervosa treatment in Boston. Her parents also never thought they would be visiting their daughter in an emergency room for treatment of life-threatening anorexia nervosa symptoms. ...
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A Few Ways to Promote Self-care During Isolation or Quarantine

Stress is a primary trigger for most mental health conditions – from anxiety and depression, and especially eating disorders, external pressure leads to disordered thoughts and behaviors. When people have underlying conditions like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, it can make handling stress that much harder and the urge to give in to the urge to ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Colleen Baker

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Lead Therapist Colleen Baker, LMSW shares her soulful journey to joining the Monte Nido team in this week’s blog post. Learn more about Colleen and her work at Monte Nido Manhattan… Share about your background and what led you to Monte Nido: I became passionate about the field of eating ...
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A Glimpse into the Soul: Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. Emily has extensive experience in the eating disorder field and uses a collaborative and integrative style in her therapy in order to tailor her approach to each of her client’s needs. Get to know Emily more by taking a ...
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A Glimpse Into the Soul: Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Monte Nido & Affiliates Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS shares her personal journey to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates. Keesha shares what inspires her and what she loves about being part of this organization. What first attracted you to want to work at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and what of those things ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Loved Ones Part Two: Connect

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel shares a heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Jacquie shares some advice of how to best be there for your loved one from her personal experience.  To all who are supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder: If there were one thing I wish ...
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A Letter to Those Supporting a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery Part Two: The Importance of Connecting

Monte Nido & Affiliates Education Training Manger Jacquie Rangel continues her heartfelt series for anyone supporting a loved-one with an eating disorder. Read on to learn from Jacquie’s personal experience…  Read Part One of Jacquie’s Series HERE. Connect. Take any one human’s dietary choices and simply turn to Google to find hundreds of people who would be willing ...
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A Review: Dancing with a Demon

Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares a special review of the book Dancing with a Demon by Valerie Foster. Read on to see why Kate feels this book is an invaluable resource for families of loved ones struggling with eating disorders.  Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia had the pleasure ...
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Addressing Social Isolation While in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

While in eating disorder treatment, patients must work with their care team to overcome social isolation while becoming recovered. Addressing this issue helps promote healing in recovery and builds the social support patients need. Social isolation occurs for many reasons and can be difficult to resolve in a short period of time. For this reason, across ...
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Adolescents and Eating Disorders: What Are the Signs?

The adolescent years are a time of growth and transformation in many ways. Children will come up against new challenges and changes biologically, mentally and physically as they move into their teen years and into adulthood. They will work on becoming more independent, establishing new relationships outside of the home and learning to accept their ...
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Alcohol Use and Eating Disorders

While eating disorders are the most common mental health condition, they often occur alongside other common mental health issues. Oftentimes, individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis will have already been experiencing co-occurring conditions like depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or substance abuse issues.  Research shows that up to half of all people diagnosed with an eating ...
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An In-Depth Breakdown of the Underlying Risk Factors Associated with Binge Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) could potentially be the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States. Females are the most affected, with as many as 3.5 percent of women who could potentially benefit from attending an eating disorder recovery center. An estimated two percent of males also have BED. Yet, BED is ...
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Anorexia Nervosa Can’t Be Left Untreated – Here’s How to Get Help

When left untreated, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, mental, and social health.Long-term lack of nutrition, from calories to vitamins, overwhelms the body and brain. Even in the short term, physical consequences can be severe. Anything from heart failure to the hair falling out might result if disordered eating ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Those Struggling This Holiday Season ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Who is Your Recovery Hero? Project Heal Let it Gleam Recovery Spark Celebrate the People ...
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Article Inspiration

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Mindfulness: A Path to Self-Acceptance Psych Central Pain and Eating Disorders Denver Health  A 5-Minute ...
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Article Spotlight

