Dealing with Chronic
Eating Disorders Awareness 2017
Living with a Mask:
My friend & colleague, Kristyn and I had the privilege of working with a group of young women struggling with eating disorders and body image issues, earlier this year. Each of them either worked with Kristyn or I in individual therapy, in addition to the group. Our goal was to use mindfulness exercises, psychotherapy & experiential exercises to facilitate connectedness, while helping them reconnect with their physical self , and work toward an appreciation & acceptance of their bodies. We used music, body movement, mindfulness meditation, mirror work and one of our most powerful groups, living with a mask. In this mask exercise, we asked our group members to paint /decorate the front of their mask to exhibit what they allow others to see or how they feel others see them. We asked them to paint the inside to show what they keep hidden. As this was an extraordinarily powerful piece, that exemplified the rawest emotions around recovery, our group, all of whom are pro-recovery, agreed to have their work shared during eating disorders awareness week. In addition, several of them shared their feelings about their recovery, and how their mask represents them. All agreed to share their masks but a few opted out of sharing any quotes. They all felt a need to share a piece of themselves in order to help others. All of them are courageous in their recovery and the work they do to move themselves to a better life and better version of themselves without their eating disorder. Kristyn Lobianco-Goodwin & I worked on this piece together. Thank goodness for her editing skills!
Created by Dianna Chillo-Havercamp
and Kristyn LoBianco
** All participants gave permission to
have their work shared
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We are trained in providing cognitive behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, ego-supportive therapy and DBT. Each person is assessed to decide what treatment will work best to improve their coping and functioning.
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Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega & Associates
Main Office: 3250 U.S. Rt 9W
New Windsor, New York 12553
2 Industrial Drive
Florida, NY 10921
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