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Meal Support

Meal Support

Meal Support Is a Powerful Treatment Tool Mealtime is inherently challenging if you have an eating disorder.  Disordered eating behaviors—like avoidance of certain foods, eating food types in a certain order, cutting food into small pieces, eating at an especially...

New Year’s Resolutions:  Focus on Values

New Year’s Resolutions: Focus on Values

New Year’s Resolutions:  Make Them About Values, Not Goals It’s a New Year!  That means it’s time to think about resolutions, right?  And that typically means setting goals for what you want to achieve this year.  Maybe it’s to get that promotion, or get fit, or get...

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present   Leo Tolstoy nailed it when he said, "There is only one time that is important - NOW!  It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.” We spend so much time ruminating about the past, planning for the future - all...

ACT Defusion

ACT Defusion

ACT Defusion A core process in ACT is called defusion.  It means separating from our thoughts—letting them come and go instead of getting all wrapped up in them.  Through defusion, our thoughts no longer have to control our actions or behaviors.  In ACT terms,...

ACT for Eating Disorders

ACT for Eating Disorders

You're Not Broken:  ACT for Eating Disorders Why I love using ACT  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (called ACT – and pronounced as it reads!) gets its name from its central message: learn how to accept thoughts and feelings that are out of your control and commit to...

Orthorexia Signs and Symptoms

Orthorexia Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Orthorexia Do you fixate on eating foods that you feel are healthy? Do you obsessively avoid foods you are convinced affect your health (e.g. anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, digestive issues)—even in the absence of medical advice? Has...

Predictors of Good Eating Disorder Treatment Outcomes

Predictors of Good Eating Disorder Treatment Outcomes

First things first--on this Veteran's Day, thank you, veterans and active service members, for serving! An article in the November 2015 issue of The International Journal of Eating Disorders highlights factors that predict good treatment outcomes (Vall E, Wade T...

2016 Eating Disorder Treatment Guidelines

2016 Eating Disorder Treatment Guidelines

The Current Evidence Base for Treatment You may have heard the term evidence-based treatment.  What it means is that the treatment is supported by published research demonstrating its effectiveness (in other words, the "evidence").  It gets complicated when there are...

DBT for Binge Eating:  How It Works

DBT for Binge Eating: How It Works

DBT for Binge Eating:  How It Works Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of treatment that has been researched and tested for 30+ years, targets emotion regulation.  For some with binge eating— particularly for those who try to cope with emotional distress by...