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IAEDP™ Symposium 2012: A Perspective

(IAEDP is the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)

As a licensed clinician, supervisor of interns, and adjunct professor of psychology working in and focusing on the field of Eating Disorders and Food Addiction, I have to say, I love my job. I love helping people work on recovery from conditions and often debilitating eating disorders that preclude them from leading their happiest, healthy lives. This field of study is uniquely gratifying, and even more so when the work we do on a daily basis is not only validated, but enhanced by experts in our field who pose not only the very problems and concerns we routinely encounter as therapists, but who also offer the kinds of innovative solutions we seek.

What I found particularly exciting about this year’s symposium, entitled Journey Through the Looking Glass: Complex Issues/Creative Solutions, is the number of conference sessions that focused on Food Addiction education, which included not only presentations by researchers, but by treatment professionals who offered some inspiring perspectives, studies, and methods of treatment. The impressive number of presentations with supportive research maintaining that FOOD ADDICTION is a very real problem is extremely important in today’s world and one worthy of being further addressed and researched.

In addition to sharing my enthusiasm about these remarkable professionals, their sessions, and the ideas they shared with the professionals in attendance, there are some particular highlights worth mentioning:

  • In his keynote address, Dr. Mark Gold, Distinguished Professor, Eminent Scholar, Chairman McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida College of Brain Medicine, presented comprehensive research on the cause and potential treatment of addictions to foods and eating. His presentation was supported by Dr. Nicole Avena, PhD of University of Florida College of Medicine and Princeton University, who, like Dr. Gold, presented compelling research about the brain’s reward centers and the preference in rats for sugar -- over anything else!
  • Joel Robertson, PharmD, explored the relationship between potentially problematic brain chemistry and one’s body image. In addition to a variety of non-medicating options and methods of treatment, Robertson presented his idea that brain chemistry is affected by disordered eating, posing the notion that healthy eating can improve brain chemistry and become a successful treatment option.  
  • Kevin Wandler, MD and Elizabeth Dizney, PsyD, representing University of Florida’s Eating Disorder Recovery Center, presented  ideas about the relationship between eating disorders and a variety of today’s most prevalent addictions. They noted the importance of treating ALL addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, and shopping) in order to prevent behavior relapse.
  • Similar research was included by Carolyn Coker Ross, MD of the Ranch, and Dr. Kimberly Dennis, of Timberline Knolls, in their break-out sessions, Addiction, Food Addiction, Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Dennis provided insightful information about 12-step recovery programs to clinicians who may have received feedback from clients, but haven’t experienced these kinds of benefits directly.

Each of these outstanding presenters affirmed not only the importance of addressing the relationship between the brain and eating behaviors, but the relationship between the brain AND addiction, relative to specific foods and volume eating.

Beyond emotional recovery work (therapy), exercise, and eating at a slower pace, I would like to have seen more innovative treatment-related ideas. That being said, I feel a certain hope that if we continue the open dialogue about food addiction, discuss and share the effects it has on so many lives, talk about what has been helpful in the past and what we can do today and in the future, we can continue to improve the probability and success rate of the recovery process.

When the conference was over, I felt a wave of satisfaction that Food Addiction was addressed at such depth at the IAEDP conference this year, reaffirming confidence in my treatment approach and our work at White Picket Fence Counseling Center.

To address your questions, request information, or to schedule speaker engagements for Sandee S. Nebel, MS, LMHC, please contact her via the White Picket Fence Counseling Centre website.


Upcoming Groups and Workshops - New Starts and Ideas

Upcoming Groups and Workshops will help you get a jump start in your personal growth process.  Click here to view and download your own printable copyTell us what you think of the new workshops - let us also know what interests YOU!


Relapse Prevention during the Holiday Season

If you're concerned about how to deal with your eating issues during the holidays, please join our Moving Through Recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia group for a special session on December 1st, 2010.

Relapse Prevention during the Holiday Season

We will discuss:
  • How to maintain your focus on recovery during the holiday season
  • The strategies and ideas that have worked well for you in the past
  • How to adjust to recovery: being the “new you” with family, friends, co-workers
  • How to handle triggers at parties, holiday meals and events
This is a monthly drop-in group that you can join anytime. It costs $35 per session (1.5 hours), and if you are new to the Center you must also attend an intake session for $40.

