Eating Disorders and Sexuality: A Mirasol Panel Discussion

EATING DISORDERS AND SEXUALITY

Estimates vary widely, but experts agree that there is a very high correlation between eating disorders and sexual abuse. So how do we begin to repair those damaged relationships, especially when clients may relate to sex the way they relate to food, engaging in behaviors that range from restriction to over-indulgence? It was a challenging topic for a panel discussion with therapists from Mirasol's adult and teen residential eating disorder treatment programs. As always, it reminded us of the many ways that our relationships with food both reflect and affect our interpersonal relationships.

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Backpacking with Mirasol Clients

In mid-April, we spent three glorious days backpacking with clients in a steep-walled canyon where a permanent stream creates a lush riparian environment.

BACKPACKING WITH CLIENTS

What We Brought, and What We Took Away

By Alison McCabe

We carried plenty in: tents, sleeping bags, headlamps, spare socks, and food to last three days. One client tucked photos of her family into a pocket. Another took her tool ring — a keychain full of techniques and reminders from treatment in case challenges should arise. And of course they did. If I've learned anything from adventuring outdoors, it's that challenges always do.

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FINDING YOURSELF IN WILDERNESS

Finding Yourself in the Middle of Nowhere

By Marion MacDonald

Mirasol's adventure therapy program includes camping, hiking and also backpacking. Each trip is a logistical nightmare, but we always find that time spent in wilderness is a great way to restore inner peace while connecting with ourselves and with each other in ways that would never be possible within the walls of a residential treatment facility.

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Upcoming Events

Exercise: Addiction or Healthy Lifestyle Choice?

Friday, May 6, 11 am - 1:30 pm
Sheraton Crescent Crestview Room
2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ

With Kimberly Dennis, MD, Chief Executive Officer/Medical Director Emeritus, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

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The Impact of a Shame Identity on Eating Disorders: Creative Methods of Treatment and Recovery

June 1, 2016

An IAEDP-Tucson event with Amy E. Wasserbauer, Ph.D., CEDS, and Pam Micca, M.Ed., LPC, ACS, CEDS, of Arizona State University Counseling Services

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Camping in the Dragoons

Photos from Mirasol's hiking and camping trip to Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains.

STARTING OUR HIKE
Starting our hike (20 people with clients and staff!)
AT HALF MOON TANK
At Half Moon Tank
REFLECTIONS
Reflections
VIEW FROM THE TOP
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