Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Eating Disorder Relapse

Schema Therapy Training

Castlewood Treatment Center staff recently participated in training with George Lockwood on Scheme Therapy. The training was two days, Monday and Tuesday 1/28 and 1/29.  All of the therapy staff attended the training held at Castlewood. Schema Therapy was developed by Dr. Jeffrey E. Young for use in treatment of personality disorders and chronic Axis I disorders, such as when patients fail to respond or relapse after having been through other therapies (for example, traditional CBT). Schema Therapy is an integrative, twenty first century psychotherapy synergistic-ally and systematically combining theory and techniques from previously existing therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychoanalytic object…

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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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Alumni Corner- a few years later

Kimi- a former Castlewood client shares about her journey in recovery several years after treatment. I sit here tonight, a junior in nursing school, at a top 3% nursing school in the nation, finally feeling like I am truly doing what I am supposed to be doing and living my life to the fullest. Tomorrow, I start my first day of clinicals in a psychiatric unit. I had to do a reflection on what I was expecting. I found myself drifting back to the months I spent at Castlewood. The most life changing months of my life. I can’t believe it…

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Alumni Corner- Re-Entry: The World After Treatment

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”                               ~John Pierpont Morgan A space shuttle flight crew returning to earth cannot kick back, cross their fingers, and simply hope re-entry works out.  The flight crew must access their extensive training, check and double check all variables, meticulously plan the re-entry, and stay in communication with professionals trained to help them in order to be successful. Similarly, there comes a time when you leave residential treatment and plan “re-entry” to your actual life.  Despite feeling hopeful and prepared, it can be…

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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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Alumni Corner- A Fully balanced life

R, a Castlewood alumnus in treatment four years ago shares how she is living a full and balanced life today. Even though going into treatment was the most difficult decision I’ve made in my life so far, I know it was the best choice I’ve ever made in my life.  This August, I will have four years in recovery under my belt.  My last relapse was in 2009.  Although I was disappointed I turned back to my eating disorder for two months, I was extremely proud that I quickly sought help and haven’t relapsed in the past three years. My…

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New IOP Office

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new IOP office and support group center. As of July 2012, The Eating Disorder Center of Missouri will now be located at 1859 Intertech Drive in Fenton, Missouri.  This new 6,000 square foot facility will feature four large group meeting rooms, a state-of –the art kitchen and dining room and multiple offices for therapists, dieticians and staff. The expanding IOP program will include two separate options for clients; one track for Castlewood Treatment Center clients and the other for outpatient clients located in the St. Louis area.  The IOP program is…

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IAEDP Symposium 2012

The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals will host its Annual Symposium March 22-25, 2012 in Charleston, SC. Castlewood Treatment Center is proud to support IAEDP and will be exhibiting at the conference. Deanna James, LPC- Intake and Marketing Director, and Nancy Albus, LPC- Executive Director will be representing Castlewood this year by attending and exhibiting at the Castlewood booth. Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who…

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Self-Forgiveness and Eating Disorders

In a recent update from EDReferral, the largest eating Disorder Referral and Information service, a recent study regarding self forgiveness and eating disorders was sited. This study investigated whether low levels of self-forgiveness were associated with eating disorder symptomatology. Participating women (N = 51) had diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or no eating disorder diagnosis. They completed 3 measures of self-forgiveness. Women with eating disorders had lower levels of self-forgiveness compared with control participants. Results suggest that incorporating self-forgiveness interventions into current eating disorder treatments should be evaluated in future research as they might enhance clinical outcomes. Source: Eat…

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Recovery- What happens after Treatment

by Kelly Garin- Castlewood Alumni Back when I was in the grips of my eating disorder I didn’t believe there was such a thing as “true recovery.” It was so hard to imagine not being consumed daily by self-hating thoughts and disgust of my body. As I spent time in treatment I would often see recovery speakers come and tell their story, and it seemed like their stories were all the same. They came to treatment, were cured, and left to live a perfect and happy life. Hearing this I had such a hard time believing in recovery, if everyone…

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