Please click to view our flyer for more information, or contact us today to reserve your space.


Featured Event

The disease of disordered eating can have a very strong pull. And when you combine that with media images and societal stigma, it can be really disheartening to focus on the positive aspects of your recovery – such as your self-care routine. That's why it's so important to be reminded of how much better things can get when you're in recovery.
Our Stories from the Living Room program is designed to share that positive side of the recovery experience, to remind people of what's possible when you get there.
The next event is on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
There is no charge to attend, just please bring a can or two of food for charity. At this event, someone will speak about overeating and being overweight, and someone else will speak about restricting and anorexia.
Family members, friends and individuals with an eating disorder are all welcome to attend, but seating is limited so please book your space now.
We have been talking a lot about setting boundaries and limits with others and yourselves...If you'd like more helpful information about setting boundaries in your relationships, we recommend these books and online resources:
Boundaries - Where You End and I Begin: How to Recognize and Set Healthy Boundaries by Anne Katherine, MA
Where to Draw the Line:  How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine, MA
Co-dependents Anonymous (CoDA) at
Next week, we'll talk about food plans and how they can actually help get your mind off the food.


Featured Resource

Recommended Resources
Discussing books with a group of like-minded people is wonderful, but did you know that reading can also be a powerful journaling tool? Simply read a paragraph, page, section, chapter or two and then write down your reflections about what you've read. For other journaling tips, download our free workbook, Journal Writing: Your Therapist at Home, and here is a 21-day spiritual journaling experience you can practice from the comfort of home.

Upcoming Events

Next Book Discussion Group - Read about our next selection!
Open to our clients and the community

At our next book group on September 29th (new date) we will be discussing Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer (for more information about the book, see our previous newsletter article about transitions from April 2009). Another approach to letting go, this book takes the reader through the process of separating the eating disorder (Ed) from the person. This is a great read for individuals who struggle with any type of disordered eating, family members and friends.
Other ongoing groups include for those with anorexia or bulimia, monthly relapse prevention groups, emotional overeating therapy groups, food addiction recovery group and various workshops for family members and friends. We have several other groups in the works-- let us know if you have a special interest or do not see your group listed here.
For printable flyers of upcoming groups click here --
Feel free to email our therapists if you would like to learn more about joining one of our groups or coming in for individual or family sessions:  Sandee Nebel, Liz Strong, or Tara Harvill. We also welcome your feedback about our newsletter on anything else you would like to share with us!


