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DBT Skills 101: Observe & Describe

DBT Skills 101: Observe & Describe

While at times we may wish we did not experience strong emotion, emotions serve an important purpose. Emotions are the bodies way of signaling to us what is happening around us and within us. From an evolutionary perspective, the development of an emotional response...

DBT Skills 101: Mindfulness

DBT Skills 101: Mindfulness

While Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was initially developed as a treatment for chronic suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, it has been proven effective as a treatment for a broad range of issues like substance abuse, depression,...

The Neuroscience of Anxiety & Anorexia

The Neuroscience of Anxiety & Anorexia

Think back to the last time you experienced feeling “hangry”—irritable, cranky or uncomfortable due to hunger. Perhaps it was when you had gone too long between meals, got held up in a lunch meeting or were engaging in a restrictive diet plan. This uncomfortable and...

The Importance of Early Change

The Importance of Early Change

The importance of early change in eating disorder treatment cannot be over-emphasized.  When we say “early change” we mean a significant reduction in ED symptoms like restriction, binge-eating and purging - within the first 6-8 weeks of treatment.  Extensive research...

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Stats and Guidance

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Stats and Guidance

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a time when families and professionals alike come together to inform their communities, share stories and support one another. This week is internationally recognized and dedicated to fighting the various myths, stigmas and...

Why Dieting Just Doesn’t Work

Why Dieting Just Doesn’t Work

Over hundreds and thousands of years, our ancestors developed adaptations to survive famine.  When faced with a dramatic shift in energy availability (i.e. decrease in food), the body responds with neurobiological, hormonal and metabolic changes.  So what does that...