DR. THERESA FASSIHI
Clinical Psychologist, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, complex trauma, and mood disorders
Thank you for visiting my site. If you have asked yourself, "What more could my life hold for me?", or "How much more could I enjoy my accomplishments and life were it not for this eating disorder," you are starting to think about recovery. And I am so happy for you.
I've treated people with eating disorders for over 20 years, and I've learned that they are typically very accomplished, hard-working, and caring people, yet unable to live their lives to the fullest extent because of their disorder. I have also come to realize that many patients with eating disorders have experienced trauma, sometimes without fully realizing it. Helping my patients learn to cope with their traumas and losses is a focus of the work I do.
If this sounds interesting to you, the first thing you should know is that you can get better, but recovery takes time. The first step is assessment to determine what level of care and resources are needed. The good news is that with your hard work and the support you deserve, you can recover.
For much of my 20-year career, I have been working as an eating disorders specialist. It is important to understand that eating disorders are not just about the food, so as an eating disorders specialist, I focus on a variety of related and underlying issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties in order to effectively treat this disorder.
Many people with eating disorders have a history of traumatic experiences, but I also believe that the eating disorder is itself a traumatic experience that disrupts lives. The inner critic or eating disorder voice of people with eating disorders can be emotionally abusive and force them to neglect and punish themselves. Recovery is desired, but also feared. Healing involves changing your most important relationship – your relationship with yourself.