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Castlewood Cooking Experiences:  Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure with Chef Mary

Introducing Chef Mary at Castlewood Treatment Center at Monarch Cove   What do you love most about working at Monarch Cove? Being able to utilize the creativity and artistry of cooking to develop my craft on an ongoing basis is something that I’m grateful for every day. What I love most about working at Monarch Cove is that I’m able to use that daily inspiration to nourish our clients and be instrumental in developing or restoring their relationship with food. What made you decide to become a Chef? I’ve always been someone who wanted to cook. I spent many years…

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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, cathy.lane@castlewoodtc.com 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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Returning to Castlewood Treatment Center

Guest Post by Rachael Wolf, Dietitian PHP When I started college, I knew that I wanted to work with eating disorders. At that time, I was studying to become a therapist- but that’s beside the point. I remember sitting in a lecture hall at Southeast Missouri State during eating disorder awareness week, listening to a therapist from Castlewood speak about their program. The treatment philosophy was unlike anything I had ever heard- and at that moment, I decided I wanted to work at Castlewood Treatment Center. Working at Castlewood has been a dream of mine for many years, which is…

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What To Do When A Client Needs A Higher Level Of Care: The Art of Referring

You have been seeing your client for a few weeks now and are noticing that he/she is continually skipping meals or continuing to binge or purge. He or She seems to be losing stability and is not making the gains you hoped for. What is the best way to approach your client? What key things do you need to know to make a decision? How do you approach your client? Discuss your concerns and recommendation for treatment Help the client make the first phone call during your session Review our materials and the website together Our skilled and compassionate team…

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Castlewood Announces Staff Additions and Promotions

Castlewood is pleased to announce the promotion of Deana Wilson and the addition of Dana Suitor. Deana Wilson has been promoted to Director of Intake for Castlewood Treatment Centers. Now residing in St. Louis, she will oversee the intake team, working directly with potential clients to guide them from inquiries to admittance.  In addition, she will continue building relationships with eating disorder professionals. “This new role allows me to be onsite and have a more hands-on approach to client access and care,” said Deana. “I am especially eager to incorporate the feedback and best practices I have learned from professionals…

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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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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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Staff Spotlight: Stacy Sisson, RN

Stacy Sisson has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2001 as part of our dedicated nursing staff. In her 12 years at Castlewood, Stacy has watched us grow and develop as an organization. She shared that “after all these years, Castlewood continues to provide treatment that is highly individualized and we still offer unique treatment for each client.”  “Our leadership has hired clinicians that can each meet the specific needs of the individual clients,” said Stacy. She shared her thoughts on her colleagues saying “one of the things that I love about having a larger staff is that the people…

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Staff Spotlight: Annalee Plumb, LPC, NCC, CADC

Annalee Plumb has been appointed the new Director of Admissions and Utilization Review for Castlewood Treatment Centers and Monarch Cove Treatment Center. Nancy Albus, Castlewood CEO shared “intake and UR are a talented group of professionals who will now be able to benefit from Annalee’s experience and leadership.” Annalee has worked for Castlewood since October 2010 as a utilization review specialist. She also facilitates individual consults and group therapy for clients with co-occurring chemical dependency diagnoses at our St. Louis locations. “I am excited about this new position at Castlewood and the opportunity to facilitate a collaborative relationship between Intake and…

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