Treatment for Eating Disorder Hockessin DE

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.

Sharon B. Jacobs
302-428-0205 #14
Associates in Health Psychology, LLC
Wilmington, DE
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Stress Management or Pain Management, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of South Carolina
Credentialed Since: 1986-03-18

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Leighton C. Whitaker
(610) 359-8132
150 Longview Circle
Media, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wayne State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-16

Data Provided by:
Dr. Leslie Orysh Connor
(302) 300-4185 x2
Leslie Connor, Ph., LLC1409 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Year of Graduation: 1991
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: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: ComPsych

Ms. Kimberly Atwood
(484) 626-1253
Mind Body Music225 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Kimberly Atwood
(484) 463-0575
Kimberly Atwood, MA, LPC, LCAT, MT-BC225 South Church Street
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of Network

Dr. Francine Montagnolo Private Practice
(610) 692-2217
1515 West Chester Pike C-2
West Chester, PA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Par
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Veronica Marmora
(610) 594-6303
255 Gordon Drive Suite 205
Exton, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Robin Sesan
(302) 475-1880 x1
The Brandywine Center2500 Grubb Rd
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: Michigan State University
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$140 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: I am an "out of network" provider. Most

Talk TherapyWorks
(610) 915-8275
Talk TherapyWorks
West Chester, PA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Eating Disorders
Qualification
School: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female

Christina Nanni
(610) 544-2110
West Chester, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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