Eating Disorders & Weight Issues

In a world where we idolize unrealistic body types we have learned to be so critical of ourselves in many ways, especially how we look physically. I have great empathy for my clients who struggle with disordered eating and negative body image. My ultimate goal is to help my clients to learn to have self-acceptance and self-love for themselves and especially their health.


Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder


These disorders are all different and yet they have similarities. I work with clients to help you understand how an eating disorder has become a part of your life. Awareness of how it has become a means of coping with the stresses of life is integral to helping you to make the necessary long-term changes. 


My approach to treating eating disorders is two-fold. First, I teach specific skills needed to cope with the behaviors that are causing potential damage and problems. The use of the skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are an important part of learning to self-soothe, regulate emotions and tolerate the distressing feelings of the eating disorder cycle. In addition, I focus on the development of a sense of self. This includes developing self-esteem and confidence, learning to make decisions and feel good about them, and understanding how to develop real and emotionally intimate relationships. 


Treating an eating disorder requires a team approach. First, it is important to work with a physician to address any medical issues associated with the disorder. Next, a registered dietitian who specializes in eating disorders is another key to success. A caring team of professionals can work together to address all aspects of treatment. I will work with you to find professionals to address these needs. At times, more intensive treatment may be needed than outpatient therapy. If this is necessary, I will work with you to find a program that will fit your needs.


Weight Loss and Weight Management


Long-term weight loss and management requires changes in all aspects of a person’s life. That is why diets which have a short-term focus do not work over the long-run. In my work with individuals who would like to lose weight, I utilize the Cognitive Behavioral work by Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think like a Thin Person) along with clinical hypnosis to help a person address faulty cognitive patterns and to increase motivation to make long-term changes. This combination approach is an effective way to address the different components of weight loss. Of course, referral to your physician and a registered dietitian is another key component to reaching your weight loss goals. As a coach and at times a cheerleader, I will work with you to develop a long-term plan that will help you reach and maintain your healthy self.


Resources


DBT Self-Help Skills Website:  www.dbtselfhelp.com

Website with resources and further information:  www.EDReferral.com

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders:  www.anad.org

Gurze Books: Specialty books and resources:  www.gurze.com 

The Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck


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