Treatment for Eating Disorder Boulder 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.

Ms. Maxine Gower
Maxine Gower Psychotherapy Services
(303) 875-5046
2885 Aurora Avenue Suite #8
Boulder, CO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, PsyA
Licensed in Colorado
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obse
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Immigrants/Refugees, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ashley Eder
(720) 771-8221
Boulder, CO
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Angie Dunn
(303) 351-5139
10955 Westmoor Dr
Westminster, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Northern Colorado
Year of Graduation: 2010
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Patricia La Plante
(303) 913-2643
Westminster, CO
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tevara Jeanne Paranto
(720) 316-7302
8774 Yates Drive
Westminster, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Depression
Qualification
School: University of Texas, Austin
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
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

Valerie Grant
(303) 818-0912
Boulder, CO
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Eve Kilmer
(303) 536-3214
4770 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: California School of Professional Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1992
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: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Meredith Cohn Shefferman
(303) 351-5957
10955 Westmoor Drive
Westminster, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Depression, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Colorado State University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Lauren Stanislao
(720) 891-4422
Luna Hope Counseling8774 Yates Dr.
Westminster, CO
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse, Binge Eating, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Regis University
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$50 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Front Range Therapy for Eating Disorders
(303) 900-5412
Front Range Therapy for Eating Disorders5362 W 83rd Avenue
Arvada, CO
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Addiction
Qualification
School: Regis University
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

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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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