Dawn's Therapeutic Approach to Treating Eating Disorders:
The objective of my approach is to find the purpose that the eating disorder serves for each individual person. The objective is help each person to understand their eating disorder and/ or exercise addiction and its effects on his or her life. Each person will need to find out how they can replace the purpose that the eating disorder and/ or exercise addiction has served in their life and what is necessary for their recovery.
I help individuals do the following:
• Heal their relationship with food
• Develop insight into disordered thinking, attitudes and behaviors that fuel the eating disorder
• Practice appropriate expression of feelings
• Explore underlying causes of their eating and /or exercise disorder and the destructive patterns in relationships
• Improve body image and work with acceptance of natural body size and shape
• Family Therapy to help identify and modify unhealthy patterns that may impact recovery
I see individuals, Families and Couples and use an interactive approach to therapy. I will ask you questions to help you explore your goals for therapy. We will work together and determine if you are looking for long term or short term therapy. Many clients come with a specific situation that they need to work on and will stay until it is worked through. Others come on a structured schedule to help with staying on a goal they have set in order to not fall back to old habits or patterns.
I see individuals to help them with managing emotions, fears, sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, addictions, eating disorders, body image issues, creating balance, establishing hope, changing your lifestyle, and nurturing yourself and others.
I will work on improving relational issues such as dating issues, recovering from a break up, issues of communication and communication patterns, family communication, parenting and the ability to set healthy boundaries, young adult transitions, divorce, blended families and adolescent issues.
Rates & Insurance
Sessions are normally 50 minutes long. I usually recommend a 75-minute session for the first session with a family. Although I have a standard fee, I prefer to discuss this with you when you contact me to set up your initial visit. I do offer limited sliding scale appointments based on income and ability to pay. If you need a reduced fee, please let me know. If I am unable to accommodate your financial situation, I will try my best to assist you in finding appropriate referrals.
I’m interested in hearing what brought you to therapy, and I’ll do my best to let you know whether I think I can be of assistance to you. In the event that I am not the right fit, I’ll be happy to refer you to someone else who may be able to help.
I am a provider for Anthem Blue Cross. You will need to check your mental health benefits and will be responsible for your co-payment at each appointment.