Seeking Solace in a Sandwich- By Michael Soter

Food can be very comforting. There is even a specific type of food that we label “comfort food.”  But what happens when all food becomes comfort food?  When I no longer eat to live, but I live to eat? While overeating is not my main addiction, it certainly was my first.  I grew up overweight, I felt awkward, and I never fit in.  I did not have friends, but I had food. My parents made a rule that I could not bring food into my room, a rule I never intended to follow.  I ate…Read more
Weighting for Perfection- By Eve Lahijani, RD

Weighting for Perfection- By Eve Lahijani, RD

By Eve Lahijani, RDRegistered Dietician at Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program   Take this moment.  Imagine yourself living your dreams.  Imaging having everything you want. Tune into what you see.  What are you doing?  Who are you with?  What is around you? Really get in touch with what that looks like.  Now, what are you feeling?  Take a moment to bask in the feeling of living your dream…  Feels good – – right? Well if you are feeling good, you fell into my trap!  You just demonstrated to yourself, how you can bring those…Read more
How Black Swans Feed Their Young

How Black Swans Feed Their Young

By Susan B. Krevoy, Ph.D. How many of us have an unhealthy split between our light side and our dark side? The movie “Black Swan” brilliantly depicts the difficulty in integrating the different parts of ourselves. Don’t we all have a “white swan” in us? It’s our “good” positive feelings of hope, love, kindness, humility, generosity, and compassion. And don’t we all have a “black swan” inside of us as well? These are our “bad” negative feelings of anger, envy, greed, arrogance, false pride, resentment, and self-pity. The struggle we face is how…Read more

The Holidays Are Over Now What?

Holiday Eating Disorder Recovery Worksheet Now that the holidays are behind us we have a new year to look forward to. We may have the same struggles to face but hopefully we gain new hope. Hope that we are not alone. Hope that there are others out there like us facing the same problems. Hope that we can learn to love ourselves in a safe and healthy way. Over the holiday season you may have been subject to feelings and situations which tested your ability to cope. Whether you think that’s a bad thing or…Read more
Learning to Communicate

Learning to Communicate

Paulson V Veliyannoor, MS Pre-Doctoral Intern/ Clinical Staff Susan B Krevoy Eating Disorder Program Khalil Gibran famously wrote in The Prophet: “In speech, truth is half-murdered.” Well, there is much truth in this statement. Yet the inability to speak may leave the truth fully murdered with its remains leaking through the pores of one’s being. An Eating Disorder is one such leakage which results from, among other things, the difficulty to verbalize one’s needs and feelings. In other words, eating disorder is one form of maladaptive communication. Learning to communicate, then, is one of…Read more
A Cultural Perspective on Gender and Eating Disorders in Group Therapy By: Stephen L Salter, Psy.D

A Cultural Perspective on Gender and Eating Disorders in Group Therapy By: Stephen L Salter, Psy.D

When I began running groups at the SBK Eating Disorders Program, I wasn’t surprised to find I’d be working primarily with women.  I was aware that the epidemic hit women three times harder than men, but I wasn’t sure why.  I knew larger social forces were at play.  After all, The United States fosters more eating disorders than any country in the world.  Many point to the flooding of media images—unrealistic, unhealthy, and grossly underweight ideals of what it mean to be beautiful.  Is it possible to avoid these external influences? Why not…Read more
Non-Hunger Eating and Change

Non-Hunger Eating and Change

Eve Lahijani,, RD Nutritionist for the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program Every few months I buy a pot of orchids from Trader Joe’s to decorate my home/office.  However, on this trip to the market, I could not find the exact shade or orchids I usually select.  In turn, I chose a slightly pinker shade of purple. When I brought my orchids home I tuned into my irritation at the fact that the potted flowers did not match the decor on my table – and tuned into my frustration thatthings will not be…Read more
Intimacy and Your Eating Disorder

Intimacy and Your Eating Disorder

By Tracy Pollack, Psy.D. Postdoctoral Graduate Clinical Staff Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program Being close to someone is not always easy. Closeness may give rise to certain uncomfortable feelings that for some may seem unbearable. These may include feeling unlovable, not good enough, being too much to handle, too needy, or dependent. Vulnerability, expression of needs, and exposing parts of you that you feel are unpleasant are also associated risks that can be extremely frightening. Trust adds another layer of complexity to an intimate relationship. Being intimate with someone requires a certain…Read more

Acknowledging Needs

Mitzen Black, M.A. Psychology Intern Wright Institute Los Angeles Fuller Graduate School of Psychology As a new staff member at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program, I have noticed how much our patients struggle with acknowledging and expressing their own legitimate needs, both to themselves and to others. In this society that encourages self-sufficiency, it can be very distressing when someone realizes needs that require outside help. Working with this program has confirmed to me the importance of learning about healthy dependency in relationships. One person asking for his or her needs…Read more
Growth Through Writing

Growth Through Writing

By :Sandeep Atwal This group allows clients to explore their dynamics, issues, and struggles in a creative and nonthreatening manner. The group opens with the clients receiving prompts by the therapist (prompts usually consist of words, sentence stems, or concepts), the clients write their associations to the prompts, and then they share their writings with the rest of the group. This exercise facilitates access to autobiographical episodic memories. In other words, the writings enable the clients to recall and describe experiences and events from their past and present. This exercise also helps clients…Read more