Treatment for Eating Disorder Paradise Valley AZ

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.

Mrs. Lynn Barinbaum
Lynn Barinbaum LCSW
(480) 946-1610
8149 N. 87th Place Suite 203
Scottsdale, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW. BCD
Licensed in Arizona
37 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Martha E. Callaghan-Chaffee
(480) 664-3018
6912 E. Mighty Saguaro Way
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Michigan
Credentialed Since: 1984-12-04

Data Provided by:
Carolyn J Cavanaugh Toft
(480) 329-6791
202 East Earll Drive
Phoenix, AZ
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Career Assessment and Counseling, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Arizona State University
Credentialed Since: 2006-12-06

Data Provided by:
Ellen W. Williams
(480) 345-7031
7734 S Alder Dr
Tempe, AZ
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Sports Psychology
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Florida
Credentialed Since: 1978-05-01

Data Provided by:
Judith Laufer
(602) 689-3926
Phoenix, AZ
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

David R. Engstrom
(480) 443-3332
10200 N. 92nd Street, #220
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Stress Management or Pain Management, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Southern California
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-08

Data Provided by:
Mahsaw "Elicia" Nademin
(480) 221-8816
3040 E Cactus Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Cultural Diversity Issues, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Farsi,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 2009-04-10

Data Provided by:
Juliet Zuercher RD LLC
(623) 341-1517
Nutrition Therapy
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Dr. Morgan Francis
(480) 646-4712
Psychological Counseling Services7530 East Angus Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: The School of Professional Psychology, Argosy
Year of Graduation: 2011
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Cristi Soiya
(480) 773-6502
Scottsdale, AZ
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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