Fairhaven Treatment Center for Eating Disorders will begin offering a free awareness and skills-building group for women struggling with disordered eating and body image. The group will meet the last Sunday of each month beginning March 29. The complimentary sessions will include group discussion and an introduction to yoga, breathing techniques, and mindfulness principles. Dr. Teri McCann, Clinical Director of Fairhaven and Molly Fleming, MA, LPC-MHSP, RYT, will lead the monthly sessions.
“Disordered eating places a huge strain on individuals and families,” McCann said. “We are happy to offer this therapeutic opportunity to the Memphis community in the tranquil environment that is Fairhaven, and hope it instills the foundation for healthy coping skills and peace of mind.”
McCann says that mind-body work offers an important adjunct to the other therapies used in the treatment of eating disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Family Counseling, and Art Therapy. “We emphasize the importance of whole-person awareness to help our residents and outpatient clients tap into all of the dimensions of the self—mind, body, and emotions,” McCann added.
Yoga and mindfulness are increasingly included in the treatment regimen of residential and outpatient programs for eating disorders because of the opportunity they offer for self- care and self-soothing. Fleming is a therapist at Fairhaven and teaches experiential approaches to self-awareness to residents and outpatient clients. “For all populations, and particularly this one, mindfulness practices like yoga offer an opportunity for inner experiencing, which is central to learning how to cope with a variety of challenges frequently encountered in the treatment of eating disorders, including high levels of anxiety,” Fleming said.
Fairhaven’s treatment philosophy stresses that recovery is a multi- dimensional process of reclaiming the joy in life and that differentiating emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations are an important part of the process. “Mind-body work approaches treatment in a different way than other therapies,” Fleming said. “Learning to listen to the felt sense of the body requires broader sensitivity. The overarching goal of our mind- body work is to help residents develop self-compassion, a fuller experience of individual choice, and personal connectedness.”
Fairhaven’s free Sunday disordered eating awareness and yoga group will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month beginning March 29, 2015. For more information call (844) 757-7979.