Rachel earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Rachel is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Rachel has received post graduate training in Internal Family Systems, emotionally focused therapy, and narrative therapy with a specialized focus on trauma and abuse. In addition, Rachel has unique experience and training integrating religion and faith into the therapeutic process. Rachel is passionate about attuning to her clients’ individual needs and offers a supportive environment in which they can begin to experience healing.
Eating Disorder Center of Missouri (EDCMO)ADD YOUR REVIEW
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EDCMO specializes in the treatment of all types of eating disorders; including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive over eating. EDCMO also assists in the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as Complex PTSD, unresolved trauma, and Dissociative Disorders.
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- Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa or Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by self starvation, restriction of food intake, or calories, and sometimes excessive weight loss. Anorexia is a serious psychological disorder that goes well beyond out-of-control dieting. It is a refusal to maintain a normal body weight for ones height. It is an intense fear of gaining weight or being fat, despites sometimes significant weight loss. Some women cease to have menstrual cycles. Often there is an extreme concern with body weight shape a size. The person with anorexia may initially begin dieting to lose weight. Over time, the weight loss becomes an illusion of mastery and control. It can become an obsession and is similar to drug addiction. The anorexic loses perspective of their appearance because they have distorted opinions about their self image. No amount of dieting or starvation can satisfy their desire to be thin.
- Anxiety Disorders / OCD
Clients who are admitted to our IOP program are thoroughly evaluated for anxiety disorders and their treatment is tailored accordingly. One of the reason that many client’s will relapse in a lower level of care like IOP is because their anxiety levels increase as they face life and relationship stressors. The Eating Disorder Center of Missouri treats each client holistically with the goal of reducing the relapse rates due to untreated anxiety co-morbidity or other co-morbid disorders (i.e. depression, chemical dependency).
Rachel Smith- MA, LPC. - Therapist
Tamara Blum, MSW, LCSW. - Therapist
Ms. Blum is passionate about approaching therapy from a social work background. Her Master of Social Work comes from the Brown School at Washington University, where she specialized in Mental Health and Family Therapy. She has received post-graduate training in Emotionally-Focused Therapies and Internal Family Systems. In addition to specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, Ms. Blum also focuses on resolving trauma, improving relationships, and healing grief. Ms. Blum is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, supervising graduate level social work students. She guest lectures frequently to graduate students on grief and loss and works in the Family Therapy Lab at Washington University. Recently, she also served as an advisor and presenter to the Cochlear Implant Research Advisory Committee. Ms. Blum maintains professional affiliations with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Missouri Society for Clinical Social Work.
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