Equine Therapy

Good Morning my friends. I hope you had an amazing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.

As some of you may have already known, there are some treatment centers that I truly believe in, one being The Recovery Village. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of getting some of my questions answered with an interview that you can read here. And I am excited to share with you that they are now offering Equine Therapy! Read below to learn more.

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“In keeping with our focus on highly individualized, evidenced-based care, The Recovery Village is proud to offer Equine Therapy through S.A.D.L.E.S. (Self, Acceptance, Discovery, Learning, Empowerment and Success). Working closely with the patient’s primary treatment team, S.A.D.L.E.S. integrates the unique aspects of equine therapy into the patient’s customized care plan. S.A.D.L.E.S. is staffed by equine therapists who are certified in mental health and learning, PATH certified therapeutic riding instructors and a licensed clinical social worker with advanced psychotherapy experience. 

Equine assisted therapy is a holistic treatment approach that utilizes a combination of psychotherapy, relaxation and breath training, through equine care, rhythmic riding and groundwork, to help eating disorder and substance abuse patients achieve emotional healing, spiritual balance and physical wellness. Equine assisted psychotherapy is a measurable and effective way to treat the underlying issues that often accompany eating disorders and substance abuse. Studies show that patients who struggle with wide variety of underlying mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger and conflict issues, fear, sadness and feelings of confusion benefit from the therapeutic time spent interacting with horses. Equine assisted therapy is a measurable and successful complement to our more traditional therapies.

Equine therapy involves teaching patients to recognize and appreciate their developing physical strength and abilities. Overall physical and emotional wellness is an important end result of developing a relationship during riding and caring for horses. In addition, equine therapy involves group experiential interactions, shared in a peaceful and natural environment. 

Equine psychotherapy and learning is practiced using the same professional ethics and best practice standards that more traditional approaches utilize. S.A.D.L.E.S. has partnered with the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, in a cooperative research relationship to study the long-term effects of equine therapy in combat injured veterans.”

Questions about the program? You can contact Kristin by calling 813-494-5143 or by sending an email to kreagan@therecoveryvillage.com.

Always Be YOU,

Jenn B.

Seriously?!

Good Morning my friends. I’d like to address the seriousness of an eating disorder. Recently on Facebook, there have been several beautiful women whom have passed away. Their lives were taken by this awful disease. My prayers are with their families and friends.

**For anyone needing support, please know Be Me is here to help in any way that we can, our “door” is always open.**

Every year that passes in my own recovery, I feel grateful for being a survivor. I feel sad for those who aren’t here to join me on the side of Recovery, living a healthy and happy life. Perhaps, this is one reason why I give my heart to helping others survive and live life to the fullest. I fight hard and continue to advocate for change. What these women had to experience (suffering from an eating disorder)  was hell. And  I will do all that I can to help others from having to experience hell.

On several occasions, when I meet someone new and tell them about my non -profit organization, Be Me,  or mention my own past, the person will say something like, “I wish I had that problem.  I’d like to lose 20 (or 40 or whatever) pounds.” Seriously?!  People have died from this!  Do others really think an eating disorder is just an extreme diet?! A choice?!

These comments are not funny nor are they helpful for those struggling with this deadly disease, and for the friends and families of those suffering.

Last year at EDC Lobby Day, I had the chance to speak with Members of Congress and push for policy making related to eating disorders. As we were preparing to start the day, a curious stranger passing by stopped me and said, “I guess you can tell by looking at my stomach, that I’m definitely not anorexic. I love food too much”. Hmmm…Again, Seriously?! Does this man really think a person struggling with anorexia doesn’t actually enjoy food and the disease is controlling them. They just don’t refuse to eat, it’s deeper and more complex than that!

Personally, I have encountered many breast cancer survivors and I wonder if this stranger would have used this humor to discuss cancer. Again, people die from this disease and this guy wants to make jokes?!

I used to go to  Cafe Press to order coffee mugs and t shirts for this site. That was before I found out that CafePress has a line of clothes with words that mock anorexia and bulimia. When Be Me complained to them, they became defensive and did not respond well. How come they don’t have shirts mocking cancer? Good thing they don’t!

But still…I had to wonder why this was the case…

Again, people died and are dying from this disease, and this company wants to make money by ridiculing the eating disorders that are killing people?!

I’ve had enough of this!

For those of you who know me, I am definitely not one to “stick my head in the sand” when it comes to something I am passionate about.

You won’t find me doing this…

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Instead, I’m doing this

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Please join me on Capitol Hill, September 30th.

We can create change by addressing eating disorders at the Federal level!

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Always Be YOU,

Jenn B.

Be uncomfortable!

Good morning my friends! How many of you are ready for an adventure? Even if you don’t feel ready, I encourage you to join me.

