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Anorexia: Treatment for anorexia is available in Center City, Philadelphia at The Center for Growth, Inc. Young affluent Caucasian women have the highest rates of anorexia. However the frequency of men and women of color, suffering from this disease has increased dramatically. Anorexia is a disease that can impact anyone. The rise in eating disorders in part may be attributed to societal pressures. Media (magazines, billboards, television, movies) all portray thin, beautiful, fit people. Frequently the imagines portrayed are unobtainable by the average person. Anorexia is characterized by a low body weight and a particular style of thinking. Those suffering from anorexia nervosa may exhibit external signs of weight loss, thinning hair, and the development of fine hair on the arms and face, among other symptoms. Internally, the individual may feel depressed, and feel a lack of control in their life. Anorexia, left untreated can kill. We strongly encourage professional treatment. Help is available.

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5 Steps to Mindful Eating

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

Mindful Eating

Food is not only a way to nourish your body, but has also become a way to socialize, cope, and entertain. Society has placed more attention on what…


What it means to be your authentic self

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

What it means to be your authentic self 

 

Authentic self means:

Being your true authentic self means what you say in life aligns with what your actions. Your authentic self goes beyond…


Body Image Basics

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Body Image Basics

 

While some men may indeed suffer with body image issues, this tip is specifically written for women.  Imagine a continuum with extremes at either end:

Anorexia nervosa or…


Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perfectionism: We all have a need to feel accepted, believe we belong and are valued for who we are.  But oftentimes this universal human need gets distorted, becoming a deep source…


Eating Disorders & Sexual Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Most of the tips on sexual trauma and eating disorders can be found at:

http://www.sextherapyinphiladelphia.com/eating-disorders-and-sexual-trauma

to schedule an appointment with an eating disorder therapy / sex therapist call 267-324-9564


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Therapy in Philadelphia: Mirror checking and the traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mirror checking is a common ritual performed by people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Close to ninety percent…


What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a severe preoccupation with one or more aspects of one’s appearance. People with body dysmorphic…


Women and Body Image Exercise

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Women and Body Image: How to Restructure Your Thinking by Nurturing your body 

When it comes to our own perception of our body image, many people tend…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


Anorexia And The Perfectionist Personality

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: anorexia and the perfectionist personality.

Many people who have anorexia would describe themselves as perfectionists, and many people trying to recover from anorexia will tell you…


Benefits of Group Therapy for Eating Disorders

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Support groups can deepen one’s understanding of an issue through the process of group interaction. In a support group participants will interact with peers who are struggling with similar concerns…


Common Patterns in Women’s Groups for Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are common patterns in women’s groups for emotional eating? * Feeling that one is too needy.* A need to be liked by everyone.* A need to put other people primary.*…


Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)? An eating disorder not otherwised specified was created for symptoms that do readily fit into the standard category of anorexia or bulimia…


Anorexia and Substance Abuse

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia and substance abuse treatment in Philadelphia.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE occurs in (12-18%) of Anorexics. However, most Anorexic patients with a Substance Abuse problem are in the Binging/Purging subtype not the Restricting…


Anorexia in Adolescents

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia in Adolescents / Therapy in Philadelphia

Ideally, adolescence is about the process of developing a healthy independence from parents, adjusting to the physical changes of puberty, and developing a personal…


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Personality disorders are Patterns of behavior that are pervasive, pathological, and persistent.  The behaviors present by late adolescence or early adulthood. Personality Disorders Commonly…


Strategies for Parents of Children with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Parenting Help in Philadelphia: Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder to help them recover 38 Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, or binging or…


The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia - remember these behaviors are not acceptable but they are part of the illness.  Separate the illness from how you love the…


Common Communication Problems for People With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anorexia Recovery in Philadelphia: Common Communication Problems. 

In recovery from Anorexia, clients are encouraged to learn healthier ways to communicate their thoughts and feelings.  This…


Helping a Child Gain Positive Attention

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Parenting Strategies in Philadelphia - helping a child gain positive attention while recovering from an addiction . . . 

