Internal Family Systems & Treating Eating Disorders as Parts

Person sitting on a stone pillar Contributor: Brittney Williams, LPC/MHSP at Fairhaven Treatment Center The Internal Family Systems model has grown in popularity over the past few decades as an effective and unique method of psychotherapy for treating various disorders, including eating disorders. The Internal Family Systems model’s “parts” approach takes a unique method toward healing. This model views symptoms and [...]
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They are Always Watching: Empowering Parents to Break the Cycle of Body and Food Negativity

Family Sitting On Curb Contributed By: Sarah Lavanier, PsyD, CEDS, Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Services of Lindner Center of HOPE Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding jobs there is, and it also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility for body and food negativity. The idea of being a parent can be exciting, yet [...]
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Easing Anxiety with Yoga

Woman practicing yoga In a time in our nation and world where things have become more emotionally challenging and anxiety inducing, it is not surprising that practicing yoga has become so popular. For over 3,000 years, the practice of yoga has been used to connect with the mind, body, and soul. The benefits that yoga has shown for [...]
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Borderline Personality Disorder Helped by Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Woman happy in recovery Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most difficult mental health diagnoses to treat, making it very hard for the 1.4% of the United States population to experience it [1]. Because of the challenge in treating BPD, psychologist Marsha Linehan invented Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the 1970’s. This treatment has shown positive effects [...]
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Relapse: Why Eating Disorder Recovery is an Imperfect Journey

It is common for those struggling with eating disorders to experience difficulty with the concept of perfection. Many commit themselves to be “perfect” in their recovery, without relapse or setbacks, just as they attempted to be “perfect” in their disorder. Likewise, as many learned they could not be perfect in their disorder, they must also [...]
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