Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

Eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological, genetic, psychological, social and developmental roots. There is no single cause for the development of an eating disorder. We believe that treatment is most effective when it targets the factors that are responsible for maintaining the symptoms once they develop. We conceptualize eating disorders as largely perpetuated by emotional intolerance and avoidance as well as relational disconnection from others.

Anchored in healing integrates an emphasis on the healing potential of empathetic relational connection with evidence-based, emotion-focused treatment interventions.

  • A fundamental belief that relationships and a sense of community are central our psychological health and help us heal and reconnect to self.

  • An integrative approach to treating the whole person with treatment interventions that address eating disorders as well as co-morbid symptoms.

  • The practice of explicitly targeting underlying emotional factors that drive maladaptive behaviors.

  • The importance of building emotional and relational resilience for lasting recovery.

  • The belief that it is essential for clients to establish a community of support with others who understand their illness.

  • A commitment to a collaborative approach of working with clients, families and other professionals in order to continually improve our services.

  • Implementation of evidence-based therapeutic practices in an individualized treatment plan for each client.

  • Understanding the importance between emotion regulation and authentic engagement in mutual relationships, including the self.

  • Learning to courageously approach rather than avoid emotional experiences, including painful and uncomfortable emotions.

  • Increasing emotional tolerance and psychological flexibility thus decreasing the need for maladaptive coping behaviors.

  • Building emotional competence allowing for enhancement of self-empathy, self-efficacy and an ability to have meaningful relationships with others.

My Treatment Model for Eating Disorders is Based on the Following:

Clients Can Expect to Feel more Empowered by:

Therapies Commonly used for Treatment of an Eating Disorder

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]

  • Internal Family Systems [IFS]

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing [EMDR]

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT]

  • Nutritional Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Eating Disorder/Body Image Support Group

What I Treat

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Weight and Body Image Issues

  • Exessive Exercise & Orthorexia

  • Food Addicction