Eating Disorders and Body Positivity

body image and food struggles run rampant through our culture. clinical Eating disorders are serious illnesses that wreck havoc on minds, bodies, and relationships.

 Shame and fear often discourage people from seeking help or talking to a loved one about harbored concern.

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Adults  

I've spent my career dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders and my approach is firmly rooted in current, evidence-based practices. Whether you are struggling with poor body image, a fraught relationship with food, or meet full criteria for Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating disorder, I can help. I love using “Enhanced” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) with my clients to identify problematic cycles and help them realize their desired behavioral change.  For those wanting to dig deeper, I offer a psychodynamic perspective which, when integrated with cognitive behavioral interventions, allows us to explore the underlying root causes of your struggles while simultaneously target negative symptoms.

My commitment to the treatment of eating disorders has connected me closely with dietitians, physicians, and psychiatrists, all distinguished by their clinical skills and shared passion for collaborative care; wonderful resources should you need to build or expand your treatment team.


Children and adolescents

 

Childhood and Adolescent eating disorders are serious illnesses . . . and pernicious interlopers. They are hard to detect before physical consequences emerge and almost always have been living in your house longer than you think, rendering their young host a mere shell of their former self. Eating Disorders not only threaten your child's medical safety but also the precious development of their sense of self. Early detection is critical. 

Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is an early intervention designed to empower parents to play an active role in their child's recovery process. It offers a safe alternative to a disrupting inpatient hospitalization or day treatment program and has an evidence base to back it up as the first-line treatment approach for youngsters with eating disorders.

Along with my practice associate, Amanda Pashelinsky, LMHC, I strive to provide research-informed, compassionate care to the children, adolescents and parents who enter our doors. We collaborate with medical doctors, psychiatrists, and schools to ensure that your child's treatment is well coordinated and you feel effectively supported by your multidisciplinary team. 

 

"A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, well-being, and resiliency." -- Kim John Payne, M.ED

"A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, well-being, and resiliency." -- Kim John Payne, M.ED


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Body positive coaching for teens and adults

Our society offers a lot of opinions about how we should look and what we should eat. Unfortunately the diet culture we live in leads many of us to develop unhealthy relationships with food, internalize unrealistic ideals, and feel marginalized. The Body Positive movement offers an alternative, more compassionate, and more inclusive perspective. I offer short-term coaching to clients who are ready "leave body hatred behind and become free to focus on their precious life purpose". (The Body Positive)