Michelle Market, M.Ed., LPC, CEDS
Eating Disorders

Do you find yourself struggling with an eating disorder and desire a healthy relationship with food? Using a cognitive behavioral and solution focused approach together we will tackle your eating disorder. Lets roll our sleeves up and
  • Understand your eating disorder
  • Explore healthy coping skills
  • Determine the triggers that result in restricting your eating or binging
  • Challenge the negative thinking distortions associated with your eating disorder
  • Enhance self-esteem

An eating disorder involves an intense pre-occupation with food, a negative view of weight and self, and eating habits that impact daily living. There are two common forms of eating disorders which include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
 
An individual struggling with anorexia nervosa will typically restrict their food intake (often to the point of self-starvation), they tend to be rigid in their food choices, and have an intense fear of gaining weight, even though they are underweight. In addition to restricting food intake, some anorexics use purging (typically vomiting or over-exercising) to control their weight.

 
An individual struggling with Bulimia nervosa will binge (eating excessive amounts of food in one sitting) and purge (as a way to compensate for the binge) immediately after a binge.  

Typical Warning Signs associated with eating disorders include:
  • Significant weight loss
  • Uncontrollable eating
  • Preoccupation with food, exercise, and counting calories
  • Frequently using the bathroom after meals
  • Increased isolation from others
  • Playing with food at a meal (moving food around the plate)
  • Intense concern about appearance
  • Significant mood changes

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe the most effective approach when treating eating disorders is having an effective treatment team that includes a therapist, nutritionist, psychiatrist, and medical doctor. I offer individual therapy as well as groups and workshops to address coping skills, healthy self-esteem, and enhanced body image. I use evidenced based treatment to include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy in my treatment of eating disorders.