Upcoming Events

  • Eating Disorder Recovery Group: Emphasis on Relapse Prevention from Anorexia and Bulimia:  Focusing on the following topics of discussion: Family relationships, body image, moods and anger, transitions and processing of current issues. Tuesdays 5:00pm to 6:30pm beginning May 4th for six (6) consecutive weeks. Facilitators:  Sandee Nebel, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern.  **Fee: $150. for 6 week session ($25. weekly)  (College and Grad student rate $120.)
  • Monthly Dining Out GroupThis group will give clients an opportunity to practice the skills they have been working on in individual and group therapy. Meets once a month for lunch -- Call for upcoming dates...Facilitated by Liz Strong, Registered Mental Health counselor Intern and Meghan Moran, Registered Dietician at Nutritional Guidance.  Cost:  $25 (Lunch to be included) Register for this by calling Nutritional Guidance directly at 407-629-5504 
  • Emotional (Over) Eating Recovery Group: Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm- May 13th for 6 weeks.  Facilitated by Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  **Cost:  $180. for series of six 1.5 hour groups.  
  •  Moving Through Recovery From Anorexia and Bulimia:  Join others who are in the action or maintenance stage of the recovery process.  Topics of discussion:  Maintaining recovery focus, sharing individual strength and experiences, adjusting to the “new you” and how to handle triggers.  Wednesdays, once every month.  Next group is May 26th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, Registered Mental Health counselor Intern and Meghan Moran, Registered Dietician at Nutritional Guidance.  **Cost:  $35  
  • Relapse Prevention – Maintainers Group for Overeaters and Food Addicts:  Group meets monthly for support through “living life” without using or abusing food any longer.  Prior individual and group experience is required to join this ongoing group. Facilitated by Sandee Nebel,MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Next meetings are Tuesday, May 4th and Tuesday, June 1st from 7-9 pm.  Cost is $40.
  • Family and Friends Information and Support Workshop:  This workshop is led by a therapist and dietician for family members, spouses, friends to provide information on how and when to be helpful to the individual in their life with anorexia or bulimia.  Space is limited to facilitate discussion. Facilitated by: Sandee Nebel, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Alice Baker, Registered and Licensed Dietician. Next workshop is Tuesday, June 15th 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Fee: $50. per person. 
  • New!! Group for Young Adults - Overeating-Binge Eating-Overweight Group: will meet for four weeks beginning Tuesday, June 15th (3:00pm to 4:30pm). Ages 18-30ish. Facilitated by Sandee Nebel, MS, LMHC and Alice Baker, Registered and Licenced Dietician.  Cost for four week group session is $140.
  •  Uncover Your Inner Artist- To Enhance Recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia:  We  explore creative self- expression through modalities such as music, drawing and more!  Saturday, May 8th from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  Cost: $40. Includes supplies.
  • Expressive Arts Workshop- To Enhance Recovery from Compulsive and Emotional Overeating: We will explore creative self- expression through modalities such as music, drawing and more!  Saturday, May 8th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  Cost: $40. Includes supplies. (this group may be full - please inquire)
Please note:  Seating is limited for all groups and workshops… Pre-registration required...Please call 407.622.0202 or email to register. An intake ($40) is required for any new participants to groups (not required for workshops).


Upcoming events and recommended resources:

At the White Picket Fence Counseling, Center, we chose our building specifically because it feels like a home, and we are committed to creating that kind of space here. To continue that vision, we will soon be launching a special series of workshops called "Stories from the Living Room." Here, we will welcome overeaters, individuals with anorexia and bulimia, friends and family members to gather together and listen to one speaker tell her or his story about recovery from an eating disorder. If you are interested in attending a workshop like this or sharing your recovery story, contact Sandee Nebel at
NEW! coming soon...
Stories from the Living Room
Clutter and Emotional Eating
Summer Group for Young Adult Overeaters (ages 18-30ish)
Restaurant Experience for Overeaters
Ongoing groups and popular workshops...
Emotional Eating Recovery Group (Thursday evening - six weeks)
Compulsive Overeating  and Food Addiction Group (every other Tuesday evening)
Anorexia and Bulimia Recovery Group (Tuesdays at 5pm - six weeks)
Monthly Maintenance Eating Disorder Rleapse Prevention Group
Relapse Prevention and Maintainers Group - Overeating and Food Addiction - Monthly
Dining Out - Eating Disorders - meets monthly (through Nutritional Guidance)
Expressive Arts Workshops
Family and Friends Workshops


And online, you will soon be able to participate in The Spirit of Change, a 21-day spritiual journaling experience. Maybe you've been reading about the power of journaling in our newsletter and you want to make use of it yourself, or maybe you're already using a food journal but you'd like to expand your writing. Either way, these daily journaling prompts will get you started and keep you going—just long enough to form the positive habit in your own life. Watch your Inbox for more information soon!


Upcoming events:

We offer several groups  --


Upcoming Events

Please see the attached flyer for details on our February workshops, continuing our focus on the Spirit of Change and enriching relationships....  (click here for events flyer)
And we have a special workshop coming up:
Write Your Way to Change!  Journal Writing Workshop
For those seeking recovery from Binge Eating, Compulsive and Emotional Overeating, Food Addiction and Obesity -- all stages; new to here for flyer


Upcoming events

Happy New Year Wishes from all of us to you --
Sandee, Liz, Tara, Joe and Tricia


Upcoming Events

Watch your inbox
for detailed flyers
We are now forming these new groups and workshops:

Compulsive Overeating Therapy and Support Groups
Anorexia and Bulimia Recovery Group
Family, Friends, Partners Support Workshops

The Spirit of Change Series of Workshops: 
  • Journal Writing – Instrument in Change
  • Expressive Arts – Art Therapy
  • Spirituality in Recovery
  • Healthy Weight Management
Interested? Be one of the first to know us.


