Covid-19 Programming Changes   Given the current pandemic, we have made temporary changes to our daily programming to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff.    This includes: We spread out our PHP clients and created three different cohorts to ensure social distancing while in groups and meals.  We have the following cohorts:…

  7 Steps for white people: Preventing shame from getting in the way of your anti-racism work by Tina Alvarado, LMFT TLDR: We as white people need to work on building up our shame resilience as a way to continue to engage in dismantling white supremacy. BIPOC lives depend on it. It is normal and okay…

The Appetite episode 100: Shifts in Eating During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Why You Should Give Yourself Grace         Has your relationship to food changed since the pandemic began? Whether you’re snacking more, eating a different variety of food, or finding yourself restricting or bingeing due to high emotions, we imagine a lot could…

The Appetite Episode 99: Work Life Reflections: What Opal’s Co-Founders Learned About Identity Outside of Work       Who are you outside of the identity of your job? Over the last year, Opal: Food + Body Wisdom’s Co-Founders (Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD, and Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS) each took a…

Opal’s Co-founder and Exercise and Sport Program Director, Kara Bazzi speaks about Exercise, Sport, Movement and Mental Health   Opal’s Kara Bazzi speaks about her experience as a collegiate runner and an eating disorder therapist, as well as the work being done at Opal to work with athletes and others experiencing food and body concerns…

The Appetite Episode 98: Delight: The Mental Health Boost We All Need Why does delight matter? We believe that, during the coronavirus pandemic, delight offers an opportunity for mindfulness, connectedness, and a boost to your mental health. Inspired by a This American Life episode called, “The Show of Delights,” Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS,…

The Appetite  Episode 97: Reflections on Netflix’s Cheer: Thoughts from the Eating Disorder Treatment World on Team Culture   Did you tune into Netflix’s docuseries, Cheer? What did you think of the Navarro team culture portrayed? In light of all the tv-watching that’s been happening while sheltering in place, we decided to keep it casual for…

  The Appetite Episode 96: Loving Kindness Meditation: An Offering from Opal   How have you been doing lately? Mental health is of utmost importance during the coronavirus pandemic. In this mini episode, we’re offering you a Loving Kindness meditation, led by Opal Co-Founder, Executive Director and Radically Open DBT expert Dr. Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS….

The Appetite Episode 95:   Exercise in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Move Through Your Grief    How have social distancing and sheltering-in-place impacted your relationship to exercise? There is loss of all kinds during this time—there are relational and fiscal losses, losses of routine and identity, and of course, loss of life. However, as…

The Appetite 94: Getting Emotional: Using Self-Inquiry During the Coronavirus    How have you experienced unwanted energy and emotion during the coronavirus pandemic? The Appetite crew is getting vulnerable and answering this question, using the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) skill of self-inquiry. Opal Co-Founder and RO DBT expert Dr. Lexi Giblin, PhD,…

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