Eating disorders affect individuals of all genders, ethnicities, and sizes. No one is immune. If you have realized that your eating or exercise patterns are causing you to feel distressed and isolated, I am truly glad you are here. You are not alone in your struggles, even if it feels like it.
I believe that, when disordered eating develops, it is frequently to feel a sense of control or empowerment. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can be a way to avoid emotions or feel better, but can quickly take over and make you dislike yourself, feel shame, and feel very out of control. You might find that food, eating, and your body are constantly on your mind and you are not able to be fully present with other activities or people. You might think you are the only one who feels like this. You might not even know what your life would be like if you didn’t have the eating disorder, and sometimes, the thought of finding out, can be terrifying. Or, you might not think that you have an eating disorder, but do know that your eating patterns are causing you pain. I truly believe though, that there is hope, and I would be honored to work with you on your journey to find freedom.
When disordered eating is present, evidence shows that working with a therapist, nutritionist, and medical doctor is ideal. If you are already working with a nutritionist and medical doctor, with your permission, I will consult with them to ensure that we are helping you to the best of our abilities. If you are not working with a nutritionist, I would be happy to help you find one who we can incorporate into our work together.
You are resilient and not alone.
My experience in working with eating disorders and body image concerns includes developing and participating as the psychologist on a multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team, coordinating and supervising a doctoral training experience with an emphasis on eating disorders, and running multiple therapy and support groups for individuals identifying as women, men, and all genders who are experiencing eating disorder symptoms. During my clinical training, I was a student therapist on eating disorder treatment teams at three universities as well as an individual therapist at a non-profit eating disorder clinic. I also coordinate the Denton TX National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk and am on the Planning Committee for the 2019 NEDA-Conference.
For additional support if experiencing a crisis, contact the NEDA Phone Helpline at 800-931-2237, text “NEDA” to 741741, or visit https://chatserver.comm100.com/ChatWindow.aspx?siteId=144464&planId=467# for the NEDA Online Chatline. Services are available Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday 8am to 4pm.