Welcome to the Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Related Problems!
Our mission is to provide a warm and safe environment where the individual with anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, obesity or an emotional eating disorder, can get the help he/she needs to establish and/or restore healthy relationships.
In addition to personal relationships, treatment focuses on the relationship the individual suffering from an eating disorder and his or her loved ones have with food, body image, stress management, family dynamics and conflict resolution.
We approach the problem using a combination of family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to align with the patient rather than colluding against, blaming, or casting him or her in the role of someone who is incapacitated. In the case of Anorexia, many practitioners frame the problem as a thought disorder, which justifies taking control away from the patient and forcing him or her into various treatment modalities. While those suffering from an eating disorder do have severe and/or debilitating distortions regarding food, weight and body image, they will ultimately have to choose for themselves whether or not to face their fears and change their relationship with food. Taking away control only delays that decision and may have serious side effects. Often individuals leave intensive inpatient treatment determined to lose the weight they gained plus additional weight. The roller-coaster progression of the disorder has serious, and at times mortal consequences.
We want to be seen as the Go To place for those with the most severe cases of Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Obesity and Emotional Eating Disorders. We believe that our success rates warrant this view. We also want to be known as an alternative to In-Patient treatment. Currently, for example, Bulimarexia, which is restricting plus bingeing and purging, isn’t even a recognized diagnosis in the DSM- IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – Fourth Addition). Yet it is much more difficult to treat than either Bulimia or Anorexia and it appears to be on the rise.
“I believe the reason for the rise in the incidence of this form of eating disorder is at least partially a result of failed treatment. In other words, the treatment itself in some cases contributes to the emergence of an even deadlier form of eating disorder.” Dr. Renae Norton