"Ask Emily" is a video segment where Dr. Jillian Lampert answers email questions from the community.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Lampert suggests some steps people can take to begin to establish a healthy relationship with food and their body after years of overeating and feelings of shame.
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
By Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery
Twenty-two years ago I was a 22-year-old high achieving college student who had already studied overseas three times for a total of two and a half years and was fluent in a second language. I worked thirty hours a week and attended college classes full time while maintaining good grades. I managed to keep a large circle of friends well entertained and my nuclear and extended family happy by participating in family events at least ninety percent of the time. I was on the road to a job in marketing and advertising; to a dream life of red suits, nice cars, high pay and what I thought at the time would be happiness.
We would like to thank all of you who joined us last week at The Emily Program – Cleveland's Open House and complimentary CEU presentation. We are humbled by such a warm reception from our fellow peers, colleagues and community supporters.
Do you ever wonder if your child or loved one is struggling with an eating disorder? Is it “bad enough” to refer to a specialist? How can you support them during their eating disorder treatment? Eating disorders are serious, complex, and life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of professionals. These questions and more will be answered during this free session to help you understand of the multidimensional nature of eating disorders.
Participants needed for a study aimed at understanding early eating disorder symptom development!
The University of Minnesota and The Emily Program are seeking adolescents who have received an eating disorder diagnosis and parents of adolescents with a current or past eating disorder diagnosis to participate in a study looking at eating disorder symptom development. All participants will be asked to come in for a 45 minute session in which they will be interviewed and surveyed about their eating disorder development.
Participants will be adolescents between the ages of 12-18 with a recent eating disorder onset (i.e., within the past two years) and/or parents of adolescents with a recent eating disorder diagnosis.
Participants will each be compensated with a $25 Visa gift card for their participation. In person interviews are preferable, we can also complete sessions via phone.
A message from Erin, a former Emily Program client who is in recovery
I had the opportunity to record my story of hope and healing for The Emily Program recently. My hope is that in hearing my story you will know that there is hope for you, there is hope for your loved one, there is hope for everyone. Recovery is a journey, and it is there for you. I cannot promise that it will always be easy, but I can promise that it will be worth it.
By Michelle, an Emily Program client
Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Michelle and I’ve been coming to the Emily program for almost 10 years for help in dealing with compulsive overeating, depression and anxiety. When first asked about doing this blog I hesitated. I didn’t think I had anything special to say. But as I thought about it, I realized I have 3 good reasons for doing this:
- I have been through a lot but I’m not unique. All of us are dealing with similar things and I think many of you will be able to relate to some of my experiences. Treatment and therapy can be hard, but knowing you are not alone definitely makes it easier. I also promise to try and incorporate some humor –so be on the lookout for it. You may have to look closely…:)
- Doing this on a regular basis will help me reflect and think about my own recovery. It’s easy to get bogged down in my latest problems. This will help me think about things differently and from a different perspective.
- The Emily Program has literally saved my life and I want to give back. In the last few years there have been a couple of times when the pain got too big, the hope got too small and I just got too tired of fighting. I am still here today because of the connections I have made with counselors & friends at the Emily Program.
So enjoy the reading each month. Feel free to send in comments or questions and I’ll do my best to respond.
By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program
I remember the terror and anxiety that ran through my veins prior to confronting my friends about their eating disorder(s), because I was so unsure of how they might react. But I once heard the quote, albeit a bit cheesy perhaps, that “I would rather have a mad friend than a dead friend.” Not that I had enough power as a single human to save their life and well-being per se, but instead holding steadfast to the notion that I had enough of a voice to help, because I would rather say “I tried” instead of “I should’ve.”
Please join us as we celebrate the partnership between The Emily Program and Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders on July 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Dirk Miller, CEO of The Emily Program, CCED's Mark Warren, newly appointed chief medical officer of The Emily Program, and CCED's Lucene Wisniewski, newly appointed chief clinical officer of The Emily Program, and other senior leadership of The Emily Program will be there. We would love to meet you and tell you about our future plans in Cleveland, including a new residential facility opening in early 2015.
Attention Lacey, Olympia, South Sound, Washington professionals.
Please join The Emily Program for a complimentary continuing education event at the Lacey Community Center on July 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Dr. Jillian Lampert, Chief Development Officer of The Emily Program and nationally renowned eating disorder expert will present on The Overlap Between Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating and Obesity.
By Krista Kubiak Crotty, C.E.D.S., L.M.F.T., Psy.D. and The Emily Program – Spokane Site Manager
Last June we excitedly opened the doors to The Emily Program – Spokane. On the first day, we gathered in the entry way of the building and walked into the office together. One team. United by a passion for helping individuals recover from eating disorders. One year ago there were 8 staff, 6 clinical and 2 administrative. Today there are 22. Still united, and more passionate than ever to help individuals find recovery.
We are excited to announce that Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders has partnered with The Emily Program. One of the most exciting outcomes of this partnership will be the opening of a 16-bed residential facility for adult males and females in early 2015.
The Emily Program South Sound location will offer comprehensive outpatient services to people of all ages and genders, including:
- Eating Disorder Assessments
- Individual, Group, & Family Therapy
- Medical & Psychiatric Services
- Nutritional Counseling
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program
Our Twin Cities Summer-Fall 2014 group catalog is now available online. Printed copies will also be available in The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul locations the first week of June.
The outpatient group catalog is your guide to outpatient eating disorder group offerings for the next six months. The Summer-Fall catalog gives an overview, locations, and times for groups that are being offered between June and December 2014 at all Twin Cities locations.
By Sarah Hrudka, The Emily Program Outreach Specialist
It’s no secret that in the vessel of body image and eating disorders, media, and therefore society is a prominent influence. Often, we only see it’s affects from the scope of our own city or region, but my recent trip to Boston has flagrantly reminded me that these issues bare no mind to any one region. Moreover, when we are not educating and creating awareness, the result is wayward behavior on behalf of something that people simply cannot grasp, but that is where ‘power of the masses’ can come in to alleviate the chatter.