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders NEDA Garmet Project Offers Fresh Wardrobe to Those Recovering ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 New Year’s Resolutions that Have Nothing to Do With Changing Your ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren Psychology Today Dear Clients, Thanks ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Could You be Wearing Eating Disorder Sunglasses? Huffington Post Severe Eating Disorders in ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Negative Thoughts: 3 Causes. 7 Solutions Psych Central Power Pose: A Pathway to Strength ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Yoga: How it Can Help Eating Disorders Eating Disorder Hope 7 Ways to ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   5 Common Myths About Eating Disorders KSL How You Can Benefit From Adding ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. Tips for Dealing with Diet and Weight Talk Over the Holidays Huffington ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. New Research Shows Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms Psychology Today Then and Now ...
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Articles for the Soul

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here. What is Your Eating Disorder Keeping You From? Huffington Post Raising Awareness of ...
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Asking. Not Assuming.

 Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk, MS, MFT is a recovered clinician who believes activating one’s soul self is essential in healing. In this week’s blog post, Kate shares the importance of asking questions and seeking answers, instead of assuming you know the best way to support someone.   I was out of ...
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Beach Breaks with Monte Nido: A Summer Self-Care Series

Summer is a time to slow down and recharge the mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for those of us in the world of healing. Monte Nido would like to invite you to kick off your sandals and spread your toes in the sand for this very special summer series. Each month we will ...
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Benefits of Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating disorder counseling is an important component of eating disorder recovery and offers a wide variety of benefits to individuals enrolled in programs at eating disorder treatment facilities. When eating disorder counseling is part of a treatment program, clients are more likely to achieve and maintain full recovery. Understanding the Development of Eating Disorders Eating disorders can ...
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Beyond Binary Part One: Understanding gender diversity in eating disorder treatment

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In this week’s blog post, Julie helps us ...
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Beyond the Binary: Gender diversity and its added complexity in eating disorders

Julie Foster, DO serves as both Regional Outreach Manager and Inclusion Specialist in the Pacific Northwest Region. Her role ensures the Monte Nido programs are deeply connected in the community while advocating for the needs of marginalized populations within the Monte Nido & Affiliates family as well. In part two of Julie’s series, she continues to share ...
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Binge Eating Disorder – A Short FAQ

Binge eating disorder, even though it’s the most common eating disorder in the United States, isn’t as well-known among the general public as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Because binge eating disorder doesn’t typically include the self-starvation associated with anorexia nervosa or the well-known binge/purge cycle that’s symptomatic of bulimia nervosa, it’s less dramatic and ...
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Binge Eating Disorder I: What is it?

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S shares an informative piece on Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Spann discusses the potential causes and symptoms in part one of her two part series… Society unfortunately has a history of making weight based judgements of others as evident through the media. This is known ...
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Binge Eating Disorder II: Treatment

Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine Miami Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS-S continues her series on Binge Eating Disorder. In part two, Dr. Spann shares about Bing Eating Disorder treatment. There is no quick fix and no miraculous intervention for those battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As discussed in part one of this series, the onset of Binge Eating Disorder ...
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Binge Eating Disorder: Warning Signs and Symptoms

While most Americans have heard about common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, most don’t realize that binge eating disorder is a separate psychological illness on the rise among people of all ages. Characterized by frequent episodes of eating excessive amounts of food, even without feeling hungry, binge eating disorder can result in an ...
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Binge Eating Warning Signs – and the Treatment Options That Can Help

Often first occurring in the late teens and early twenties, binge eating disorder can wreak havoc on physical and mental health if left undiagnosed. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, and denial can prevent people from getting a diagnosis and the care they need to become recovered. Loved ones can help, however, by watching for the ...
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Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart

Binging but not Purging: How to Tell Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Apart
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Body & Soul: Group Therapy at Monte Nido

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia Primary Therapist Kate Funk shares an inside look at the Body & Soul Group she runs with her clients. Kate discusses what group therapy looks like at EDCPA and how she supports clients in discovering their soul self. No matter how long one has been struggling with an eating ...
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Breaking Down the Complications That Come With Binge Eating Disorder

The best eating disorder treatment centers, eating disorder therapists, and even the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common type of eating disorders in the United States, and one that comes with a litany of possible complications. It’s estimated that about 3.5 percent of women have or will have ...
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Building a Healthier Relationship with Food by Having Unconditional Permission to Eat

