“I don't know what I would've done without Jill. I found her after I had been through two terrible experiences with other therapists.
Jill quickly gained my trust with her humor, warmth and compassion. In the three years I've been working with her, she has helped me out of some very difficult places. Jill always makes time for me with my hectic schedule and has been more than accommodating."
- Current patient
“I have been working with Jill over the last 4 years on tackling my eating disorder.
This was not my first rodeo in the therapy world or trying to overcome my food stuff, but I really feel like Jill gets it. She is empathetic and understanding, but does not let me hide. She is direct and challenging. I felt safe with her and she really helped me to understand why I was doing what I was doing."
- Past patient
“I have worked with Jill for 3+ years, in both one-on-one and group settings.
I cannot recommend Jill highly enough. She is incredibly smart, direct, warm, understanding, challenging and funny, too. Jill will teach you to recognize and understand your thought patterns and interpersonal dynamics. She will teach you how to help yourself through life challenges. I am most grateful to Jill for this gift - the ability to help myself through life's events by processing my emotions and actions. To be clear, it is not always comfortable to do the work Jill asks, but it is always (ALWAYS) worth it."
- Current patient
“My relationship with Jill is still something I think about even though we have not worked together individually for a number of years.
As someone who is recovery from a ten year battle with an Eating Disorder I came in to therapy with a lot of “baggage” one would say. But as I sat in session with Jill week after week I was forced to not just work through that baggage, but stare at it, talk about it, cry about it and make a new relationship to it. Jill did the impossible. I have always been someone who is scared to be seen and scared of the power of my own body and voice. Jill saw me time and time again and time and time again it was the scariest thing in the world, until it wasn't scary anymore. She knew things about me and offered me insight on struggles and thoughts before I had even formulated the words. She made me spit out my gum and uncross my legs to be present in my anxiety in the room. She made me work through the desire to hide and to turn my head away from her towards the window because I was overwhelmed with shame. She made me be present even in the darkest of conversations. When I was struggling outside of session she made me pick up the phone and call and formulate my thoughts and feelings instead of texting. She gave me permission to take up space and to be big until I didn't need her permission anymore and wanted to do it for myself."
- Past patient
We take a personalized approach to talk therapy because we believe that every individual experiencing anorexia is unique.
What Is Anorexia?
The Mayo Clinic describes Anorexia as "an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight.” Those experiencing Anorexia often have a very rigid approach to weight and shape, which results in extreme measures like food restriction, excessive exercise, and other methods like diet aids, diuretics, or enemas.
Physical symptoms include a very low body weight, anemia, heart problems, bone loss, a lack of period in females, low testosterone in men, digestive concerns, and more.
Due to some people’s natural body composition, though, some individuals may not appear as thin as we may envision. Mental symptoms include emotional and behavioral issues due to a lack of nutrients as well as the concerns that Anorexia is covering up.
We believe that Anorexia is not about the food and one’s appearance. This is the external manifestation of the inability to cope with emotional problems like family and interpersonal distrust and the inability to access emotions. It is a way to exert perfectionism on yourself to control what can’t be controlled.
What to Expect During Therapy for Anorexia
During therapy for Anorexia, we work with you to step outside the safety box, learn how to better access emotions, and build strong interpersonal relationships. We help you release the rigidity you hold over yourself to experience food freedom and body acceptance.
While we find that those seeking therapy for Anorexia do best in individual therapy, we always recommend participating in group sessions to build community with others who have had similar experiences.
We also believe that, for best, long-lasting change, therapy is a long-term commitment. When you commit to putting in the work to challenge your preexisting beliefs and find freedom outside the refuge that Anorexia provides you, we commit to helping you through it.
Begin your recovery today by emailing email@example.com or by calling (347) 563-5736.
Do not emotionally distance while you are physically distance, J Lewis Therapy is here to help.