Eating Disorders Counseling Hockessin DE

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.”

Sharon B. Jacobs
302-428-0205 #14
Associates in Health Psychology, LLC
Wilmington, DE
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Stress Management or Pain Management, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of South Carolina
Credentialed Since: 1986-03-18

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Leighton C. Whitaker
(610) 359-8132
150 Longview Circle
Media, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wayne State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-16

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Dr. Leslie Orysh Connor
(302) 300-4185 x2
Leslie Connor, Ph., LLC1409 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: ComPsych

Ms. Kimberly Atwood
(484) 626-1253
Mind Body Music225 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Talk TherapyWorks
(610) 915-8275
Talk TherapyWorks
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Eating Disorders
Qualification
School: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female

Dr. Francine Montagnolo Private Practice
(610) 692-2217
1515 West Chester Pike C-2
West Chester, PA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Par
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

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Ms. Veronica Marmora
(610) 594-6303
255 Gordon Drive Suite 205
Exton, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. Robin Sesan
(302) 475-1880 x1
The Brandywine Center2500 Grubb Rd
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: Michigan State University
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$140 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: I am an "out of network" provider. Most

Kimberly Atwood
(484) 463-0575
Kimberly Atwood, MA, LPC, LCAT, MT-BC225 South Church Street
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of Network

Christina Nanni
(610) 544-2110
West Chester, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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