Negative Attention  The eating disorder (or any other…


Treatment Options for Adults with Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Treatment options for Adults with Anorexia

* Day treatment* Inpatient* IOP* Outpatient (such as the Center for Growth)

The Maudsley method is only indicated for adolescents (usually 18 or younger) who have had the…


Anorexia and the Doctor

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Anorexia And The Doctor

The doctor’s visit the doctor is an essential part of the treatment team with Anorexia.  This doctor may…


Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Nervosa: Is a psychological disorder characterized by an obsession to be thin and a distorted body image that drives people to be medically underweight.

Criteria Used in Making a…


Critical Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Critical Weight what does critical weight mean? Critical weight is the minimum weight a person needs to be for their body to maintain a minimal level of health.  Critical weight…


Entering Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Feelings about entering therapy for Anorexia Nervosa while there are some exceptions, usually the client suffering from Anorexia do not want to give up their eating disorder. People suffering from this…


In the Mind of Someone With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In the mind of someone with anorexia: people with Anorexia often report the illness give them an identity, a sense of pride, and a feeling that they are unique… …


Males with Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anorexia Therapy in Philadelphia

Males with Anorexia Nervosa:  Approximately 5 % to 10 % of people with Anorexia are male.  Unfortunately, there is currently not a…


Medical Doctors and Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: Medical Doctors and Anorexia why is seeing a medical doctor so important with Anorexia?  Seeing a medical doctor is extremely important in the treatment of a…


Personality Profiles Associated With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Personality Profiles often associated with Anorexia Nervosa

While Anorexia Nervosa can affect anyone, eighty percent of all people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa are females between the ages of 1…


Suggestions for People With Anorexia and Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anorexia and Depression Therapy in Philadelphia

Suggestions for people with Anorexia and Depression

* Seek professional help from a person experienced in the field of eating disorders and…


Supporting a Child in Treatment for Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

To address the child's anxiety:

Listen with compassion

* Ask if you can give them a hug or hold their hand* Help them identify their sources of stress outside of the eating…


Temperamental Traits Associated With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is there a certain personality profile associated with people who are Anorexic? Yes there is.

* Low novelty seeking:  This indicates that a person does not have a desire to seek…


Treatment for Anorexia in Adolescence

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recommendations for treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in AdolescenceIf your child is under 18 and has had the Eating Disorder of Anorexia for less than three years than I would highly…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa -what to expect: Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and nutritional components of the disease.  If someone has…


Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are the Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa: While anyone can develop this disorder, certain people are more likely than others to suffer from it.  Here are some of the…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia / Center for growth

WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE FOR ANOREXIA NERVOSA?  Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and…


Losing Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Losing Weight 

The exact amount of calories a person needs to consume a day depends upon personal data such as age, height, activity level, muscle mass…


Recognize and Respond to an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and respond to an eating disorder: Beyond Health, Beyond Beauty in today’s world, you can barely go anywhere or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to…


Do I Have an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Eating Disorder Treatment / Do I have an eating disorder? Do you feel uncomfortable with the way you look? Do you obsess with weight and numbers, calories, and exercise. Do you…


Admiring People with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Myth: I should admire people who ignore their hunger False

Food is fuel and each person’s body needs food to nourish their body. People who do not “give in…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How accurate are your perceptions about dieting and weight loss? Take the Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz to find out.

1) Dieting is good True or False

2) If you want to…


Eating Disorder Feeling List

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment Help

Eating disorder feeling list: observe and recognize your feelings. Learn to build a vocabulary for your feelings.

Are You Feeling? Sad   Disappointed   Defeated   Frustrated  …


Exercise

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Healthy types of exercise. Ideal for people who are elderly, suffer from chronic pain, or are recovering from an illness or an eating disorder.

What type of exercise should I be…


Amount of Fat You Should Consume to Lose Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Amount of fat you should consume if you are trying to lose weight: 25% to 30% of your calories should come from fat. Without enough fat the body has difficulty…


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Body Mass Index (BMI) The formula for BMI is used to determine whether someone is within a healthy weight range. Remember that BMI is a good general guide, but…