Anorexia & Bulimia

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, be it anorexia, bulimia, or a combination of both, chances are you are feeling isolated and alone and wondering if you will ever gain healthy control over your relationship with food, your body, or your life!

We’d like to assure you…Full Recovery Happens!

Anorexia & Bulimia: Committed to Bringing Every Client to Full Recovery

Driven by our heartfelt passion to help each and every one of our clients achieve FULL RECOVERY and the healthy life they deserve, our professional team of eating disorder specialists at A New Beginning are committed to supporting you, guiding you, and helping you achieve the healthy life that you envision.

A New Beginning’s 26+ years of clinical experience has repeatedly shown that full recovery from all eating disorders happens!  We are very proud to offer our clients a treatment approach that provides you with a therapeutic “road map” that is truly effective and will help you develop emotional skills that will not only work on temporary behavioral change, but most importantly, will help you identify and completely resolve the underlying root causes of your dysfunctional relationship with food, your body, and  your self; making long-term, full recovery possible!

If you are one of the 10 million Americans (one million of whom are men) who suffer from one or more form of eating disorders, please get help.  Research now shows that 60-90% of individuals who seek treatment  for an eating disorder fully recover, but only 1 out of 10 people struggling with an eating disorder ever seek treatment.

“If you’re reading this then at some level you are searching for help.  Forget your past experiences with other therapists and call A New Beginning. You will have a family of non-judgmental professionals that cares about you and always has your best interest at heart.”   —DM

Do I have Anorexia Nervosa and/or Bulimia Nervosa?

Like so many disorders, individuals who suffer from anorexic or bulimic display a broad range of varying symptoms that may or may not fall within one specific diagnostic eating disorder category.  Because of this, many individuals question whether they actually have an eating disorder and oftentimes allow this ambivalence to be a barrier to seeking treatment.

While the following is a descriptive overview of characteristics and symptoms typically associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, please know that eating disordered symptoms oftentimes overlap across categories and/or can present in an atypical manner.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is typically characterized by three main diagnostic components:

  1. Eating very little food, which leads to a significantly low body weight
  2. Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, or ongoing behaviors that interfere with weight gain
  3. Distorted perception of one’s own body, weight, or shape; or sense of self strongly influenced by body image; or denial about severity of current low body weight

There are two subtypes of Anorexia:

  1. 1 Restricting Type, in which significant weight loss is achieved through restricting, fasting, and/or excessive exercise
  2. 2 Binge-Eating/Purging Type, in which a person engages in recurrent episodes of binge eating or purging behavior (e.g., self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives) while maintaining a significantly low weight.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is typically characterized by three main components:

  1. Episodes of binge eating, which occur at least once a week for 3 months
  2. Use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (e.g., self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives) to prevent weight gain at least once a week for 3 months
  3. Self-evaluation is significantly influenced by body shape and weight.

Hopeful Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia:  Comprehensive and Effective

If you see yourself in any of the symptoms listed above, chances are you are struggling with some form of disordered eating that warrants a specialized assessment and possibly treatment.

Using well-researched approaches, our team will work with you to help identify – and then resolve – the multifaceted root cause(s) of your disordered eating, so that you can achieve lasting change.  Additionally, together we will help you develop more effective coping strategies and skills that will allow you to embrace your emotional world in a healthy, as opposed to eating disordered, manner.

As part of your comprehensive treatment, our eating disorder team may utilize one or more of the following research-based therapeutic techniques to help you successfully beat your eating disorder:

In addition, your treatment team may coordinate care with your medical provider and/or psychiatrist, if you are working with one.

Remember…You are not Alone!

“I have been recovered now for 8 years!  I never thought that would be possible.  I can’t imagine how different life would be if I never sought treatment. I feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Anne’ and A New Beginning.  Recovery is possible!!!”

— MM

FULL recovery from all eating disorders is possible… we’d be honored to help you achieve it!  Please call:  480-941-4247