Eating Disorders

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I specialize in working with people who are afflicted with disordered eating, eating disorders, and related issues. I am also a clinician with personal recovery from eating disorders, which brings a unique understanding into the work. Changing tracks is not an easy task—and staying on the same track is hard, too.


“How do I know if I have an eating disorder?”

You may be asking yourself, “How do I know if I have an eating disorder?” We can talk about the specific diagnostic criteria, but the following question is a good starting point: “Is my relationship with food getting in the way of my quality of life? My relationships?” If the answer is “yes” to either, then you could find therapy to be beneficial. 

About eating disorders and related issues

  • Eating disorders are real disorders; a person doesn’t choose to get these disorders.
  • Issues with eating can be significantly damaging to body and mind.
  • Someone with disordered eating or an eating disorder might seem/look healthy, but in actuality, the person can be very sick.
  • Some symptoms of eating disorders and related issues may include:
    • Intense focus on food, body and weight; serious fear of weight-gain
    • A self-evaluation strongly influenced by size or weight (e.g., scale says, “I’m good or bad.”)
    • Body distortions (seeing and believing your body is very different than how others perceive it).
    • There may be bingeing (feeling you can’t stop eating and consuming large amounts of food), restricting (cutting back on food-fuel intake), and/or inappropriate compensatory behaviors (done for weight loss or control).
  • People of any race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic statuses can get eating disorders.
  • A person of any weight can have an eating disorder.

Recovery

Yes, it’s possible!  

Treatment

As a therapist, I treat clients–men and women–from the perspective that eating problems or eating disorders are the symptoms but not the root issues. For example, how often have you promised yourself to stop (or cut back on) thinking about food, bingeing, purging, or restricting? Were you successful on a lasting basis? If the answer is “no,” then you probably agree that there is more behind the complicated eating beliefs and behaviors than simple “willpower.” My job is to collaboratively help you explore the issues that are underneath and sustaining your eating problems so that you can move towards and achieve your desired change. 

I invite you to call me if you’d like to work towards more freedom from your eating issues.

For helpful Eating Disorder websites, please feel free to click here.

For Friends & Family Support Group information, please click here.