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About Abigail Natenshon
Over 45 Years of Eating Disorder Specialty Practice
 

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Abbie's Bio
As a psychotherapist specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders for the past 46 years, Abigail has published two books; "When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder" (Wiley and Sons Publishers 1999), an educative treatment guide for parents and families, and "Doing What Works: an Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery" (NASW Press 2009), a treatment guide for mental health professionals.
   
As founder and director of Eating Disorder Specialists of Illinois: an Outpatient Team of Expert Treatment Professionals, she has brought together a highly skilled, collaborative team of outpatient eating disorder clinicians, available to provide medical and psychopharmacological care and nutritional counseling, in addition to individual and family therapy.

As an eating disorder therapist, her treatment approach is eclectic and integrative; though essentially ‘best practice’/cognitive/behavioral in nature, her focus includes the quality and dynamic of the therapeutic relationship, as well as the role and involvement of the family system. She offers diagnostic assessments, as well as consultation to eating disordered individuals, parents and families, and to school counselors and physicians treating these disorders.

Abigail's additional credentialing as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner affords her the opportunity to offer eating disordered patients adjunctive somatic education, (techniques taking the form of bodily movements) which fills in gaps in self-image and body image.

Having made frequent appearances as an eating disorder expert on national media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The John Walsh Show, ABC News HealthBeat (listen to interview with producer) MSNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, etc. she has published widely in professional journals and print media. A graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Abigail speaks widely to parent and professional audiences, providing training workshops in person and online. She maintains a private practice in Highland Park, Illinois where she resides with her husband.


Publications

Books

  • New - Contributor to online book entitled Eating Disorders, edited by Dr. Ignacio Jáuregui-Lobera, InTech publishers, to be released October 2016. (Free Access)
    Abigail’s chapter contributions include:  
    • Neurobiology and the Changing Face of Eating Disorder Treatment: Healing the Eating Disordered Brain
    • Eating Disorders: A Treatment Apart

       The Unique Use of the Therapist’s Self in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

  • Doing What Works: an Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery Abigail Natenshon (NASW Press, 2009)
  • When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers 1999 Abigail Natenshon (Jossey Bass Publishers)

 

 

Textbooks


  • Doing What Works: an Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery Abigail Natenshon (NASW Press, 2009)
  • Eating Disorder Sourcebook   3rd Edition: Health Reference Series.  © 2011  Edited by Sandra J. Judd

    Chapter Inclusions by Abigail Natenshon  Emotional Eating  p14-17;  Eating Disorders in Young Children 

    p112-115;  Family Therapy, An Overview  p 380-383; Are You Overweight? p 474-478 

 

  • The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness   Edited by Berman, Kurzweil, Mintz  2006  Chapter Inclusions by Abigail Natenshon:  Eating Disorders: The Jewish Community’s Perspective   p444 - 446
  • The Health of Adolescents: Understanding and Facilitating Biological, Behaviroal, and Social Development, Edited by Wiliam Hendee American Medical Association, 1991. Difficulties in Recognizing Adolescent Health Issues; by Judith Bensinger  and Abigail Natenshon p.381- 410

 

Professional Journals

  • New - Publication of commentary entitled “Clinical Access of Neuroplastic Brain Research in Eating Disorder Treatment” in Open Access Journal of Science and Technology (OAJoST), AgiAL Publishing House, October 2016
  • Perspectives: A Professional Journal of the Renfrew Center Foundation, Winter 2014. p. 5-7 Moving Beyond Transference and Countertransference to Connection, Natenshon, Abigail. This article is reprinted here with the permission of The Renfrew Center
  • Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention; Volume 9 Number 1, 2001 p.75-80 Empowering Parents through Their Child's Eating Disorder Recovery. How I Practice, Abigail H. Natenshon.

