Eating Disorders treatment
The practice provides a “home-like” atmosphere for the treatment of different kinds of eating disturbances and disorders of different stages of the illness. The presenting symptoms might include but are not limited to restrictive eating, binge eating, obsessions related to weight and food, excessive exercising, overwhelming fear of gaining weight, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, etc.
After an initial consultation and evaluation, we will prepare an individualized treatment plan that consists of individual and/or group psychotherapy. If and when needed, we can make an in-patient referral or referral for a specialized eating disorder clinic and/or a psychiatrist. The treatment will be collaborative with a nutritionist and an eating disorder medical professional if required by the individual case. Referrals are provided.
Approach to treating eating disorders:
A specific characteristic of the eating disorder is that the symptom is just a manifestation of the actual cause of the problem, which is “hiding” somewhere else. Very often the eating disorder is a problem of the relationship between the patient and the upbringing surrounding; very often this is the mother and often the cause of the problem originates in infancy. Not only is the symptom only a manifestation of the actual problem, but the symptom often serves as a “relief” and a survival strategy. For example, the person who induces vomiting after every meal “tries” to purge of the toxicity that has been accumulated when growing up. Depending on the individual needs of the patient, and especially if the patient is young, family sessions may be needed during the course of the treatment. In individual psychotherapy, the problem may need to be addressed in more frequent sessions.
Our approach is psychodynamic, integrative, and holistic. We treat the whole person, not only the symptom. When necessary we also integrate a cognitive-behavioral approach in the treatment. Eating disorders often require long-term treatment, usually a few times per week, because they are disorders related to attachment needs that have been unmet and attachment style that needs to be changed. But a short term treatment could also be extremely beneficial. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Sessions are currently remote due to COVID-19.