Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Overcoming Negative Thinking: Tools for Getting “Unstuck”  

Our thought life has incredible power and influence over our behaviors, and the intensity, directionand quality of our thoughts can manifest in healthy and unhealthy ways.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn much-needed attention to the importance of maintaining good mental health and reaching out for support when necessary. However, despite the increased conversation and focus on mental health and well-being, the fact remains that this unprecedented crisis has caused an overwhelming sense of uncertainty, massive unemployment, a major shift in life circumstances, and the very real threat of disease.  

It is more than enough to trigger a descent into extremely negative thinking — especially for those who are in recovery or have a history of behavioral health concerns. But there are tools to help combat a downward spiral and evidence-based therapeutic interventions that can help us get “unstuck” and manage negative thinking in a way that propels us forward through this collective storm.   

I discussed these tools with Camille Williams, M.A., NCC, LCPC, a clinical therapist at Timberline Knolls, on our Instagram Live “Ask the Expert” interview series last month.  

Here are a few helpful tools she shared:  

  1. Awareness: Awareness is the key to getting “unstuck.” Sometimes, our thoughts are so powerful and intense that they can take over before we even realize it. It is important to step back and ask yourself, “How is this negativity manifesting itself in my thoughts and in my life? What does it look like for me? How is it affecting how I feel in my body (somatic experience)?” Negative thinking could be taking the form of catastrophizing, black-and-white thinking, or rumination, but it is different for everyone. Therefore, it’s important to begin by checking in and becoming aware of what “stuck” looks like for you personally.  
  1. Acceptance: One of the foundational principles of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), it is essential to start to practice acceptance of where you are, what you are feeling, and your situation in the present moment. Letting go of expectations about what you should be doing, thinking, or feeling, and accepting what is. Facing the facts of where you’re at, headon, without judgment. After awareness, it’s necessary to choose acceptance and validate your personal experience before you’re able to move forward.  
  2. Change: In DBT, change can happen after acceptance — but only in that order! Once a person has become aware of and accepted what is, they can decide how they want to respond. And not every thought or feeling requires a response. But change comes through choosing the healthy behavioral response to our thoughts so that they slowly begin to change. And change happens through baby steps, not all at once. Give yourself grace as you slow down the reaction/response time to these thoughts and slowly build better behaviors and responses that help you cope and promote self-compassion.  

Another way to help the brain rewire negative thought patterns into healthier ones is to exercise it in different ways. Camille recommended asking yourself in which areas you would like to grow or be challenged: intellectually, creatively, and spiritually. Finding different ways to express yourself and your feelings can be a part of those small steps that build the foundations of a healthier thought life.  

Ultimately, in the situation we are all facing, negative thoughts are not a matter of “if,” but “when.” The arrival of negative thinking can be the reminder we need to care for ourselves better and show grace where we may be proclaiming judgment. Through awareness, acceptance, and change, we can learn how to manage this type of thinking and come out of the “stuck” place — on the other side —even stronger. 

About Kirsten Haglund

“Since my own recovery, I am passionate about educating and empowering women to get the care they need to live amazing, productive and healthy lives,” said Haglund. “I see the same compassion and desire in the Timberline Knolls team and look forward to being a part of this work of restoring women to health.”

Haglund will continue to work as an advocate for greater awareness of eating disorders and resources for care. Since she won the crown of Miss America 2008, she has spoken on more than 20 college campuses, worked with youth and church groups domestically and abroad, lobbied Congress with the Eating Disorders Coalition, and started her own non-profit, the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, to raise funds and assist families financially in seeking treatment for eating disorders.

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