September News from Susan Schrott LCSW, CEDS

Art Therapy Workshop/Fundaiser for Avalon Hills Foundation

“This beautiful wall hanging is one of several created through the collaborative efforts of women and girls in residential treatment for an eating disorder.  Much like conductor of a symphony, Susan Schrott, LCSW, CEDS, CYT  orchestrated the “Tree of Life” quilt project using multiple therapeutic techniques and guiding patients through each step of the creative process.  Not only did each patient learn new skills to use on their recovery journeys, they also gained new personal insights and the satisfaction of working as a group to create a beautiful work of art.

Avalon Hills Tree of Life Fundraiser

Tree of Life

This wall hanging was created using only the finest materials from 100% cotton designer prints and hand-dyed fabric to Swarovski crystals.  The multi-talented Susan Schrott designed and executed the completed work in her New York Studio.  Susan also contributes her talents as a Clinical Advisor to Avalon Hills Foundation.
Please consider bidding…. and bidding generously…. for this one of a kind, inspirational work of art symbolic of the healing power of the creative process.  This 66” x 54” wall hanging is suitable for displaying in any home, office or board room.  All proceeds from the sale of this art will directly benefit the mission of Avalon Hills Foundation and  ensure that women and girls will continue to receive support needed to move into recovery .”         Director of Development Avalon Hills Foundation


Chappaqua Therapist Uses Art, Yoga to Help Others Overcome Eating Disorders

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Published in The Examiner, December 13-December 19, 2011, by Martin Wilbur.

Is There a Place for Yoga and Meditation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders?

There is no one single modality that most effectively addresses the complexities of treating patients with eating disorders. In fact, typically, it is the combination of treatments that are most likely to help patients on the road to their unique recovery. The use of interpersonal psychotherapy, group, experiential and nutrition therapies, psychiatric medication, and medical supervision are most likely to address the intricacies of treating patients with eating disorders. Additional treatment may also include the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to address symptom management and a more mindful approach to the treatment eating disorders. If you ask a handful of eating disorder specialists, each will report that they most probably combine some or many of the above treatment approaches in putting together a most effective treatment plan for their patients.
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Art Therapy: When Words Are Not Enough

It is not uncommon for those struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, post- traumatic stress disorder or serious trauma to have significant difficulty connecting with their feelings. In fact, many patients with eating disorders report that restricting, binging or purging helps them disconnect from their feelings, feelings that may otherwise be to terrifying or uncomfortable for them to tolerate. Talking about these feelings can be just as frightening for some and access to one’s emotional life becomes off limits. In psychotherapy, it is the goal of the therapist to establish a safe, non-judgmental, consistent and trusting relationship with patients in order for them to be able to begin to connect with feelings that have been distorted by symptoms and chaotic emotional affect.  For some, it takes significant time to build this trust and the use of art therapy provides an alternative process to help patients safely access feelings and experiences that may otherwise be to painful to talk about.
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