Beverly Hills, MI Anorexia and Bulimia Therapy

Finding Therapy for Anorexia or Bulimia in Beverly Hills, MI—Counseling and Treatment

More and more stars have opened up about their struggles with bulimia or anorexia: Kesha, Demi Lovato, Zayn Malik, Elton John, Jane Fonda, Zoe Kravitz, Russell Brand, Shawn Johnson, Lily Collins, and Hilary Duff, just to name a few. With so many celebrities who have been diagnosed with eating disorders, the association between Hollywood and unhealthy body image is growing stronger and stronger. But an estimated 30 million people fight bulimia or anorexia. Eating disorders are not just for the rich and famous.

Eating disorders are not just a picky phase either. Bulimia and anorexia are serious disorders that distort a person’s eating habits and self-perception. They have severe consequences for a person’s health. Anorexia, in fact, has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder. But only about 10 percent of people who have bulimia or anorexia receive the treatment that they need.

Recognizing the problem is an important step in treatment because when people seek help, there are effective medical, nutritional, and psychological interventions available. Counselors can tailor a plan that meet each person’s individual needs for holistic care.

Thriveworks Beverly Hills provides therapy for bulimia and anorexia, and our counselors have helped many clients find the medical and psychological care they need. Are you plagued by negative thoughts about your body? Have irregular eating habits become a part of your life? Thriveworks Beverly Hills wants to help.

Acknowledging Anorexia and Bulimia

Anorexia and bulimia may be the most well-known eating disorders. They are often linked together, and they do share many characteristics. They afflict both women and men. Depression and anxiety disorders often co-occur with them. While they most often surface during adolescence or young adulthood, anybody—young or old—can develop bulimia or anorexia.

Despite their similarities, anorexia and bulimia are separate diagnoses.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) acknowledges anorexia nervosa with the following symptoms:

  • Restricting food consumption to less than one’s body needs that results in a substantially lower body weight than normal (based upon developmental trajectory, age, weight, physical health, and sex).
  • Intense and illogical fear of gaining weight or being fat.
  • A distorted self-perception that experiences one’s body shape and weight as larger and heavier than reality.

The DSM-5 acknowledges bulimia nervosa with the following symptoms:

  • Binge eating repeatedly, that includes…
    • Lost control over food consumption.
    • Ingesting substantially more food than most people would eat under similar circumstances and during a similar period of time.
  • After binges, using unhealthy, repeated behaviors that attempt to limit weight gain, such as using diuretics, laxatives, or other medications; fasting for too long or too frequently; inducing vomiting; or exercising excessively.
  • A self-image that is consumed with body weight and size.

Accompanying Health Problems

As people fight against bulimia or anorexia, their well-meaning friends and family may compliment them on how skinny or healthy they appear. While these compliments may come with good-intentions, they are ill-informed. Being healthy and being skinny are two different concepts, and far from promoting a person’s health, bulimia and anorexia may cause a series of devastating health problems.

Bulimia can cause tooth decay, kidney damage, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastric rupture, constipation, electrolyte imbalance, ulcers, and heart failure.

Anorexia can cause infertility, disrupted menstrual cycles, low blood pressure, low heart rate, increased risk of heart disease and failure, abnormal heart beat, anemia, premature osteoporosis, low white blood cells, disrupted endocrine system, kidney damage, and death.

How Do Bulimia and Anorexia Develop?

The specific circumstances of how, why, and when anorexia or bulimia develop in a person’s life are usually personal and intimate. However, therapists often group the causes of anorexia and bulimia into two distinct categories: biological causes and environmental causes.

  1. Biological causes may involve nutritional deficiencies, genetics, and irregular hormone functions.
  2. Environmental causes may involve peer pressure to have a certain body type; living in a culture obsessed with body type, thinness, and impossible concepts of beauty; or childhood abuse or family trauma.

Anorexia or Bulimia Therapy

The counselors at Thriveworks Beverly Hills have tailored treatment plans that meet their clients’ nutritional, medical, and psychological needs. Want to give each person the holistic care they need to restore positive eating habits and a healthy self-perception.

Scheduling therapy can be intimidating and asking for help takes courage. We want to make the process as easy as possible. That is why a person will answer your call and help you schedule an appointment. That is why we offer evening and weekend appointments. That is why we work with many insurance companies. That is why many first-time clients see their therapist the following day.

Do not fight bulimia and anorexia alone. Let the professionals at Thriveworks Beverly Hills craft a treatment plan that considers your individual needs. Call today to get started.

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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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