Caroline E. Graham, LLC

Caroline, MSW, LMSW, QMHP utilizes evidence-based practices in the assessment & treatment of MH/SUD disorders. Specializing in CPTSD, Dissociation & EDs.

Caroline graduated in May 2017 with a Master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis with an Individualized Concentration in Clinical Mental Health and Research. Caroline is currently working toward licensure under the clinical supervision of Tamara Hoyt, MSW, LCSW, CEDS. Caroline is currently working at Behavioral Health Response as a Crisis Intervention Clinician. She also recently established a business in order to expand professionally (Caroline E. Graham, LLC). Caroline is versed in crisis intervention, behavioral and psychodynamic approaches and evidence-based practices for the treatment of trauma and eating disorders. Caroline primarily utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based, integrative approach in practice. As a student, Caroline's research and clinical education have surrounded focuses on the treatment of trauma, "complex" trauma, dissociative disorders and eating disorders including course work in the psychodynamic treatment of trauma, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and the impact of trauma on sexual and interpersonal relationships. She completed a research-oriented foundation practicum in the Department of Anthropology under Associate Professor and psychotherapist, Dr. Rebecca Lester. Her concentration practicum was at the Schiele Clinic at St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Caroline is active with a number of eating disorder organizations and is passionately involved in policy-making, research, education, outreach, and fundraising, and holds professional memberships through a number of international, national, and community organizations. Caroline has a Bachelor's degree in psychology with prior clinical experience working with individuals with eating disorders, personality disorders, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and mental illness.

Mission: 1. To raise awareness and provide education surrounding mental health disorders, specifically, trauma related disorders & phenomenon and eating disorders. 2. To provide hope and healing for those with mental health diagnoses. 3. To aid in the de-stigmatization of mental health disorders in the community, within the field of mental health and within the medical community. 4. To contribute to an enhanced understanding of trauma-related disorders and eating disorders through research and clinical practice. 5. To engage in networking that facilitates a treatment-team oriented approach across disciplines.

Opinion: Please stop praising me for my weight loss

However, with more than half of Brits attempting to lose weight in the past year, Public Health England proclaiming we should all be on strict calorie-controlled diets, the billion-pound diet industry flogging us slimming teas, shakes, pills, and programmes, plus the slim-equals-attractive ideal we are constantly exposed to, I’m not surprised that a lot of people would find it hard to see how losing weight and being praised for it is anything but positive. Don’t get me wrong, I love a compliment as much as the next person, but unsolicited comments on someone’s weight loss should be a no-no

Trauma Network UK

Sarah Ockwell-Smith


Body Politics with Dr. Maria Paredes

Children are supposed to gain weight as they grow....and, guess what? They’re always growing! If a child loses weight or hasn’t gained weight from the year before, it is a red flag that something is wrong. “But what about the kids who are fat?!” This applies for them too. Body size diversity is a normal, healthy part of overall human diversity and has more to do with genetics and socioeconomic status than anything else. What is very clear from experts in eating disorders and pediatric medicine is that there is NO good that comes from focusing on weight or weight loss in children or adolescents. This is why the American Academy of Pediatrics came out in 2016 with guidelines that specifically cautioned away from a focus on weight. The fact that so many school PE programs (usually dictated by state guidelines) still include a yearly weight and BMI measurement beginning with kids in Kindergarten is not only developmentally inappropriate, it is harmful.
Tagging some folks to follow who have expertise in childhood nutrition/body image.

#IntuitiveEating #FatPositive #EndEatingDisorders #ChildhoodObesity (not a word I support but want this to be seen by those following that tag)

Lee Wolfe Blum

Beating Eating Disorders

"Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking," Lovato continued. "If you're reading this: Don't listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale and I am more than a headline about my body shape."

Not only did fans hear her message loud and clear, but also the report's writer, who got in touch with the star via Instagram messages to apologize.

Article: "In the words of Demi Lovato, "change is made [by] raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate."

