Mindfulness on a Toothpick

Mindfulness on a Toothpick

By Eve Lahijani, R.D. According to a survey by the Promotion Marketing Association, being able to sample food is the most influential factor when customers decide to buy a new product. Furthermore, seven out of 10 shoppers report that they would occasionally or usually buy a product they sampled. Here’s how it works: People want to try something new yet they fear the unknown. A free sample is a safe, low risk way to do that. When they have a taste, they really pay attention to what they like and dislike about what…Read more
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorder Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorder Treatment

By Philip Pierce, Ph.D. Private Practice, Former CBT Group Leader of Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program An important aspect of treating binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The CBT approach focuses on changing negative thought patterns and teaching problem-solving techniques so our patients can more effectively deal with negative mood states which so often trigger eating problems. Homework is assigned to both reinforce and expand the work done in session. These assignments include outside reading, thought record diaries and self-monitoring tools. Long standing negative patterns and cognitive distortions…Read more
How can group therapy help with my eating disorder?

How can group therapy help with my eating disorder?

By Vanessa Pawlowski Group leader of Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program Group therapy creates a different experience from individual therapy, as the group itself attains responsibility for the treatment. Members learn to depend on one another to show up for meetings consistently, and to participate actively and honestly. In groups facing the challenges of eating disorders, members begin to discuss how to overcome their very individual struggles with food, together. What changes do they wish to see? Where do they wish to go, and how do they talk about getting there? Group…Read more
Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dear Dr. Susan: I have a 14-year-old daughter, Carol Anne, who self-satisfies with food and who has no concept of her body image. When another student at her school asked her if she was pregnant, she went onto her Facebook site and wrote how “hurt her feelings were that someone would say that to her” and then she accepted the responses (most of which were aimed at assuaging her hurt feelings) as permission to continue her same eating habits. When asked why she thought someone might “mistake her appearance for someone who was…Read more
The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

Written by: Sacha Bollas, Psy.D. Clinical Staff of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program The goal of family therapy is to establish roles that promote individuality and autonomy while maintaining a sense of family cohesion. Parents, siblings, grandparents, are all deeply affected by the presence of an eating disorder within the family system. Many family members may feel powerless and frustrated when faced with a loved one’s eating disorder, but family therapy allows them to investigate how the eating disorder has affected their own lives and how they can be supportive throughout…Read more
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