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Local Address:  Annapolis , Maryland , United States

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Binge eating may serve many functions, ..., 5 Nov 2015 [cached]
Binge eating may serve many functions, according to Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, the executive director of Pershing Turner Centers, an eating disorder recovery outpatient clinic in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Annapolis, Md.
It might soothe stress and help you escape, especially when you've experienced trauma or significant shame, she said.
Pershing stressed the importance of paying attention to the client's experience with food, not just to the criteria. "[I]t is critical to remember that the most important issues are a lack of control over the eating behavior and distress/shame over the behavior."
She noted that some clients may "graze" throughout the day, and eat significantly more than needed, but in a longer period of time than the DSM defines.
Family dysfunction, genetics, attachment ruptures, mood disorders, trauma ("rates are significantly higher with BED, especially complex trauma") and environment (such as experiences with weight stigma) may all play a role, Pershing said.
Myth: "BED is treated by a 'sensible eating plan' (i.e., a diet)," Pershing said. Diets are actually contraindicated for BED and may trigger it, she said.
Treatment requires that people with BED work through the psychological, physical and situational factors that trigger binge episodes, Pershing said. "Another diet will not change anything; all it will do it lighten your wallet and leave you with a 95 percent likelihood of regaining the weight in 3 years." Myth: BED doesn't require the same level of intervention as anorexia or bulimia. Typically, it requires the same treatment as any other eating disorder, Pershing said.
BEDA Comments on the Boy Scouts of America's Exclusionary and Stigmatizing Policy - BEDA, 31 Aug 2015 [cached]
Amy Pershing, Chair
Webinars - Featuring Rebecca Puhl, Phd, Marsha Hudnall, RD, RN, C0-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run and Amy Pershing, LCSW, ACSW
Our Staff, 27 April 2015 [cached]
AMY PERSHING, LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Director, Program Director, Bodywise
Pershing began her career treating the spectrum of eating and body image disorders at the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1991. In 1993, she developed "Bodywise™," a comprehensive treatment program to serve a growing population of clients coming to the center with binge eating disorder (BED). Pershing became CED's clinical director in 1998.
In 2008, Pershing and Chevese Turner, CEO and founder of Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), joined forces to found Pershing Turner Centers in Annapolis, Maryland. Pershing Turner Centers treat the full spectrum of eating disorders in adults and adolescents using a multidisciplinary "whole person" treatment approach to recovery.
Pershing has pioneered an integrated approach based on more than 28 years of clinical experience. This unique treatment approach incorporates a variety of clinical paradigms, including internal family systems (IFS) theory, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness strategies, and a range of somatic trauma techniques. Her approach also integrates intuitive eating and movement and a "health at every size" philosophy. In addition, Pershing offers training and supervision to clinicians treating BED nationwide. She has developed two- and three-day Intensives for those in recovery, as well as "Hungerwise™," a 10-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling.
Pershing lectures nationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and intuitive eating and movement. Pershing has also served on a variety of professional boards and currently serves as the 2013 Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association. She maintains a clinical practice at both centers.
Please feel free to contact Amy ..., 12 Mar 2011 [cached]
Please feel free to contact Amy Pershing LMSW, our Director, for more information.
Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW Founding Director, Bodywise
Amy Pershing
Pershing founded Bodywise in 1993 in Ann Arbor, MI. The program developed from Pershing's work with hundreds of clients struggling with BED and related disorders, and discovering what approaches and interventions worked best. From this work, a program developed that is tailored to the unique recovery needs of every client. Pershing has recovered from BED herself, and knows how difficult it can be to find a program that addresses the complexity of this disorder. As a result, Pershing and Chevese Turner, CEO and Founder, The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), joined forces to open a second Bodywise office in Annapolis, MD.
In addition to developing Bodywise, Pershing writes and lectures extensively on the treatment of BED locally and nationally. During more than 20 years in the field, Pershing has served on a variety of professional boards, including The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and the Eating Disorder League of Michigan, and has been featured on both radio and television on BED recovery and as an advocate for BED treatment insurance coverage and accessibility. She is head of the Advocacy Committee for BEDA, and has served as the BEDA Conference Chair. She has written and lectured on "Health at Every Size" and provides training and supervision for clinicians nationwide working with BED and related disorders. Pershing has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Michigan and as a consultant on BED and weight issues to the University of Michigan's Body Image Task Force. She also continues to serve as Clinical Director for the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, which offers a comprehensive outpatient program for anorexia, bulimia, and related disorders.
A recognized advocate in the eating disorders field and a recovering binge eater herself, Chevese Turner joined Amy Pershing, LCSW, ACSW, in 2010 to co-found Bodywise, LLC in Annapolis, MD.
Amy Pershing, LCSW, ACSW - ..., 31 Aug 2015 [cached]
Amy Pershing, LCSW, ACSW - 2013 Chair, BEDA
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