I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in counseling people with eating disorders (primarily compulsive overeating). My focus is helping people examine their relationship with food. In my teens and early 20’s I suffered from compulsive overeating and was extremely over weight. It wasn't until I learned how and why I was using food that I was able to stop using food to anesthetize my feelings/issues and deal with them. I am proud to say I have maintained my weight for more than 20 years.
I work individually and conduct groups to help those suffering from compulsive overeating to examine how and why they use food. Compulsive overeating is characterized by uncontrollable eating. Food is often used as a way to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and daily problems. The food blocks thoughts and feelings. The compulsive overeater often feels out of control which leads to feelings of shame and guilt.
I am trained and experienced in conducting the psychological evaluations required by the insurance companies prior to the approval of surgery. In addition I work individually and provide group therapy for pre and post surgery patients. My specialty is helping people examine their relationship with food. After all, the pain does not disappear with the pounds!
I work individually with bulimics. Bulimia is characterized by a cycle of binge eating followed by purging to try and rid the body of unwanted calories. A binge is different for all individuals. For one person a binge may range from 1000 to 10000 calories, for another, one cookie may be considered a binge. Purging methods usually involve vomiting and laxative abuse. Other forms of purging can involve excessive exercise, fasting, use of diuretics, diet pills and enemas.
I have experience working with diabetic patients who manipulate their insulin dosages for the goal of weight loss.
Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating
Group Psychotherapy - “Examining Your Relationship with Food”
Bariatric By–Pass Surgery Evaluations- Many insurance companies mandate a psychological evaluation prior to approving the surgery.
Pre and Post Bariatric Counseling
Group Psychotherapy -“Examining Your Relationship with Food”
Examining Your Relationship with Food
Feelings and its Connection to Food
Emotional Side Effects of Bariatric Surgery
The Pain Does Not Disappear with the Pounds