The cause of eating disorders are not clear and both biological, cultural, and emotional factors may play a role. An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterized by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming a preoccupation of one’s life. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice or a diet. A diagnosis of an eating disorder usually involves one or more of the following: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or “other” which can include a variety of types of disordered eating. Eating Disorders can be life threatening, therefore seeking out a qualified mental health professional who specializes in ED is necessary for one to get the appropriate help they need.
Local Experts in Eating Disorder
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy
I formerly ran the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program at EDCare, an adult eating disorder treatment center in Denver. I also completed a Postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Program. In both roles, I provided therapy to individuals and families with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy
I know firsthand what it is like to engage in unhealthy behaviors. I also know about having unhealthy relationships with myself, food, the scale, body image & self-esteem. I noticed that no matter what weight I was, I was unhappy and unfulfilled. Recovery IS possible and while it takes work to sustain recovery, that too is possible. I am passionate about helping folks finding full recovery.
Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy
Based on my own history of struggles with my relationship with food, body, and exercise, I have always been interested in working with this population. In sessions, I often address assertiveness skills, family dynamics, internalized messages about body and body image, coping strategies, attachment patterns, sensitivity and depth of processing, and work with shame and vulnerability.