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Do I have to struggle with disordered eating to come to the Center?

No! Although, Dr. Smitham and Dr. Van Tuinen both specialize in eating disorder treatment, they have each graduated from doctoral programs offering "generalist" training. This means that they are trained in research supported treatments for most mental health conditions. Additionally, both therapists have extensive experience helping couples and families achieve healthier relationship dynamics.

Why choose a specialist?

When seeking mental health treatment, and treatment for eating disorders in particular, finding the right treatment provider is key. Eating disorders are complex in nature and are among the most medically dangerous of all mental health conditions. As a result, it is of the utmost importance to find a provider that is up to date on treatment research and has significant experience treating this population. When it comes to eating disorders, time spent without effective treatment treatment is risky. As psychotherapists at Clear Horizons Counseling, we have not only treated eating disorders for years, but have also been privileged to see countless clients reach full recovery. We want this for you too!

How long will I be in treatment?

Length of treatment varies greatly from client to client. Factors such as severity, length of illness, motivation level, and treatment approach all impact treatment length and treatment outcome. Early on in treatment, you and your therapist will complete a treatment plan. During this process, you will discuss therapy goals, recommended services, and likely course of treatment.

What if I am not sure I am ready for treatment?

Feeling unsure about seeking therapy and/or embarking on recovery is incredibly common. Often, this ambivalence results from feeling caught between one's current struggle and the fear of what it will take to recover. To whatever degree you are motivated to recover, we encourage you to take the first step! We find that the comfort and hope our clients encounter at our office helps give them the courage to take the necessary steps to regaining their health. In short, therapy is worth the risk!

How can I help a loved one who needs treatment?

While adolescents' parents must make their appointments and adults must make their own appointments, we encourage you to be honest and compassionate if you have a concern for a loved one's mental or physical health. Sometimes, offering to be with someone while they call to schedule or sit in the waiting room during their first appointment will give a person comfort as they initiate treatment.