Eating Disorders and Body Image at Midlife and Beyond - EDRDpro The most important relationship in a woman’s life is her relationship with herself. Our self-talk can diminish or empower us. In a culture so demanding and dismissive of women, we need to rebel and stop apologizing for not being perfect, and start telling ourselves we are good enough as we are –...

Body Politics with Dr. Maria Paredes

I like this calorie count....

#Repost with @get_repost
So today while listening to the radio this chick called in to say how she was so excited to try all the different food at this year’s Easter Show. The host then replied with “I bet your waist line isn’t”.
Celebrations like Easter, Christmas and parties are all about surrounding yourself with people, good food and laughter. You literally can’t go anywhere at the moment without seeing chocolate, yet as a society we’re all still so worried about the impact consuming chocolate has on our worth, body and health. Yet every single person is eating it.
Because chocolate is F**KING DELICIOUS! The next person I hear making comments about Easter and their waist line is getting a slap in the face. Just shut up and eat your damn chocolate 🍫 💜
Image by @thefashionfitnessfoodie


Ancient Ways

Body Politics with Dr. Maria Paredes

Yes, we DO have an epidemic. An epidemic of eating disorders, of disconnection from the body, of oppression of bodies, of policing of bodies, of restricting of bodies.

As reported in Body Respect; Numbers compiled by Jon Robison

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

“Today we’ve come to associate the concept of #dieting with beauty and vanity, so we’ve eschewed the D-word for more noble-sounding ‘wellness.’”

Are your #wellness practices serving you?

National NEDA Helpline: 800.931.2237

Body Politics with Dr. Maria Paredes

For f*ck’s sake!

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Are sexual abuse victims being diagnosed with a mental disorder they don't have? The lack of recognition for complex PTSD by the psychiatric establishment means it is difficult for sexual abuse victims who might suffer from it to receive the right diagnosis

Beating Eating Disorders

Article: "An apple didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize and a cookie didn't rob a bank. Food has no moral value."

12 Hidden 'Signs' of Binge Eating Disorder "BED is not indulgent overeating. It is painful..."

Do business concerns keep doctors from treating opioid addiction? - STAT

Dr Patterson speaking from my alma mater. Medication-assisted therapy is effective for treating opioid use disorder, yet few doctors prescribe it. Are they worried it will hurt their business?

Beating Eating Disorders

Article: “Eating disorders tend to be similar to an addiction,” said Dr. Steve Welsh, a family practice physician in Hurricane, Utah. “Eating disorders can be one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Everyone needs to eat, it is natural and necessary. Restricting and over-eating both have negative effects. Disordered thoughts and behaviors about eating and food can become life-threatening.”

Article: “Eating disorders tend to be similar to an addiction,” said Dr. Steve Welsh, a family practice physician in Hurricane, Utah. “Eating disorders can be one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Everyone needs to eat, it is natural and necessary. Restricting and over-eating both have negative effects. Disordered thoughts and behaviors about eating and food can become life-threatening.”

#addiction #sobriety #soberliving #drugs #alcohol #mentalhealth #health #therapy #healthcare #therapist #medicine #therapist #behavioralhealth #psychology #counseling #socialwork #psychiatry #selfcare #bipolar #anxiety #dissociativeidentitydisorder #ptsd #cptsd #eatingdisorder #bingeeatingdisorder #anorexia #bulimia #edwarrior #recovery #recoveryispossible #music

Beating Eating Disorders

Article: "Not only are one in three people struggling with an eating disorder male, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. — disordered food behaviors (like binge eating, purging and fasting for weight loss) are just as common in men as they are in women."

Beating Eating Disorders

Article: "Bitch, I’m fat. I say this not because of body dysmorphic disorder which, I’ll admit, was very real and very severe throughout much of my eating disorder. It’s because I just straight up am. I know how much I weigh. I can see what I look in pictures when I stand next to my thin friends. I’m bigger. It’s OK. You don’t have to convince me otherwise. And you know why? Because it’s fatphobic."

