Back to School

Posted on September 03, 2015 by StayConnected

At Oliver-Pyatt Centers, we know the start of a school year includes many varied emotions and feelings. Our Clementine adolescent eating disorder treatment program team members have compiled a list of some of their favorite quotes, tips, and advice on maintaining recovery and thriving throughout the school year. We wish all of you returning to school a happy and healthy year!

p_clementine02School is important, but not more than your inner peace and fulfillment. Choose a schedule that allows you to create balance.  Just because you are capable of something, does not mean it is in your best interest to do it. Allow your heart to be a part of the process when planning your daily schedule and routine.” 

Founder and Executive Director Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CED

Ten quotes to start the year:

The way we see the problem is the problem.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.

Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.

– provided by Clinical-Academic Liasion Daria Valle, EdS, LMFT


Beginnings are scary! Remember that things are only new for a day. Trust yourself and know that you will adjust and find your way through it.” 

Clinical Director, Clementine Pinecrest Bertha Tavarez, PsyD

Remember it is OK to be you. Those that really care about you will love you for you and accept you for all of your uniqueness.” 

Clinical Recovery Coach Coral Seco, MS


Make a Bio Poem: Things you want others to know about you

I like it when _______

It upsets me when _________

Anything you want to add that you want others to know about you.

Decorate it to illustrate the true you!

– provided by Clinical-Academic Liasion Daria Valle, EdS, LMFT

Take it one day at a time.” 

Recovery Coach Manager Rebecca Garcia

It is essential to fuel your brain and body for a new school year! Make sure to wake up with enough time to have breakfast before school. Prepare your lunch the night before. Pack portable snacks to make snack time easier; try trail mix, chocolate covered pretzels, or peanut butter crackers.” 

Registered Dietitian Alyssa Mitola, MS, RD, LD/N


Make long and short term goals.

Use a planner with a schedule and decorate it.

Create a Top 10 list of where to seek and find help when you need it. Have contact information included for easy access.

– provided by Clinical-Academic Liasion Daria Valle, EdS, LMHC


Stay hydrated during the day. Remember to take your vitamins and meds. But, most importantly, listen to your body; when you need to re-fuel, when you need a study break, when you need to close those books and re-charge. Honor your body, as well as your mind. It’s going to be a great school year!” 

Clementine SoMi Interim House Nurse Vanessa Hernandez, BSN, RN

Doing one thing at a time will get everything done.” 

Primary Therapist Jessica Aron, PsyD 


Learning well is always more important than getting A’s.

When frustrated with homework or an assignment, leave it for a while, do something else, then go back to it.

Aim at being your best self and that will suffice. You can never be a better cat than a cat. If you are a butterfly, be the best butterfly you can be.

– provided by Family Therapist Bency Alphonse, MS

Consider joining a club or getting involved in extracurricular activities. It can be a nice way to spend time connecting with peers, meeting new friends, and getting involved in community service and your school.

Primary Therapist Jeanette Alonso, MSEd, LMHC


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Article Inspiration

Posted on August 06, 2015 by StayConnected

Join us in reading inspirational and informative articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.


Let anorexic children eat alone, says private schools chief The Times Education

Overeating may be caused by a hormone deficiency, scientists say The Washington Post

Stop blaming the victims of eating disorders HuffPost Healthy Living

Picky eating and emotional distress Medical Daily

Body image cuts both ways for teenagers, studies find SFGate

Eating disorders five times more prevalent in transgender college students, study finds LGBT Weekly

When cancer triggers (or hides) an eating disorder The New York Times

When healthy eating becomes unhealthy obsession The News & Observer

What it’s like to live with borderline personality disorder Elite Daily

The most successful female athlete of all time just got body shamed Business Insider

For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programming, please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram

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Primary Therapist Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, CGP discusses the subtle changes occurring within the fashion industry, media and society and how these changes may impact women’s overall body image. For the original publication, please visit here


Ashley Graham,Tess Holliday, Crystal Renn. Do these names ring a bell? They should! They’re some of the top plus-size models in today’s fashion landscape, and the proliferation of their images in mainstream media is helping to promote body diversity and is poised to present a solid challenge to our culturally thin ideal. Do these plus-size models represent every woman? Of course not. We’re yet to see, with any regularity, models who run the gamut with respect to race, ethnicity, disability, etc. But these celebrated faces of plus-size fashion are certainly a start.

Daily Life with Media’s Pressure

What happens when everyday women, with everyday bodies, are bombarded by billboards, television commercials, online images, and magazine ads featuring models with body shapes/sizes that don’t represent them, with bodies that naturally occur in only a small percentage of the population?

Research has typically shown that exposure to thin models can elevate body dissatisfaction among girls and women. In one study, for example, women who already experienced some degree of body dissatisfaction reported higher dissatisfaction after viewing advertisements with thin, versus “average-size,” models. Another study found similar results for exposure to thin models in music videos. Here, adolescent girls who watched music videos featuring “ultra-thin” models demonstrated significantly elevated scores on a measure of body dissatisfaction.

Exposure to traditionally thin (and often retouched/Photoshopped) models may cause women to believe that their own bodies are unacceptable – or that certain body features are flawed. Problem areas? Cellulite? Bad! But what if we were regularly exposed to models with bodies that mimicked our own, bodies with paunches and bulges, stretch marks and dimples? More, what if these models actually presented, “flaws” and all, as at peace with their appearance?

Thanks to Plus-Size Models like Ashley Graham!

Model Ashley Graham, in her recent TED Talk: “Plus Size? More Like My Size” tackles full-body acceptance head on. She begins her talk by addressing her image in a full-length mirror:

You are bold, you are brilliant and you are beautiful. There is no other woman like you. You are capable. Back fat? I see you popping over my bra today, but that’s alright. I’m going to choose to love you. And thick thighs? You are just so sexy you can’t stop rubbing each other. That’s alright. I’m going to keep you. And cellulite? I have not forgotten about you. I’m going to choose to love you even though you want to take over my whole bottom half, but you’re a part of me. I love you.

Will Graham’s gratitude and Holliday’s hashtag (#effyourbeautystandards) catch on? Only time will tell. Media are slowly starting to feature plus-size models, and clothing brands like American Eagle’s Aerie are paving the way for a more expansive practice of un-retouched images.

Do we expect increased exposure to diverse bodies to decrease the incidence of eating disorders?

Unlikely. We know that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses with genetic, biological, and psychological roots. But, for the majority of women who struggle with body image concerns, constant exposure to media featuring models of a limited body type can take its toll. And for those in eating disorder recovery, witnessing a cultural recognition (or even celebration) of body diversity might help model the elusive challenge of body acceptance.

For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programming, please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram

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