Eating disorder can be a nightmare. Treatment validates this experience and recognizes the struggle of food. It addresses the relationship surrounding food while getting to the depth of what may be happening. It can extinguish the behavior. There are four main types: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Selective Eating (ARFID), They are not exclusive to behaviors. They can be mixed!
This is not simple stuff and people may just not get it. This immediate difference can cause someone to feel misunderstood, isolated, protective, even nervous often not knowing where to turn.
They can even allow the eating disorder to live on leaving you powerless!
We get it.
This gets complicated. When relationships, friends, your environment gets stressful you may not even realize that your struggling more than you had once believed. Every time something happens you may feel something taking over. Your day-to-day activities begin to be effected.
There’s one secret to this, you are allowed to have someone who understands. You may even be allowed to have a therapist who isn’t a generalist. Someone who a specialist, possibly even certified! That’s where we come in. At Hilltop Behavioral Health we have dedicated our practice to eating disorders and the mental health struggles that our clients face. It isn’t just you.
IF YOUR GOAL IS TO REACH RECOVERY
OUR GOAL IS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE RECOVERY!
Question you may have include:
What can you provide that other therapists can not?
We have devoted our energy and clinical focus on in-depth training and have devoted our expertise to the problem. We currently are recognized in the field as a practice that focused in and around eating disorders. We utilize outlets that are connected to the national Medical and Psychological collective surrounding the disorder which influences our work. You get the opportunity to work with an expert on the front lines of the eating disorder field! Additionally, we are advocates and trainers throughout the country. Our therapists have been selected to participate as keynote speakers for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), presented at professional trainings and conferences including The New York City Department of Health, International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, Universities including Princeton. Additionally Brian was one of the original board members of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders as they continued their growth into the modern conversation.
You may be surprised to learn that working with someone proficient in eating disorders treatment requires a multi-faceted approach.
Why hasn’t this worked with my Non-Specialist Therapist?
Often therapists will state they work with eating disorders and possibly don’t in the same way. When this happens the client eventually feels stuck. The therapist doesn’t know how to navigate the tricky waters of the problem they have dedicated their career to other very important clinical matters. We do have numerous people come to our office and state that their therapist wasn’t as effective as they had hopes. We can assist with transfer of services and be a part of the process if this is already (or will be) a discussion in your current therapist office. We remain mindful.
GET YOUR LIFE BACK AND UNDERSTAND HOW THIS HAPPENED TO BEGIN WITH!
- Feelings as though who you are and who you were are completely different and it’s all because of the food you are eating.
- Your fixation on the physical body can never be satisfied in the search for perfection and resolve.
- You no longer have hunger cues because you don’t eat enough on a daily basis
- Obsessions about what you are going to eat or avoiding eating.
- Persecutory self judgement.
- Self-Harm is a way to handle all the food you have eaten.
- You eat until you are so full that you are in pain
- Restriction or purging is a way to numb yourself because the hurt is too much.
- You can’t achieve your goals.
- Acts as a protective shield against the unpredictable world.
- More time at the gym or exercising is spent rather than being with people.
- You can’t understand how you are feeling and struggle to express it.
- One refuses or gets rid of food in multiple ways to cope in a world where food is a sign of love and compassion.
- Living with an eating disorder is painful often creating a persistent and passive state of self-denial