Marketa Winfield, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
The decision to come to therapy can be scary. There are so many unknowns, especially if you have never done this before. I am here to stand and walk with you through every step of the process of change and healing – It gets better. My goal in my relationship with you is to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable enough to be yourself.
I utilize a person-centered, strengths-based approach to treatment that is designed with you, for you, so that you can have the life you want. The therapeutic relationship built on a non-judgmental approach, trust, respect, rapport, and your needs is the center of clinical focus. I utilize Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques in treatment.
I have a passion for working with children and adolescents; ages 10 to 17 with feeding and eating disorders. I also welcome adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, anger management, and trauma. I also provide group therapy to help clients build connections to other people who are going through the same struggles. You are not alone.
Understanding Eating Disorders Through a Wide Age Range
I work with clients across a broad age range. My youngest have been as young as ages 12, and my oldest are adults in their 40s. Eating disorders typically manifest during adolescence and can extend into adulthood, though they seldom originate there. These disorders are often symptomatic of underlying conditions like depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Essentially, food becomes a coping mechanism for internal emotional struggles and a means to exert control.
The Impact of Social Media and Personality
In my practice, I’ve found that social media has a largely negative impact on recovery from eating disorders. My clients often tell me how they’re triggered by influencers promoting diet culture and displaying unrealistic body images. Personality also plays a vital role in who may develop an eating disorder; perfectionists, for instance, are more susceptible. Initially, individuals with eating disorders often appear as caring, well-mannered people. However, the condition and malnutrition can lead to noticeable changes, such as manipulative behavior, withdrawal, and irritability.
Eating Disorders: Beyond Anorexia and Bulimia
While Anorexia and Bulimia are the most commonly known eating disorders in children and adults, other types like Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED) are equally dangerous and prevalent.
My Approach to Treatment
Both group and individual therapy sessions are effective platforms for healing in my practice. In group therapy, the collective experience often accelerates the recovery process, allowing members to learn from each other’s journeys. As the facilitator, I act as a guide and establish a respectful, honest, and open environment designed to encourage meaningful discussions.
My treatment methodology leans heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I prioritize establishing a strong rapport and relationship with my clients from the get-go. How do I do this? By being genuine, supportive, and nonjudgmental. I approach every disclosure with curiosity rather than judgment, which I’ve found encourages a much more productive therapeutic relationship.
Experience, Training & Associations
I am proud to be a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), an esteemed organization that sets rigorous standards for training, experience, and ethical conduct in the mental health field. Being part of this esteemed association not only validates my commitment to delivering the highest level of counseling but also keeps me updated with the latest best practices, research findings, and ethical guidelines.
Let’s Take the First Step Together
If you or someone you know is struggling with eating disorders or any other mental health issue, I invite you to take that first crucial step toward healing and growth. Feel safe enough and comfortable enough to reach out, and let’s navigate this journey together.
Looking forward to being a part of your healing process.
Experience, Trainings & Associations
- National Board of Certified Counselors