I am dedicated to helping my clients make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience as a therapist who helps people to end overeating. As someone who specializes in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED), compulsive eating, and emotional overeating, I know the struggles you can go through when you feel out of control with food. You may try to manage your weight through dieting or restricting, only to find yourself overeating once again. I can help you stop this cycle so that you can truly feel in charge of your eating. Imagine the freedom!
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1980 and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital in 1988, with an emphasis on eating disorders. I am the director of the Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending the preoccupation with food and weight through educational programs and workshops. I love public speaking and am a frequent presenter at local and national conferences.
I am also the co-author of two books on the topic of eating and weight issues:
The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist’s Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating. Writing is a passion of mine, and I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to write these books, as well as numerous articles that cover issues such as dieting, weight, overeating and body image, health and wellness.
Descriptions of my work have appeared in many publications including:
The Psychotherapy Networker, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, North Shore Magazine, The Healing Arts Guide and The LA Times.
I also had the pleasure of appearing on NBC news in Chicago for a health segment with Nesita Kwan.