simultaneous attention to all aspects of dysfunction …to
physiological, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social and chemical
factors, prioritizing family system involvement, particularly in cases
with young children.
In in-gathering a
professional team of
collaborating experts with diversified specialties and expertise to work
with your child.
In its respect for the
pivotal role parents and families play
in healing the child and family system.
In responsiveness to the
quality of the therapeutic connection
between therapist, patient, and family. This focus confirms
neuropsychological research proving that mindful, quality human
relationships are the most
important of all interventions in promoting cure.
In providing a uniquely
versatile use of the therapist’s self
in creating motivation and incentive for the resistant patient to heal
and grow, not only through specialized skill mastery, but through the
quality of genuine
to the eating disordered patient and to healing.
refuting myths and facilitating knowledge about disease, treatment, and
In being direct, as well as directive,
In the use of more restrictive milieu venues as needed, and of creative
alternatives to enhance desired outcomes; these might include
adjunct treatment resources
such as the Feldenkrais Method© and/or Anat Baniel Method© enhancing
body image and facilitating core-self development and neurological
What I do in my work with patients and
families “works”…not in all cases, but in most. There are always those
patients who will come to treatment once, and following what appears to be
an effective and powerful first session, will fail to return.
In some instances, the effectiveness of the session may be the very
reason why these people may choose not to return; some may simply not be
ready to make changes.
Most, however, will take home what
they learn, practicing it at their own pace and in their own rhythm of
preparedness, in so doing, re-creating their lost core self and upgrading
neuronal pathway connections to produce an effective and lasting recovery.
Accomplishing what works, session by session
The patient leaves each
session with increased knowledgeable about the disorder, the treatment and
recovery processes, and the self.
The patient feels better
about himself/herself and the healing effort and process from the very first
session, and following each session.
Establishing an ever-increasing sense
of trust and connection in the therapeutic relationship sets the stage for
healing. The quality of the
patient/therapist connection offers tools, strategies, self-esteem and
accruing self-trust that lay the foundation for a restored core self and the
resumption of self-regulation. In my view, if not professionally prepared to
subscribe to basic cognitive behavioral treatment methodologies and best
practice principles, practitioners will be certain not to succeed.
If they do subscribe to
evidence-based principles, but do so outside of a secure and trusting
working relationship, they can also be assured a limited outcome.
Throughout every session,
I remain proactively in touch with the depth and breadth of my own personal,
as well as professional, knowledge, skill sets and sensitivities, so as to
create and model the process of mindfulness of self and the mutually shared
Matching the direction and pace of a
forward-moving disease process, I remain proactive in response to the
patient’s needs and the demands of the therapeutic moment.
Moving forward with clear direction, I define and refine treatment
goals and objectives of the present and future.