We focus on providing compassionate care in helping you overcome the challenges that you are facing.
We help clients struggling with emotional and stress eating, binge eating, bulimia, and body image concerns. We also collaborate with physicians in providing bariatric psychological evaluations. In person as well as secure online video counseling appointments are available.
Our Unique Approach
Therapy is based on addressing the causes of unwanted eating and learning to deal with them more effectively.
We specialize in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. People who struggle with this problem usually feel that the only tool that they have to stop repeated binge episodes is to recommit to dieting each time. The problem is, the pressure to diet is the main cause of binge eating, so it only reinforces the diet-binge cycle. We view emotional eating as a rebellious response to the diet mentality and the sense of deprivation that it can cause. People diet to feel accepted. If you can challenge the belief that being accepted by others requires that sacrifice, you can eliminate the cause, making the need to rebel unnecessary.
We'll help you learn coping strategies to change the perception of being controlled by the diet mentality and other life pressures. This will allow you to regain a sense of autonomy and stop the urge to binge. Adopting a less restrictive and more intuitive approach to eating will help you reestablish a healthier and more enjoyable relationship with food.
Howard S. Farkas, Ph.D.
Our goal is to help you restore your sense of autonomy, and regain control of your eating behavior.
Therapy is a guided process that supports your autonomy, rather than a directed program that requires your compliance. The ultimate goal is to help you make the psychological and behavioral changes necessary to eat intuitively and resist the diet mentality that causes emotional eating. By regaining control over your life, you can stop the motivation to binge, and improve your health, mood, and quality of life.
If you have concerns or questions about your eating please contact us for a consultation today.
8 KEYS TO END EMOTIONAL EATING
BY HOWARD S. FARKAS
From W.W. NORTON
“Filled with useful tips and compassionate expertise, this book could help anyone to become more conscious around their eating, whether you’re experiencing issues or not. For those who suffer most, it could mean the end of emotional eating and painful dieting, and hope for a better relationship to food and life.”
—Greater Good Magazine
“While diet advice typically aims at identifying triggers and strengthening self-restraint, clinical health psychologist Farkas contends that emotional eating is primarily owing to the rejection of the control necessitated by dieting―a desire to “be bad.” Farkas seeks to help readers change their mind-sets about dieting through the use of his eight keys, which include breaking the diet mentality, resolving inner conflict, and upgrading coping mechanisms.”
Howard S. Farkas, Ph.D.
Dr. Howard Farkas is the founder and President of Chicago Behavioral Health, LLC. He is a licensed clinical health psychologist who has been working and teaching in the field for over 20 years. Dr. Farkas helps people with emotional eating and other psychological and behavioral issues by helping patients recognize and overcome the psychological barriers that affect their motivation and follow-through in their efforts to change. As an interactive, solution-focused therapist, his therapeutic approach is to provide insight and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With support and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the changes and personal growth that they are committed to achieving.
Dr. Farkas is on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he teaches graduate students in the Division of Clinical Psychology. He is also the author of 8 Keys to End Emotional Eating, from W.W. Norton.
Rebecca Leslie, Psy.D.
Dr. Leslie is passionate about helping clients with eating, weight, and body image concerns. As a doctoral intern in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Northwestern University, Dr. Leslie was part of an Eating Concerns Assessment and Treatment Team. She also works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, and relationship issues. Dr. Leslie has researched and developed interventions aimed at increasing physical activity levels and changing eating behaviors. She has presented throughout the United States on topics related to health and psychology.
As a therapist, Dr. Leslie focuses on helping people gain a better understanding of themselves as they develop new strategies to best meet their goals. She draws primarily from cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and interpersonal therapy approaches. Dr. Leslie uses evidence-based approaches in an individualized manner which allows her to tailor treatment to best fit each person. Her approach to therapy is based on her belief that a supportive, validating, nonjudgmental, and empowering environment facilitates positive change. Drleslietherapychicago.com
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