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Fresh Spring Roll Recipe

The snow days are slowly coming to an end, which means we are days and weeks closer to spring. The sunnier seasons are worth looking forward to not just for the sun but also for the fresh vegetables that come in with the season. Farmers markets become much more colorful with the increased variety that spring crops bring, and each one of those vegetables are eager to love your body alongside you. With the increase in sun brings an increase in heat, which means hydration becomes more and more important as time goes on. If getting enough water is a struggle, vegetables can actually help with hydration goals. Believe it or not, vegetables all contain water. Most of them are made up of more water than actual vegetable, so eating a variety of vegetables, in addition...

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January Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Why did you first decide to become a dietitian/what inspired your path? I’m a Registered Dietitian at THIRA. I initially wanted to be a recipe tester for a food magazine (basically you get to cook all day in amazingly outfitted kitchens).  I was also really interested in photographing food for magazines.  I decided to go into a Food and Nutrition Program at Ryerson University in Toronto, my hometown, and then fell in love with the field of dietetics. What is something you feel like most people do not know about eating disorders?  If you’ve met one person with an eating disorder, then you’ve met only one manifestation of an eating disorder.  In other words, no two eating disorders...

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Tips for Staying Calm and Centered This Year

In recovery from the holiday season, you may find yourself refreshed and renewed and looking to hold onto that sentiment for the remainder of the year. Or you may find yourself just as crazed, overwhelmed, and looking for something to make the new year much better than the one that has passed. Learning how to stay calm and centered in the midst of a season of stress, changes, or unpredictability is perhaps the most important skill most people never learn. These skills are for you if you find yourself… Taking on too many tasks, stressing yourself out, multitasking and rushing to get everything doneUnable to focus on conversations or the task at hand, you “zone out”, or are otherwise easily distractedFailing to differentiate what is urgent from what’s important, prioritize, or delegate tasksStruggling to control your impulses...

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The Ties Between Our Physical and Mental Selves

Staying physically and mentally healthy are often top of the list of goals set for individuals as they end one year and begin another. Mantras such as “healthy mind, healthy body” are helpful and motivating, but sometimes do us a disservice when we are encouraged to isolate the components. More than ever, current research implores us to think of the concepts as connected and interrelated, as two halves of the same coin. A Reciprocal Relationship We’ve long known that the state of one’s mental health contributes to decision-making, actions, and processing of emotions. But what we now know is also true is that poor mental health creates an increased toll on physical bodies as well as the immune system, and places individuals at greater risk for heart attack or cardiovascular disease. In turn, some researchers are...

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When the Holidays Remind You of Those You’ve Lost

As the year draws to a close, we enter a time of connection with friends and family and reflection on the year that’s passed. Whatever challenges we may have faced throughout the year, be it new health concerns, a career change, entering a new stage of life, or the focus of this article: enduring the loss of a loved one, these problems often rear their heads in new ways in these final months of the year.   Even if you thought you had healed from the pain of your loss, or at least made some significant progress, the holidays have a way of transporting you right back into the middle of your pain. But why?  It may seem intuitive that this happens because of the way that we store our memories in our brain. For better...

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How Do I Talk About What I Learned in Therapy?

The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means. Countless family functions, rushing around to various holiday parties, and opportunities to reacquaint yourself with your community and both old and new friends. Undeniably the question will arise, How are you? What have you been up to this year? And for the more bold, how was your time in treatment? For you, what others call “treatment” represents a time that was absolutely life-changing, where you learned more about yourself than you thought possible, and began to experience yourself in a new way than ever before. While you are certainly not done processing through the lessons you’ve learned, or insights you gained, you are newly aware of the steps you need to take in order to continue your progress into the new year and throughout the rest...

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October Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Emily: I have previously been a milieu therapist and am currently a primary and art therapist. I work with both adults and teens, and currently run several art-based therapy groups, DBT skills groups, and milieu coaching in addition to individual therapy sessions. I enjoy combining my training in art therapy with emotion focused therapy and DBT to facilitate a deeper understanding of the present moment in a way that’s creative and tangible. When did you first decide to create a career around art (or mental health)? What inspired your path? Emily: I wasn’t always aware that art therapy was a career that existed, even after college. I have my BA in Fine Arts and after several internships in stained glass design and restoration, decided it was not what I...

Women Helping Women: An Interview with Dr. Moore

Recently, THIRA's founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mehri Moore, was interviewed by Reflections Magazine for her work in mental health supporting women. Whether it’s because women are more willing than ever to talk about mental health or because incidents are rising due to cultural pressures, the number of women diagnosed with depression and anxiety is increasing across all age groups. Dr. Mehri Moore has dedicated her entire career to addressing the trend. Moore is a pioneer in the area for women’s mental health. In 1991, she founded the Moore Center for Eating Disorders, an intensive outpatient program in Bellevue  focused on supporting patients with eating disorders. It was the area's first. Check out the full article here! ...

Announcing THIRA Health’s 7-day Partial Hospitalization Program!

THIRA Introduces a 7-Day PHP Treatment Option THIRA Health is delighted to announce the expansion of our Partial Hospitalization Program to a full 7 days per week. This expansion builds on the strengths of our current 5-day, DBT-based Partial Hospitalization Program.  Like all of THIRA’s programs, the newly-expanded offering caters to women and girls aged 13 and above with anxiety and depression, and for whom intensive treatment is clinically appropriate. Our PHP model allows patients the flexibility to remain in their own living environment while undergoing intensive, effective treatment.  THIRA’s program is housed in our beautiful downtown Bellevue facility, designed to be a warm, welcoming, and comforting environment; a contrast to the institutional environment that a hospital stay requires. Our 7-day PHP is ideal for those looking to maintain the support and...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

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