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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! ...

Women in Mental Healthcare through History

Most of these mental healthcare professionals couldn’t legally vote, or hold office, or openly reject the sexism of their age—but they still changed healthcare and humanity forever. Melanie Klein (1882-1960) Klein was a controversial figure in her day—and as the founder of Kleinian psychoanalysis—she was the first mental health professional to apply the tenets of traditional psychoanalysis to children. This methodology flew in the face of the academic and medical establishment, which at that time considered women to be unreliable, second-class scientists who were semi-invalid during their monthly menstrual cycles. Klein pioneered “play-therapy” as a way to better understand the communication, intention, and neurosis of children. This methodology is an important underpinning for the modern behavioral analysis of children, and is an unshakeable contribution to the psychoanalytical school...

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...

Meet THIRA’s Registered Dietitians!

At THIRA, we’re fortunate to have the guidance of two registered dietitians on staff. Emily Fitch and Allison Thompson bring their expertise to all things food and help our patients to create positive relationships between food and mental health. Check out our interview with the dietitian team below to learn more about their work and a few great tips for approaching your own relationship to food. Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Emily: My time is mostly spent seeing individual patients for nutrition counseling and education, supervising meals and snacks, and supporting our wonderful staff and programs. Alli: Similar to Emily, I provide individual nutrition counseling and work to support our patients during meal and snack times. I also teach weekly classes for our partial hospitalization program, in which we explore the connection between nutrition 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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How to Stay Present during the Holiday Season

The Holiday season is all about relaxing and enjoying your time off from work and school. But preparing for them, buying gifts and planning parties can get demanding and stressful very quickly. As we get more overwhelmed, it can get difficult to focus on what’s important during the holidays: spending quality time with your loved ones and enjoying the moments we have with them. Staying present is an important skill to have - especially during this time. That’s why the team at THIRA put together a few quick tips on how to be - and stay - present this holiday season.   1. Pause and appreciate: As you do any holiday-related activities, like choosing a gift, decorating a tree or even just calling a family member, pause...

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THIRA Open House

On Tuesday, October 23rd, THIRA Health hosted an Open House event for local professionals and THIRA family members. Thank you all for attending and making this event a success! We were so excited to meet you and hope to see you next year. Enjoy some photos of the event. [gkit id=1]...

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The Magic of Eating Together

We celebrate most milestones in our days—and our lives—by eating. We must eat, but we also love to eat, and perhaps the single greatest virtue of our nature is the one which wants to share our abundance with others, so that they may have something which is essential for their own survival. The rituals of eating can be a beautiful, healthful extension of this generosity; they can also be sporadic, non-existent, or emotionally draining. This is because something mysterious happens to us when we feed together: so much so that the foods themselves gain comforting or repulsive connotations based upon how (and with whom) we gather to eat. With these implications in mind, the findings of Harvard’s Family Dinner Project gain new significance and offer nutritionists and parents...

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What’s new in DBT?

At THIRA Health, we provide our patients with all information and resources they need to help girls and young women lead the life they want and deserve. This week, we present to you a round up of resources about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), its potential and effectiveness. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Effective in Reducing Suicide Attempts, Self-Harm in Adolescents THIRA Health’s Dr. Korslund is a renowned researcher in psychiatry, mental health and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in particular. In fact, she helped create and write this research by a group of scientists at the University of Washington, University of Southern California and Seattle Children’s Hospital. This research examines the efficacy of DBT for suicidal behaviors in US adolescents. The study is particularly important as its results show...

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Founder of DBT Dr. Marsha Linehan, featured in TIME Magazine

The team at THIRA Health leverages Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as the foundation for each of our programs under the guidance of one of the leading experts in DBT, Dr. Kathryn Korslund. Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dr. Korslund had the privilege of working and researching alongside prior to joining THIRA. We’re thrilled to share that Dr. Linehan’s influential work and career was recently featured in a special edition of TIME Magazine on the great scientists of our time. DBT was originally designed to treat interpersonal chaos, intense emotional swings, impulsiveness, confusion about the self (identity), and suicidal behavior. However, in contrast to other “talking” therapies, DBT emphasizes making change through practicing new skills to change how you think, act...

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