Why you are here….

Tired of defining yourself by the numbers on the scale? 

Tired of obsessively counting calories?

You are here because you have recognized the need for help for yourself or a loved one due to the suffering associated with an eating disorder.

About Me

Susan Dean Landry, MCP, LPC, NCC

I attended Auburn University; I received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University, and later earned my Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Mississippi College. I completed internships at Charter Behavioral Health Systems and St. Dominic Behavioral Health in Jackson, MS.

Experienced in both hospital and outpatient settings, I have worked with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health problems.

I have been a therapist in a partial hospitalization program; I was a research associate at the University of Mississippi Psychiatry Department, taught psychology courses at the college level; and have worked as a marketer and assessment coordinator for an alcohol and drug treatment center. My main focus for the last twenty years has been as an individual practitioner in the field of eating disorders.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor, a member of the National Eating Disorders Association, the American Psychological Association, the Mid-South Eating Disorders Association and past affiliate of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Having recovered from an eating disorder myself, I now help others find freedom from anorexia, bulimia, and related conditions. I also treat clients struggling with self-injury, adjustment problems, anxiety/depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a history of sexual or physical abuse. These conditions often co-occur with eating disorders.

I enjoy reading, running, playing the piano, and going on adventures with my husband Adrien.

I treat males and females, adults and children over the age of 9.

Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

They are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.

Anorexia Nervosa

 is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Symptoms include:

a) refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for height, body type, age, and activity level.
b) Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”
c) Feeling “fat” or overweight despite dramatic weight loss
d) Loss of menstrual periods (in females)
e) Extreme concern with body weight and shape.

Bulimia Nervosa

is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge-eating  followed by purging. Bulimia includes eating large amounts of food–more than most people would eat in one meal–in short periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercing.

Symptoms include:

a) repeated episodes of bingeing and purging
b) feeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness
c) purging after a binge (typically by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills and/or diuretics, excessive exercise, or fasting)
d) frequent dieting
e) extreme concern with body weight and shape.

Binge Eating Disorder

(also known as Compulsive Overeating) is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full.

While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge.

People who overeat compulsively may struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can contribute to their unhealthy episodes of binge eating. Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.

Other Eating Disorders
can include some combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder. While these behaviors may not be clinically considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally draining. Most eating disorders require professional help.

Source: National Eating Disorders Association

Resources

Books and Articles

A Christian Counselor’s Thoughts on Therapy, Eating Disorders, and the Healing Process
Links to Amazon.

While I have a Christ-Centered worldview, spiritual issues will only be discussed if clients express a desire to do so. 

Articles

Sessions and Fees

Appointments

Appointments can be scheduled by calling me directly at 601-906-7715, or emailing me at susan@nomorenumbers.com. Sessions typically last 50 minutes, and the fee is $125. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please give me 24 hours notice. Otherwise, you will be charged the full fee. This policy exists so that I can fill that time slot with an available client in need. In some cases, there may be minimal charges for coordination with family members, physicians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and others involved in your care.

Payment

Payment is expected at the time of your session. As a Blue Cross/ Blue Shield preferred provider, I can file your information electronically and you will be reimbursed by them. For clients with other insurance carriers, I can provide you with a claim form with diagnostic codes which you can submit on your own for reimbursement.

Communications

Phone calls are usually returned in 24 hours or less. I may or may not be available for emergencies. I can provide you with local emergency numbers which you can access if needed. Emails are usually returned in 24 hours or less, with content generally being limited to brief questions and answers, with significant content reserved for sessions. If the distance of transportation is an obstacle, phone consultations can be arranged; however, I do not practice telemental health. The use of electronic communication is discussed in your first session.

Please be aware that this is a small office. Respect sufferers of asthma and allergies by lightly spritzing cologne or perfume.

 

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