My Approach 2018-02-01T02:43:58+00:00

My Approach

In many ways, my approach is no different from that used by most other licensed and trained psychotherapists. I use traditional methods of “talk therapy,” drawn from family, psychodynamic, and group therapy methods. However, I offer two additional benefits that are hard to find:

  • Over 25 years of experience and specialized training in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder
  • An alternative to large, impersonal treatment centers:
    • We meet in a comfortable, private setting, one-on-one.
    • We form a strong therapeutic alliance that research says is the most important factor in healing.
    • I get to know you as a person with unique characteristics and needs.
    • I understand that it will not work to start by pressuring you to change your eating or your weight.
    • I do a careful evaluation without assuming that you need an expensive array of professionals and programs.

Willpower and Overeating

You may want to believe that willpower will solve the problems of overeating, food addiction, and feeling fat or overweight. You hope that if you muster up your willpower on Monday morning and keep it going, you will get your eating under control, lose all the weight you would like to lose, and your whole life will be better. It seems simple.

Think of the total number of pounds you have lost this way over the yearsYou have proven to yourself that you have tremendous willpower. So why do you, as well as 95% of all dieters, regain the weight?

You may wish to believe that willpower is all it takes. You may be aware that you overeat to counteract stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, and loneliness. You may be rebelling against tremendous pressure to lose weight from family members, society, and even yourself. Depriving yourself of food may feel scary and impossible to maintain. Losing weight may present you with a new set of problems you didn’t expect. You may find yourself questioning the amount of energy you expend on losing weight and coping with plateaus and rebounds.

Recovery begins when you acknowledge that willpower has not worked. When you give up the myth of willpower, you are in a better position to find more effective, long-lasting solutions. You are free to listen to your body and use your feelings to find a pathway toward healing. I will help you with my knowledge, skills, and support.

Recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia

Anorexia and bulimia are serious eating disorders that begin with dieting and exercise and progress to a physically damaging or even fatal mental illness. It is important to identify and address these disorders as soon as you suspect they are present. As your therapist, I can help you understand the complex nature of the problem, and how your eating and weight control efforts also serve important purposes in your emotional life.

I will not pressure you to change your behavior as this rarely works. Instead, we will work together to find ways for you to cope with feelings and situations that are difficult for you. As your therapist, I will suggest ways to get your eating under control and improve your body image.

As you recover, your self-destructive eating behaviors will subside, because you will no longer need them.

Recovery takes time, but it is possible.

This is the most important thing to keep in mind as we work together.

Call me at (314) 446-2899 or send me an email to ask questions and find out how I can help you.

 

Kylie Dennis, PhD, LCSW

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