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Mindful Eating for Eating Disorders

Mindful Eating for Eating Disorders

When you’re struggling with an eating disorder, learning how to eat in a non-disordered way can be extremely challenging. Just as developing eating disorder behaviors takes time, recultivating a peaceful relationship with food and body image is a gradual process. That...

Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders

Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders

For teenagers struggling with an eating disorder, beginning the process of recovery can be daunting if they do not know what to expect.  The same goes for the families of such individuals, who are an imperative part of the child’s treatment. Family-based...

Night Eating Syndrome

Night Eating Syndrome

One of the less well-known eating disorders is night eating syndrome.  This condition is classified in the DSM-5 as an Other Specified Feeding/Eating Disorder, which includes symptoms surrounding food and body image that cause significant distress or...

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological and potentially fatal eating disorder involving self-starvation, extremely low body weight, and an intense preoccupation with body image. Anorexia does not discriminate across genders (although females are more commonly...

Eating Disorders in Men

Eating Disorders in Men

Men Can Have Eating Disorders, Too The idea that eating disorders affect only women is a dangerous assumption.  According to the National Eating Disorders Association, about 1 in 3 individuals who struggle with an eating disorder is male.  With this...

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder

A Narrow Depiction of Eating Disorders My perception and understanding of eating disorders was extremely narrow before I became passionate about the topic and learned more about these conditions during my training as a therapist.  I remember the brief explanation...

Codependency and Trauma

Codependency and Trauma

I remember the first time I heard the term “codependency”. In spite of having been working with addiction for quite some time, that was not a term I had been familiar with. What I learned many years later when I began specialized training in trauma is that...

Best Therapy for Eating Disorders

Seeking therapy for an eating disorder can feel scary and overwhelming if you’re not sure what to expect. You may feel a significant amount of fear and anxiety regarding being vulnerable with a complete stranger and trusting them to help with your...

Talking Back to Your Eating Disorder

Talking Back to Your Eating Disorder

In her book, Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer describes a helpful tool in combating many of the intrusive thoughts that arise when one is navigating the struggle of disordered eating and body image concerns.  Jenni, who has struggled with an eating...

Eating Disorders and the New Year

Eating Disorders and the New Year

As the New Year approaches, we may experience a range of emotions.  For some, there is excitement as we are provided with the opportunity to have a fresh start.  Often we find ourselves reflecting on the past year, relishing in our accomplishments and...

Coping with the Holidays

Coping with the Holidays

Often when people hear the word “holidays”, all sorts of images come to mind. Some people feel warmth and love and excitement at the idea of spending time with their family and loved ones. For some, the holidays are about seeing and catching up...

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