Therapy for Eating Disorders

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Maybe you are finding yourself preoccupied with food, weight or appearance, or you are engaging in food-related behaviors such as binging, restricting your food intake, purging, or compulsively exercising. You might be experiencing low self-worth and difficulty in your relationships due to not wanting to be seen, or not wanting to eat around other people. If any of this is true, you may be grappling with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

As your therapist, I listen and try to understand you as a unique individual and together we work to understand what role the eating disorder plays in the complex ecology of your life. We explore the meaning around the eating disorder and consider your values and goals. We build on your strengths and increase your comfort with being around people and yourself so you can branch out and (re)build a full life outside of the eating disorder. In addition to what I learn from you, I draw from my years of experience working in residential and inpatient eating disorder treatment, as well as extensive training in DBT and mindfulness-based therapies.

Notes on my Philosophy

I believe that eating disorders show up for a reason and that healing from the eating disorder involves understanding that reason and making peace with our complex histories and selves. I believe that recovery is possible when we cultivate compassion for our humanness and begin to live a life that is worth living. I believe that sometimes the process of recovery can hurt, or be slow, and I understand that moving forward from the eating disorder can feel like an irreconcilable loss.

I believe that recovery is possible. And worth it.

Healing With a Team

Sometimes when it comes to eating disorders, it can help to work with a comprehensive team. If you don't have a team yet, I can help you find a trustworthy, knowledgeable RD to support you with questions related to food, weight and exercise. Additionally, I can point you in the direction of other specialists (family therapists, MDs, support group leaders) who are knowledgeable about eating disorders. If necessary, I can collaborate with you to find a higher level of care so you can be safe and healthy.  I love working as part of a team and will happily collaborate with the people in your life who are important to your recovery journey.