When someone shares the news of a life changing diagnosis with the people in their lives, they are often overwhelmed by the amount of advice they receive about supplements that could help, miracle cures, magic diets, personal stories about what worked for me, my cousin, my aunt. During a challenging and vulnerable time, instead of…

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We recently came across this beautiful talk by Tara Brach on The Sacred Art of Listening. When we think of listening, we think of the space we hold for people’s healing process, and how the quality of our listening, not the wisdom of our words, has the biggest impact on whether or not people change. When…

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One of our favorite bloggers, Ragen Chastain, recently shared this piece with some important reminders about the ways our assumptions about weight impact our treatment of eating disorders. “I have taught dance and movement at a number of eating disorder treatment centers. At one that worked almost exclusively with patients who were very thin and dealing…

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How do we reduce clinician burnout? What helps people develop resiliency, so that the important work they do in the world isn’t hindered by vicarious trauma and their own lack of self-care? The cumulative aspect of ongoing exposure to suffering and trauma is largely ignored in health care, criminal justice, and other fields. Laura van…

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In our work, we find we talk a lot about this idea of redefining success. Both motivational interviewing (MI) and Health at Every Size® (HAES) ask people to do this. MI encourages clinicians to embrace the different possibilities, besides action, for defining a successful encounter. Many health care providers judge their success by asking this question: Did…

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