Eating Disorders Counseling Fort Smith AR

By getting to know ourselves, we can learn to set reasonable boundaries. It is hard to do this when we are not in touch with our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, likes, and dislikes. When we disconnect from our wants and needs, and instead focus on weight, body image, diet, and food, we lose valuable information. We also lose awareness of the inner guidance system that says “Something is wrong—a boundary needs to be set here.”

Susan L. Shackelford
(479) 443-5575
1 West Sunbridge Drive
Fayetteville, AR
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas A&M University
Credentialed Since: 1999-01-28

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Gary W. Schroeder
(501) 526-8200
Univ of Arkansas for Med Sciences
Little Rock, AR
Services
Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1987-11-05

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Virginia Miller
(501) 815-4280
Hot Springs, AR
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Brittany Smith
(501) 208-8999 x4
1100 N. University
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Landherr E John MD
(479) 709-7420
1500 Dodson Ave
Fort Smith, AR
 
Patricia L. Griffen
(501) 223-8883
Clinical Psychol Svcs, Inc.
Little Rock, AR
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Couples Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arkansas
Credentialed Since: 1983-02-14

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Becky L. Porter
(501) 227-8555
2024 Arkansas Valley Dr.
Little Rock, AR
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy
Languages Spoken
Sign Language
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arkansas
Credentialed Since: 1984-05-07

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Teri E Haskins
(501) 492-6099
Teri E. Haskins, LCSW, ACSW2723 Foxcroft Road
Little Rock, AR
Qualification
School: University of Arkansas
Year of Graduation: 1975
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$140 - $180
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Beachy Allen L MD
(479) 484-4630
9101 Jenny Lind Rd
Fort Smith, AR
 
Radiologists PA
(479) 452-9416
2322 S 57th St
Fort Smith, AR
 
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Creating Boundaries: One Step on the Path to Freedom from Disordered Eating

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Creating Boundaries: One Step on the Path to Freedom from Disordered Eating

Rebecca Cooper - 7/10/2007

Boundaries are imaginary or real lines around our physical, emotional, or spiritual self that set limits for us and how we interact with others. Imaginary lines protect our thinking, feelings, and behavior. Real lines allow us to choose how close we allow others to come to us, as well as if and how we allow them to touch us. Boundaries help distinguish what our responsibilities are and are not.

By getting to know ourselves, we can learn to set reasonable boundaries. It is hard to do this when we are not in touch with our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, likes, and dislikes. When we disconnect from our wants and needs, and instead focus on weight, body image, diet, and food, we lose valuable information. We also lose awareness of the inner guidance system that says “Something is wrong—a boundary needs to be set here.”

It’s hard enough to get through the pain of life, but when we block it out with food distractions, we never learn how to take care of ourselves. Because our thoughts have been directed away from the hurt or pain to obsessive eating disordered thinking, we lose awareness of what caused the hurt or pain in the first place, and most important, how these situations could be avoided in the future.

What can cause a lack of boundaries?

People with eating disorders often have a poor sense of boundaries and a hard time saying no. Let’s say someone pressures you into going to a place where you feel very uncomfortable. If you are disconnected from your wants and needs, you won’t know what you really want to do. Everyone wants to be liked and accepted, so we say yes, rather than setting a boundary such as, “No, I don’t want to go there."

Now we are already feel uncomfortable being in this situation, so our thoughts start to focus on food instead of dealing with the real feelings at hand. “Should I eat? Shouldn’t I eat? What should I eat? What are people going to think if I eat?” All these obsessive thoughts start running through our heads. Then we start beating ourselves up for the eating disorder, instead of recognizing the steps to prevent these discomforting feelings in the first place.

Many of us use distractions to avoid looking at our own self. We may find a false sense of satisfaction in taking on other people’s tasks or trying to control situations. Our sense of worth can get so caught up from giving that we don’t realize our own duties, feelings, and responsibilities are being neglected.

When we begin to feel the stress from overcommitting ourselves or trying to control situations, we may turn to the eating disorder to ease our inability to do everything perfectly. This may cause us to feel very tired, frustrated, unappreciated, and unloved. When we think we have to do something in order to be loved we can never do enough. Other people are often not grateful that we have taken over their responsibilities and may feel a...

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