If you have an eating disorder, congratulations on taking the first step to address your issues with food! Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating affect a large percentage of our population. And the numbers are growing every year. If untreated, they can cause very severe physical problems of the kidneys and/or the heart. In extreme cases even death can occur. Getting help early is important. Treatment often involves medical monitoring, mental health therapy, nutritional counseling and sometimes medications. Of course these treatment options depend on what stage you are in when you enter therapy.
Since writing my master’s thesis, Males with Eating Disorders, I have worked with men and women who suffer from body image issues and/or non-productive eating habits. I was one of the first researchers to consider that men suffer from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as well as experience poor body image. To this day, I contend that men with eating disorders are an underserved population, as men often find it difficult to come to a therapist’s office asking for help with an issue that our society doesn’t widely recognize in men.
My primary goal is to help you develop healthy life-long, self healing skills, and to empower you to make positive changes in your life as a way to let go of the eating disorder. I draw from psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and narrative therapy models.
If necessary, I may suggest a medical consultation with your physician or other professionals if I feel you would benefit from such collaboration.
The length of your individual treatment will be determined by your desired outcome of our work together and your medical needs.
In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years, I have also completed a Certification for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from John F. Kennedy University in 2012.
I am an active member of the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED), Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) and an active participant with forming a new group: Transforming Eating Disorders Association (TEDA) in the East Bay. TEDA is dedicated to providing education, resources and support in the community around the issues of body image and eating disorders. TEDA consists of professionals of various disciplines as well as parents, and individuals recovering from various eating disorders.