Monte Nido Newport Beach Registered Dietitian Courtney Toya, MS, RD discusses building a healthier relationship with food in this week’s blog post. Courtney dives into the idea of giving ourselves permission to eat. She shares the importance of listening to our bodies instead of applying external rules that dictate our behavior. We live in a world of conditions: You ...
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Bulimia Nervosa – an FAQ

When people think about eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s a prominent form of disordered behavior that affects millions of people in the United States, and without professional eating disorder treatment, it can hinder a person’s ability to live their happiest, healthiest life. Despite all this, ...
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Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?

Can Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Really Work?
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Caregiver Support: 4 Essential Steps to do Today

Becky Henry​ is trained as a Certified, Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), ACC and provides radical support for caregivers to become effective guides for their loved one in eating disorder recovery. In this post, Becky discusses Support that is essential when a child is in recovery. My Jan 24, 2018 article: ​What Parents and Health Care Professionals ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World

The transition from treatment to the outside world can be challenging.  Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW offers tips to manage the messages we are constantly inundated with when trying to stay focused on full recovery in part one of her series.  It’s not news that our culture is saturated with diet-focused ...
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Carrying Recovery into a Diet-Focused World: Tips from Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Carrie Wasterlain, LMSW continues sharing tips to manage the messages we receive from the outside world when trying to stay focused on full recovery. Read on to see Carrie’s helpful tips… Read Part One of Carrie’s Series HERE.  Next, stop buying women’s magazines, following triggering social media pages, and focusing ...
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Combating “Fine”

Expert Advisor to Monte Nido Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS is nationally known for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. She recently opened the Gaudiani Clinic, a unique outpatient medical clinic specifically dedicated to adults with eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares her expertise in this week’s blog post where she discusses her work with patients ...
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Common Pitfalls in Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Upon discharging from an eating disorder treatment center, adolescents must continue using their healthy coping skills to remain recovered. Through the use of these methods, adolescents can better handle the stressors in their daily lives without returning to disordered thoughts and behaviors as coping mechanisms. The removal of these obstacles allows children to return their ...
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CPR for the Soul

Monte Nido River Towns Primary Therapist Joe Sciarretta, MSW, LMSW  brings enthusiasm, truth and an appreciation for the challenges his clients face to his therapeutic practice. In this week’s blog post, Joe explains how Eating Disorder Selves develop to ultimately interrupt life, and how the whole person is uniquely cared for at Monte Nido. Special thanks to colleague Elizabeth Parks, ...
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Damsels, Witches, and Vampires: Attending to the Monsters of Anorexia

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Manhattan Primary Therapist Melissa Daum, LMFT uses metaphor to help explain the challenges of living with an eating disorder. In her post, Melissa sheds light on the “monsters” clients face as they work toward full recovery. With Halloween upon us and the crisp chill of fall in the air, ’tis the season ...
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Diabulimia: The Dangerous Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Over 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That includes 187,000 people under the age of 18. The ADA also estimates that 30-40% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Young women with the disease are about twice as ...
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Dieting Can Contribute to Binge Eating Disorder – Here’s How

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is known to affect approximately two percent of the overall population. Similar to other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is more prominent in women, although unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, it affects men almost as frequently as women. Binge ...
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Differences Between Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Treatment professionals focused on helping those with eating disorders understand how important it is that eating disorder treatment centers offer programs that address the needs of all types of people. Eating disorder treatment programs, such as residential eating disorder programs, offer specialized programs to help those diagnosed with eating disorders like binge eating disorder and anorexia ...
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Do Not Try This at Home; Five Reasons Why You Need a Professional Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Plan

Bulimia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, and among the most well-known. When this disorder is not treated properly, it can lead to a host of complications and may even be fatal. For this reason, treating this disorder effectively is essential. In general, you should seek bulimia nervosa therapy from a professional treatment center, ...
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Does Body Image Always Have to be the “Last Thing to Go”?

