Lucy F. Faulconbridge, PhD
Call: (610) 688-4147

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Weight and Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are debilitating illnesses that can take over a person’s life. In addition, eating disorders can have serious medical and psychological consequences if left untreated, which must be addressed as soon as possible. Research shows that those who seek treatment earlier rather than later have the best chances for recovery. Fortunately, our understanding of eating disorders is improving all of the time, and Dr. Faulconbridge offers the latest in evidence-based treatments for each of the eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and night-eating syndrome. Recovery from an eating disorder is not easy, and Dr. Faulconbridge provides the support and guidance necessary for the journey. Along the path to recovery she helps clients to explore their relationship with food, issues of control, close interpersonal relationships, and the important connection between body image and self-esteem.

When working with eating disorder clients, Dr. Faulconbridge integrates techniques taken from cognitive-behavioral and family systems-based therapies, as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments. Most eating disorder treatments require a multidisciplinary team approach, and Dr. Faulconbridge is accustomed to working closely with famweight eating disorder therapist main lineily physicians, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, nutritionists, and other health care providers.

Weight Loss

For individuals seeking weight loss, Dr. Faulconbridge utilizes the best lifestyle and behavior modification treatments that are currently available for weight loss. She  personalizes treatment for each individual client, such that they can not only lose weight, but keep it off for Life. Dr. Faulconbridge does not endorse any specific diet plan or any specific nutritional component. Research in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that no one diet is better than another at achieving weight loss. Rather than experimenting with the latest “fad diet,” Dr. Faulconbridge takes the approach that clients are embarking on a change for Life, and she works collaboratively with clients to help them find the best fit for themselves to achieve desired weight loss and, importantly, maintain that weight loss for the long term. The treatment includes formulating achievable goals; keeping track of eating and exercise; adhering to specific dietary and exercise prescriptions; and the acquisition of specific skills to help clients stick to their goals.  Clients are taught to develop specific, attainable goals, and will learn how to monitor their own progress, identify and overcome barriers to achieving those goals, and  transition to a new healthy lifestyle.

For many, moderate weight losses achieved in a healthy way can be empowering and lead to great levels of satisfaction. For others, however, weight loss does not translate into happiness in the way clients expected. In addition to focusing on weight, Dr. Faulconbridge will help these clients to examine all aspects of their lives to ensure they can achieve the peace and fulfillment they seek at a weight that is reasonable for them.

Bariatric Surgery
For individuals seeking bariatric surgery, Dr. Faulconbridge offers the pre-operative psychological evaluation required by most surgeons and insurance companies. Please click here for more information

For individuals who have already had bariatric surgery, Dr. Faulconbridge provides essential post-operative support. She has more than 10 years’ experience helping clients adjust to this life-changing operation. The months and years after bariatric surgery can be extremely challenging in many ways: behaviorally, psychologically, and socially. Dr. Faulconbridge prepares clients for these changes and enables them to embrace these challenges and develop the necessary tools to achieve the best possible outcome following bariatric surgery.

 

Resources

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
– http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Eating Disorders Coalition
– http://eatingdisorderscoalition.org/

The Obesity Society (TOS)
– http://www.obesity.org

The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB)
– http://ssib.org

Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Systematic Evidence Review from the Obesity Expert Panel, NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
– https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/in-develop/obesity-evidence-review

National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders
http://www.anad.org

The Renfrew Center
http://renfrewcenter.com