Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are severe mental illnesses, not lifestyle choices or some variant of normal behavior.

Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder all stem from a combination of biological, psychological and social issues. Research over the past 20 years has greatly enhanced our ability to address these various issues. Given that eating disorders are complex, multidimensional problems, they require particular knowledge and experience to address. Based on my more than 25 years of training and experience, I use a bio-psycho-social model to help the individual and her family grow beyond the disorder and to escape the prison of thoughts and behaviors caused by the eating disorder. An eating disorder does not define a girl or woman; rather, it holds her hostage. For someone struggling with an eating disorder, the devastating symptoms become her individual way of coping with the complexities of life. These symptoms, both cognitive and emotional, must be addressed in treatment in order for sufferers to reach and maintain full recovery.

If you think you or a family member may have an eating disorder, I am happy to help in evaluating and assessing the level of care necessary to get the patient on the way to recovery. I work as a team with a number of dieticians and physicians to provide thorough individual and family outpatient treatment. I can also make referrals to inpatient or intensive outpatient programs if a higher level of care is deemed necessary.
Licensed Professional Counselor