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.


Deanna James, MA, LPC, R-DMT- Director of Alumni Relations

With over a decade of experience in the treatment of Eating Disorders and related conditions, Deanna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them find hope and healing. Ms. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. Ms. James obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Deanna has worked with Castlewood Treatment Centers since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director and now as the Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations. Ms. James has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Ms. James specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and body image issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as well as the American Dance Movement Therapy Association. In her current role as Director of Marketing, Referral and Alumni relations she works as a liaison between Castlewood and referring clinicians, oversees coordination of marketing events, as well as facilitates the alumni program and alumni follow up program. Ms. James is the continuing education administrator for all Castlewood workshops and training. She also coordinates all social media, websites, and media campaigns for Castlewood Treatment Centers.

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

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
  • Watch Now

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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