  Monte Nido Assistant Clinical Director Jessyka Young, LMHC explores the use of yoga therapy in eating disorder treatment in this week’s blog post. She explains how yoga can help clients to listen to and become attuned to the signals and needs of their bodies. “Body image is the last thing to go”. This statement seems to ...
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Don’t Forget About Eating Disorders in Adults

“Eating disorders only happen to teenage girls.” So goes the old stereotype. The prevalent thought is that eating disorders are only a problem for adolescents girls, right? Wrong. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and a host of others can happen to anyone – any gender, any race or ethnicity, and importantly, any age. ...
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Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-Occur with Eating Disorders

On their own, eating disorders can affect almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, for many patients, these disorders co-occur with other mental health disorders, making the impact even more severe. Some mental health disorders are more likely to co-occur with eating disorders than others. In this article, we discuss the mental health disorders ...
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Dual-Diagnosis Programming

In the field of eating disorder treatment, we understand that patients who seek care are typically presenting with ranging types and degrees of co-morbidities. Particularly delicate is the treatment of a patient who presents with both an Eating Disorder (ED) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). To meet the individualized needs of our patients who ...
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Dysphoria vs. Dysmorphia: Mental Health Discussions in Transgender Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

A growing topic of debate in the LGBTQ and anorexia nervosa recovery circles is centered around gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia and their relationship to clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder.  Even beyond the similarities of the terms, there has been confusion over why one description (gender dysphoria) is not considered a mental health disorder, ...
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Eating Disorder Center of Portland Day Treatment Program for Adolescents

At Monte Nido Portland, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population, and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from Monte Nido & Affiliates Clementine Portland program for adolescents, another residential treatment center or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive ...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Setting Positive Resolutions

As we prepare to enter into a new decade, many people are taking time to reflect on the last 12 months in an effort to set new goals for the future. Spending some time in self-reflection is an important part of being more mindful and can bring on a variety of new feelings for People ...
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Eating Disorder Statistics in Boston

Eating disorders affect people all across the United States, and Boston is no exception. In this city, both men and women are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other similar issues. Fortunately, people in the Boston area who are dealing with the symptoms of an eating disorder can find plenty of ...
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Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information about distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to look out for.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...
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Eight Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

When it is time to choose an eating disorder treatment center, it is important the person seeking help finds a center that fits their needs. Eating disorder treatment centers are not all the same, although many of them may have similar offerings. Because they are all a little different, some of these centers may be a better fit for some clients than ...
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Excessive Exercise – How a Good Habit Turns Bad

Everyone knows that engaging in physical exercise regularly is good for your body. In fact, regular exercise has been connected to improved physical condition, as well as better mental health. However, there is always a potential for exercise to become an obsession, especially among people who have certain mental health or eating disorders. When exercise ...
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Exploring the Levels of Care Available at Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Binge eating disorder revolves around the compulsive urge to consume huge amounts of food in a set period of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel like they cannot control this urge to overeat nor stop eating when satisfied or even full. This disorder may or may not involve purging after binge eating, but ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One particular co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the general public is obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD ...
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Exploring the Role of Individual, Group and Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery

While receiving care at an eating disorder recovery center, patients can greatly benefit from attending individual, group and family therapy sessions. These varied therapies allow patients to explore and challenge the underlying causes of their eating disorder, develop coping skills and receive support on the path to recovery. When searching for an “eating disorder treatment center near me” ...
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Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming, Fat Phobia and the Rise in Eating Disorders
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Finding Space for Play in Recovery

Monte Nido River Towns Clinical Director Gillian Tanz, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders in multiple treatment settings. In this week’s blog post, Gillian discusses the importance of play in eating disorder recovery.  As adults, and even adolescents, our society tells us ...
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Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People

Five Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa That Can’t be Ignored in Younger People
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From Body Despair to Body Mindful: A Simple Yoga Practice for Self-Validation

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences

Fully Recovered vs. In Recovery: A Discussion of the Similarities and Differences
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Give Back to Your Body

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Glimpse into the Soul: Kelly Souza, PsyD

