If you go
If you go
What: Eating disorders educational seminar
When: 6 p.m. Monday, July 9
Where: Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way in the Olds Station area of north Wenatchee
WENATCHEE — Brett McDonald, the only mental health counselor in Wenatchee who specializes in eating disorders, will talk about them July 9 at the Confluence Technology Center.
Her talk is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
McDonald will also talk about her unique method of treating the disorder. She said she sees eating disorder sufferers as excessively tuned in to the feelings of others. Often, that is to the point of ignoring their own feelings.
“What I do is rebalance people,” McDonald said. “As they rebalance, they decide to start feeding themselves again, to start taking care of themselves again.”
McDonald says she works with a sufferer’s overall mental health and puts less emphasis on treating symptoms. She remains open to clients working with dietitians and psychiatrists.
“I don’t think medication is the cure for eating disorders but it can help with co-existing conditions,” she said. She notes that “a lot” of her clients have depression or bipolar disorder.
McDonald’s interest in eating disorders stems from experience. She suffered from an eating disorder as a young woman.
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