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Staff Highlight: Trudy Farkas, RN

December 6, 2021
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Lead nurse at the Skyland Trail adolescent treatment program, Trudy Farkas, RN, uses her skills and compassion to care for teens ages 14 to 17.

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Dietitian Dishes: Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Squash

December 6, 2021
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Need a healthy side dish to accompany your holiday meal? Here’s a recipe from the Skyland Trail adult dietitian, Isabel Alvarez, RD, LD. A key component of taking care of one’s mental health is to also take care of one’s physical health. Cooking and eating nutritious, balanced meals is a simple and effective way to…

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Reflecting on 2021

November 21, 2021
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By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate Tis the season to sit back with a warm beverage, enjoy a crackling fire, and review how the year went. Fortunately, I have data. Before my introduction to Skyland Trail’s Adult Residential Program, I tracked my mood several times a day with the app Daylio. This behavior…

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Managing Your Depression During The Holidays

November 17, 2021
A man in a red shirt wearing a red santa hat that is covering his face

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It seems the holidays are annual events that conspire to derail any progress made against my depression. Shorter days mean I get less sunlight. Colder mornings mean it is that much more difficult to extricate myself from the warm sheets. Worst of all though, is the forced…

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Staff Highlight: Dawn Collinge, LPC

October 26, 2021
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Learn more about Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Skyland Trail. How long have you been at Skyland Trail? “7 years.” What made you want to go into the mental health field? “Listening to a psychologist during career day when I was a junior in high school. But, it took…

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Addiction Treatment Vs. Residential Dual Diagnosis Treatment

September 20, 2021
adults in peer support group for mental heatlh

What is a dual diagnosis treatment program? A dual diagnosis treatment program helps people who have a substance use disorder and one or more co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses, including a mood disorder like major depression or bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, schizophrenia or another thought disorder, or a personality disorder. Therapies and programs are structured to…

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Staff Highlight: Carlyle Bruce, PhD

August 27, 2021
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Learn more about Carlyle Bruce, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services and family therapist at the Skyland Trail adult residential treatment program. How long have you been at Skyland Trail? “I have been at Skyland for 10 years.” What made you want to go into the mental health field? “I really enjoyed talking to others, and—though…

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What People Don’t Tell You About Depression

July 12, 2021
A photo of a man in a very dark room who is looking down

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail Graduate The numbness caused by depression is rarely discussed because that degree of isolation is deeply unnerving. It is telling that one of the worst things we can do to a human is to lock them in a room with minimal interaction for an indeterminate amount of time. The effects…

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Dietitian Dishes: Ground Turkey Skillet

June 22, 2021
an overhead photo of the ground turkey skillet cooling from the oven

Check out this savory ground turkey skillet recipe straight from the kitchen of Skyland Trail dietitian, Isabel Alvarez, RD, LD. A key component of taking care of one’s mental health is to also take care of one’s physical health. Cooking and eating nutritious, balanced meals is a simple and effective way to practice self-care and…

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Staff Highlight: Elizabeth Carter, LPC, NCC

May 17, 2021
a portrait photo of Liz Carter, Primary Counselor

Take a few moments to learn more about Elizabeth “Liz” Carter, LPC, NCC, a primary counselor for dialectical behavior therapy at the Skyland Trail adult residential treatment program. How long have you been at Skyland Trail? “I have been at Skyland Trail since February 2019, so a little over two years.” What made you want…

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