Recognize These Holiday Feelings Living with an ED? You’re Not Alone

Don’t know what to wear to the holiday gathering? Is everything uncomfortable?  You’re not alone. Feeling anxiety and frustration about your family giving you the “how are you doing” look and head tilt?  You’re not alone. Overcome with worry about food and calories?  You’re not alone. Filling your plate and acting like everything is okay (but not even knowing what “okay” even looks like)?  You’re not alone. Never really able to join conversations –... Read More

Special Guest: Alumni Blog- “My Story”

I get most of my healing through the ocean these days, but grew up in Northern Arizona and used the desert canyons and mountains as healing from a very young age. ED’s been around since I was about 10. I have a history of trauma that started really early on and I’m not sure exactly when or why I decided that ED would help me cope, with these feelings, but... Read More

Special Guest: Alumni Blog- “I am Enough”

I have struggled with an eating disorder from the age of 5, body dysmorphia from the age of 9, and self-harm beginning at the age of 12. I have had several suicide attempts with the last attempt in June of 2015. I was diagnosed with Major Clinical Depression and received much needed treatment and care at Montecatini in 2013 and 2014. I know that recovery is not linear. Some days... Read More

What It’s Like to Work Among ED Warriors

When people ask what I do, I typically say that I work at an eating disorder treatment center, and I try to create more awareness about eating disorders in our community. Depending on who I’m talking to, the person might hear “eating disorder” and get uncomfortable, wanting to change the subject. There is still a stigma around the illness, and many people don’t know how to respond. Even though eating... Read More

Three important principles of feminist therapy for anorexia recovery.

Feminist therapy offers the idea that much of what we call mental illness may actually be demonstrations of  social dis-ease and symbolic responses to sex and gender roles. Many disorders in women (including eating disorders) can be seen as a predictable responses to the long term preferential treatment of men. Additionally, eating disorders like anorexia may find their genesis and function as a prevention/survival response to traumas historically occurring for... Read More

Turning Great Loss and Struggle into a Powerful Message!

There are beautiful examples in the world all around us of people who have turned experiences of great loss and extreme struggle into a meaningful and powerful message. Psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Victor Frankl believed that the primary motivation of a person is to discover meaning in life. Meaning can be discovered both in suffering and in blessing. In our meaning making group at Montecatini we explore different avenues that... Read More