Treatment for Eating Disorder North Kingstown RI

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. Robin Haas
Robin Haas, LICSW
(401) 781-6600
747 Pontiac Ave Suite 305
Cranston, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Ed
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Diane Ferrara - Inner Peace, Harmony & Tranquility
(401) 365-4303
Diane Ferrara - Inner Peace, Harmony & Tranquility55 Gorton Holden Terrace
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Compulsive Eating, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Boston University
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $160
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Stacey L Arruda-Tracy
(401) 244-8458
Child and Family Psychiatry Inc.95 Sockannosett Cross Road
Cranston, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Rhode Island College
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $160
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Behavioral Health Systems

Mrs. Natalie Monaghan
(401) 367-4711
184 Waterman Street
Providence, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Selective Mutism, Parenting
Qualification
School: Rutgers University
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Stacey L Arruda-Tracy
(401) 244-8458
Child and Family Psychiatry Inc.95 Sockannosett Cross Road
Cranston, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Rhode Island College
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $160
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Behavioral Health Systems

Barbara Morse
(401) 288-1109
Center of Balance234 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: Lesley University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Julie Hassett
(401) 680-9187
23 North St, Unit A-27
Peace Dale, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Loss or Grief, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Smith School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Carol A. Adams
(401) 351-3300
534 Angell Street
Providence, RI
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders
Qualification
School: Smith School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Robin Haas
Robin Haas, LICSW
(401) 781-6600
747 Pontiac Ave Suite 305
Cranston, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Ed
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families
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. Julie Hassett
(401) 680-9187
23 North St, Unit A-27
Peace Dale, RI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Loss or Grief, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Smith School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

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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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