Oliver-Pyatt Centers Primary Therapist Lisa Jimenez, MS incorporates both her clinical and art background into her work with clients in group and individual therapy. Learn more about Lisa and her work at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in this week’s “Meet Our Team” article.
What is your name and what are your credentials?
My name is Lisa Jimenez and I am a Primary Therapist working at the Oliver Pyatt Centers. I am completing my hours for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and have been with OPC for 2 years.
Please give us a brief description of your background.
A Miami native, I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Psychology and Studio Art. I continued my education at the university pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. While there, I worked with children and families at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling. Additionally, I completed hours at the Family Resource Center working in an outpatient substance abuse program with court mandated individuals. Here at OPC, I am able to incorporate both my clinical and art background into my “Express Yourself” groups and individual sessions. I am also a co-facilitator of OPC’s Embrace programing which is an adjunct service offered to clients with binge eating as their primary diagnosis.
What does a typical day look like for you at OPC?
My days at OPC are usually filled with individual sessions, groups and a good amount of leg work including documentation, and serving as an advocate for continued insurance coverage. Between scheduled hours you’ll likely find me chatting with other staff members or touching base about clients and pressing issues. It is truly a team effort at OPC.
In your own words, please describe the philosophy of OPC.
At OPC, we work as a team to create a safe, recovery-oriented space, where we get to know each woman on a personal level. By understanding their specific struggles, this allows us to individualize the treatment process and support them throughout their time with us. By working collaboratively as a team to be thoughtful in our feedback and recommendations, we believe full recovery is possible. All women deserve to be at peace with food, their bodies, and themselves.
How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?
In IOP, we are constantly bouncing ideas off of one another. We meet twice weekly as a team to review client progress and to discuss how we are moving forward with their treatment. Although we each have our own unique roles, often times there is overlap. Useful information may come out of a group or meal setting which can later be processed with their individual therapist in session.
What is your favorite thing about OPC?
My favorite thing about OPC is the deep-seated passion that is evident in all of our staff. Helping women navigate through the recovery process can be some tough, however rewarding work. The OPC staff, across all houses, are relentless in helping these women regain control of their lives.
What are three facts about you that people do not know?
I have a spoon collection that I started in elementary school. My dog is named after a favorite childhood restaurant where I had many fond memories. And I really like gnomes.
Oliver-Pyatt Centers Director of Admissions Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS sheds light on some of the most frequently asked questions received by our admissions department. Thank you to the admissions team for sharing these questions and allowing us to provide some additional clarity on the at times confusing landscape of insurance and admissions. The entire Oliver-Pyatt Centers team is here to help guide you through every aspect of treatment and to support your loved one and family on the path to recovery. For any admissions related questions, please contact at 866.511.4325.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! We accept and work well with most all insurance companies. One of our specialties is digging in really deep with every insurance policy to navigate the challenging nuances and come up with the best plan for each client.
We are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield for all levels of care.
We are thrilled to announce we are now in network with Aetna for all levels of care. These in network contracts will help make our high quality care more affordable.
What does it mean to be an out-of-network provider?
Different insurance plans have different plan options to choose from. For some insurance plans, even when we are not in network, we have still have the ability to work with your insurance through the use of your out-of-network benefits.
What makes OPC different than other programs?
OPC takes an individualized approach to every client. Our philosophy is one in which we are emphasizing comprehensive care through medical, clinical, psychiatric, nutritional and family support. One of the cornerstones of our model, daily individual therapy, allows clients to develop a deeper therapeutic connection; it is through this vital therapeutic relationship that clients are able to delve into treatment fully and deeply for healing to occur. Our multidisciplinary team uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model to treatment – meaning, identifying the core issues that drive the eating disorder and addressing all of the co-occurring issues that may accompany it. Our treatment philosophy is centered around the idea of “If not now, when?”
How can I be involved in my loved one’s treatment even though I live in another state?
Your participation in treatment is critical to the overall process. We have weekly family therapy sessions via video conferencing, monthly family programming and as needed check-ins. For Clementine, in addition to all that was just listed, we also have family coaching, daily check ins, and bi-weekly family programming.
What can I do as a parent to advocate for my daughter’s benefits?
You are an essential advocate to your loved one’s treatment. There are so many ways in which family members play a critical role to long term recovery, navigating the challenges within our healthcare system is one. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has some incredible resources for parents on navigating our healthcare system, being an advocate, and articulating arguments to third party payers. I encourage every family to know their rights and advocate on their behalf. We are committed to helping you through this often challenging process.
