Eating Disorder Center of Missouri (EDCMO)

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1855 Bowles Ave. Suite 210
Fenton, MO 63026
6367791430 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
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  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

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.

Eating Disorder Center of Missouri (EDCMO) Reviews and Ratings Details

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Areas of Focus
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).

Key Staff Members
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    Heidi Strickler, Ph.D. - Administrative Director & Therapist

    Dr. Strickler obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from the Millersville University in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Social Work and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington. Dr. Strickler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, and Certified Trauma and Loss Specialist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2011 at various levels of care including residential treatment, day treatment, stepdown, and intensive outpatient. Currently, Dr. Strickler is the Administrative Director and a primary therapist for the Eating Disorder Center of Missouri. She incorporates experiential therapies, family work, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Dr. Strickler specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and family dynamic issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has been a therapist for over 12 years. Dr. Strickler is on Castlewood’s Research and education committee and her current areas of interest in research are eating disorders and trauma.

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    Cara Faries- M.A., LPC. - Clinical Director & Therapist

    Cara has been on staff at Castlewood since 2004 and has held various positions: Primary Therapist, Senior Primary therapist of IOP, and currently Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program. Cara is trained in the Internal Family Systems Model. She has 15 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples. Ms. Faries has specialized training in body image and body movement, and has worked extensively with a variety of mental health issues including: trauma, eating disorders, addictions, depression, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction. Ms. Faries holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University in Missouri.