Online Conference Presenter – Nicole Karst

Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II:
Anorexia Hope & Healing in 2018

“International Overview of Anorexia Nervosa & Co-Occurring Issues”

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Topic – Who Am I Without Anorexia?: Finding Purpose, Meaning, and a True Self in Recovery

Nicole KarstNicole Karst, MA LVN – Lead Therapist at Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

Nicole Karst has 17 years of combined experience in the health and mental health fields. After completing her service in the military as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman she started a career in nursing. It was through her nursing experience that she began working with those diagnosed with eating disorders, substance use disorders, psychotic disorders, and mood disorders. This experience inspired Nicole to return to school and she is graduating this spring with a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology.

Nicole’s experience includes individual and group therapy, psychodiagnositic assessments, mindfulness meditation, and medical assessing/monitoring of complications related to eating disorders. She joined the leadership team at Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Program from Casa Palmera.

Nicole combines a psychodynamic case conceptualization with cognitive behavioral interventions, guided imagery, logotherapy and somatic awareness in her treatment approach. She works with those she serves to cultivate their ability to eat intuitively, exercise mindfully, engage life with purpose and meaning, and discover who they are in the absence of a maladaptive behaviors.

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Articles by Rebecca’s House:

PTSD as a Co-Occurring Issue with Eating DisordersWoman on beach
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals. The diagnostic criteria for PTSD is the result of one or more of the following scenarios.

Executive business womanEating Disorders and Letting Go of Perfectionism
Striving for perfection is encouraged in so many areas of our life today. Perfectionism can cause a person to become obsessed with their weight, diet, food, body image, exercise or portraying the “perfect” image to the world.

Woman throwing leaves in the airEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in Eating Disorder Treatment
Individuals with trauma are more likely to develop eating disorders than those without trauma1. Tagay (2010) reported that 63.3% of anorexic clients and 57.7% of bulimic clients report a history of traumatic events2.

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Anorexia Nervosa in America:

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that causes sufferers to obsess about their weight and what they eat. Many people with anorexia also exercise obsessively. The physical signs of the disorder include extreme weight loss, thin appearance, dry or yellowish skin, thinning, fragile hair and nails, swelling of arms or legs, and soft, downy hair all over the body. People with anorexia often suffer from fatigue, insomnia, constipation, and many other physical and emotional symptoms.

Anorexia Nervosa can be fatal if not properly treated. Rebecca’s House offers Anorexia Residential Extended Care, Partial Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, and Recovery Living at our anorexia treatment centers.

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