Treatment for Eating Disorder Aurora CO

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.

Kalli Clevenger Benson
(303) 617-2415
Aurora, CO
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
ASL : American Sign Language

Dr. Joan S. Pinhas
(720) 388-1085
1720 S Bellaire Street
Denver, CO
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Cornell University
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. Kathleen D Robinson
(303) 782-0433
1720 S Bellaire Street
Denver, CO
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Eating Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Denver
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Carolyn S Jones
(303) 825-8570
Denver, CO
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Lisa Michelle Fuchs
(720) 262-5859
Center for Valued Living, PLLC1017 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO
Specialties
Gay Lesbian Issues, Eating Disorders, Testing and Evaluation, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Univ. of Denver Graduate School of Prof Psych
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Latino
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
up to $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Donna Follansbee
(303) 900-7412
Donna J. Follansbee, PhD, Inc6402 S. Quebec Street
Centennial, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Chronic Pain or Illness, Spirituality
Qualification
School: University of Miami
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Cindy L Wells
(303) 355-4665 x3
950 S. Cherry St.
Denver, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Addiction, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Emporia State Univ.
Year of Graduation: 1993
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
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Denise M Detrick
(303) 322-4143
4900 Cherry Creek South Drive Suite 6
Denver, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Loss or Grief, Anxiety or Fears, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Denver
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Patricia Renzetti
(303) 587-7258
Denver, CO
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ricci Schmidt
(720) 219-4834
Denver, CO
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Relationships and Disordered Eating

Provided By: 

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 ...

Click here to read the rest of this article from Addicted.com