I am located in Theodore, Alabama and serve the Mobile, AL and the Daphne, AL area. My office is 2 miles from I-10 West exit 17-A. If you think that you are struggling with this disorder then contact me at (251) 366-1710. You may also seek the services of your medical doctor or a psychiatrist.
I offer a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Body Awareness and Experiential exercises to guide indivduals into gaining back their power. Individuals who pursue counseling for Anorexia Nervosa may need to have a medical doctor and a nutritionist that are willing to work with me, so that the individual receives a team approach in addressing his or her Eating Disorder.
I also offer a body movement class on Tuesday evenings at 7pm to work accepting our bodies. I use Yoga to increase body awareness and acceptance. I use Mindfulness and CBT to help individuals get in touch with their emotions and develop skills to handle strong emotions.
The latest research suggests that there is a high comorbidity rate with eating disorders and trauma. I am certified in EMDR to address trauma. Please read more about this style of therapy under the EMDR tab on my website. I also provide Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to address Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD symptoms.
Anorexia treatment in Alabama including Theodore and Mobile, AL is a problem not only statewide but nationally. Anorexia Nervosa commonly begins during adolescence. Teenagers who develop this Eating Disorder will appear to be trying to eat healthy or go on a diet. Their motivation usually is to lose weight even though they are already at a healthy weight. Their view of a healthy body image becomes distorted where they no longer can see their actual appearance. Individuals with anorexia often skip meals and limit the portion amounts of their meals to an extreme. Some individuals may reduce their calorie intake by over-exercising or purging. Individuals who suffer from this disorder are often afraid to gain weight, or of becoming fat. The need to be thin often becomes an obsession without an end in sight.
Due to long term starvation and malnourishment individuals with Anorexia Nervosa are at risk of several health conditions. Some common health conditions are: anemia, dehydration, amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle), electrolyte disturbances, osteopenia, bradycardia and hypotension. This disorder has the highest death rates of all mental disorders(nationaleatingdisorder.gov). In addition the risk of suicide is high for individuals who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. The current statistic is 12 per 100,000 per year (DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association, 2013).