Kelly Souza, PsyD has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly recently moved into her current role as Monte Nido & Affiliates Senior Director of Clinical Programming for California ...
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Glimpse Into the Soul: Kristen Doecke, MA, ATR, LPC

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Eugene Clinical Director Kristen Doecke, LPC, ATR hopes to help women and men build the courage to reconnect with themselves and to gain insight into the underlying factors that drive their eating disorder. In this week’s blog post, Kristen shares some of her personal journey to joining the Monte ...
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Here’s Why Springtime Isn’t Always Welcomed by Some People

The approach of springtime with its milder weather, budding plants and more frequent displays of sunshine seems like it would be welcomed by everyone. After all, these signs of spring are evidence that the long, cold and sometimes-brutal winter season is taking a turn for the better. For someone who is experiencing body image negativity, though, the ...
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Honor Her

Don Blackwell is a Trial Attorney with extensive experience in the eating disorder community. He has a unique perspective which he often shares through his honest and heartfelt writing. In his post, Don reminds us that re-discovery of our “authentic self” is possible. The more hearts I listen to the more convinced I become that we not ...
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Honoring Client’s Self Determination: The Case of “A.G.”

Monte Nido & Affiliates Adolescent Treatment Program, Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Danielle Small, MS, LMFT is an eating disorder expert who is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. In this week’s post, Danielle dives into the idea of treating clients who ...
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How Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Centers Can Counteract the Media’s Influence

The media has long been an influencer in the daily lives of Americans. The fashion industry is a prime example of the nearly-endless influence that the media has. As the latest trends regarding clothing and the ideal woman’s body were showcased on the runways of New York City, the local and national media rushed to ...
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How Body Dysmorphia Affects the Development of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are two different eating disorders that can develop in all races, genders and ages. Both of these disorders are serious and can lead to many unwanted consequences, from physical effects to psychological damage. Like all eating disorders, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa can be the result of a ...
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How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Brain
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How Eating Disorder Treatment Can Enhance Your Life

Seeking out eating disorder treatment near you can fundamentally change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. The symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an unspecified obsessive eating disorder must be treated, but there is also more to the equation than simply addressing the ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Elderly

During the last several years, the public has become more aware of the many types of eating disorders and how they affect different individuals. Eating disorders, however, have primarily been associated with teens and young women. Conditions such as binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa can affect elderly individuals as well. There are several ways eating ...
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How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help

How Eating Disorders Affect the Mind and Body and How Anorexia Treatment Can Help
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How Fitness Can Be About Something Other Than Changing Your Body

Certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT shares an excerpt from her book, Body Mindful Yoga, which seeks to guide readers to learn how to affirm their bodies in this week’s blog post. The book includes a variety of mental, physical, auditory, and visual practices designed to help you ...
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How Self-Care Can Help While in Anorexia Treatment Near You

While working on healing a disordered relationship with food and exercise at anorexia treatment near you, stress levels can start to rise. Without a way to relieve that stress, it can feel difficult to stay on track and follow the treatment plan. Thankfully, self-care can assist in this process, helping relieve stress and providing many other ...
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How the Best Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Support Their Alumnae

As clients near the end of their journey in becoming fully recovered, they will need to prepare to transition out of the eating disorder treatment environment. The best eating disorder treatment centers aid in this transition by offering a full range of support services. Through these alumnae services, clients can remain connected to the treatment center staff ...
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How to Face the Challenges of Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Like every other eating disorder, binge eating disorder poses many challenges for a person trying to better their life through treatment.Each person’s challenges differ according to their unique situations and their personality, so knowing the general issues that could put a wall between them and their recovery is useful in making a plan. For people who ...
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How to Find Your Reason to Recover and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   My Reason to Recover + How to Find Yours Recovery Warriors Eating Disorders ...
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Impact of Eating Disorders on Quality of Life – and How Treatment Centers Can Help

