Treatment for Eating Disorder Washington DC

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.

Zsuzsanna K. Gyorky
(202) 785-0207
1901 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, #602
Washington, DC
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Cultural Diversity Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Minnesota
Credentialed Since: 1985-11-12

Data Provided by:
Ellen K. Baker
(202) 429-9829
3 Washington Circle Ste 206
Washington, DC
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Wisc, Madison
Credentialed Since: 1985-03-07

Data Provided by:
Barbara Francis
(703) 526-5841
Argosy University Washington, DC
Arlington, VA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Biola University
Credentialed Since: 2007-04-05

Data Provided by:
Darlene M. Atkins
(202) 476-2164
Children's National Med Cntr
Washington, DC
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Maryland - College Park
Credentialed Since: 1985-04-25

Data Provided by:
Ms. Nancy Barskey
Nancy Barskey LICSW
(202) 363-4826
4801 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 505
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationsh
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Lynne S. Gots
(301) 217-9687
2440 M Street, NW
Washington, DC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Illinois Institute of Technology
Credentialed Since: 1985-01-07

Data Provided by:
Linda B. Hopkins
(202) 861-0541
2945 Albemarle St NW
Washington, DC
Services
Psychoanalysis, 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.)
Languages Spoken
Russian,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1981-09-24

Data Provided by:
Ms. Susan Berlin
SDB Psychotherapy
(202) 333-1787
1010 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, CASAC
Licensed in DC
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
James J. Gray
(202) 885-1716
Dept of Psychol
Washington, DC
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Fordham University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-11

Data Provided by:
Ms. Robyn Brickel
Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT, LLC
(703) 518-8883
300 North Washington Street #305
Alexandria, VA
Credentials
Credentials: M.A., LMFT
Licensed in Virginia
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Famil
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight, College Students, Multiple Chemical Sensitivit
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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