Some people have a relationship with food like others have a relationship with people.
The overwhelming desire to eat large amounts of food is very hard to understand. It is not about hunger; it is about emotions and a feeling of emptiness. The food becomes the friend and lover.
Working in the addiction field for almost 25 years, I do understand the uncontrollable urge for the drug of choice. That drug can be food, alcohol, cocaine, or many others. The basic underlying feeling of a desperate need is all the same. You want to stop, you plan to stop, and sometimes you do stop. But for most people the cravings return.
My specialty is helping my clients to understand their need for this drug. Then together we implement strategies specific to each person on how to stop the destructive behavior and begin recovery.
I use a direct method of therapy; I’m willing to work with you if you are willing to work. These addictions affect not only the person seeking therapy, but the entire family system. Husband, wife, partner, children - no one escapes.
Anorexia and bulimia are secret illnesses that the client tries to hide from the family. Bulimia, eating large amounts of food and then purging, is easier to keep a secret. Anorexia, involving food restriction, is visible once the person becomes so very thin.
Whatever the addiction, there is help. I will do my very best to provide therapy in a safe environment. I consult with other professionals in the field; psychiatrists, psychologists, and internists when necessary. Many times medication is needed to help a person recover. I look at the broad picture and make suggestions relevant to my clients.
There is no magic recovery.
There is recovery with hard work
Rates are $120.00 per 50 minute session
Client may file insurance
|Maureene Timken is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS).|
She is also a member of the Texas Association of Addiction Counselors, the National Organization of Addiction Professionals, and the International Organization of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Maureene is licensed by the state of Texas to practice as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
She has 25 years of practice in the mental health field, including 2 years of internship at Charter Hospital. Maureene has been in private practice for 15 years.
12720 Hillcrest Suite 350
DALLAS, TEXAS 75230