In 1982, one of my friends tearfully divulged her "horrible secret" to me. She then described her cycle of purging after every meal. Neither one of us knew why she struggled with this, so she never received the help she needed. Yet, on February 4th, 1983, the tragic passing of Karen Carpenter awakened all of us to the seriousness of
this type of disorder.
For many, the tormenting cycle of binge-eating, purging and restricting behaviors can be painfully difficult for families to helplessly watch--let alone for the
client to endure.
Effective and successful ways
I treat anorexia and bulimia include individual and family therapy and what I
call the "team approach". This ongoing communication with my client's
family, physician, psychiatrist, dietician, clergy and any other health
professional during both inpatient and outpatient treatment enhances continuity of care and
helps to prevent a relapse.
I was trained at the
University of Chicago to use a successful, family-based treatment for children
and adolescents called the
Maudsley Approach, in which the therapist adopts a
supportive role in the family and helps to guide parents in re-feeding their
children. I have written for the website,
Maudsley Parents, a supportive
network for parents and families.
In the event I must make a referral or
accept one from a treatment center, I have professional relationships with
eating disorder treatment centers across the country.
My goal is to open the doors of my practice to this very special population.
With compassion and patience, families are given the opportunity to come
together and help their loved ones heal.
If you or someone you love is experiencing signs of an eating disorder,
please schedule an appointment with me.