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Category: eating disorder therapy

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Written by John Rapp, MSW, LCSW Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) represents a collection of therapies with a unifying philosophy, capable of treating problems ranging from eating disorders to insomnia.  Cognitive-behavior theory posits that while we may not have much direct control distressing emotions, we at least have some control over our thoughts and, in particular, our … Read More

The lesser known eating disorder: Binge Eating Disorder

Written by Cherie Massmann, LPC, NCC Due to the efforts of advocacy agencies attempting to raise awareness about the devastating effects, most people are familiar with the eating disorders of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. All one would have to do is survey the landscape of popular women’s magazines to at least be exposed to these … Read More

Avoiding Blame and Taking Real Action!

Written by Cherie Massmann, LPC, NCC That day is terrifying and confusing! The day a doctor or mental health providers confirms it – your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Immediately the guilt floods in. What did I do? What didn’t I do? How could I have possibly missed this? Then the blame … Read More

DBT – A Client’s Perspective

Written by Laura Bumberry, PsyD and a DBT Client Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, an approach that assumes difficulty regulating emotions is at the core of the disorder. Yes, we all have emotions, but for some emotions are more intense, quick to be activated, and slow to calm, creating a … Read More

Addressing The Unique Treatment Needs Of Athletes With Eating Disorders

Jen Gapin, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant/ Performance Enhancement Specialist, The Victory Program The world of sport is a microcosm of the world at large. Accordingly, what occurs in the larger world will likely occur in the sport world as well. Unfortunately, this includes eating disorders. Despite the fact that athletes are often … Read More

The Only Way Out is Through – Part Two

Exposure and Response Prevention and Eating Disorders John Rapp, LCSW Therapist, McCallum Place As mentioned in Part 1 we looked at the core concepts of Exposure with Response Prevention and why it is critical to healing from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating. In the following paragraphs we will explore the central role of habituation and how … Read More

Expressive Therapy, the Brain and Eating Disorder Recovery, Part 3

by Caroline Leibman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC Authentic Movement Authentic Movement is another expressive therapy group which offers a self-directed form of moving that invites a deep attunement to and dwelling within the body. Patients are invited to close their eyes and follow movement impulses, as well as stillness that arises in the here and now. … Read More

Expressive Therapy, the Brain and Eating Disorder Recovery, Part 1

by Caroline Leibman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC Expressive therapy groups are alive and well at McCallum Place and Cedar Springs Austin and available as an adjunct to our core evidence based treatments. They focus on bringing our patients with eating disorders into balanced and integrative healing. Current research in neuroscience points out that therapeutic interventions must … Read More

Moving Toward, Not Away From, Urges

By Travis Stewart, Licensed Professional Counselor When someone recovering from an eating disorder experiences high urges to use anorexic or bulimic behaviors like restricting, bingeing or purging, the instinct is often to avoid talking about the urges. Similarly, clinicians can fall into the trap of moving the patient away from urges through changing the subject … Read More