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Emotional Eating: Why We Won’t Negotiate

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Gatewell providers often work with clients presenting with "compulsive" or emotional eating. These same clients typically have a history of dieting or somehow restricting their food. Restriction can take various forms, including limiting when we eat, what we eat, and how much. In fact, we rarely encounter self-identified overeaters who don't skimp on their intake … Continue reading Emotional Eating: Why We Won’t Negotiate

Fat Bias in the Medical World

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When I was in college, it was a well-know fact that if you were female and went to the student health center, the staff would likely blame whatever ailed you on a potential pregnancy. Strep throat? Pregnant. Bee sting? With child. No matter what is was, you could be pregnant and they’d need to run … Continue reading Fat Bias in the Medical World

Mommy Drinking: How Wine-Mom Culture Has Normalized Alcohol Misuse

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If you're a mom, it's hard to escape the "wine mom" memes, the ones that lightheartedly encourage you to drink because, woman, kids are tough.  Mommy drinking is real. There's a Facebook page with over 700,000 followers called "Moms Who Need Wine." Mothers kid that it's always "wine o'clock," get together for boozy play dates, … Continue reading Mommy Drinking: How Wine-Mom Culture Has Normalized Alcohol Misuse

Anger: Accepting and Decoding

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Popular psychology and many therapists will tell you that anger is a cover-up or defense for other emotions, namely hurt, sadness, or fear. It is true that, in some cases, we might "lead" with anger, when underneath that, we're struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, or vulnerability. But sometimes, anger is simply anger, and accepting … Continue reading Anger: Accepting and Decoding

Intrusive Thoughts – Coping Tips

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What Are Intrusive Thoughts? We all have involuntary thoughts and they might be disturbing or distressing at times. Think of the flash you have of a family member's funeral or an unwanted "what-if" thought, such as "What if I just took my foot off my brake and ran into that car?" Intrusive thoughts are upsetting, … Continue reading Intrusive Thoughts – Coping Tips

Open Path – Gatewell Makes Specialized Treatment More Accessible

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One of the problems we've consistently noticed in the world of mental health is poor access to quality treatment. This seems to occur even more frequently when individuals are seeking out therapy with mental health specialists. As eating disorder, substance use disorder, and trauma specialists (in addition to our more general areas), we know how … Continue reading Open Path – Gatewell Makes Specialized Treatment More Accessible

Joint Pain: What to Do When Your Doctor Recommends Weight Loss

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If you live in a larger body, you might struggle with joint pain from time to time, particularly in your knees and possibly in your hips, back, or other joints. Chances are, if you've complained to a doctor - or anyone, really - about movement-associated joint pain, the recommendation has been a straight and simple, … Continue reading Joint Pain: What to Do When Your Doctor Recommends Weight Loss

Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?

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Have you ever wondered if you have a drinking problem? Has anyone suggested that your alcohol use is concerning? When you go out drinking, do you have 4 of 5 drinks, maybe more? Do a couple of glasses of wine eventually turn into the whole bottle? Is there a set time of day when you … Continue reading Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?

Parenting a Stubborn Child

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Do you struggle with parenting a stubborn child? Is your headstrong little one wreaking havoc at home? Does it feel like your child rules the roost? We've compiled five skills  to help you manage conflict and your relationship and to achieve a more peaceful family dynamic: Re-frame stubborn. A stubborn child can grow up to … Continue reading Parenting a Stubborn Child