Does overeating escalate to eating addiction?

Dr Andre,  How do I know if overeating has escalated into an eating addiction?

 

Many addictions of any sort are ways to distance pain or ignore and disregard feelings that we may fear. Also , many people do not have the skills or knowledge to work through these often overwhelming feelings. We could help use to use your feelings as guideposts to lead you to healthier, more beneficial and productive choices for yourself. A plan (with your goals) could be made to include figuring out what you may be really “hungry” for, and learning behavioral choices that support confidence, strength and the ability to freely choose.

Also nutritionally, foods that increase hunger could be discussed, as well as a comprehensive health plan to help you feel in control of your eating. Journaling  or at least becoming aware of what you are feeling emotionally before you eat is a good place to start. If you would like more specific information on how you can overcome eating addiction, please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942

 

-Dr. Andre Sagrera Judice, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, DCEP

How long does therapy take?

Dr. Andre, How long will therapy take?

How long therapy takes depends on the issues, what the client wants to
accomplish,and how engaged the client is in the therapy.  For this reason,
it is important to clearly identify the client’s goals at the start of
therapy and give the client a rough idea of what methods or techniques will
be used to get to those goals.  This helps clients get a better idea of
what the time span would be.

Some examples for length of therapy are:

Couples counseling, if the couple want to change some patterns in their
relationship this would average from three to six months to clarify the
goals and work through how to make the desired changes.  It takes practice
and support to change patterns that have been in place for a while.

Transitions such as making a career change or committing to a relationship
can often be worked through in three to ten sessions.  The person needs
help weighing their options and usually knows on a deeper level their own
answers but needs help getting to those answers.

Issues such as depression or anxiety can often be alleviated in 5 to 10
sessions if they are a matter of the person being in denial about changes
that needs to be made in their life.  Sometimes in working on these issues
other problems such as early abuse will surface and this can require more
long term work.

Physical or sexual abuse  or serious family dysfunction especially at a
young age can require a year or two of therapy.  The imprints made on a
young mind are much deeper and interfere with normal development, so
children or adults who have experienced this as a child can expect to be
involved in long term therapy.  However, this time frame which would have
been 5 – 10 years in the past has been greatly sped up with the new
therapies that help to open up neural pathways and release the energy
charge held in the body from the traumas.

These are therapies such as EMDR, AIT, EFT and Energy Psychology.

How much does therapy cost?

Dr. Andre, How much is Therapy?

The four factors that most affect the cost of therapy are Mental Health insurance benefits, level of education of the therapist, sliding scales and session length.

  1. If you have mental health insurance benefits this will significantly reduce your cost of therapy.  Most insurance policies will have a deductible that you need to meet for mental health coverage before they provide coverage.  Typical copays range from $10-$40 per session.  However, there are many insurance plans out there, and each therapy office will accept only certain plans.  So it is important to verify if the provider you are considering accepts your insurance plan.
  2. The level of education or training of the therapist affects the cost of therapy.  Therapists new in the field and working on their licensure or who just received their license tend to charge less than those with more experience, training or education.  Certainly, new therapists can be excellent therapists, but they often price themselves a little lower than their more experienced counterparts.
  3. Some people offer sliding scales, which allow clients to pay less based on their income or ability to pay.  Again, this is often the case with newer therapists who are trying to build a business and a reputation.  Sliding scales can be very helpful in getting services to people who might not otherwise be able to afford a full-fee session.
  4. The length of the session will affect the fee. A 90 minute session will cost more than a 55-60 minute session.

Our offices provide sliding scale fees and we also accept many insurance plans.  At Northshore and Southshore Counseling and Wellness, we will call your insurance company for you and determine what your benefits are on your behalf. If you would like more specific information regarding the cost of therapy and counseling, please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie, La (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville, La (985) 624-2942.

Dr Andre Judice, North Shore Counseling & Wellness

What’s the secret for making a long distance relationship work?

The keys to making a long distance relationship work are the same as in any other committed relationship: honesty, good communication, trust, and making efforts to stay connected.  The only difference is that couples in long distance relationships might have to be more creative about how they stay connected.  Skype, email, text and phone calls are the norm, but little thoughtful things also become very important.  Examples would be sending a card, flowers, or thoughtful mementos that are symbolic of your physical presence.

“…couples in long distance relationships…have to be more creative about how they stay connected.”

Credit – Holland Miller