Eating disorders are caused by many different factors, and the origins of an individual's eating disorder are unique and personal. Eating disorder symptoms, like any other psychiatric symptoms, are a person's ways of coping with extremely difficult life circumstances.
My therapeutic goal is to help patients uncover and understand the roots of their eating disorders and develop strategies to overcome them.
By understanding the meaning or purpose that the eating disorder serves in patients' lives, whether it is to provide self-comfort or control or to communicate anger or neediness, I help them to find other, healthier, life-affirming ways of meeting those needs.
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About Stefanie Gilbert, Ph.D.
Dr. Gilbert was a professor in the Psychology Department and Women's Studies Program at Howard University for ten years and was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor there in 2007.
She was president of the Washington Society for the Study of Eating Disorders and Obesity for six years.
She is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on eating disorders and body image.
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