I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families to improve relationships and discover healthy ways to navigate life’s challenges. While I specialize in the treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder, I also maintain a general practice and treat a variety of mental health conditions, including:
Women’s Issues in Mid-Life
Self-harm and other self-destructive behaviors
Research shows that an authentic and caring relationship, coupled with evidenced based treatments, provides a strong foundation for success. My approach to therapy is integrative, collaborative and individualized. I utilize evidence based treatment techniques that are firmly grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Family Systems Perspectives and rooted in Attachment Theory. I create a treatment plan that is unique for each client and one that reflects both your personal goals and goals that we agree upon together. My goal is to help you determine what is causing and maintaining current problems and how to make necessary changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to effect enduring change.
Treatment of Eating Disorders across the Lifespan:
Eating disorders can be severe and enduring illnesses. However, full and lasting recovery is possible for everyone. Throughout all stages of recovery, whether this is your first time in therapy, you're stepping down from a higher level of care, you're coming to Baltimore for school or work and you need a new treatment provider or, you're struggling again in another stage of life, I am committed to helping clients transform their lives. It is possible to live life fully in recovery and to maintain recovery even during very stressful times.
I utilize a collaborative team approach, working with other providers such as registered dietitians, psychiatrists, family therapists, and primary care doctors to ensure you receive the best treatment. Throughout our work together, I will assess your appropriateness for outpatient therapy. If a higher level of care is warranted, we will discuss options such as intensive outpatient or partial hospital programs, as well as residential or inpatient care. Most clients I work with are able to maintain treatment on an outpatient basis. At times, due to the nature of these illnesses, a higher level of care may be recommended.
My approach to treatment is unique with each client. However, one aspect of recovery holds true for everyone. It is impossible to ask you to work on letting go of eating disordered behaviors without replacing those negative coping skills with healthy skills and adding things into your life that bring value and happiness. From this perspective, I utilize ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) principles to help in the process of getting well. Additionally, I draw upon Emotion Focused Family Therapy techniques in individual therapy to help you get to the deeper roots of the problem. This helps you to verbalize some of the most painful aspects of your life that have contributed to the development and maintenance of your eating disorder.
The only way out is through. Once there, no one regrets recovery. Recovery works! It is freedom to have a new life that is very much worth living.