Eating Disorders

Every person is their own unique individual; when it comes to struggles with food and eating disorders, the same holds true. There is no one singular way to work with a person who has issues with food. For some, extra social support maybe enough to help with the struggle. For others, maybe individual therapy or an intensive program might be the best path. I am here to help you in your individual struggle to find the best treatment options for your unique situation.

There are many different presentations of Eating Disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder but there are also others including Pica, rumination disorder, avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder and others that are much less well-known. Eating Disorders can affect anyone in any aspect of the population. The stereotype that Eating Disorders only strike young women is very much untrue. I’ve worked with many different clients who were struggling with eating disorders including men, women, transgendered people, young, old and in between. I have also found that very often and eating disorder is not the sole concern of my clients. Very often eating disorders are accompanied by anxiety, depression, OCD symptoms and many other co-occurring conditions.

Early in my career, I worked at an eating disorder treatment center for three years and in that time I found that every client was different and needed different treatment to help them work with and ultimately overcome their struggles with food and eating. Understanding your struggles along with your eating disorder can make it much easier to treat the whole person.

Alison Whiteaker, LAMFT

Center for Healing and Resilience 507-645-9304

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