Walden Blog Author: Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko
Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko is the Director of Walden Behavioral Care’s South Windsor, CT Clinic. In this role, she is responsible for providing clinical, administrative and fiscal oversight as well as development for the clinic. Formerly, she was an Intensive Care Manager at the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (Value Options, Inc.) in Rocky Hill, CT where she assisted providers in the treatment and discharge planning for patients identified as high utilizers of inpatient hospitalization and detox services, conducted clinical trainings on Eating Disorders for staff and managed CT Medicaid cases with complex Eating Disorder issues. Prior to this role, Ms. Doweyko has held several clinical positions at various facilities including founding and directing the Intuitive Eating Program (IOP) at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in Hollywood, FL. She has also held various positions at The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, FL acting as a Primary and IOP therapist. There she developed the “Real-Life Excursion” program allowing patients to begin their transition from Residential treatment. Rebekah also specializes in substance abuse, and has worked as a Primary Therapist at The Caron Renaissance Institute and Alternatives In Treatment, Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. She was featured in the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary “THIN” and composed the foreword to the highly acclaimed “Maintaining Recovery from Eating Disorders” Self-help book by Naomi Feigenbaum. She earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut.
Blog Posts by Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, about 30% of individuals with an eating disorder have been abused at some point in their lifetime. This is only a measure of individuals who know that what they’ve experienced is abuse, and that they are willing to disclose it. It is likely that this percentage is much higher as many folks do not believe that abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual. Furthermore, some men and women do not know, or do not believe, that they have the right to say no to anyone, including a domestic partner or spouse. Nevertheless, this statistic shows us that three out of 10 of those admittedly struggling with an eating disorder have also disclosed trauma. Read More
There isn’t another job I would rather have. Ever. I wake up every morning feeling blessed to come to a job that I love and do something every day that feels meaningful. Working with patients with eating disorders is something that I consider a privilege. Read More