 


Newsletter Publications

 

 Testimonials about Treatment Services

 

The following is an email I received from a (consultation) patient
Abbie, Thank you SO MUCH for seeing me today and taking so much time with me. I wish we lived in the same town and that you were my therapist. I'm so glad to have connected with you today. You definitely got me thinking about so many things -- where I'm living and why, what I need from a therapist, what I need from a relationship, what I need medically, what I need to feed my spirit (the arts!), how to think about drawing my true self up and into the space the bulimia is currently filling...

I'm always touched by the power a deep human to human connection really can have. It does feel healing to be in the presence of another person who is invested in your well-being, and who can fully support you while reminding you how capable you are of supporting yourself at the same time. As you noted, I think it's been a long time since I've been in the presence of someone who can do both (the loving parent who also sets limits, the supportive therapist who also encourages independence and growth) Sounds like what I'm longing for is secure attachment. One of these days I'll get there...

 I'm very grateful for our meeting, as are my parents.   Best wishes….KG

 

Abbie’s Response
The greatest pleasure is mine in being able to be a part of your life and of your rising up from the ashes of your disorder.  It's your time now, and you are ready.  I am here for you if and when you would like to call or are back in town. 

I trust that you know very well how to care for yourself.  I think what happened is that you have just become aware of this, as well....something you have known for a long time, but have been afraid to acknowledge.

Great things are to come in your life.  Please keep me posted, if only every now and then, through dropping me an email to let me know what you are up to.

 

Warmly,
Abbie

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 "The change in my daughter has been breath-taking ….I see her taking charge of her life (not always as I would) and I LOVE seeing her really grow. It's amazing. You were right in the beginning…. that this would be a healing journey for both of us. Thank you so much!!!!”

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So, C's Dad, despite all of his initial resistance to her treatment, has dubbed you a "Rock Star therapist" … we all happily agree!

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Just want you to know that I recently went with a friend of mine and her anorexic daughter to make an introduction to a local therapist; it only took about 10 seconds before I came to realize just how lucky I was to not only to have found you, but also that you took such good care of us all. Thanks Abbie!

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"Working with Abbie is like having a wooly afghan wrapped around you on a wintry day…comfy, cozy and safe."
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For Speaking Services

Ms. Natenshon is a gifted and engaging presenter in the area of eating disorders and its treatment. Her grasp of the material, ability to synthesize important insights and impart them in a highly "usable" manner is impressive and inspiring. Her clinical sensitivity and passion for her subject empowers her audience to leave feeling enhanced and prepared to face clinical challenges. By combining clear thinking, concrete tools and a wealth of clinical experience, she helps you understand not only what to do when treating this population, but why.

                                                                                     Ava Carn-Watkins
                                                                                     Ph.D.Assistant Director
                                                                                     Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology
                                                                                     The Family Institute at Northwestern University:
                                                                                     Center for Applied Psychological & FamilyStudies

 

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Psychotherapy via phone

“I’ve had several therapists in the past, and none of those experiences have produced any real results – let alone make me think more deeply about the underlying reasons behind my behaviors. Even though our sessions have been purely by telephone, I am already encouraged by how fast I feel I am getting to the root of my issues.

Our work together comes without judgment, without pressure and without fear, and for the first time I feel comfortable being entirely honest about my problems. This ability to be completely truthful is what has held me back in the past, and is what is allowing me to move forward now.  Many thanks.”    PG.

 ...also via Skype

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About Picky Eating Interventions

Hi Abbie!

I had a moment and wanted to update you a bit on my son Thomas.  I contacted an Anat Baniel practitioner here in Florida and we traveled 2 hours and visited her one Friday morning.  Thomas had only a one hour visit with her and I did witness some minor "progress"!  I was extremely pleased.  He tried to taste a strawberry.  That was huge for him.  He was able to put it to his mouth, touch it to his lips, and then licked it.  That is something he would NEVER have done previous.  Then, he tried ice cream!  He NEVER EVER wanted nor was he EVER interested in ice cream.  He asked my husband one night if he could try it and he did!  Granted we wish it was a piece of meat he had tried but it is progress.  He has made a few other minor advances. 



 
       
 
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