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Working at Castlewood Treatment Center

Recently one of our dedicated primary therapists, Steve Buchheit, M.Ed, LPC, reflected on his time as a therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. “I wanted to write about my experience as a therapist and as a primary therapist at Castlewood.  Since completing graduate school 10 years ago,  I have worked in several other treatment centers,  each of which was for chemical dependency treatment.  I learned a lot in those years especially about the importance of working through the deeper issues in order to see long term remission of symptoms.  I feel good about the depth of the work…

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Alumni Corner- Raising Awareness on a Personal Level

Written By Andrea Batt, Castlewood Alumn Andrea was recently featured on Project Heal as a guest blogger. She shares below about her process of writing this piece. When I find myself struggling with eating disordered thoughts, I always refer to my “bag of tricks”–formally known as coping skills.  To name a few of my trusted tricks: I typically start out with a “just do it” mentality–and at times that is enough to get me through. Other times, I resort to self talk on a more positive level.  If my self-hate is too high to accept what I’m saying, I reach out…

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

National Weight Stigma Awareness Week is scheduled for September 23-27, 2013. This week-long event creates awareness for the unfair discrimination that occurs in society regarding people’s weight. Also called weight discrimination, weight stigma happens any time someone is judged because of their size. Weight stigma takes place when overweight individuals are thought of as lazy or incompetent, when movies or TV shows portray overweight characters as bumbling idiots, and when kids on the playground make fat jokes. Weight stigma also occurs on the flip side, when thin people are categorized as hard working or driven, and when thin individuals are…

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First In CARF Accreditation For Eating Disorders

Castlewood Treatment Center is the first facility to be awarded a three-year accreditation for eating disorders from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a service provider can receive. Earlier this year, CARF, International released new standards for accreditation of programs that treat individuals with eating disorders. The new application process is more rigorous and has about 2,500 standards designed to ensure that treatment programs offer the highest quality of carer and  protect patients and families seeking behavioral healthcare treatment. Fulfilling these new standards show extraordinary effort in meeting the needs of…

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New Facility Opens in Birmingham, Alabama

On Aug. 12, the Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders announced the opening its newest facility, Highlands Treatment Center, in Birmingham, Ala. This new facility will offer clients a safe haven for healing under the leadership of Ronda Cannon. Highlands will offer partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient that will be accessible to both men and women, ages 18 and older for not only all types of eating disorders, but also co-occurring issues. “We are grateful to bring our state-of-the art, individualized treatment approach to more people in need with this new facility,” said Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment…

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Castlewood CEO Speaks Out about Thigh Gap Trend

A current trend on social media involves young women taking photos of their bodies as they try to achieve a gap between their thighs. This trend, called the “thigh gap” has many young women crash dieting, excessively exercising and trying to attain a body ideal that simply is unrealistic for most women with a health body weight. This past week St. Louis’s NBC affiliate- KSDK shared the story with viewers and interviewed Castlewood Treatment Center’s CEO, Nancy Albus regarding the trend. The story was also picked up nationally by The Today Show and USA Today. Ms. Albus shared that “the pursuit of…

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Shame and Eating Disorders

One of the central tenets that can underlay the develop and maintenance of an eating disorder is a pervasive sense of shame. Shame can be described as the belief that one’s self is fundamentally flawed or damaged. According to John Bradshaw, a prolific author on shame and its effect on mental illness, “to be shame bound means that whenever you feel any feeling, need or drive, you immediately feel ashamed. The dynamic core of your human life is grounded in your feelings, needs and drives. When these are bound by shame, you are shamed to the core.” A shame based…

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Attachment: Otherwise Known as Love

Guest Post by Tamara Blum, MSW, LCSW In her book on case examples from her psychotherapy practice, Deborah Luepnitz (2002) paraphrases Arthur Schopenhauer’s fable on the dilemma of intimacy: A troop of porcupines is milling about on a cold winter’s day. In order to keep from freezing, the animals move closer together. Just as they are close enough to huddle, however, they start to poke each other with their quills. In order to stop the pain, they spread out, lose the advantage of co-mingling, and again begin to shiver. This sends them back in search of each other, and the…

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Staff Spotlight: Vanessa Curran, MA- Research Coordinator

Vanessa Curran is the Research Coordinator for Castlewood Treatment Centers in St. Louis Missouri. She obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University.  Vanessa has published a research study on the topic of eating disorders and sexual identity. Since joining Castlewood Treatment Center in 2009, Vanessa has worked in Direct Care, Anxiety Services, and now as the research coordinator. “In my current position, I work to integrate evidence-based testing with treatment planning and program improvement,” said Vanessa. Vanessa shared that she “loves working at Castlewood because Castlewood is the only facility that I…

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Diabulimia- What is it Exactly?

Guest Post by: Kelly E. Walker, RD, LD- Castlewood Dietitian  Diabulimia is a term that refers to a co-occurring condition of which individuals with type 1 diabetes refuse to take their insulin or significant portions of their insulin as a means to lose weight.  Omission of insulin causes the body to “purge” calories through glycosuria -the loss of glucose through the urine.  This purging of calories can be significant especially if the individual restricts most of their insulin.  The DSM-IV describes bulimia as, “Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain.”  Diabulimia has yet to be added to…

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