Eating Disorders Counseling Waterville ME

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.”

Dr. Paul Gervais
(207) 358-4481
Clinic16 Julianne Lane
Augusta, ME
Specialties
Depression, Eating Disorders, OCD, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$80 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Sheri Clark
(207) 786-3556
Lewiston, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Susan Penza-Clyve
(207) 756-4278
178 Middle Street
Portland, ME
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression
Qualification
School: University of Maine
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Trisha Brink Ellis
(207) 358-3493
222 St. John Street
Portland, ME
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Southern Maine
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
up to $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mary Lyons
(207) 284-0074
Old Orchard Bch, ME
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Andrea Gabel-Richards
Andrea Gabel-Richards
(207) 667-8670
210 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators, Disabled, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mary Lou McManus- Richter
(207) 657-3340
Gray, ME
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Stephanie Mcleod-Estevez
(207) 358-3477
470 Forest Ave, Suite 209
Portland, ME
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Eating Disorders, Loss or Grief, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Lesley University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Latino
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ellia Manners
(207) 647-3015
Bridgton, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Deborah J Duffett
(207) 874-8260
Portland, ME
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery
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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