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BITC’s therapy services provide the following benefits:
BITC points of competitive distinction are as follows:
January 23, 2013
How Food Starves Our Love Relationships
by Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, LCPC and Andrew Walen, LCSW-C.
Jewishtimes.com. April, 2008. No longer on web site.
Jan. 30, 2008
February 20, 2006
"I began seeing Andrew in the wake of a painful breakup. At first, I sat stoically in his office, completely convinced that my distressed state was wholly situational. He found walls - and faulty coping mechanisms - I did not know I had. I'd always couched it all in terms of perfectionism. I told myself I was an overachiever and realist. In a few short months, Andrew helped me confront my demons, to embrace myself unapologetically, to heal, and to live life in a way I never thought I could. I am immeasurably grateful for his help and guidance."
"When I was down at times, you helped me see daylight. Times when I was sick, you helped see me through. Thank you for showing me a different way to live."
"I came into Andrew's care at a very low point in my life. His methods of getting to the root of my problems and having discussions about how to deal with things I find stressful really helped. Even making an approach to lift my self esteem level and the opinion I have of myself. Sometimes just having someone to listen to what you are going through and get it off your chest feels good, but I feel that Andrew's response to what I was saying was genuine and he truly wanted to help me. And when you are making progress he will definitely let you know giving you a pat on the back. That makes a great therapist."
National Association for Males with Eating Disorders
Board member (2012 - present)
Binge Eating Disorder Association
Founding Board Member for BEDA (2009-2011), a non-profit dedicated to education, legislation, and outreach for those with binge eating disorder and their loved ones
Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
The Real Face of Men with Eating Disorders: Profiles from Anorexics to Binge Eaters
Presented at Eating Disorders Resource Services 7th annual conference. Topic included speaking about his personal journey as a male with an eating disorder, as well as new information on etiology and treatment of men with an eating disorder, including case examples from The Body Image Therapy Center.
Pre- and Post-Operative concerns for the bariatric patient with BED
Presented at the Binge Eating Disorder Association national conference. Topic covered description of bariatric surgery, psych eval tools and common findings for bariatric patients, post-operative outcomes, and potential areas of concern for patients with BED.
Psychology of Obesity
Trends in Nursing Practice Conference – University of Maryland Medical Center: presented a look at how obesity stigma leads to poorer medical care, other negative effects of weightism, the concept of Health at Every Size, diagnosing BED, and how to talk to patients about health behavior change.
Binge Eating Disorder: an overview of treatment
National Association of Social Workers – Maryland annual conference: Discussed BED diagnosis, its correlations to obesity and other co-morbidities, risks beyond obesity, causes, variety and types of BED, purpose of binge eating, concept of Health at Every Size, role of pharmaceuticals and weight loss surgery, and current efforts by the Binge Eating Disorder Association to affect legislation on Capitol Hill for greater awareness and treatment
Eating Disorders and the graduate student
Presented an introduction to eating disorders and how stress in the academic world can contribute to their development to graduate students at the University of Maryland at Baltimore
The Psychology of Weight Control
Discussed cognitive therapy skills training in developing normal eating skills, as well as the dangers of dieting and the development of eating disorders
Eating Disorders: a brief overview
Presented a basic overview of eating disorders and discussed the possible emergence of binge eating disorder into the DSM-V.
What the !*%!*?: treating impulse control disorders
Discussed the etiology of the five basic impulse control disorders and discussed the possible inclusion of binge eating disorder on the disorder spectrum
Continuing Clinical Education for Mental Health Practitioners, Clergy and Chaplains (Baltimore, MD)
Presented “When Nutrition and the Natural Act of Eating Become the Enemy,” a workshop on eating disorders, precipitating factors, treatment options and the role of spirituality in recovery.
Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare 93rd Anniversary Annual Training Conference(Nashville, TN)
Presented “A Treatment Model for Body Image Disorder,” a workshop on the etiology, ramifications and cognitive behavioral treatment model on body image and body dysmorphic disorders
Eating Disorders Center of Columbia is an intensive outpatient eating disorder program located at The Body Image Therapy Center in Columbia, MD. We feature the only program to include meal planning, preparation and cooking as part of the program, helping our clients deal with the real-life triggers they face at home. In addition, the program offers nutrition counseling, intensive group therapy and psychiatric services.
The Body Image Therapy Center (BITC) is an outpatient eating disorder therapy service and treatment program located in Columbia, Maryland. BITC was created because in the United States alone, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. Furthermore, a review of nearly 50 years of research confirms that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Given the increasing statistics of eating disorders and the potentially life-threatening conditions associated with them, especially among young people, BITC and its team of qualified, licensed professionals seek to be a catalyst for positive change for millions of women, men, teens and adolescents who suffer from an eating disorder, first starting with a local focus within the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC Metro area (within a 30 mile radius of the Center).
BITC customers are comprised of those seeking direct therapeutic assistance, families seeking help for their loved one, as well as referring medical professionals. BITC offers a variety of individual and group therapy services, consultations and treatment that help those in need develop healthy lifestyles, self esteem and positive body image; help stop destructive patterns of eating disorders or other compulsive behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse; and help audiences resolve weight management issues.
BITC is uniquely positioned for success because it is currently the only source for comprehensive treatment of eating disorders in an outpatient setting from Frederick County to Anne Arundel County. Additionally BITC has a unique niche in that it treats eating disorders across the spectrum and for all ages. BITC’s sister program, Eating Disorder Center of Columbia, will be the only intensive outpatient program between DC and Northern Baltimore County. The combined efforts of these integrated programs have elicited great enthusiasm from private-practice clinicians and physicians, thereby creating a strong referral and revenue stream for BITC.
Although there are a number of independent therapists in our geographic concentration, few hold comparable credentials to the BITC team including its director, Andrew Walen, LCSW-C. He has garnered substantial publicity including appearances on The Today Show, New York Times and Baltimore/DC area TV and radio stations as an expert in the field of eating disorders, and a male who has recovered from one, further differentiating himself and BITC from the competition. Andrew has written a book entitled, Food Psycho that shares his own personal journey from being a binge eater to now therapist helping others who struggle with body image issues. Andrew leads the BITC team that is comprised of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and dieticians to create a comprehensive solution to eating disorder cases.
Established in 2006, N.A.M.E.D. is the only organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to representing and providing support to males with eating disorders. With a lack of attention, research, support, and prevention directed to boys and men with eating disorders, N.A.M.E.D. plays a vital role in filling this gap by offering information and resources about and support to this underrepresented population and their families. N.A.M.E.D.'s vision is to become a clearinghouse of information on the subject, thereby, becoming a valuable central source of information on this issue. N.A.M.E.D. invites researchers, males affected by eating disorders, their families, and mental health professionals to share their experience and expertise with N.A.M.E.D. on this subject.