Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partneredin 2014.
By Dr. Mark Warren
One of the saddest and complicated components of an eating disorder is how it encourages secrets. Behaviors, negative thoughts, feelings of shame, and the pain one carries often happen in secret. By the time someone presents for treatment they are so familiar and so used to keeping secrets that it can be very difficult to tell the truth. Keeping secrets is not a failure, a betrayal, or an attempt by a patient to trick or fool a therapist or loved one. Keeping secrets is part of the illness. In treatment we need to work on revealing secrets, on becoming more honest and finding ways to speak truths, even though those truths may feel that they expose us. They may expose how ill we really are, the sadness we carry, the obsessions of our minds, our fears that we will never recover, or past events that we wish were not true. The pain of holding secrets is too great and holding them only make us sicker and less likely to receive the help we need. Like radical acceptance, treatment requires radical honesty for patients, therapists, and loved ones. Speaking our truths and being honest both in treatment and with oneself is truly a key to recovery.
Contributions by Sarah Emerman
The Emily Program is excited to announce that our new Spokane office is officially open.
We are currently taking referrals and new clients in need of eating disorder treatment. Call us at (509) 252-1366.
We believe that with the right treatment, recovery is possible. Our Spokane providers are well-trained, knowledgeable eating disorder professionals. They offer personalized, compassionate care to individuals who are on their journey toward recovery.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul summer group catalog is out and includes descriptions of all of our ongoing outpatient groups and a number of new groups being offered during summer quarter.
For clients who participate in intensive programs at our St. Louis Park office, this season also brings a pilot program that let’s you choose various groups to attend during your program day. To get involved with any group, please speak with your individual therapist. They can help you determine the group(s) that will be fit your needs and help get you signed up.
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
CCED is very proud to announce our very own Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, received the 2013 Outstanding Clinician Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders "for her contributions to the clinical care and well-being of individuals with eating disorders through clinical contributions to the field."
"I feel really lucky to be part of this community of experts in eating disorder treatment," Dr. Wisniewski said during her acceptance speech. "On a day-to-day basis, if I feel stuck with a patient, I can call people literally all over the world because of this group. I have learned so much from being a part of the AED, and it is just an honor to receive this award."
Dr. Wisniewski was honored during an award's ceremony at this year's International Conference on Eating Disorders, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in Eating Disorders, held in Montreal, May 2 – 4. During her acceptance speech, she joked that the irony of this award is the fact that she never wanted to be a clinician. So, she offered the audience one piece of advice: Take the opportunities that come to you, even if you don't think they will lead you down what you think is your desired path.
Watch Dr. Wisniewski receiving her award live at the AED's award ceremony below. Her acceptance speech begins at timestamp 5:45.
The Woodbury office will offer individuals increased access to care. Located off interstate 94 and 494, we’ll be conveniently located for those who live in the eastern metro area.
We’re excited about this new location and will provide an array of outpatient eating disorder services – from Intensive Day Program to individual appointments.
Check back later this summer for more updates about this new location.