Treatment for Eating Disorder Rochester MI

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. Julie Hamilton
Julie Hamilton, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, P.C.
(248) 549-4197
31000 Telegraph Rd. Suite 130
Bingham Farms, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, P.C.
Licensed in Michigan
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Phobias, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Barbara Nickel
Barbara Nickel, LMSW, ACSW, PLLC
(248) 892-7401
27620 Farmington Road Suite 208
Farmington Hills, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Chronic Illness, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Kristine Vazzano
(248) 702-5727 x118
Northland Clinic200 Diversion
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Detroit Mercy
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$90 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Mila Velinova
(800) 292-1288 x128
Blue Water Counseling1349 S Rochester Rd
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Wright State University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$130 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Krystal Kuehn
(248) 649-8050
Troy, MI
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Rhonna Nelson
Rhonna Nelson, LMSW, DCSW, CAADC, PC
(248) 723-4114
31000 Telegraph Road, Suite 150
Bingham Farms, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, DCSW, CAADC, PC
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Women's Is
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Judith Ruzumna
(248) 851-6627
6555 Pastor Ct
West Bloomfield, MI
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Psychoanalysis, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wayne State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-05

Data Provided by:
Patricia Switaj
(586) 255-8238
Rochester, MI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Aging/Gerontological, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Karin Palombella
(586) 879-5885
Shelby Twp, MI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Becky Bortak
(248) 327-3498
Wellness Counseling and Consulting1000 John R. Road
Troy, MI
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
Qualification
School: Oakland University
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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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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