“I believe the reason for the rise in the incidence of eating disorders 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. J Renae Norton 2009
DEAR LOVED ONE:
Welcome to my personal website for the treatment of eating disorders!
You have come here looking for help for a loved one, and I am here to support you and guide you on your journey. I cannot promise you that it will be an easy road, but I can promise you that I will work with your loved one to develop a treatment program and support network that fits his or her unique needs. I understand that you may be feeling confused, angry, desperate or like blaming yourself or your loved one. We will work through those feelings to get to the root causes of the eating disorder. At the same time your loved one will learn skills aimed at changing the behaviors that may seem to have taken on a life of their own. Indeed you may be feeling as though the eating disorder has taken over, not only his or her life, but yours as well. I’ll be able to help with that piece almost immediately.
What To Look For
You are probably asking yourself whom to trust when it comes to the well being and future of your loved one? It can be exhausting and expensive to switch between therapists and treatment programs, so you will want to find the best fit as soon as possible. How do you know when you’ve found that person? From my point of view, the most important thing to look for is a therapist that offers treatment tailored to the patient instead of using a One Size Fits All approach as many therapists and organizations tend to do these days. In other words, your loved one shouldn’t feel as if he or she is on an assembly line when first meeting with the therapist. Instead the therapist should be able to offer a number of different services including: A comprehensive assessment that is systems based (looks at individuals in the context in which they live and also takes into consideration his or her medical and nutritional status); Family, Individual, and Group therapy; Re-feeding and Lifestyle Coaching; Intensive Outpatient Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (or at the very least Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); and Nutritional, Medical and Medication support. The therapist should also have a team of allied professionals to recommend, that will collaborate on the case with the patient, his or her family/significant other and the therapist.
Which of these services, and in what order, depends upon the individual, his or her medical, nutritional and psychological status, and the context in which the eating disorder occurs at present.
So what makes me right for your loved one?
I have been a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders for the past 25 years and have treated thousands of Eating Disorder patients. (For more information about my training and experience click here.) My patients are both male and female, between the ages of 4 and 83 and span the entire spectrum of eating disorder diagnoses.
My success rate is significantly higher than the average success of 30 to 50% found in the literature for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity. (Obesity has a 90 to 95% failure rate) Exit interviews suggest an 87% success rate for patients that do not drop out of treatment prematurely. Treatment for my patients usually lasts 18 to 24 months as compared to the average length of treatment reported in the literature of 24 months to 5 years. I define “success” as 3 to 6 months of being symptom free, the successful resumption of functional activities such as work or school, and of course, weight normalization. You should note that most inpatient facilities aim for as much as 20 pounds of weight restoration in 21 days and that that is their criteria for “success”. In my experience this almost guarantees relapse.
The factors my patients say were the most significant in their recovery were; my personal experience with an eating disorder in contrast to my excellent health now; being seen in the “warm and welcoming” atmosphere of my home-based practice; family involvement in treatment; DBT training; and the quality of nutritional information and support offered by me and my staff.
From my perspective, seeing patients in my home affords a unique opportunity when it comes to re-feeding, i.e. my patients and I can shop, cook and eat delicious and supremely healthy meals together. Because the patient is actively involved in the food preparation, it reduces some of the stress. It’s also a non-threatening way for him or her to begin the journey of relearning their relationship with food. For me it’s just fun!
Get help for your loved one today!
Contact me to set up an appointment. Please read the information on this website to get an understanding of eating disorders, treatment that is available and my approach. Then call me with questions or to set up your first appointment.
There is hope and recovery is possible. You’ve come to the right place. Now all you have to do is take the next step and before you know it, your loved one will be on the way to recovery!
Dr. J. Renae Norton