Treatment for Eating Disorder Bangor ME

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.

Optimal Health Counseling
(207) 358-4947
Optimal Health Counseling31 Central Street
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Addiction, Eating Disorders
Qualification
School: Rhode Island College
Year of Graduation: 1993
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

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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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

Karen Fisher
(207) 358-4321
Karen Fisher, LCSW131 Ocean Street
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Emotional Eating, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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

Mrs. Gordana Hassett
(207) 358-4947
Optimal Health Counseling31 Central Street
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Addiction, Eating Disorders
Qualification
School: Rhode Island College
Year of Graduation: 1993
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Ms. Jean A Feldeisen
(207) 358-6266
The Healing Place17 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Rutgers University
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Alice Guidi
(207) 358-6327
3 Fundy Road
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of New England
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: < 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

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

Jane Ann McCabe
(207) 602-2549
Biddeford, ME
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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