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Bulimia and Alcohol Abuse

Bulimia and Alcohol Abuse

One of my recent blog posts focused on the comorbidity and link between eating disorders and substance use.  In this post, I want to specifically focus on the co-occurrence of alcoholism and bulimia. Research has demonstrated that 34% of individuals with bulimia...

Weight Stigma

Weight Stigma

An Obstacle in Treatment As an eating disorders therapist, one very challenging part of my work with clients is addressing the impact of societal values and messages on their recovery.  Clients who have larger bodies or don’t meet society’s “thin ideal” can work...

Grooming in Childhood Sexual Abuse

Grooming in Childhood Sexual Abuse

As a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, I have worked with many survivors who have unfortunately experienced sexual abuse in childhood. Today I wanted to focus on the topic of grooming which is often present in ongoing childhood sexual...

Eating Disorders and Substance Use

Eating Disorders and Substance Use

A few months ago, I wrote a post about eating disorders and co-morbid disorders, meaning conditions that tend to occur along with eating disorders.  One of these co-occurring conditions was substance use, which can be used as a way to aid with eating disorder...

Sex After Sexual Trauma

Sex After Sexual Trauma

As a therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, I often work with patients who are struggling with their sexuality after a sexual assault. Often survivors will report feeling differently about sex or feeling that it has been tainted. Although these...

Coping After Trauma

Coping After Trauma

If you have ever experienced a highly stressful event or traumatic situation, you may be experiencing feelings of guilt, shame, helplessness, fear, or hopelessness. Having a self care plan is an essential piece of trauma recovery. The following tools can be helpful to...

Why Do I Binge Eat?

Why Do I Binge Eat?

For someone who engages in binge eating behaviors, they may frequently experience distressing emotions such as self-disgust, guilt, shame, helplessness, and depression after they have taken part in a binge.  Often times, there is an out-of-control feeling that arises,...

Sex After Sexual Assault

Sex After Sexual Assault

As a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of sexual trauma and interpersonal violence, I often get asked by patients if they will be able to enjoy sex ever again. When someone has used sex against you and has used sex as a weapon, it can be challenging to be...

What To Do If Your Teen is Dieting

What To Do If Your Teen is Dieting

As adolescence brings about various physical and emotional changes, teens may become increasingly aware of their bodies – both how they appear and how they function. With these developments, societal messages, and other stressors that teens may encounter, dieting may...

Assessing Safety in Your Relationships

Assessing Safety in Your Relationships

As a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, I often work with clients on issues that come up in relationships. When someone grows up in an unstable or unhealthy environment, they may be unable to recognize red flags in relationships. It’s...

From Victim To Survivor To Thriver

From Victim To Survivor To Thriver

We live in a world where being called a “victim” implies a connotation of weakness. “Don’t be a victim” is a phrase we hear all too often. But what if that is actually your experience? Victim is a term the legal system uses to identify someone who has been the...

Anorexia Nervosa in Males

Anorexia Nervosa in Males

Men can have anorexia, too.  Yup, you read that correctly. Unfortunately, an obvious stigma exists towards men who struggle with eating disorders, although these conditions can affect anyone when certain risk factors are in place.  As a society, we must recognize that...

Grief and Loss After Trauma

Grief and Loss After Trauma

Often when we think of grief and loss, we associate it with the loss of a loved one. The five stages of grief are not necessarily what one thinks of in response to a sexual trauma but often survivors will report going through the stages at some point. While the stages...

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