About the Facility
Anorexia Nervosa or Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by self starvation, restriction of food intake, or calories, and sometimes excessive weight loss. Anorexia is a serious psychological disorder that goes well beyond out-of-control dieting. It is a refusal to maintain a normal body weight for ones height. It is an intense fear of gaining weight or being fat, despites sometimes significant weight loss. Some women cease to have menstrual cycles. Often there is an extreme concern with body weight shape a size. The person with anorexia eating disorder may initially begin dieting to lose weight. Over time, the weight loss becomes an illusion of mastery and control. It can become an obsession and is similar to drug addiction.
Bulimia Nervosa Treatment
Bulimia, or bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder characterized by compulsive, secretive overeating or binging followed by purging through vomiting, or other compensatory behaviors. A person who suffers from Bulimia eating disorder may even purge normal amounts of food with no binging behaviors. Bulimics often abuse laxatives, diet pills and diuretics, or engage in excessive exercise in order to neutralize food intake. Similar to anorexia, bulimia is a psychological illness. Both bulimia and anorexia extend beyond the scope of out-of-control dieting. The cycle of overeating and purging can quickly become an obsession in which one loses control over the behaviors and is unable to stop the cycle.
- Family Week
- Outpatient Services
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Jodi Seidel, MA, PLPCAsst. Program Director Castlewood II, Therapist
Ms. Seidel obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville University, St. Louis with a double major in Psychology & Sociology. She later obtained her Masters of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Professional Counseling. Ms. Seidel has completed training in Crisis Intervention, and Internal Family Systems Level I. She joined the Castlewood team in June 2011, and in addition to her position as Assistant Program Director she leads various groups including expressive therapy, process groups, core groups and skill training modules. Ms. Seidel has a deep appreciation for Castlewood’s approach to the healing process and believes our compassionate team of skilled professionals works to empower our clients mind, body and spirit.Show Bio
Nancy Albus, M.Ed., LPCCEO & Therapist
Ms. Albus earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has completed extensive training in eating disorders and Internal Family Systems therapy. In addition to her interest in eating disorders, Ms. Albus works with gender and sexuality issues, and facilitates family week programming at Castlewood. Ms. Albus joined Castlewood in 2002 and has held various positions including primary therapist, Executive Director and now Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Albus is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders, The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the National Eating Disorder Association.Show Bio
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