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Eating Disorders

You or your loved one didn’t choose to have an eating disorder. You do have a choice about what to do next.

Eating disorders are as individual as the people who suffer from them, and thus they require an individualized and comprehensive approach to care.

My approach is based on my beliefs that…

Eating problems thrive in isolation.

Eating disorders develop through a complicated interplay of factors.

Eating disorders are not a phase, a fad, or a diet gone bad.

People with eating disorders deserve to know and understand their illness.

There are effective approaches that work.

Every person deserves full and lasting recovery.

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Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders

Galia Collaborative works with children over eight years old and teenagers. Drawing on years of clinical practice, the most up-to-date evidence in our field, and heart-centered wisdom, I’ll work collaboratively with you to develop a comprehensive care plan to help your child get back to life.

I use a number of approaches in the treatment of adolescent eating disorders, particularly treatments called Family Based Treatment and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. Both of these approaches have been backed by research and have been found to help create change in a highly active and results-oriented manner.

Family Based Treatment is an evidence-based approach to treating adolescent and young adult eating disorders. It involves the family working as a team with the provider to undermine the power of the eating disorder and restore the loved one back to health.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is a modality designed to equip loved ones with tools to be an effective coach and support.

If you have a complicated family system (and don’t we all!), we’ll talk about how to approach treatment in a way that will focus on recovery and lasting change.

Adult Eating Disorders

So many myths surround eating disorders that it can become hard to know which direction is up. Let’s get a few things straight.

Eating disorders impact people of all weights, shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and beliefs.

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illness if untreated.

Eating disorders are not a choice, a lifestyle, or phase.

Eating disorders are not simple or the same.

Eating disorders do not condemn someone to a life of obsessing about food and body.

Eating disorders are treatable (usually without years and years of therapy).

So here’s the thing. There are so many reasons to have trust in your own ability to stop thinking about food or your weight. But you do have to start somewhere.

The one thing I can just about guarantee after doing this work for as long as I have is that these things don’t tend to take care of themselves. Eating disorders are persistent illnesses that wreak havoc on the building of a values-based life.

Working together will involve spending some time understanding your relationship with food and yourself, and then developing a comprehensive plan to target what’s most important to you. It will involve digging deep and making changes in your life. I can tell you that it won’t be about complacency.

If you’re not sure you’re ready for all that, keep in mind that you don’t have to know where to start. That’s why it’s a journey and that’s why you have a guide.

My approach to eating disorder treatment is based on evidence-based strategies and tools, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, along with Exposure and Response Prevention and other behavioral interventions.

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