Treatment for Eating Disorder South Sioux City NE

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. Janis Edwards
Associates for Psychiatric Services
(712) 234-0220
600 4th Street Suite 501
Sioux City, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationship
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, 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), Seniors (60 +)

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First Step Recovery and Wellness Center - Plaza Mall South Office
(402) 441-9280
210 Greentree Ct.(210 Gateway)
Lincoln, NE
Specialty
Eating disorders treatment center
Additional Information
First Step Recovery Center has a comprehensive program for the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, over-exercising, and overeaters. The Center's philosophy is based on cognitive behavioral and a systems approach where all factors relating to the disorder will be addressed.

Data Provided by:
Patricia J. Blake
(402) 934-2661
11225 Davenport Street
Omaha, NE
Services
Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1997-04-18

Data Provided by:
Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
(402) 573-7277
Omaha, NE
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Frances Olson
(402) 932-9412
Omaha, NE
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

First Step Recovery and Wellness Center - Main Office
(402) 434-2730
210 Greentree Ct.(210 Gateway)
Lincoln, NE
Specialty
Eating disorders treatment center
Additional Information
First Step Recovery Center has a comprehensive program for the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, over-exercising, and overeaters. The Center's philosophy is based on cognitive behavioral and a systems approach where all factors relating to the disorder will be addressed.

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Thomas G. Grandy
(402) 301-4587
11043 Prairiebrook Road
Omaha, NE
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, 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)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1976-09-20

Data Provided by:
Ms. Janie Pfeifer Watson
Wholeness Healing Center, PC
(308) 382-5297
2608 Old Fair Road
Grand Island, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Nebraska
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD,
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

Data Provided by:
Ms. Tenora Mead
(402) 795-1636
Adult Adolescent & Child Therapy10852 Old Mill Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Life Changes, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Nebraska
Year of Graduation: 2006
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,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Michelle Michaelsen-DuBay
(402) 301-7518
Bellevue, NE
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, 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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