Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?
Call the office number, (501) 664-0091, and your call will be returned within 24 hours. In most cases, an assessment can be scheduled within 2 weeks.

Will my health insurance pay for this service?

I do accept insurance and am an in-network provider in most insurance plans. Please call the 800- number on the back of your insurance card to verify your mental health benefits.

What can I expect?

During the first session, I will ask you questions about your behavior, medical history, and general social history. We will identify what results you're hoping to achieve, and I'll develop a treatment plan to help you meet your goals. First we will aim to increase balanced eating patterns. Underlying issues that contribute(d) to the problem will be addressed throughout treatment.

Do I have to gain or lose weight?

It depends. For patients struggling with anorexia, restoration of food intake has to be achieved in order to bring back quality of life and reduce apathy to internal organs. This does not mean you have to "get fat!" I am very sensitive to clients' fear of weight gain, and I support and validate this fear with a slow change in behavioral habits. For some clients, weight gain is necessary.
For some clients, the focus of treatment is to maintain or lose weight and to develop a more positive body image while reducing obsessions about food and weight. I will work with you to clarify and set realistic expectations about your appearance and general mental health.

How long is the treatment program?

Eating disorders are typically difficult to treat because of the many layers involved in the illness (medical, nutritional, spiritual, emotional problems stemming from family issues, self esteem, body image, depression, anxiety, abuse, etc.). However, I use solution-focused techniques along with cognitive behavioral therapy to target the identified problem(s) quickly and effectively. Most clients reach their goals within twelve sessions, depending on how severe the issues are that we are treating. Some clients are able to meet their goals within a few sessions, and other clients will benefit from longer-term supportive services as needed.

Do you refer clients to inpatient treatment?

Yes, when necessary. It is my responsibility as your treating clinician to help you manage your life in this area. Eating disorders can be deadly. In cases where clients cannot be safely monitored on an outpatient basis, I will work with you (and/or your family or significant other(s)) to find a treatment center that meets your recovery needs. I can provide you with Aftercare and Supportive services upon your return to help maintain your positive results.

Does my doctor have to be involved with my treatment?
It is recommended that your doctor be made aware of any eating disorder diagnosis, and in some cases lab work is mandatory. This will be discussed with you during your assessment. Psychiatric medications are sometimes necessary to facilitate the recovery process as well. This will also be discussed with you, and any referrals you need will be addressed during your assessment.

What age ranges do you see?

I work with adolescents and adults. For clients under age 18, at least one parent MUST attend the initial assessment, and family sessions are encouraged.

What issues do you treat?

I specialize in eating disorders, and almost all eating issues stem from anxiety. I work with clients experiencing anxiety and/or depression about food, weight, and body image, ranging from mild self esteem problems to life-threatening eating disorders. The scope of my expertise includes treatment for anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating or binge eating, night eating, PICA, self-harm, eating disorders "not otherwise specified" (NOS), eating disorders in athletes, pre/post bariatric/ lapband/ and/or plastic surgery, obesity, body changes during/post pregnancy, and body dysmorphic disorder. Oftentimes mood disorders (including depression) accompany food problems, and these will be addressed in treatment as well.

How do I know my care will be kept confidential?

When you call to make an appointment, you will speak directly to me or to my confidential voicemail. All HIPPA guidelines and confidentiality policies are followed to the greatest extent of the law. All clients are asked to sign strict confidentiality notices that protect your privacy and your right to confidential treatment even while waiting in our waiting area. In the event that you choose to use your health insurance to help cover costs, only the bare minimum of identifying information will be used to cover the identified service(s). You must sign a release in order for me to release information to or receive information from any person or agency.

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