Treatment for Eating Disorder Alpharetta GA

Relationships take time and energy to develop, but so does disordered eating. I spent so much time around the thoughts of what or what not to eat, eating, and then hiding what I had done, that I didn't have the time necessary to create healthy, authentic relationships. I was uncomfortable being around other people because I felt inadequate and ashamed of my eating disorder.

Ms. Susan Tomichek
Susan Tomichek, MS,LPC
(678) 327-5483
1014 Canton Street
Roswell, GA
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LPC
Licensed in Georgia
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Barbara Skibell
Barbara Freer Skibell, LCSW, RD, LD
(404) 822-5551
2531 Briarcliff Rd. NE Suite 102
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RD, LD
Licensed in Georgia
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Spiritua
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Cindi Fortmann
(678) 643-2388
Johns Creek, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Diana O'Neill
(770) 552-2335
Roswell, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Heidi Lloyd
(770) 448-7640
Norcross, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Robin Reeves-Oppenheim
Out-of-the Box Solutions Inc.
(678) 445-4184
242 Creekstone Ridge
Woodstock, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
Licensed in Georgia
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Lisa Fabian Salzberg
(404) 237-3987
7 Piedmont Ctr, Ste 407
Atlanta, GA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of South Florida
Credentialed Since: 1992-03-05

Data Provided by:
Suzanne Kimbrough
(770) 393-2787
Alpharetta, GA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tori Rodriguez
(404) 953-5903
16 Norcross Street
Roswell, GA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Gender Norms/Stereotypes(men&women), Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Argosy University
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Melissa Greene
(404) 537-6514
Roswell, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

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Relationships and Disordered Eating

Rebecca Cooper - 7/11/2007

I have learned many things about myself that I did not know when I had an eating disorder. One is that food was my best friend, my primary relationship. I "went" to food like some people would go to a trusted friend or confidant.

When Food is the Primary Relationship
Relationships take time and energy to develop, but so does disordered eating. I spent so much time around the thoughts of what or what not to eat, eating, and then hiding what I had done, that I didn't have the time necessary to create healthy, authentic relationships. I was uncomfortable being around other people because I felt inadequate and ashamed of my eating disorder. I was afraid that they would find out about my secret and confirm that I was a bad person. It felt safer and more comfortable to be at home alone with my eating disorder than trying to fit in socially. Using food in this manner prevented me from building social skills.
It was also impossible for me to be honest, which is important in relationships, because I had to hide what I was doing -exercising to extreme, spending huge amounts of time, energy and money on bingeing and purging, disappearing after meals, etc. Although communication is part of any social interaction, when I was in the depths of my eating disorder, I had nothing to talk about. Was I going to say that I ate a quart of ice cream by myself last night? The disorder took the place of hobbies, interests, and other activities that most people find interesting.
So, although food seemed like my "best" friend, the shame of it robbed me of any other relationship. It even prevented me from knowing and being the real me. Eventually, it became necessary to give up the eating disorder in order to find out who I was. It became more important for me to experience love than to hold onto the eating disorder.

Replacing Food with Friends
One important part of recovery, then, is being able to speak the truth, instead of hiding behind food. Learning skills such as negotiation, humor, anger management, compromise, and cooperation is essential to that process. If you have used an eating disorder as means of communication, developing these skills will take courage and practice.
Also, in order to have an authentic, healthy relationship with another person, you must be willing to get to know yourself and then be vulnerable enough to share that self, faults and all. Pretending to be someone other than who ...

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