Treatment for Eating Disorder Lawrence KS

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.

Angie Viets
(785) 260-2492
5040 Bob Billings Parkway
Lawrence, KS
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Kansas
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$110+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Joyce M. Tobiasen
(913) 648-2707
40 Compton Court
Shawnee Mission, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Virginia
Credentialed Since: 1993-08-12

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Mrs. Emily Potter
(913) 859-9993
Emily Potter Counseling, LLC8207 Melrose Drive
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Couple/Marital Issues, Eating Disorders
Qualification
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Nini B Rosenstock
(913) 601-8287
Nini B. Rosenstock, MSW, LSCSW10965 Granada Lane
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Thinking Disorders
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Marla K Looper
(913) 624-9053
Intellligent Interventions/Sober Recovery Coaching2220 Central Ave
Kansas City, KS
Specialties
Addiction, Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Intervention Institute, Inc
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$20 - $170
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Joyce Thompson
Emotional Journey, LLC
(316) 295-4758
2604 W. 9th St. N., Ste. 205
Wichita, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Molly Witker
Counselling Associates
(913) 486-6655
10977 Granada Lane Suite 110
Leawood, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Deanna Vogler
(620) 225-3455
Colby, KS
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Renew Counseling Center
(913) 937-8071
Renew Counseling Center11695 S. Black Bob Rd
Olathe, KS
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
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: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Elizabeth Lawrence Dufek
(360) 795-8630
Cathlamet, KS
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Eating Disorders, Aging/Gerontological, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
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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