by: Darlene Y. Graham, MA, LMHC Dr. Kristen Neff, a leading expert in the field of self-compassion defines it as follows: “Self-compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.” In our self-compassion groups at Selah House, I use this definition to invite clients to learn how to give themselves grace. Often a…Details
Several eating disorders share binge and restriction symptoms and appear to be a food-related problem. However, eating disorders have underlying emotional issues manifested through behaviors. Treating an eating disorder is more than learning self-control around food; it also involves managing the emotions and triggers associated with the symptoms.
The holidays are full of family gatherings and social events and mingling over an array of tasty treats and holiday meals. For those suffering from an eating disorder, the season can bring additional stress, anxiety, and fear. It is often common for those suffering to experience increased symptoms of their disorder during this time. It…Details
Recovering from an eating disorder requires a multi-disciplinary team including a medical doctor, psychiatrist, therapists, family members, and a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) who specialize in treating eating disorders. The client-dietitian relationship is invaluable as it helps to guide clients through understanding a meal plan and the nutritional needs of someone recovering from an eating disorder.…Details
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings and relax, but for those struggling with an eating disorder, it can be a time of anxiety as triggers seem unavoidable with the focus on food and social gatherings. Knowing how to handle common pressures associated with the holidays can safeguard your mental and emotional health.…Details
We are constantly overloaded with information about the benefits for exercise and our body’s need for it. Despite the fixation, there is the point of “too much of a good thing,” and that’s where compulsive exercise can come into play. Often the person who is compulsively exercising is getting compliments from others on their commitment…Details