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
I worked as the coordinator of the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program at EDCare, conducting individual therapy and group therapy with clients in treatment. I also coordinated the Binge Eating Disorder program at EDCare and practice through a lens of Health At Every Size (HAES). After leaving EDCare, I worked as an eating disorder specialist at Regis University in the Office of Counseling.
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.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual 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.