I have had an eating disorder for as long as I can remember. I am tired of it but have kind of given up and just think I will have it for the rest of my life. Do you think I can recover from it even after having it for 20+ years?
Yes I do think you can recover from your eating disorder. It is never too late to try to change your life. It is true that the longer you have had your eating disorder, the more difficult it is to overcome. But this does not mean that it is not possible. I have seen clients recover from an eating disorder they have had for 40+ years. It is hard work, but yes, it is possible.
I frequently feel like I can not control myself around food. I eat way past the point of fullness, and then I vow to never do that again and I start a diet the next day. That lasts a week until I have another out of control eating episode again. I don’t know how to get this under control. Can you help?
Yes I can help. Feeling out of control around food is a difficult emotion to deal with. We will work on getting you to the point where food does not control you, but you are in control of your food choices. It is confusing to want to be in control of your food choices, only to find yourself feeling completely out of control with food. We will discuss what your realistic goals are with food and your weight, and work towards achieving them.
Do you use therapy and nutrition in every session?
The short answer: yes. I am trained as a licensed professional counselor (fancy term for counselor or therapist) as well as a registered dietitian. Given that I have extensive training in both, I will use both of these lenses to give you the best treatment possible, looking at the mental, as well as physical effects of your eating disorder or body image issues.
However, if you are already seeing a therapist or dietitian, and would like to see me for the other modality, I am happy to do that as well. The relationship you have with your treatment team is the most important factor in your recovery, and if you already have a trusting relationship in place, the last thing I want to do is break that up. I will work with your existing therapist or dietitian to coordinate care.
I have been struggling with food lately. I don’t know if I have an eating disorder but I think about food and my body all the time. Can you help me?
Yes I can help. It is not my concern if you fit into a certain “eating disorder box”, but rather that you have noticed that you are struggling with food and feeling that your life is being taken away from you because of this struggle. We will work together to help you take back your life so that you can become physically and emotionally healthy again.
What are your fees?
My rate is $140 per 50 minute session. Initial sessions are 80 minutes and $210. You can pay via cash, check, or credit card. All major credit cards are accepted. Alternatively, you may choose to use a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA) to pay for services. Due to ongoing pro bono work, I can not offer sliding scale.
Do you take insurance?
I run a boutique style private counseling practice. This means that I work for you not the insurance company. If you choose to use your insurance for counseling reimbursement I am an “out of network” provider for your insurance. I choose to not bill insurance directly for several reasons; however, many insurance companies will reimburse between 50-80% of the fees. Please check with your insurance provider for specific details of your coverage. I will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I hate my body. I always try to lose weight and fully believe that if I lost weight all of my problems would be solved and I would be happy. Can you help me?
Yes I can help. I am trained in body image and body positive treatment modalities. I have worked with people over the years teaching them to appreciate and (gasp!) even love their bodies again. I hated my body for over 10 years so I come to you from both a personal understanding of what it feels like as well as years of professional training and experiences.
Can you talk with my treatment team if I am leaving treatment?
Yes absolutely. If you are stepping down from treatment (inpatient/ residential/ PHP/ IOP/ etc) I will speak with your treatment about your time in treatment in order to provide you the best continuity of care possible. Leaving treatment is a critical time as I have found that this is when the relapse rate of eating disorders is the highest. Talking to your treatment team will help ensure a smooth transition so that you can be successful outside of treatment.
How often do I need to come see you?
The beginning of counseling is the most important time for us to establish a relationship, as well as for you to work on gaining momentum in making changes and feeling relief with your struggles. I highly recommend the first 6 sessions occur on a weekly basis. After that we will decide what frequency will be best for you.