PATIENTS

Dear Patient,

Welcome and congratulations!  If you are reading this, you have taken a big step. You are considering getting help for an eating disorder or for uncontrolled weight gain/loss. I am honored to welcome you to my practice. 

Rest assured that you have come to the right place.  I have been treating EDs for over 25 years.  My success rate speaks for itself. I do not use a “One Size Fits All” approach. Instead I customize the treatment to the patient, by offering individual and family therapy, as well as the latest and most effective treatments available. I have also developed a proprietary refeeding program called HabiTrack that pulls together everything patients need in order to reclaim their health and emotional freedom.

I look forward to meeting you as you begin your recovery journey. I will be there to support and guide you.  I also have much to share with you in the way of information on how food works in the body, what really causes weight gain and the myths that create confusion and poor eating habits.  EDs are far and away the most difficult psychological disorders to treat, which means you need someone who has a proven track record.  

What To Look For When It Comes to Treatment

“I believe 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. Renae Norton
2021

The most important thing to look for in ED treatment is a therapist that offers treatment tailored to the patient. In other words, you shouldn’t feel as if you are on an assembly line when first meeting with your 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 one’s medical and nutritional status);
  • Family and Individual Therapy;
  • Re-feeding and Lifestyle Coaching;
  • Outpatient as well as Intensive Outpatient Therapy;
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (or at the very least Cognitive Behavioral Therapy);
  • Emotional Freedom Tapping (or other anxiety reduction techniques such as hypnosis)
  • Nutritional, Medical and Medication Support 

The therapist should also have a team of allied professionals to recommend, that will collaborate on your case. Which of these services you need, and in what order, depends upon you, your medical and psychological status, and the context in which your eating disorder occurs at present.  I customize treatment to my patient and offer all of these services in collaboration with other health care providers with experience in treating EDs.

So What Makes Me Right For You?

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 treatment, AKA dieting, has a 90 to 95% failure rate.) Exit interviews in my practice suggest an 85 to 95% average success rate depending upon the age and gender, for patients who did 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 6 to 12 months of being symptom free, the successful resumption of functional activities such as work or school, and of course, weight normalization and stabilization. 

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 only criteria for “success”. In my experience this almost guarantees relapse. I have found that the longer it takes to regain weight, the more likely the patient is to maintain the weight.  Likewise, for the obese individual, the longer it takes to lose the unhealthy weight, the more likely the patient is to keep it off permanently.

The factors that were the most significant in terms of recovery in my practice were; my personal experience with an eating disorder as well as 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!

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, you will be on your way to recovery!

Contact me to set up an appointment.