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Here’s how:

We are going to be stepping outside of our comfort zone. You may have heard it many times before…we can grow by doing so. You may feel uncomfortable at first when you are no longer doing what you always do, but instead trying something new. It’s okay.

Let me explain, think about the last time you did something you considered amazing. Something where you found yourself feeling excited and fulfilled. I will bet you that you were stepping out of your comfort zone and started off feeling a bit uncomfortable. Let’s do it again. Let’s get stepping and make more amazing memories.

Today, I am going to call a friend I haven’t spoken to in way too long. This is uncomfortable for me because I am pretty shy about reuniting with others. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Your turn:

Today, take a step out and share it with the rest of us (in the comments section below and on Facebook).

Always Be YOU,

Jenn B.

You’re still amazing even if…

Good Afternoon my friends! I hope your day is going well.I want to remind you of the fact that We are all amazing and unique.

One of the things that I love most about the ‘Be Me’ support groups is that it unites people from so many different walks of life! Each one of us that joins the groups online or in the community group come in all different shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses and backgrounds.

Be Me recently launched a new support group (via Facebook).This one is specifically for supporting those struggling with Body Image and disordered eating.Over the summer we have been supporting those who are struggling enjoying their summer because of the pressure to feel “bikini ready” and having to change the way they look after reading magazine articles and such. This group is here to inform you that you can have a fun summer just the way you are and make wonderful memories.

It doesn’t matter if you have significant eating issues or your relationship with food feels off in any way…there is someone else in the community that can relate to you.

It doesn’t matter if you avoid the mirror, feel you have to cover your face with make up before leaving the house to feel Okay or if you are trying your best to fit into a certain clothing size to feel you are enough…there is someone else in the community that can relate to you.

NOW is the time to take action and join a supportive, loving and accepting community at Be YOU at Be Me, Inc. (hit the Facebook tab to your right and send a message with the request to join the group, A place where I can Be Me).

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You are still amazing even if you are not quite living the life you may not be wanting to live. You deserve wellness and healing too. Please think about reaching out for support, it’s here if you want it : )

Always Be YOU,

Jenn B.

Needing Treatment? There is an answer.

Good Morning my friends! How is your weekend going? I hope you are finding the time to do some reflection and relaxation. I am, and it always helps me feel refreshed and rejuvenated heading into the week.

Be Me works hard to link YOU or someone you know who is struggling, with services. Whenever, I have the opportunity to learn about an amazing program, I love sharing it with you guys.  Considering treatment can be a scary and overwhelming process, whatever we can do at Be Me to help make it easier for you or a loved one in need, we will do.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Kristin Reagan, Referral Relations Manager, at The Recovery Village and wanted to share our conversation with you. She is the sweetest lady and took the time to thoroughly explain what the program offers and how to get the help one is needing. I’ve included her contact info at the end of this post, so feel free to contact her with any additional questions you may have : )

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Now, let’s get started…

What does The Recovery Village treat?

1)    Eating Disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia)

2)    Mental Health Disorders

-        Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder)

-        Personality Disorders (Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, and Dependent)

-        Process Addictions (Sex and Love, Shopping, Gambling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

What levels of care are offered?

1)    Detox

2)    Residential (RTC)

3)    Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

4)    Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

What does the program consist of?

- Individual therapy sessions up to 5 times weekly with client’s therapist

-Group therapy sessions

Our program is based on two strong therapeutic interventions delivered in a client centered, humanistic, motivational, strength based approach.

1)    Back to Basics – 12 step theories worked through rapidly.  Clients get the overview of all 12 steps while in treatment, as opposed to only the first 3, which is typical in other treatment centers.

2)    Intensive therapy between therapist and client.  We offer multiple sessions per week, rather than having the client wait a full week before they see their clinician again.  We believe this establishes a strong connection between client and therapist, where real work gets done.

-Psycho-educational groups on the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, anger and stress management, self-esteem, co-dependency, grief and loss, spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, family dynamics, nutrition, life skills, employment preparedness, budgeting, introspective therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

-Psychiatric evaluations upon admission by our Addiction Psychiatrist, who is also an Eating Disorder Specialist.  These are also completed by our Psychiatric ARNP.

What is the admission process like?

The Recovery Village admits clients 24 hours a day.  Prior to a client admitting to the facility, an assessment process is done to determine eligibility, appropriateness, and the proper level of care to be treated at.

What forms of payment and insurance is accepted?

The Recovery Village accepts most private insurance policies.  The Recovery Village is contracted with both Aetna and United Health Care, allowing clients to utilize their in-network benefits for services of treatment.   Medicare and Medicaid cannot be utilized at TRV.

For additional information, please contact Kristin at 813-494-5143.

***Thank you Kristin for your time and for answering all my questions!***

Your turn: 

Have you ever considered treatment for YOU or someone you love struggling?