Treatment for Eating Disorder Middleboro MA

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.

Mr. Mark Dunay
Harbor Counseling Assoc., Inc.
(508) 746-8886
340 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, LADC1
Licensed in Massachusetts
36 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpers
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Leslie P Cutler
(781) 338-5719
Cutler Counseling31 Schoosett Street, Ste. 106
Pembroke, MA
Specialties
Depression, Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Lesley University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Caryn Mushlin
(617) 232-2704
1093 Beacon St #201
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Dewie Weiner
Dewie Weiner, LICSW
(781) 861-7585
76 Bedford Street Suite 19
Lexington, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, ACSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Int
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Twins, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents, Obese
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Wendy Reich
Arbor Psychotherapy
(617) 327-5770
111 Running Brook Rd.
West Roxbury, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compuls
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Robin Badiali
(508) 514-1920
104 Charles Eldridge Drive
Lakeville, MA
Specialties
Chronic Pain or Illness, Anxiety or Fears, Weight Management/Emotional Eating, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Bridgewater State College
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Diana D. Mansfield
(781) 534-9986
Still Water Counseling & Wellness2 Columbia Rd
Pembroke, MA
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Depression, Life Coaching
Qualification
School: Lesley University
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $120

Mr. Mark Dunay
Harbor Counseling Assoc., Inc.
(508) 746-8886
340 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, LADC1
Licensed in Massachusetts
36 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpers
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Lisa Shuman
Lisa Bearak Shuman, LICSW
(978) 443-4487
56 Cutler Farm Rd.
Sudbury, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Chil
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Susan Lederer
Susan S. Lederer
(781) 646-4749
94 Pleasant Street Suite #3
Arlington, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, L
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Relationships and Disordered Eating

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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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