It is unhealthy to try to put your child on a “diet” and expect him or her to lose weight. Like an adult, there are many contributing factors to your child’s weight problem. Focusing only on your child’s eating habits will make him or her feel like they are being singled out, which may affect their self esteem. In order for your child to be successful in making changes with weight, the entire family has to get involved. Our treatment approach uses positive reinforcement with respect to making healthy food choices, choosing physical/family activities and improve family communication. We help your child to understand their feelings related the weight problem and change the way they react to the emotional triggers of overeating. With both counseling and nutrition therapy, your child and your family can begin to solve their weight problems together and avoid the life long battle with dieting.
If you’ve spent your life struggling with your weight, you’ve probably already realized that diets don’t work to solve the real problem of overeating. Your real problem is likely your emotional attachment to food, or “emotional eating”. People often use food as a response to cope with stress, depression and anxiety . Once you’ve developed an emotional dependency on food, it is difficult to change these habits on your own. With professional guidance from a therapist , we can help you to identify your emotional and sensory triggers to overeating and find healthy alternatives to cope with your feelings. The nutritionist allows you to discover the facts and fallacies about food and nutrition and how they affect your weight and well being. Without “dieting” you can improve your relationship with food and have better control over your food choices. Our professional team can help you change your thoughts, behaviors and reactions to food that will ultimately impact your weight. By probing into the real issues behind overeating, you can expect to see more long lasting results to your health and well being.
Deciding to have a baby is probably the biggest decision most women ever make. But when the pregnancy doesn't happen, the biggest excitement soon turns to be one of the biggest stressors. Facing the fact that you are infertile can be overwhelming. Whether it's your first pregnancy or your second or third child, being unable to conceive is devastating.
The medical progress in the field of infertility treatment has been tremendous over the past few decades. Women now have many options if they are unable to conceive. However, the physical and emotional affects of infertility can, in and of itself, actually make it even harder to get pregnant. The stress caused by merely "being infertile" can make it more difficult for a woman to relax and let nature take its course.
Counseling can benefit a woman and her partner in a number of different ways. Meeting with a therapist experienced in infertility can help a woman better understand the physical and medical aspects of treatment and help reduce anxiety. It can also benefit her by learning stress management skills and relaxation techniques to help improve the body's response to fertility treatment. Counseling can educate a woman on different holistic approaches to infertility and may provide better options than strictly medical treatment. Counseling can also provide a woman with new options and alternative viewpoints on having children. It can also help a woman gain acceptance and find resolution if she decides to not have a child.
Sharing your thoughts and fears with a therapist who's been through the same experience can be invaluable. Infertility can be difficult and complicated, but counseling can be of tremendous help during this very stressful time of life.
Most people probably don't realize that 10 percent of people seeking treatment of an eating disorder are male. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are usually thought to be disorders affecting women. However, in the past few decades, more and more men and boys have come forward with significant eating-disorder symptoms.
The increase in general "life stress," especially with adolescents could be one reason. The continued pressure by the media on all young adults to look "perfect" is probably another big factor why more males are struggling.
Whatever the reason, males with eating disorders are fairly similar to their female counterparts in the symptoms they present. They can obsess over fat and have distorted body images. They usually struggle with feelings of inadequacy or low self esteem . They often have difficult family situations and may have another family member with weight control issues. The excessive dieting or weight control is used as an unhealthy coping mechanism for difficult emotional situations. Whether it's restrictive eating, binging and purging or obsessive exercise, all forms of eating disorder symptoms are treatable with a good therapist and dietitian.
Males who are motivated for treatment seem to do very well with recovery. Finding qualified specialists is key to recovery. A dietitian, psychiatrist, if needed, and a therapist who specializes in eating disorders is a must for anyone looking to overcome their eating disorder. Males can expect to fully recover if they follow the correct guidelines for treatment.
What do John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, Walt Disney, Cher and John F. Kennedy have in common? They all were either diagnosed with or have exhibited many of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Knowing that we are among such esteemed company is just one of the insights that help those of us (including myself) to feel proud of the traits which symbolize ADD/ADHD. Building from fear and avoidance to acceptance and confidence is the first phase of treatment of children with ADD/ADHD. Establishing a rapport during this part of treatment, children and parents come to trust that ADD/ADHD is something to embrace and that shame is something to fight off...something we don't deserve.
During the second phase of treatment, an action plan is implemented. A "coach" (usually a parent) is identified to support their child in following through with various organizational and time-management tasks. Children learn to self-regulate by using cognitive strategies as well as physical relaxation. Contact is made with schools so that teacher/school social worker and therapist work together in supporting the student with interventions which are discreet, empathic and empowering. Teachers and parents are encouraged to practice using simple, non-threatening prompts. Prompting can take a number of forms: hand signals, signs posted on mirrors or walls, note cards or laminated cue cards the student can carry from place to place and, of course, short and simple directives which, when used properly, are received by children as "reminding" rather than "nagging."
As children learn to adjust independently to the challenges posed by ADD/ADHD, they learn to channel their creative energy into activity that is productive and meaningful to their sense of self. Their ability to both self-monitor and self-evaluate is a process devoid of shame. During this last phase of treatment, children use and manage their own day timer to organize their lives without specific coaching. Treatment options are left open-ended for the future as ADD/ADHD often poses new challenges during adolescence.