Summer may be in full swing but its never to early to start thinking about outpatient group opportunities for next season. The Fall Group Catalog is now available on The Emily Program’s website and will available at the front desks of our Twin Cities locations next week!
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
Five new Yoga & Body Image groups will begin this month in The Emily Program’s St. Paul and St. Louis Park offices.Yoga & Meditation
In many instances eating disorders and body image issues are intimately linked. For many people who have an eating disorder, anxiety, worry, and pre-occupation with body image are also a part of their struggle. Recognizing this link and working on one’s body image can play a critical role in recovery from an eating disorder.
In 2008, Congress passed the The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act (MHPAEA) which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for the treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders as is covered for physical health problems – including reasonable co-pays and deductibles. This bill was signed into law by former president George W. Bush. Now, almost four years later, progress on the implementation of the bill has slowed.
The Emily Program is excited to announce the launch of a new outpatient group therapy schedule beginning June 1.
All Things COE is an group therapy option for clients at The Emily Program with Compulsive Overeating (COE) and Bing-Eating Disorder (BED) diagnoses. This ongoing group is designed to connect COE/BED clients with others and provide additional support and education around topics that affect those with COE/BED and their loved ones.
The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) bi-annual National Lobby Day will be on April 24, 2012 in Washington DC. Twice a year professionals and advocates in the eating disorder field travel to Washington DC to talk with Members of Congress. Their objectives are to increase the awareness of the presence of eating disorders in the United States, bolster funding for research and to change the way people with eating disorders have access care.
By Dr. Mark Warren
Anyone with an eating disorder has been asked at some point or another "Why don't you just eat?" Most likely if you have an eating disorder you have asked yourself the same question. You might wonder "Why is eating so hard for me when it seems to be so easy for everyone else?" On one level the answer to this is incredibly simple, and on another level incredibly complicated. The simple level is biology. Having an eating disorder means having neurological or neuroanatomical organization of your brain that creates enormous barriers to eating normally. These barriers include visual and sensory distortions, impacts on reward centers and executive organization of the brain, distortions of senses of fullness and hunger, and over evaluation of body size and shape, in addition to other issues that may be present. The combination of all of these things makes eating incredibly hard to do. The complex answer comes from the interaction of all the issues above in addition to the fact that eating itself is an activity that is way more complicated than people give it credit for. Eating is not just about seeing food, grabbing food and putting it in our mouths. Eating is about being aware of what's happening inside our bodies, understanding and appreciating our sensations, knowing what gives us pleasure and how to eat in a balanced way. Add social eating and societal influence and its clear that eating is a complex activity on many levels. So the answer to why can't I just eat is that you have an eating disorder and that in fact is what the disorder is. It's what makes it such a scary, painful, and life threatening disease. Having an eating disorder is confronting the question "Why can't I just do something that ultimately may save my life?" It's also what makes recovery from an eating disorder so rich, full, and rewarding. Because when you are able to "just eat", you are able to embrace life in a way that had never felt possible before.
Our Seattle office is celebrating its one year anniversary this year! Along with this excitingThe Emily Program Seattle WA Clinic anniversary The Emily Program in Seattle is working hard to expand the services offered to our clients in the Northwest by start a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
The Emily Program's St. Louis Park office now has walk-in hours available to Emily Program clients.
Our Walk-in and Referral Service is available to all Emily Program clients who have been through the complete intake process, are over age 18, and in urgent need of crisis intervention or support. In other words, when your primary therapist is not available in a timely manner or while you are awaiting a primary therapist (after intake evaluation). This service is currently only available at our St. Louis Park location.
Five new Yoga & Body Image groups will begin this spring in The Emily Program’s St Paul and St Louis Park offices.Yoga & Meditation
In many instances eating disorders and body image issues are intimately linked. For manyyoga spring groups people who have an eating disorder, anxiety, worry, and pre-occupation with body image are also a part of their struggle. Recognizing this link and working on one’s body image can play a critical role in recovery from an eating disorder.
February 27 – March 2, 2012
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that have psychological, biological, and sociocultural causes. The good news is that prevention and recovery are possible.
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to spread awareness of eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding them. This year, The Emily Program Foundation has partnered with universities in the Twin Cities and Duluth for a number of FREE events across the state in observance and celebration of eating disorder awareness.
A new cycle of the 10-week Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer (LGBTQ) Group begins next week. This thoughtful and supportive group is designed for clients who consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer as well as for clients who are questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
A recent study by Dr. Janet Treasure, one of the world's most prominent eating disorder researchers, has demonstrated the significant importance of early and aggressive treatment for anorexia nervosa. In her study, regardless of the treatment mechanism, patients who had been ill for longer than three years had significantly worse outcomes after treatment then those who had been ill for less time. Give the lack of evidence based treatment available until ten years ago, we do not know if current treatment mechanism may be more effective for those who have been ill longer. However, we can certainly say that based on this study, the faster someone gets into treatment and the more aggressive the treatment, clients are faster into recovery and less likely to relapse.
Considering whether or not to have a gastric bypass procedure can be a difficult decision to make. Many factors of one’s life are affected by bariatric surgeries and The Emily Program offers support for individuals that have had bariatric surgery and are looking for support in their new lifestyle, as well as support for those who are considering surgery.
As a part of The Emily Program’s commitment to offering individualized support and treatment of eating disorders, we are constantly working to improve and expand upon the diverse resources and group therapy opportunities we offer to clients. With the coming of the new year, many of these groups are beginning new cycles of speakers, group activities, and information sessions.