Category: Therapy

DBT Skills and Calming the Anxious Mind

Woman with binge eating disorder seated by the river Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a mental health treatment methodology that has been around since psychologist Marsha Linehan developed it in the 1980s to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Over time, it has become clear that this treatment is effective at treating BPD and so many other mental illnesses. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a twist on [...]
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Body Awareness Therapy Benefits in Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Lady working with therapist with Body Awareness Therapy We are expanding our understanding of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) more than ever before, gaining a deeper understanding of the psychology, experiences, and symptoms of those struggling. Even so, a recent study published in the Journal of Eating Disorders noted that this information doesn’t seem to be applied to current treatment methodologies and hypothesizes that this [...]
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Emotional Avoidance Maintains Mental Illness

Young girl struggling with Emotional Avoidance Imagine requesting your patient place their hand on a hot burner and allow themselves to fully engage their awareness and presence with the sensation of their burning flesh. This seems counter-intuitive, unethical and downright cruel. It certainly would not add therapeutic value. Surprisingly though, learning to move toward the physical discomfort and even pain that [...]
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Mind Body Interventions in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Woman doing yoga It is no secret that Eating Disorders have a significant impact on both the physical body and the mind. This impact typically manifests as a disconnect between the body’s physical wants and needs, and the mind’s beliefs about those wants and needs. Mind Body Interventions, such as yoga, meditation, and breath work provide integrative experiences for [...]
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Treating Disordered Eating with Equine Therapy

Woman enjoying equine therapy and her True Self Equine therapy is a type of animal-assisted therapy (AAT), in which horses are deliberately included in one’s treatment plan. Generally, combining equine therapy and eating disorder treatment involves a credentialed treatment provider who guides interactions between the individual in recovery and an animal to realize specific recovery goals. That is, the introduction of a horse [...]
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Benefits of Pet Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Girl hugging her dog using pet therapy in eating disorder treatment While conventional wisdom has long supported animal companions as promoting human wellbeing, only recently has science investigated the therapeutic effect pets have in alleviating mental and medical difficulties. [1, 3] But, what are the advantages of pet therapy in eating disorder treatment? The most widely researched animals appear to be dogs, horses, cats, and aquatic [...]
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Family-Based Treatment & Eating Disorder Recovery

Family Eating Dinner Family-Based Treatment (FBT), or the “Maudsley” method, is a specific approach to treating restrictive eating patterns, such as those seen in Anorexia, in children and adolescents. At times, FBT may be utilized by families who have adult children struggling with restrictive eating. FBT is a manualized outpatient therapy designed to restore children and adolescents to health [...]
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