On the Surface, It Looks Like You Have Your Life All Put Together.

You’ve got the job, the relationship, and the long list of accomplishments.

But what people don’t see, is that all of your achievements are just a mask for the failure you feel inside. The truth is, you’re in pain and the only way to make it “go away” is to use your eating disorder to feel numb or any sort of temporary “relief.”

Little do they know, you feel empty inside. That if things don’t look perfect, or if you aren’t staying busy all of the time- you will fall to pieces. And, you feel shame in whatever you do.

You spend the entire day thinking about the next meal…and the last meal. Your mind is a constant calculator of numbers. If you walk past a mirror, you either look away or immediately notice the part of you that you wish you could change.

Going to the gym is a necessity. If you miss going, you are tormented the entire day by the voices in your head saying, “What’s wrong with you?”

You try to stay busy, so you don’t have to pay attention to what surfaces, but that doesn’t seem to work anymore. And the cycle continues.

You are in this relationship with your eating disorder, and you are ready to break-up. This isn’t working for you anymore. But it feels so scary to go your own way…

How can you leave the one partner that has always “been there” for you?

But a lot of the times, you feel alone and insecure.

And you’re not sure what next steps to take to accept who you are is good enough. That’s where Bricolage Wellness comes in.

Ready to take that first step towards living a meaningful life?

Need more information?

Click one of the specific food and body-image related areas below to learn more.

Emotional Eating
Poor Body Image/ Self-Esteem Therapy
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder

When You Seek Eating and Body Image Support from Bricolage

Let us help you look at the ways this relationship keeps you stuck. We can help you discover the things in life that you truly value, not your ED or what other people tell you are important.

  • Maybe you can’t remember what life was like or who you were before the eating disorder came along.
  • Now is the time to gain your independence and live life in the moment.
  • Reconnect to friends and loved ones.
  • Go out to eat without fear of what is on the menu and how you will pay attention.
  • Stop struggling and “just getting through it.”
  • Enjoy the moments in your life.
  • Look at pictures and see the memories, not just your body.
  • Recovery is possible.

More About Bricolage Wellness

Bricolage is a therapeutic wellness center that provides all-inclusive care for women searching for support through a “Health At Every Size” lens. We guide clients looking to move towards recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Clinicians will help you navigate through the poor body image to find a place on the body liberation spectrum. Ultimately, we are here to hold space for you to be who you are, not who others expect you to be.

As a group of compassionate and authentic change agents, we offer you the room to explore your story and rewrite it in a way that matters to you. By weaving together elements of self-worth, self-compassion, and the things in life that bring you joy and meaning, we work with you to craft a new narrative.

Who Benefits Most from Eating Disorder/ Disordered Eating Counseling

Therapy for food and body-related issues is best for those who recognize that food, exercise and/or body image are dictating emotions, are impacting their relationships and responsibilities, or are impeding day to day life.

You will benefit from working with Bricolage if:

  • You feel shame when thinking about what this eating disorder has taken away from you,
  • You spend the day thinking about what you ate, what you will eat and what you can’t eat
  • You’ve stopped going out with people for fear of having to eat and be present around, others,
  • You wake up every morning wanting to take away the guilt you feel from your actions the evening prior,
  • You’re done allowing the way your body looks determine your self-worth and values,
  • You are ready to take your life back from the ED and want to know how to move forward.

Next Steps

  • It is possible to enjoy life again.
  • You can go through the day without food and exercise thoughts consuming you.
  • It is okay to work towards acceptance of yourself here and now.
  • You will be able to live a more meaningful and values based life.
  • Recovery is possible.
  • Right now, enjoying life may feel far off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the small steps to embrace the place you are at today.
  • Bricolage can help!

Receiving Counseling for Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Poor Body Image

Eating Disorder counseling is intended to help you find your authentic self, separate from your body image and ED.

Together you and your therapist will discover a sense of acceptance of the idea that you don’t need to be perfect.

You will meet together weekly for 45-55 minutes and you will start to feel a sense of relief and validation of the struggles you are going through.

What’s unique about Bricolage, is that we offer a multi-dimensional viewpoint on healing and transformation. Our utmost goal is to make sure we meet all of your needs, so we will connect you with outside resources when we know they will be of benefit to you.

Here’s what to expect when you work with us:

  • Free Phone Consult: At Bricolage, we extend a free 15-minute phone consultation to make sure we are a good fit to work together. We will discuss what your goals are, explain what therapy will look like, and how your life will be different after working with us. By the end of this call, you will have a clear idea of your next steps.
  • Initial Session: Your first meeting with your therapist will be between 60 and 70 minutes and will allow the two of you to begin to build a relationship. You will go over the information you provided before this initial session as well as dive into all of the elements of your story. Throughout this appointment, you and your therapist will work as a team to create your action plan.
  • Weekly Sessions: Once you and your therapist begin to work deeply together, you will experience a type of treatment that has been completely tailored to you and your needs. Your therapist will take keen notice of where you are in your eating disorder recovery journey and ensure that the exercises you complete in session will bring you a sense of comfort and peace as you move forward.
  • Termination: As a team, you and your therapist will continue to evaluate your progress and growth. Eventually, the two of you will recognize that you are responding to stressors more effectively and that weekly therapy might no longer be necessary. At this point you can choose to come to a session less often, and together you will decide what level of support you need for the future.

Therapists, Coaches and Occupational Therapists who work with clients experiencing Eating Disorders, Food and Body-Image Related Issues.

Becky Beaulieu, LCSW, Therapist

Locations: Chicago, Lombard and Yorkville

Maggie Embick, LCSW Therapist

Location: Chicago

Jenni Ford, LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC,

Location: Lombard

Madison Hosier, LCPC, Therapist

Location: Chicago

Amanda Kozlowski, LCSW, CADC, Clinical Therapist & Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Lombard and Yorkville

Casey Natalino, LCSW, Therapist

Location: Chicago

Megan Riesgo, LPC, Therapist

Locations: Lombard and Chicago

Emily Wonder, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student Intern

Locations: Chicago, Lombard and Yorkville

Dawn Leprich-Graves, LCPC, PMHC, Owner & Therapist

We use cookies to allow us to better understand how the site is used. By continuing to use this site, you consent to this policy. Click to learn more