Trauma and Eating Disorders with Dr. Anna Flores

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Mindfulness can simply be noticing, paying attention, and not reacting.


How are trauma and eating disorders related, and how does trauma-informed care integrate into eating disorder treatment? Dr. Anna Flores sat down with Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (SCTED) clinical manager Justyne Ortquist to discuss this in a new episode of The Recovery Tea podcast. The 55-minute podcast covers topics such as:


  • The definition of “trauma”
  • The body’s biological response during trauma
  • The role of mindfulness in eating disorder treatment
  • Exposure therapy
  • Co-regulation
  • Relationship rupture and repair
  • The fight, flight, freeze, and fawn trauma response
  • How to manage “map-making” in the brain
  • The clinical therapist as a guide
  • The continuum of care at SCTED


“Trauma-informed care is nervous system-informed care. It addresses how our body and brain are reacting. Trauma-informed care gives us tangible, biological terms and science for understanding what happens when a person has a trauma response. So, it’s destigmatizing. It helps us take some of the judgment and fear out of a situation and understand physiologically what is happening.” Justyne Ortquist, MS, MEd, LPC


The Recovery Tea with Dr. Anna Flores – Trauma and Eating Disorders

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Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (SCTED)

At Sanford Behavioral Health, we offer a continuum of care for individuals struggling with eating disorders, starting with residential treatment and continuing through partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. We understand the importance of continuous support throughout the recovery process and strive to provide our patients with the necessary resources and guidance at every stage of their journey.


SCTED’s experienced professionals utilize evidence-based techniques and a personalized approach to address each patient’s needs. We offer a range of treatment modalities, including individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition counseling, and family therapy. If you or someone close to you is dealing with an eating disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help at 844-448-7700.


Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving all of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s facilities in Greater Grand Rapids is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a psychiatrist-led team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients. For more information, visit