• How long will I be in counseling?

    This depends on the individual situation and goals for counseling. Unfortunately, there is not a set time frame. For some, it might be relatively brief if the struggle is minimal and goals are achieved quickly. For others, it may be a more lengthy process. It is often dependent on severity of symptoms and how long they have been occurring. Severity and duration of symptoms will often be a good indicator of how long treatment will last.
  • I have an eating disorder – do I need to see a dietitian as well as a counselor?

    The gold standard of treatment for an eating disorder is to be under the care of a counselor, dietitian, and physician who all specialize in eating issues. The dietitian is an essential part of the team because they help an individual reestablish a healthy relationship with food. An individual with an eating disorder often knows what they should be doing with food. The specialized dietitian helps a person move toward that goal and helps an individual understand what has kept them from being able to achieve that goal. In the case of weight restoration, the dietitian helps restore a person’s weight to a healthy range in a safe manner.

    The physician monitors medical stability of each individual. They manage medical complications that may arise due to weight restoration, purging behaviors, or any other problems associated with eating disorders.

    The counselor helps a person work through the psychological, emotional, and behavioral components involved with an eating disorder. The counselor should help an individual understand how their eating disorder developed, what maintained behaviors, and how to protect from behaviors reoccurring in the future.
  • Do I need to seek treatment with an eating disorder specialist?

    YES! Eating disorders are a psychological condition that can result in severe physical effects. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate compared to any other mental health condition. In order to effectively treat an eating disorder, you need to see a specialist. A specialist has been trained to treat eating issues and has education and skills that are specific to this condition. If care is not specialized, symptoms can remain undiagnosed and untreated.
  • How often will I need to attend counseling?

    This depends on each situation. Often it is helpful to meet weekly as counseling begins in order to develop a relationship, clarify goals, and gain momentum. The goal of counseling, however, is to not need it indefinitely. As soon as a person is ready to transition to less frequent sessions, that will be recommended. Similarly, as soon as a person is ready to discontinue treatment, that is also recommended. Timing of these milestones are determined between the patient and psychologist.
  • Does Dr. McCune Shyver prescribe medication?

    No. Dr. McCune Shyver is not a medical provider and does not prescribe medication. If medications are needed, Dr. McCune Shyver will refer you to a physician for recommendations. She then collaborates with the prescribing physician to coordinate care.
  • Does Dr. McCune Shyver treat anxiety and/or depression as well as eating disorders?

    Yes. Dr. McCune Shyver has extensive experience treating both anxiety and depression, as these issues often co-occur with eating disorders. These conditions must be addressed in addition to the eating disorder for the best treatment outcome.
  • Get Started

    The first step is to schedule an initial assessment. Once that is complete, diagnosis, treatment goals, and recommendations can be established. After the assessment, it is up to the patient whether they choose to pursue counseling.

    Please contact Dr. McCune Shyver to schedule an initial assessment at 913.631.3800 ext 109 or click the link below

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