The complex nature of eating disorders and their symptoms cause these conditions to have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. From bulimia nervosa to selective eating disorder, each condition presents unique challenges that must be addressed in an eating disorder treatment program. Across all eating disorder conditions, disordered thoughts and actions can quickly ...
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Importance of Meal Support for Clients in Residential Eating Disorder Programs

While enrolled in residential eating disorder treatment programs, clients will receive meal support services to help them restructure their outlook on eating and mealtimes. The meal support services are designed to help them stick with their meal plan and overcome the challenges they might face. With meal support, clients can address their concerns and difficulties ...
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In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders

In The Weeds: Marijuana Use & Eating Disorders
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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Structure Is Best?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is the best course of action. A professional eating disorder treatment program gives you the best chance of overcoming the disorder and returning to your healthy self. However, not all eating disorder treatment programs are the same. These programs last for ...
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Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Interview with Katherine Harbour, Monte Nido RainRock, Housekeeper

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.  I am a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 4. How long have you worked at Monte Nido? I started working at Monte Nido RainRock outside of Eugene, Oregon in October of 2007. How did you hear about Monte Nido? I homeschooled my children, and when that was done started ...
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Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Interview with Tamie Gangloff, MA MFT (She/Her/Hers) Senior Training & Outreach Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. I am a recovered professional – sober and recovered from my eating disorder for over 20 years now. I got involved in community outreach for eating disorders awareness, on a personal level, which led me to return to school for psychology.  I live in the Philadelphia ...
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Is Residential or Day Treatment the Better Option for You?

One of the keys to a successful stint at an eating disorder treatment center is learning about your options before committing to one center or plan. Learning more about what to expect at residential or outpatient may provide a sense of motivation to get better. Most eating disorder treatment centers are ready to support that ...
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It’s Not a Lack of Willpower: Four Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

It is estimated as many as 2.8 percent of adults in the United States will suffer from binge eating disorder (BED) in their lifetime, which is an astounding statistic to consider. Even with the instances of BED at such an alarming rate, this is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. Part of the reason ...
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It’s Not Your Body’s Fault

Monte Nido Manhattan Primary Therapist Kelsey Fisher, LMSW approaches each new therapeutic relationship with hope and the belief that full recovery is a genuine possibility for every person who embarks on the journey to wellness. In her writing, Kelsey discusses her work with clients in identifying and challenging their negative body image. Bad body image is ...
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It’s Not Laziness; Binge Eating Disorder Is a Disease

One of the most common things eating disorder therapists hear from their clients is a sense that they are perceived as being somehow lazy or weak-willed.  Even with the widespread presence of binge eating disorder treatment centers around the country, too many people still believe that binge eating disorder (BED) is a choice that people ...
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Kosher Recovery: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment with Religious Food Restrictions

Food is an important part of Jewish culture. Its role can be seen in everyday observances, as part of almost every holiday, and as a cultural marker that sets the faithful apart and provides continuity with the past. Virtually every life event from a wedding to a high school graduation is accompanied by a seudat ...
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Learn about Mindfulness and More Inspirational Articles

Join us in reading soulful articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.   Equine-Assisted Therapy and Implications for Treatment of Eating Disorders NEDA Why Male Athletes ...
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Lessons From The Mat: Doing Versus Receiving Yoga

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT 500 is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and specializes in eating disorders and body image. In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, is cofounder of the Body Kindness Project, and a partner with both the Yoga and Body ...
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Life Unrestriced: A Podcast with Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the Gatewell Therapy Center ...
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Life-Enhancing Experiences and Their Role in Helping You Become Fully Recovered

While people with eating disorders enroll in treatment programs at eating disorder recovery centers, they will have regular opportunities to head out into the surrounding community to enjoy life-enhancing experiences. These outings give individuals a chance to try out their new skills and see how they respond to real-life situations. If any difficulties arise, fully ...
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Looking at the Difference Between Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Monte Nido Manhattan Assistant Clinical Director Temimah Zucker, LMSW shares important information on distinguishing between eating disorders and disordered eating. Temimah explains how to discern when disordered eating has turned into an eating disorder and warning signs to be aware of.  One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder ...