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
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
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.