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Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns
The therapists at PVD Psychological Associates specialize in working with individuals with eating disorders and body image concerns. We implement research-supported, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). We see children, adolescents, college students, and adults with eating disorders.
Fear of weight gain, restrictive eating, and low body weight that accompanies a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa are all addressed with CBT for eating disorders. By collaborating with other medical professionals, therapists at PVD Psychological Associates will help individuals struggling with Anorexia to modify harmful thought patterns and make specific behavioral changes.
Binge Eating Disorder
Individuals with Binge Eating Disorder engage in recurrent episodes of binge eating, often secretly and often at night, without engaging in any compensatory behaviors. CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness have all been shown to successfully treat Binge Eating Disorder.
Body Image Concerns
Excessive concern with body image and often accompanying low self-esteem are also successfully addressed by cognitive behavioral therapy. Therapy will help individuals understand thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate a preoccupation with weight and body image concerns.
We also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to treat Bulimia Nervosa, which is defined as engaging in episodes of binge eating and then utilizing compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting,, restrictive eating, exercise, and/or laxative use. Individuals struggling with Bulimia will work in therapy to better understand the link between thoughts and these behaviors and modify them.
Individuals with orthorexia have a preoccupation, or obsession, with being healthy and restrict their food intake to only a few types of food. Unlike other eating disorders that may immediately come to mind, those with orthorexia are more focused on eating the perfect foods than on an ideal body weight or shape.
National Eating Disorders Awareness: 800-931-2237
Something Fishy: 866-418-1207
Hopeline Network: 800-442-4673
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 630-577-1330