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Author Archives: Melanie Figaro

Lipstick Lesbian:  A Coming Out Story, Written by C.W., Castlewood Alumna

I grew up with a fiscally conservative father and a die-hard liberal mother. I wasn’t too afraid of coming out, more so just embarrassed. My family didn’t do feelings. Maybe if I instead hollered “HEY, I’M A LESBIAN” from upstairs as my parents got home from dinner that night, it would have felt less awkward. Once it was out there, it was out there. My father would parade down the hall into my room at least twice a week from then on, looking for a heart to heart, craving the reassurance he needs to feel like his baby girl wasn’t going to…

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Summer Refocus Program: Instill Hope & Initiate Healing

Castlewood’s Summer Refocus Program was developed for motivated clients whose time is precious during the summer months and who wish to focus on the underlying causes of their eating disorder and recovery. Our team works to understand the role of the eating disorder and replace those behaviors with new ones, to build your self-esteem by reconnecting to you at your core, and to free you of the negative self-talk and replace it with self-care. We have a variety of exclusive treatment options to help you recover from an eating disorder.  Whether you have been in eating disorder recovery for a…

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Castlewood Treatment Centers Welcomes Cathy Lane as Our New Director of Outreach Northeast

We are thrilled to have Cathy as our new outreach team member. Below is more information about Cathy and her new role at Castlewood Treatment Centers. If you would like to connect with Cathy, you can reach her via email, or phone, 732-267-6791 What is your new role at Castlewood? I am thrilled to be joining Castlewood as the Director of Regional Outreach for the Northeast. I’m looking forward to connecting with referral sources, building new relationships, and sharing with them what Castlewood is all about! Can you tell us about yourself? I am a small town girl from…

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Staff Spotlight: Jenn Edwards Returns to Castlewood at Monarch Cove

Welcome Back Jenn! Staff Spotlight:  Jennifer Edwards MA, LPCC (#2700), R-DMT- Clinical Director Your role at Castlewood at Monarch Cove: I am the Clinical director at Monarch Cove.  It is my role to support and guide our Monarch Cove team in deepening the therapeutic work of each of our clients. I am returning to Monarch Cove inspired and rejuvenated.   I have missed the team collaborative approach that truly is unique to Castlewood.  I really thrive when surrounded by the talented and dedicated staff that are inevitably attracted to Castlewood, and I have found the team at Monarch Cove to be no…

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The “Golden Boy”

Written by Castlewood Alumnus Paul Beuttenmuller One year ago, I completed the total transformation of my life after having finally confronted the nightmare that controlled it for the previous six years. I pressed the pause button on everything, including my job at which I had just received a promotion, and focused on my mental health for the first time in my life. I was struggling with an eating disorder and reached the point where it controlled my daily life. In reality, it controlled my total being and sanity. While it took me a while to admit that, I had come…

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NEDAwareness: It’s Time To Talk About It. -Castlewood Alumna Kimi Gravlin

“Eight years have passed since I started my road to recovery from an eating disorder. Every February, when Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes around I feel indescribable gratitude for my health and my recovery. But, I feel even more grateful for my family who loved me unconditionally, my friends who made the difficult choice to speak up, and the professionals at Castlewood Treatment Center who all played a huge role in my recovery. I often find myself taking my health and wellbeing for granted, forgetting that it was something I once had to fight so hard for. Eight years seems…

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If Not Now… When? by Paul Beuttenmuller Castlewood Alumnus

“Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable” – Tom Robbins For the longest time, I thought I was comfortable with where I was in life. I gave off the impression that I was happy and satisfied. But after some time, I came to realize that I was really just settling because I did not believe (and I was too afraid) that life could get any better. I was too set in my beliefs and my comfort zone to really open up and admit…

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Facebook LIVE Discussion: Maintaining Recovery During The Holidays

Hosts: Chelsea Martin, RD & Travis Stewart, LPC Protecting your recovery during the holiday season can be difficult. It is important to brush up on relapse prevention skills and be mindful of complicated situations that can occur around food, body image and exercise. In this discussion, we will identify ways to put your recovery first by planning ahead and being proactive. It will include ways to cope with overwhelming situations and how to manage your meal plan at holiday get togethers. There will be discussion on how to utilize your support system as well as reminders of internal resources. This…

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