Rock bottom is not the goal. #mentalhealth #health #therapy #healthcare #therapist #medicine #therapist #behavioralhealth #psychology #counseling #socialwork #psychiatry #selfcare #bipolar #anxiety #dissociativeidentitydisorder #ptsd #cptsd #eatingdisorder #bingeeatingdisorder #anorexia #bulimia #edwarrior #recovery #selfcare #copingskills #safetyplan #soberliving #hope

The Latest Diet Trend Is Not Dieting

This is what it’s about! #eatingdisorderrecovery #antidiet #bodypositive “Intuitive eating” encourages people to eat whatever they want. It might be great advice.

Veterans are dying by suicide in VA hospital parking lots, exposing deadly gap in mental health care — The Washington Post

Trigger ⚠️ for suicide, death by firearm, PTSD, Veterans

Veterans are dying by suicide in VA hospital parking lots, exposing deadly gap in mental health care - The Washington Post Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn’t helped them.

International Eating Disorders Action

Potential TW for mention of specific weight.

So proud of this family! Does this resonate with you?

When Autism Spectrum Traits Complicate Eating Disorders Treatment - Eating Disorders Catalogue

“A young man with anorexia and osteopenia has trouble maintaining friendships; he displays odd mannerisms, monotonous speech, and aggressive outbursts, with periods of rapid weight loss associated with restrictive eating and periods of purging.

A brilliant teenage girl with anorexia and severe malnutrition “doesn’t trust people” but loves to be with horses; she has messy eating habits and wears the same clothing most days. She voices inappropriate expectations about relationships and suffers from unrelenting standards that she has for herself and others. Her inflexible routine includes daily running and a food palate typical of a young child.

A transgender adult with binge eating disorder who didn’t speak until age 3 reports very frequent binge eating, a limited diet, and a preference for sweets; he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), morbid obesity, bowel disease, depression, immature behavior, poor social skills, and aggressive outbursts.

A quirky college-age student with severe malnutrition and avoidant restrictive food eating disorder (ARFID) also has ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and severe anxiety; she has difficulty with relationships and avoids expectations, including participation in psychotherapy and meal exposures, work, or school.” FacebookTwitterGoogle+ When Autism Spectrum Traits Complicate Eating Disorders Treatment By Kim McCallum, MD, FAPA, CEDS A young man with anorexia and osteopenia has trouble maintaining friendships; he displays odd mannerisms, monotonous speech, and aggressive outbursts, with periods of rapid weight...

Academy for Eating Disorders

Figures seen by the Guardian show year-on-year rises in hospital visits, with admission numbers more than doubling from 7,260 in 2010-11 to 16,023 in the year to April 2018. The latest figure is up from 13,885 the year before – the highest spike in eight years.

Experts said the surge in numbers was down to the failure of NHS services to tackle anorexia and bulimia at an earlier stage, before people become so unwell that they need to be admitted to hospital.

This Is What It Means if Your Anxiety Goes Away When Things Actually Get Bad "I have generalized anxiety disorder, but in times of true crisis, my anxiety seems to disappear."

The Test to Diagnose Depression Was Designed for White People

“Researchers found that black youth, especially those living in poverty, express their depression differently from other groups — and that signs and symptoms experienced by white people may not effectively be used to measure the mental health of other demographic groups.

According to Tonic, the test asks people to rate how often they identify with feelings like “I felt fearful” and “I had crying spells.” These questions, however, are modeled off symptoms of depression found in white people. Researchers found that young black people are more likely to report physical or interpersonal symptoms of depression than ones based on feelings.” It may not accurately diagnose depression in black people.

Keto Could Help You Lose Weight... and Destroy Your Life

Research shows that diets DON’T work and cause more harm than good. Mindfulness and intuitive eating are freeing, psychologically and physically. Maybe go back to bread.

Eight things that nobody tells you about anorexia As there has been a lot of talk about anorexia, particularly in recent times, almost everyone now knows what it is. Or at least they think they know. In theory,...

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