I receive referrals from mental and medical health professionals as well as self-referrals from parents and individuals. Initially, I listen to potential clients, contact the other health care providers and we work to determine their level of need. Medical stability has to be established before outpatient treatment starts, so I will be in touch with your medical provider. I strive to create and to be part of a treatment network that is necessary to overcome eating disorders. This treatment network includes the family.
Transitioning From Intensive Treatment
Many clients come to my practice after being in a residential or intensive outpatient program and they still have work to do toward normalization of eating behaviors. Their families often still need support. I work so that the transition between facilities is as easy as possible. Sometimes I just do weekly weight checks as patients learn to eat to maintain weight, and we work on becoming normalized in terms of eating. Go to Mirror-Mirror for more on normalized eating.
For families with a child or adolescent diagnosed or suspected of having and eating disorder I offer consultation to the family and other treatment providers so we can figure out if an eating disorder is present. Current research supports that the family is a necessary component in the treatment of adolescent eating disorders. To that end, I work to educate families about eating disorders and integrate families into the treatment, unless a reason exists to exclude them. Families are taught how to do home based refeeding of a child or adolescent with an eating disorder; they are taught what to say and do and what to expect as refeeding continues.
I have monthly parent support groups at no cost.
Going to College
Transitioning to college life after having an eating disorder is a specialty service that I provide. I coordinate care with Student Health Services, Athletics Departments, and/or University Counseling Services. Sometimes I help parents develop college contracts so they experience less worry as a young adult moves on to college, and I help monitor the young college person as they continue with their recovery and also adapt to college life.
There are times when outpatient treatment is not working for a variety of reasons. I visit treatment centers all over the country so I understand what each can provide. My clients are given all the various options for treatment so they can make an informed choice about best care.
I am a preferred provider with a variety of insurers and will bill all insurance companies. I cannot control whether or not a given company will pay me or how much they will pay me. I encourage clients to contact their insurance company and ask what will be covered for a given diagnosis. I employ expert billers who will submit insurance claims on your behalf, as a courtesy to you. I can also accept credit and debit cards, checks and cash.