your individual journey
Every eating disorder is as unique and different as the person struggling with it. My goal is to get to know YOU and strive to understand your personal struggle. I will work with you to identify your strengths and means to best work with you on your individual journey to a healthier life.
We will start with a full intake assessment where we will look at the specific eating disorder behaviors that are plaguing you. We will explore your treatment history as well as modalities that you’ve tried and tested. Then we will discuss an assessment and the next step for you to take on your journey to recovery.
I spend just as much time during the Intake assessment, assessing any other symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that afflict you and contribute to using eating disorder behaviors to cope as well as a complete personal history. Finally, we come up with a treatment plan that highlights your hopes for yourself, your unique strengths, and your immediate and long-term goals.
We will often do process work in session so that you can use therapy as a safe place to reveal your inner turmoil and brainstorm alternative ways to handle your present conflicts. I use a non-traditional approach by utilizing recovery-based books, intervention based worksheets, art therapy and desensitization exercises in sessions for increased insights.
An eating disorder affects the entire family. If you are still living at home or your family is still a part of your life on a regular basis, I include family members in occasional therapy sessions to identify hidden supports, explore how family dynamics can exacerbate symptoms, and to observe how the family interacts to better understand you as an individual.
If you are differentiated from your family, we often utilize process based talk therapy to explore what values, beliefs, and core concepts you have developed from your family of origin. This can help us identify maladaptive beliefs that contribute to your way of interacting with the world.
If you are a teen seeking treatment, please see the FAQ page regarding the admission process for adolescents.