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Category Archives: Testimonials

Castlewood taught me and empowered me

“Castlewood offered me a different reflection of myself, and they gave me a safe space where I didn’t need all the self-loathing behaviors, thoughts, and emotions associated with my eating disorder. Those stripped away, I could see what I really am, and I decided that I didn’t want to lose what I saw. Castlewood taught me and empowered me to care enough to fight for my life.”-EL

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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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Castlewood Alumni Raises Funds for ED Awareness

Matthew Ryd, a former client at Castlewood Treatment Center and musician extraordinaire uses his talents each year during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to raise money for the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). In previous years he has participated in various fundraisers including creating a video sharing his story with the world to bring awareness to men and eating disorders. Matt shared that he feels that awareness is extremely important when it pertains to eating disorders. “Eating Disorder are generally misunderstood by the general public. It not just about young girls…

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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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A Mother’s Gratitude

My daughter was a client at Castlewood for two months at the beginning of 2012.  Castlewood Treatment Center has given her the tools to begin a new life full of the hopes and dreams that she never before thought possible.  She  is doing well in her recovery.  For the most part, our family is doing well in her recovery.  As I read through your recent newsletter, I was moved to walk back in time and  experience again my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams that I experienced during my family week-end visit to Castlewood. As a fifteen year recovering alcoholic, I couldn’t…

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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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The best decision I have ever made

“I had struggled with an eating disorder most of my life.  From age 16-22 it was really bad.  I had a few good years but at age 28 I found my life unraveling.  I was bingeing and purging uncontrollably and my weight had plummeted.  My therapist recommended a higher level of care and after researching several options – I chose Castlewood.  And it was the best decision I have ever made.  Castlewood worked with me as an individual – not just the standard treatment protocol for an individual with an eating disorder.  They included my family.  They addressed the underlying…

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I believe that an dealing successfully with eating disorders

“Thank you for the monthly Castlewood newsletters.  My daughter was a client at Castlewood for two months at the beginning of 2012.  Castlewood has given her the tools to begin a new life full of the hopes and dreams that she never before thought possible.  She is doing well in her recovery.  For the most part, our family is doing well in her recovery.  As I read through your recent newsletter, I was moved to walk back in time and  experience again my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams that I experienced during my family week-end visit to Castlewood. As a fifteen…

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Reclaim

The theme of day 3 of Weight Stigma Awareness Week is RECLAIM. The idea for today is to RECLAIM your body image as your own. How do you CHOOSE to see yourself, if not through the lens of societies standards, what is your self-image? What do you truly value about yourself, others and the world around you? Lets all reclaim our bodies and our lives from the values and expectations placed upon us by others. I invite all of you to do some writing about the above questions! Below are my thoughts! So what do I value? I value in myself…

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Alumni Corner- Coping Skills

Ian, a Castlewood Alumni shared with us about how he is putting the skills he learned at Castlewood to use! SKILLS I LEARNED AT CASTLEWOOD WHICH I AM APPLYING AT HOME One of the most important skills I learned at Castlewood was to not numb my emotions and let them be as they are and be curious towards them. I learned restriction and exercise numbs the emotions for a brief period of time only to return even stronger and it is normal to have these emotions. Since being at Castlewood, I have been able to manage my anxiety better with…

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