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Eating Disorders and Body Image
In working with the issues particular to eating disorders, it is important for the therapist to have special training and education. I have worked extensively with adults and teens struggling with eating disorders including, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
As part of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program, I provided individual and family therapy where the unique circumstances surrounding the development of each client's behavior and relationship with food and their body image was explored. This process allowed for a greater understanding and healing to occur within the individual client and the family as a whole.
I continue to work with individuals in my private practice where we come to understand and separate problematic thoughts and feelings from behaviors around food, and body image issues. It is important to recognize the goal is not about controlling or taking away certain behaviors or ideas. Rather, our work is about realizing how the underlying meaning of these behaviors and ways of thinking have served to help the individual cope with truly unbearable feelings.
Interestingly, as our work progresses, we may find that the eating disordered patterns of thought and behavior have a way of naturally losing their significance and value. As this begins to happen, a new sense of health emerges with greater room for a positive relationship with food, one's body, and one's sense of self.
Chelsea Gottfurcht, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 26350
Call me: (310) 866-1362 or Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org