Eating Disorder Therapy

The Power of Validation | Dr. Jamie Long | Ft. Lauderdale Psychologist

Do thoughts of food, weight, exercise or purging consume your mind? Click here to learn warning signs of someone who is struggling with an eating disorder or an unhealthy relationship with food. Don’t delay seeking help with unhealthy eating habits. Listen to Dr. Long’s special guest appearance on Real Talk Radio discussing a heathy relationship with food — intuitive vs. emotional eating.

 

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Are you exhausted from the secret war with your body and food? Salvage your physical health and be free of obsession with thinness and disordered eating patterns. Individual therapy is the foundation of eating disorder recovery and typically occurs weekly for 45-50 minutes. The frequency of sessions can be adjusted to meet individual needs.

Meal Time Support

Eating Disorder treatment isn’t just for the confines of an office. Often, therapy will integrate real-time practice with meals in order to effectively rehearse intuitive eating and mindfulness. Live in a restaurant setting, clients are provided support while taught skills for coping. Dr. Long was a food critic in the past and uses this experience to teach clients how to increase curiosity of food.

Support Systems Image

Healing from an eating disorder often necessitates the support and encouragement from loved ones. Couples therapy and family therapy is encouraged. Other supportive individuals are welcome to engage in the treatment process as well.

Real Life Exposure

Supportive exposure to real-life stressors is a helpful adjunct to recovery. Learn how to select groceries or manage anxiety while at the shopping mall. I am dedicated to assisting patients with tolerating and adapting to the stressors that exist in a natural environment.

Intuitive Eating Philosophy

 

Living in a society which bombards us with mixed messages about how we should relate to food, it’s not a surprise that nutrition has become tangled with emotions. Thinness is equated to emotional well-being and success. Extreme exercise and diet regimens are glorified as a quick fix. Behaviors that may begin as an effort to achieve control, quickly may have evolved to extreme, out-of-control behaviors.

 

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating negatively impact our mood, self-esteem and ability to function. Disordered eating patterns not only wreak havoc on our medical health but they distance our goals, values and ability to be our authentic selves.

 

In my treatment approach, I utilize the principles of intuitive eating. These ideals emphasize an adaptive relationship between food, mind, and body. Much of the therapeutic work will emphasize making peace with food and normalizing eating patterns. Learn to recognize and distinguish the difference between physical and emotional feelings while simultaneously unveiling the core issues fueling disordered eating. Many women and men DO recover from eating disorders and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

–Carl Rogers