A Time to Learn and Reflect

Posted on Oct 30, 2017


Mike Hinds

Therapist

Twice a year Avalon Hills invites parents and partners of our adult patients to spend a week with their loved ones at our Family Week event held on the campus of Utah State University. While it takes commitment and effort for families to get there, time and again they say was invaluable and worth the effort.
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A Heart for Advocacy

Posted on Oct 05, 2017


Loreen Thompson

Financial Coordinator

I have been working in the mental health industry for the past 30 years and have worn many hats from an office manager at a thriving outpatient clinic, to admissions, to billing manager, and for the last seven years as the Financial Coordinator for Avalon Hills.  I have seen the eating disorders treatment industry change drastically over this time and I must say that the best years of my career have been at Avalon Hills. I really don't think of working as a job, but rather I serve as a patient advocate for our clients, the families, adolescents and women who have trusted us to help them heal. It breaks my heart that every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result of their eating disorder, a TREATABLE condition
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Staying the Course in Choppy Seas

Posted on Aug 23, 2017


Benita Quakenbush

Owner / Founder / CEO

Eating disorders are a complicated, painful and potentially life threatening. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. (Crow, et al, 2009). One of the reasons I am so passionate about working with eating disorders is because I suffered and recovered from an eating disorder as a young woman.
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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Posted on Aug 03, 2017


Jen Tolman Ph.D

Director of Specialty Services

Dr. Steven Hayes, the founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT--a values-guided approach to thinking about oneself and how we relate to the world) suggests the reason people come to therapy or treatment is because they notice a gap between how they are living their lives and how they WANT to be living their lives; the purpose of therapy, therefore, is to narrow that gap.
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Body Image: The Messages We Receive

Posted on Jul 11, 2017


Alexandra Reveles

Doctoral Clinical Assistant

What is body image? Are you happy with your body image? What influenced the development of your body image? These are an example of some of the questions posed to patients in the body image process groups that are held weekly at Avalon Hills. As you might guess, when patients first arrive at Avalon the answers to these questions contain a host of negative words. Patients often say they hate their bodies, but are not always sure why they feel that way. Some can pinpoint messages they heard growing up that began the questioning of their bodies and others have no idea what influenced their body image ideal.
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Chad Speth

Primary Care Provider

Eating disorders effect virtually every organ and organ system of the body. From the hair, skin and fingernails to the vital organs such as the heart, brain even the lungs. Most of the effects on the body result from the behaviors associated with the eating disorder.
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Lauren McCullam

Dietitian

How many times have you been scrolling though social media or other websites and seen a tag line similar to this, “10 Foods You Should Never Eat,” or “Seemingly Healthy Foods that are Bad for you?” Unfortunately, we live in a society where nutrition misinformation is flowing at us from every side.
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Jill Jensen

Case Manager

There are many areas of work for each individual pursuing recovery. One of the most difficult obstacles for many of our patients is body image acceptance. Body image is often one of the last areas to change and sometimes one of the most challenging. At Avalon Hills, we approach body image work from many angles. One of our interventions working towards body image acceptance is the shopping challenge.
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Avalon Hills

Eating Disorders Specialists

Until the later 20th century, much of the scientific community subscribed to the idea that once fully developed, the human brain was static—fixed in its current state and incapable of being changed. However, as scientific methodologies evolved, new research began to indicate that the human brain was in fact plastic—able to be changed throughout the course of individuals’ lives as a result of their environment and experiences.
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Lesle Dickey

Director of Nursing

At Avalon Hills we provide nursing staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our nurses work as a cohesive team, which enables us to be fully present for the needs of our patients. Over the past several years, our team has been fortunate to work closely with Dan Siegel, internationally-renowned expert in Interpersonal Neurobiology, to better understand the inner workings of our patient’s minds. Throughout our time with Dr. Siegel we have discussed in depth how we can foster a secure attachment with your loved ones.
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