Oliver-Pyatt Centers Director of Nutrition Services Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CDN, LD/N shares about the complimentary relationship of Mindful and Intuitive Eating in this week’s blog post. Mary explains the ten principles of intuitive eating and the ways in which you can practice mindful eating in your own life.
Mindful and Intuitive Eating often become confused and used interchangeably. While practicing mindfulness is a necessary step on the path to intuitive eating, the two are actually quite different.
Mindful eating is awareness of all of the components influencing your eating (i.e. emotions, physical cues, timing, access, preference, etc) without judgment. The “without judgment” piece is hugely important as it allows us to observe our eating behaviors without criticizing our patterns.
On the other hand, intuitive eating is a form of attunement of mind, body, and food guided by 10 principles, nicely outlined by Tribole and Resch in their book, “Intuitive Eating.” These principles include eating in response to physical cues (rather than for emotional reasons) along with unconditional permission to eat when cues are present. We are born as intuitive eaters, yet somewhere along the course of life – often we start toying with diets and/or attaching shame and judgment to eating and our bodies, many people lose touch with their internal cues and eat according to external cues such as calorie counts, body weight, rules regarding timing or judgments of “good” and “bad” foods. In intuitive eating we let these external forces go and rely on our internal cues.
10 Principles to Intuitive Eating:
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honor Your Hunger
Make Peace with Food
Challenge the Food Police
Respect Your Fullness
Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
Respect Your Body
Exercise–Feel the Difference
Honor Your Health
Our aim at OPC is to really dive into the work of mindfulness by noticing what impacts our food choices and responses to food both internally and externally. We discuss everything from what judgments might be held about the food itself, what emotions might be experienced that impact hunger and fullness cues, how the food feels in our bodies and what foods truly satiate us. For instance, when someone reports feeling a lack of hunger before a meal, we dig in and discuss if any emotions might be masking their hunger cue or if a long-held judgment over the food being served is impacting their readiness to have the meal. By acknowledging all of these facets to eating openly to seek support we can help women re-engage in their intuitive cues and learn to respond to them appropriately.
A part of our work that we take very seriously as a clinical team is our modeling of mindful eating behaviors to our clients. There’s something very powerful about women eating and acknowledging their need and desire for food. In our culture it is all too common to hear of women depriving themselves and striving to alter their bodies and deny their need and desire for food. Yes, we’re a busy group of clinicians, but we make time to nourish our bodies in a mindful manner. Our client’s see that and share in it – I believe it is a key to their healing process. I’d love to see more women promoting mindful and intuitive eating to one another. And don’t even get me started on the need for more positive body talk!
At the table we promote the entire mindful experience; considering every detail from a beautiful tablescape and relaxing environment without distractions to thoughtful conversation so clients can fully engage with the meal experience. These are details I find so important in the promotion of mindfulness, whether a person is recovering from an eating disorder or not. Learning to differentiate emotional and physical forms of hunger, fullness, and satiety are a preliminary step to intuitive eating in all of our lives. In doing this we find that sometimes what is needed to satiate us isn’t even food.
As a mother of a 3 year old, I understand how hard it can be to remain mindful on a daily basis. Often, dinner time in my house can feel rushed and distracted after a day of work, the need to start a bath, and complete a pre-schooler’s bedtime routine. It is so important to check in with cues and assess fullness and satiation to ensure intuitive cues are being honored. I sometimes find that what’s lacking for satiation is something as simple as the chance to sit outside after being inside all day or to have a deep conversation with an old friend. Other times, I just need some ice cream. It’s all about taking each eating experience one at a time and not judging what your body needs in that moment, but answering it and moving on. Really, how can any of us feel confident in our food choices and enjoy food if we have a constant feeling of shame and doubt when choosing food and eating it?
Ways you can practice mindful eating:
Sit down at the table to eat without added distractions (yes, I mean turn off the TV)
Step away from the package and take the time to put all foods on a dish
Schedule in breaks from meals and snacks rather than munching while working, driving, or studying
Take time before meals to appreciate the color, aroma, texture, and care taken in the meal prep
While eating, note the flavors and textures of your food
Keep food and body talk positive both at and away from the table
Remember: Food is food; it can nourish our bodies but it can’t solve our problems