Upcoming and Recent Events

I recently participated in an interview with radio host Jon Pavano on Sunny 105.9's Sunny Across Central Florida show. You can listen to the two-part episode by clicking the links below.

Part 1:
Part 2:

On November 6th I presented at a meeting of the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida on the topic of: Therapeutic Tools in Working with Obese and Overweight Clients.
Next four week anorexia and bulimia recovery group starts Tuesday, November 24th, 5-6:30pm.  Please contact Liz Strong or Sandee Nebel via the website to join.


Upcoming events

Expressive Arts Workshops (Music, Collage, Guided Imagery) - we are bringing these back as soon as the days are a bit cooler!

Eating Disorder Recovery Group - Anorexia and Bulimia - Women with eating disorders 18+ (Currently starting a waiting list for this group)

Mom's of Individuals with Eating Disorders Workshop - With dietitian and counselor as facilitators

Relapse Prevention Group for Emotional Overeating - Monthly group for those in maintenance and action stages of recovery

Relapse Prevention Group for Eating Disorders - led by dietitian and counselor - now registering

Teen Esteem:  A Group for Teen Girls - new group forming!

Emotional Overeating Groups - Two evening groups offered - accepting names for waiting lists

Change Your Thinking - New monthly workshop series - the workshop on cognitive distortions was a success and we are making it into a series so you can really work on changes in greater depth.

Mindful Eating Workshop - Many people have shared with us how this workshop has helped to change their behaviors with food and eating.  It is designed for overeaters who could use benefit from more conscious eating.  Pre-payment and registration available to reserve a place.


Upcoming Groups and Workshops

Note:  Some of our groups do have a waiting list, but please let us know if you are interested and we'll keep you informed up-to-the-minute!


Do you have that all or nothing thinking about food, size and most situations? Join us for this workshop about defeating "Cognitive Distortions".  Focus is on tools that you can apply. (click to download CG Flyer) 


Family Issues Focus Workshop - Learn coping skills for dealing with family in the midst of an eating disorder here.  Monday, September 21st in the evening.  (FM Flyer)

Eating Disorder Recovery Group - Four Week Group on Tuesdays 5pm to 6:30pm. Click to send email and request details of next ED group session

Moving through Recovery - Monthly Maintenance and Relapse Prevention Group (Anorexia and/or Bulimia) -begins October 14th! (ED Relapse Prevention Group Flyer)

Emotional Overeating Recovery Group - Four Week Group on Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm. Next group session begins in October.  Request flyer here with next start dates.

Back again! --- Coming also in October- Expressive Arts Workshops!  These have filled up quickly in the past, so let us know your interest soon.  We are facilitating two sessions:  one focused on anorexia/bulimia (flyer)  and the other specifically for overeaters (flyer).


Upcoming groups

We have two upcoming groups on the theme of family:

1 New! The FFEED Support Group (Family and Friends Emerging from Eating Disorders) is for family members, and you can download the flyer here.

2. New workshop! Family Matters is for individuals with eating disorders, and you can download the flyer here.

Other groups we are offering to our clients and the community:

Anorexia and Bulimia Recovery Group - next session begins September 1st and meets Tuesdays at 5pm (4 week sessions) (flyer here)

New!  Relapse Prevention Group for Emotional Overeaters - Ideal group if you have been in a group already and you're in the action or maintenance stage of recovery. This group will meet monthly on a Thursday evening from 7-9pm. Our first meeting is August 27th. It is almost full, so if you are interested, please print out the flyer here and contact Sandee Nebel, LMHC,at or by calling the office (407) 622-0202.

Overeating Recovery Group - next session begins September 3rd.  We meet on Thursdays for four weeks from 7-8:30pm. We take a look at the issues behind emotional overeating and get to work on solutions in this therapy group. An intake appointment is required for new participants. Fee is $120 for the four-week session. Facilitated by Tara Harvill, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. If you would like a flyer or more details, please visit or call the office (407) 622-0202.

We are working on more ways to be of service to you. Do you have ideas for groups that you would like to participate in? Please contact us on our website