Below are a list of questions frequently asked about eating disorders:
1) Is it possible to have more than one eating disorder?
Yes, it is quite common. Clinicians must always categorize diseases for the purpose of treatment, but seasoned professionals are familiar with conditions such as bulimarexia, and other hybrid combinations.
2) I vomit sometimes to keep my figure, do I have an eating disorder?
Likely. Vomiting, when self-induced for the purpose you described, is not a healthy behaviour. I would recommend you seek the help of a qualified counsellor
3) I'm an athlete and my body must be kept to form, so it's okay for me to binge or purge?
No it is not. The purpose of our body is not to pole vault or ski jump, those activities are the benefits of good health. Our bodies require proper nutrition on a proper schedule - nothing supercedes this fact. You can maintain whatever physique you choose, and you can do so without unhealthy or temporary measures.
4) Which diets are good and which are bad?
Any diet that promises a quick-fix is bad. A diet is only good if it boasts a lifetime of healthy eating, that results in decreased risk of heart attack, cancer, high blood pressure, and all the other perils of poor nutrition. Consult a qualified nutritionist for further advice.
5) I've been fighting obesity for life; aren't some people just born to be this way?
There are some people who are afflicted with a chronic disease that results in obesity regardless of all measures taken. These individuals account for less than 1% of the entire obese population. Have your medical doctor examine you for these diseases, and once ruled out, you can become positive about your ability to achieve your goals.
6) What about all those celebrities and supermodels, they aren't sick?
On the contrary, many are. Athletes, model, celebrities, and others in the spotlight tend to have to control their physiques far more rigorously (it is often stipulated in their contract), which leads to some very unhealthy eating habits. We've heard of many celebrities who struggle or have struggled with eating disorders such as Tracey Gold, Mary-Kate Olson, Princess Di, Elton John, Nicole Richie, Ashlee Simpson, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Paula Abdul, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, and the list goes on.
Remember that the people on TV are chosen because of how unique they are - not because their appearance represents the population. And also note that most fashion magazine photos are drastically airbrushed to give models bodies they do not have. Aspire to be your best, and do so only by making healthy choices.
7) My child has an eating disorder, what do I do?
Do not self-diagnose this condition - seek medical help immediately. If the situation is determined not to be critical, seek the help of a qualified eating disorder counsellor, to be seen in conjunction with a medical doctor.
8) Do you treat males with eating disorders in your practice?
Yes, I currently have male clients, and my methods are equally as effective with both sexes. Therapy is not gender-based; all parties tend to recover at the same rate.
9) What makes you an expert in eating disorders?
To begin with, I had anorexia during my teenage years. Since recovering I have completed a degree in Nutritional Science, and received a diploma in eating disorder counselling. I have been counselling for nearly a decade now with an excellent rate of recovery. Please see the testimonials page.
10) What are your treatment methods?
My methods involve dealing with the underlying issues of the condition, while working on self-esteem, body image and nutrition, ultimately working towards the goal of recovery. My approach is to provide comprehensive support to those who are committed to working towards improvement, which takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, and uses the client's desired pace. Together we take baby steps towards the goal.
11) Are you taking new patients? Would I be a good client?
At the present time I am accepting new clients for eating disorder counselling and Life Coaching. The question to ask is not whether you are suitable for me, rather ask if I am suitable for you. What kind of support do you need? Is slow and gentle effective for you? Are you committed to recovery? While my methods have been extremely effective for many, some individuals require something else. I encourage you to call or email me - when you're ready to talk, I'll be here to listen.
12) I have many problems, can you help?
Eating disorders are often accompanied by other psychological or emotional issues. I have experience counselling in obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), sexual assault, death, anxiety, family crisis, substance abuse, relationship issues, and myriad others. Call me to discuss your situation.
13) I have recovered from my eating disorder but periodically I need someone for advice, can I come to you?
Absolutely. Through my Life Coaching program I assist individuals who may simply need someone to listen, provide ongoing support, or have a coffee with. Maybe you need advice once a month, once a year, or once a decade. My files remain open, and all are welcome back for ongoing support and friendship. Who couldn't use some coaching now and then?
14) Do you counsel families, couples?
Yes. If the client agrees to participate, I facilitate or counsel couples and groups. Confidentiality is not compromised.
15) How do you wean clients from therapy?
Through methods to increase self-esteem and through empowerment techniques, you will learn to operate in your environment in a manner which is manageable and sustainable by you.
The frequency of our sessions will be decreased gradually over time until you feel comfortable facing life's obstacles. Thereafter you can participate in the Life Coaching program, which is an as-needed counselling session focusing beyond coping to achieving great things.
16) I'm having trouble coping, what do you suggest?
First, undertake a complete assessment by a medical doctor. If your condition is stable, there are many ways you can receive support. Call or email me to discuss the many options available to you. Do not give up hope. By browsing this site you have demonstrated your resolve to get better, let's take the next step together.
17) Are you covered by OHIP?
No. Many extended health plans cover some or all nutritional counselling costs, but OHIP does not cover any of the cost.