Patricia K. Dennis, PhD, LCSW
In 1980, I decided to pursue a career in clinical social work with a special focus on the treatment of eating disorders. This was inspired by my own recovery from binge eating disorder.
In 1986, I earned a Masters in Social Work degree from Washington University’s Brown School and in 2005, a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work degree from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. I pursued advanced training in family and group psychotherapy. My credentials include: Missouri Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a Charter Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. My licensing and training provide a solid professional foundation for using scientific and therapeutic skills based on time-tested theory and modern research.
Stop the Overeating Battle was a short-term therapy group for women who have binge eating disorder. I led ninety-five of these groups beginning in 1985, with follow-up therapy groups that began shortly afterward and continue today.
At this advanced stage in my career, I have a special interest in helping people who have eating disorders that are chronic and severe, including binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. However, I welcome people with any kind of difficulty related to eating and weight.
I work with men and boys as well as women and girls, and understand the different needs of each of these groups.
I am available to advise concerned family members, school personnel, and other caregivers helping people with eating disorders.
A focused commitment to providing the best professional care led me, in collaboration with other psychotherapists, to found Psychotherapy Saint Louis and the St. Louis Eating Disorders Network.
I bring the same focus to the community education and graduate level courses I teach at local and national professional conferences. I enjoy speaking to community groups and providing supervision, consultation, and training for therapists, health care professionals, and educators. My expertise covers eating disorders, group psychotherapy, private practice development, and ethics.
I am committed to the Health at Every Size (R) philosophy, and to promoting the equality of all human beings. I believe that my own progress in controlling my eating and improving my body image is valuable to the people I help.
A full overview of my background is available in my Curriculum Vitae.