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Category Archives: Staff Spotlight

Castlewood Staff Teaches K-State Summer Course

To Register For this Course: Click on information for enrolling as a “Non-degree seeking student”. You must enroll as a summer student at http://www.dce.k-state.edu/courses/registration/policies-admit Registration page: https://eis.dce.ksu.edu/CreditReg/CourseSearch/ Looking for THTRE 630 Drama Therapy with Eating Disorders. CLass # 11500 Registration officially starts Monday, March 25th

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Clients Sing Praises of Castlewood Staff

A client at Castlewood Treatment Center  inspired by our dedicated direct care staff recently shared this with our team: Meghan A- Meghan is always looking for ways to notice and connect with each client. She is always willing to make time to check-in no matter what else is going on. It’s so completely obvious that she loves her job and her passion makes us feel valued and special. Meghan genuinely demonstrates servant leadership and I often see her doing things for other DC staff outside her normal responsibilities. Meghan is flexible and always has a good attitude no matter what…

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Recovery and Treatment with Theresa Chesnut

Written by Deanna James, LPC Theresa Chesnut, LCSW and I recently sat down to discuss treatment, the recovery process and what she has learned in her 13 years with Castlewood Treatment Center. Theresa has worked with Castlewood Treatment Centers since its inception in 2000. She has devoted her career to helping individuals recover from their eating disorders.   She offers a wide range of experience and understanding in her role as a therapist, clinical liaison, and eating disorder specialist. Most recently, Theresa has been working in Monterey Bay, CA , to assist in the startup of Castlewood’s affiliate, Monarch Cove Residential…

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Staff Spotlight- Direct Care Staff

Direct Care staff at Castlewood Treatment Center and Monarch Cove Treatment Center work directly with the clients to provide compassionate support during meals, group therapy and free time. Executive Director and CEO, Nancy Albus shared that “The role of the direct care counselor is vital in our treatment process. The support of direct care allows the therapeutic work to have the degree of depth necessary for our clients to achieve full recovery.  The therapists allow the processing and the compassionate approach to continue with the contact the direct care counselors provide each and every client.” “I am truly appreciative of…

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Monarch Cove Staff Featured on Mental Health Matters

Marybeth Weinstock, Ph.D, BC-DMT was recently hired as a primary therapist and dance/movement therapist at Monarch Cove Treatment Center, an affiliate of Castlewood Treatment Centers located in Pacific Grove, CA. She brings a wealth of experience to the team in California and we look forward to working with her. Dr. Marybeth Weinstock has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Masters Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) from Hunter College in New York, and an undergraduate degree in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore.  Dr. Weinstock combines the disciplines of Clinical Psychology and…

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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Jim Gerber

For over ten years, Dr. Jim Gerber has been an essential part of the Castlewood Treatment Center family by providing compassionate and professional services to his clients. In respect of his 20 years of extensive therapeutic experience and his successful career at Castlewood, we are pleased to congratulate him on his newest position as Clinical Director.  Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment Centers, shared that “We are excited about the clinical leadership and knowledge that Jim brings to the talented and skilled therapeutic staff.” As clinical director, Dr. Gerber stated that he “plans to maintain the quality of the clinical work…

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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Written by Alyssa Salz, MS, RD, LD When most people think of the holiday season, they think of joy, celebrating, gathering with friends and family, and of course, enjoying holiday meals. But for individuals suffering with eating disorders or trying to maintain recovery, the holidays can bring a lot of challenges: worry over the food, what family and friends might say, and much more. This can make the season filled with stress, anxiety, and fear. Trying to imagine a holiday filled with peace and free from worry about what to eat or what not to eat is difficult to do,…

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Staff Spotlight- Brooke Thouvenot, RN

Brooke Thouvenot is an RN and the Director of Nursing for Castlewood Treatment Center. Brooke has worked at Castlewood since October 2010 as a registered nurse. Brooke came to Castlewood with a background in psychiatric nursing from St. Mary’s Hospital. She also has worked in cardiac and ICU nursing. During her work as a psychiatric nurse, Brooke wanted to take a holistic approach of integrating psychological needs and medical needs. She shared that she has “found this multidisciplinary, team approach at Castlewood. “I like watching the Castlewood team work together to get the best care for our clients; Working towards…

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Staff Spotlight: Katie Thompson, MS, LPC, NCC

Katie Thompson is a primary therapist at Castlewood, is a licensed professional counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She started working at Castlewood in 2010 after several years of experience working at another residential eating disorder program. Katie began her career working with inner city foster children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She had many clients with eating disorders or eating disordered behavior. Katie shared that “this job sparked her interest in the disorder and the underlying attachment issues and family dynamics that contribute to the development of some eating disorders.” Katie then went to work for a residential eating disorder program and…

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Staff Spotlight- Deborah Hinds- Nutritionist

  Castlewood nutritionist, Deborah Hinds, has a wonderful marriage, beautiful children and a rewarding career. She is committed to the recovery process with her clients because she has been there.   In her late teens and early twenties, Deborah was plagued with anorexia, binging, purging and hoarding food.  When Deborah went to treatment her experience was one of medical stabilization, very little therapy, and a lack of compassion and understanding. She left treatment with little insight gained, no sense of what she was eating, and negative body image. Deborah said, “I had no accurate sense of hunger and fullness.” Deborah’s road…

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