About Our Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Castlewood Alumni Program

"I want to thank you so much for all you have done since my discharge from CW six months ago. Time has flown by and I could never have imagined life being even half this good. I have literally never been happier in my entire life." -Paul B., Castlewood Alumnus

Castlewood is committed to helping our clients continue the recovery process even after they have discharged from our care. We have developed an alumni program for all clients who have successfully completed their treatment at Castlewood.

Travis Stewart, MA, LPC- Director of Regional Outreach- St. Louis & Alumni Relations

Travis-StewartTravis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in field of eating disorders since 2003 in both clinical and marketing roles at every level of care. He brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and communication skills to his role with Castlewood. He is passionate about connecting people to resources and experiences that are transformative and healing.

He was the visionary and founder of Hungry for Hope, a Christian based conference which provides training and help for both professionals and lay people in the treatment of eating disorders. An excellent communicator and teacher, Travis is a regular contributor to websites, podcasts and webinars and conferences on eating and body image issues and has spoken at schools such as Pepperdine University, Baylor, Washington University, and seminaries around the country. Travis graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a degree in advertising and immediately began working with the international ministry of The Navigators, mentoring students. After 8 years, his desire to better understand how people change and heal led to obtaining a Master of Arts in Counseling (2001) and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2003) from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where he now lives with his family.

Melanie Figaro- Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations

MelanieMs. Figaro holds a B.A. in Speech Communications and a minor in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She has several years of experience in leading marketing teams, developing business strategies, brand management, event planning and digital marketing.  She began working in the eating disorders field in 2006 traveling the western half of the U.S. as the Regional Director of Business Development, during which time she also dedicated her personal time to serving as a mentor and writing articles on topics such as healthy body image and self-acceptance.  Her fearless attitude and passion to create change has provided more business and growth opportunities for each company she has represented.  Overall, her success can be attributed to the strong long-term business relationships she has developed and nurtured in the past decade.  Her reputation is one of honor, hard work and honesty. Melanie’s constant goal is to try and live as her authentic self, be of service to her community, and most importantly, laugh as much as possible.

Alumni Events

Castlewood offers bi-annual alumni events each year during which our alumni can participate in recovery oriented groups and activities. These weekend events include groups specifically tailored to the alumni and life after treatment, meals and community networking. For information on these events, upcoming schedule, and registrations information please contact Castlewood directly or sign up for our newsletter to get the most up to date information. Next Alumni Event: July 23-24, 2016 Eventbrite - Castlewood Alumni Event July 2016

St. Louis Area Recovery Skills Seminars

Staying in recovery is difficult. We are here to help. We know that while at Castlewood you made a lot of changes. And, now that you are out of treatment, maintaining those positive changes can be challenging. If you want additional support in recovery then let us help you continue learning and growing to overcome in your recovery journey. Castlewood offers monthly recovery skills seminars which are open to the public as well as our alumni. These groups provide an opportunity to help you launch into a life of balance through the development of new recovery and life skills. When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:00 pm- 7: 15 pm Where: Fenton Outpatient Offices- 1855 Bowles Ave. Suite 210 Fenton, MO 63026 >> Learn More Here 

Alumni Website

Castlewood has created a website dedicated to our alumni. The purpose of this website is to create a place for you to connect with one another through discussion boards, to share resources and events which may support your recovery and to develop a meaningful alumni community. In order to participate in the discussion board you must create a username and password. The discussion board is private and not open to the public to insure your confidentiality.

Visit the Alumni Website Today!

Alumni Newsletter

Castlewood publishes a monthly alumni newsletter for former clients and their families.

Follow Up

After clients complete a comprehensive discharge plan with one of our discharge coordinators, our alumni relations coordinator begins follow up with clients. She contacts clients one month after discharge to discuss the adjustment to real life and any problems with their discharge plan. At one month intervals the alumni relations coordinator calls or emails clients and checks in on their progress post treatment. She facilitates this check in for six months post discharge. Clients can also participate in our research follow up program by filling out eating disorder inventories which are emailed to them by our research coordinator. In an effort to strengthen participation in our alumni weekend, website and follow-up program, Castlewood leadership and Board of Directors have decided that we will no longer provide three-day check-ins for discharged clients. It is our goal to help clients move into their new life and beyond Castlewood. If a client desires further treatment, they may contact the intake department and discuss options for a brief admission to our various programs. To contact intake, please call 888-822-8938.

Conversations with Alumni

Episode 1 - September 25th, 2015
  • Nancy Albus, CEO & Kat, Alumnus
  • Presented by: Deanna James, LPC
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Alumni Webinars

Castlewood offers webinars to our alumni community, friends and families as an effort to support long term recovery.

Past Webinars:

September 16th- 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
  • Topic: Navigating Food Lapes
  • Presented by: Chelsea Martin, RD, LD
  • Watch the Webinar

July 22nd-12:00 PST/ 2:00 CST

  • Topic:12 Steps and Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Presented by: Hallie Metzler, VP of Sales and Marketing
  • Watch the Webinar
June- 11th-12:00 CST 1:00 pm CST
  • Topic: Body Acceptance in the Recovery Process
  • Presented by: Katie Thompson, LPC, NCC
  • Watch the Webinar 
April 15, 2014 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
  • Topic: Moving Through Stages of Everyday Grief's and Finding Moments of Embracing Life
  • Presented by: Laura Wood, MA, LPC, RDT
  • Watch the Webinar 
March 19, 2014 6:00 pm-7:00 pm CST ( For Alumni & Families) December 5, 2013 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST December 11, 2013 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
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