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Families of Addicts

Are you frustrated and exhausted dealing with the effects of addiction in your family? This may be causing you to feel overwhelmed or anxious because you don’t know what to do to help. Caring for someone with an addiction can cause your own health and wellbeing to suffer.

Addiction is a family disease and affects everyone, not just the addict. There are many resources available to help those with addictions but often family members are brought in just to support the addict. I am here to help you as the spouse, parent, sibling, child, or other family member of those with addictions. I can help you cope with the stress and trauma that addiction can bring. I will assist with understanding the difference between enabling and empowering, help with boundary setting, and help you care for yourself.

Binge Eating Disorders

Do you struggle with frequent overeating?

You may find yourself eating large amounts of food when you are not hungry or eating alone because you are embarrassed about the amount you are eating. You feel depressed or guilty after eating. Maybe you try to diet and restrict only to find that you end up eating more and feel like you failed once again.

If so, you might be dealing with a Binge Eating Disorder (BED), but you are not alone. BED is actually the most common eating disorder in the United States. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association officially recognized Binge Eating Disorder among the eating disorder diagnosis. Prior to that time, it was often referred to as compulsive overeating.

You don't have to continue in the vicious cycle that binge eating can create. I can help you identify what causes your binge eating behaviors and help you gain coping skills to deal with the cravings to binge. I will help you explore your emotions and thoughts surrounding food and build a healthier relationship with food so you can feel confident about your eating habits not guilt and shame over them.

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Video Gaming Addiction

Are you or someone you love struggling with a video gaming addiction?  

You may be tired of fighting with your child or spouse over the time they are spending playing video games or engaging in other online activities. Maybe you are finding that you prioritize gaming over other life interests or daily activities. Your gaming habits are causing problems with school, work, relationships, or other social functioning. Your sleep may be suffering due to gaming habits as well.

These are signs that you or someone you love has a possible gaming addiction. In 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time recognized “gaming disorder”. I have experience treating gaming addictions with both adolescents and adults. I can help you find balance again by boundary setting, gaining healthy coping skills, and addressing any relational and social issues that have resulted from use.

Women struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors

You may be struggling with difficulty controlling sexual thoughts or behaviors and don’t know where to turn for help. These behaviors are interfering with your personal and social life.  You feel guilt or shame about your sexual behaviors.  Sexual issues can be difficult and confusing to understand and navigate.

If this describes you, you are not alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) added the diagnosis of “Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder” in 2018. Recent research has shown that almost as many women struggle with compulsive sexual behaviors as men. The idea that only men struggle with sexual addictions is simply not true.

If you are a woman who is struggling with sexual behaviors you don't have to keep suffering. I can help you identify and set boundaries for yourself in regard to your sexual behaviors. We can work together to address the underlying emotions and thoughts that perpetuate your struggles. Many who engage in sexually compulsive behaviors have histories of trauma. I am able to utilize multiple treatment modalities to help you address your past so you can enjoy your future.

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