I take an integrative approach to eating disorder therapy.
Typically, treatment begins by focusing on symptom reduction using cognitive-behavioral strategies and on substituting healthy coping skills. As eating habits become more balanced, therapy shifts to focus on the meaning of the eating disorder and on addressing feelings of guilt, shame, and low self-esteem.
For adolescents and young adults, family therapy is an essential component of recovery. An adolescent’s steps toward recovery are aided by family members who understand the recovery process and who make individual efforts in order to solidify the changes in the child and the family system.
An adult with an eating disorder can also benefit from the support and feedback of their adult children and/or spouse.