Bekah Larson, PLPC, MAC
Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor
3134 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO
Often eating disorders are the surface result of pain unseen. I work with clients as we gently move from the surface of their behavior (using food or lack of food to cope with feelings) to the lower chambers of the heart where the emotional gashes are festering and gushing pain. Often when those wounds are found and pulled gently into the light they receive permission to heal. I also utilize EMDR by helping clients process the time in their life when their relationship with food began to spiral downward. EMDR is a wonderful to experience healthy challenge and great change in regards to shame and food.
Anita Cohn, MSW, LCSW, NBCCH
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
745 Craig Road, Suite 301 B, St. Louis, MO
My approach to disordered eating treatment learning to think, feel and behave differently about whatever is at the root of your eating disorder. Since, we do not engage in negative behavior unless we benefit in some way exploring how we benefited is crucial. Learning to replace disordered eating with positive behavior(s) is essential. Disordered eating patterns are learned behaviors. Therefore, we can unlearn them and develop healthy patterns in our lives.
Angela McDowell, MS, LCPC, NCC, CADC
Private Practice Counselor
322 State Street, Suite 201, Alton, MO
Our relationship with food is complicated. It is necessary for life but if we over or under eat, those actions can be detrimental to our health and our very existence.Redefining our connection with food is a difficult process. Typically an eating disorder develops as an early coping strategy to help deal with a disorder in the family system. Identifying emotional triggers, improving coping skills, and developing a health body image are some areas to address. We can work together to build a healthy supportive lifeview: mind, body, and spirit. To ask questions or schedule an appointment, contact Angela McDowell.
Tamra Barbosa, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
4191 Crescent Dr. Suite D, St. Louis, MO
Eating disorders most often have to do with a deep struggle of confused identity and insecurities. From self image misbeliefs to a feeling of being unloved, there are many reasons eating disorders can form. We specifically start with helping you discover your purpose in life as well as what makes you worthy, beautiful and valuable. When you can be confident in who you are and what you are meant for, it will begin to free you from the stronghold of eating disorders.