Individuals, couples, general practice with a specialty in the treatment of eating disorders
Ilene V. Fishman, LCSW, ACSW, FAED has maintained a general psychotherapy practice with a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders for 34 years. An NYU School of Social Work graduate, Ilene trained and was on staff at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) and is currently a supervisor there. While serving on the national board of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA), Ilene helped found NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association,which is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost authority and resource for both families and professionals. Ilene currently serves on its Executive Board of Directors and has remained active in NEDA since its formation. Ilene is a clinical advisor of the NEDA Navigator Program, Loss Support Network and National Eating Disorders HelpLine. Ilene taught the first Masters level eating disorder elective class in New York City at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University as an Adjunct Professor. Ilene is in private practice in New York City and Montclair, NJ. Look for her upcoming book THE GOOD THERAPY ADVOCATE: HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR PSYCHOTHERAPY.
I still love this work, 34 years later. I am passionate about the potential of good psychotherapy, not only for those struggling with an eating disorder but also any emotional or psychological challenge. Too often, psychotherapy is inefficient and disappointing. In my own journey with a severe eating disorder, I had to be my own good therapy advocate in order to get myself healthy. I figured it out for myself and I have spent my entire career helping others to do the same. There is nothing better or more personally gratifying for me as the therapist and you as the patient than helping you get healthy. We can't always choose what happens to us throughout our lives but we can choose how we rise to it - that is the power of psychotherapy: an incredibly positive and empowering tool that you can carry with you out of the office, in to your life and for the rest of your life.