Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program at Integrated Behavioral Health has brought together a highly experienced team of experts to address the physical, psychological and nutritional implications of eating disorders. Programming includes individual, group and family therapy, nutritional counseling and psychiatric services. Individualized, evidence-based treatment will be utilized to treat male and female adults, adolescents and children diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating disorder. Individuals will be thoroughly assessed upon admission to the program to obtain a holistic picture of the unique challenges each individual faces. Co-occurring medical conditions and psychiatric illness, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse will also be treated within the program. We will work with you throughout the program to support lasting recovery outside of the treatment environment.

While attending the program, individuals can expect to receive innovative and compassionate treatment from our team of experts. Individuals will be encouraged to process and elicit change through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Tools such as mindfulness, meditation, cognitive restructuring and distress tolerance will be taught in both an individual and group setting.

Nutrition exposure and education is fundamental to addressing underlying issues with food and weight. All individuals will meet with a registered dietitian to assess their nutritional needs and develop personalized meal plans. Additionally, individuals will be seen by one of our board-certified psychiatrists for medication management as well as consistent monitoring of labs.

We are now completing assessments for the Eating Disorders Program and our first open group will be starting March 1, 2017. If you are interested in obtaining more information or referring a client to the Eating Disorder Program please contact:

Allyson Emig, LCSW

Eating Disorders Program Director

504.322.3837 x26

Meet Your Team:

Allyson Emig, LCSW

Eating Disorders Program Director

Allyson Emig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Allyson is passionate about providing individualized, holistic care to clients. She has expertise working with eating disorders and self-injurious behavior. Additional specialties include anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, pain management, insomnia and personality disorders. Allyson utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to empower individuals to make positive change through mood, thought process, and behavioral change, as well as values work and acceptance. Allyson places special emphasis on the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe and empathetic healing environment for her clients.

Allyson graduated from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and for the past several years has been practicing as a clinician in Chicago, Illinois. Allyson has worked in variety of settings including managing an eating disorder Partial Hospitalization Program and most recently as an outpatient therapist at a behavioral health hospital where she further specialized in working with the full continuum of disordered eating. Additionally, Allyson has worked in medical settings, first treating clients with chronic pain and then as the behavioral therapist in a medical weight management program.

Andrew Morson, MD

Adult Psychiatrist

The treatment of eating disorders and the other conditions that frequently accompany them, such as depression and anxiety, require a multi-modal approach to treat effectively. From the medical perspective, I put focus on the ways in which a person’s biology and psychological point of view interact –sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a problematic way. Eating disorders can lead to a number of serious physiological problems that require medical attention. For that reason we monitor closely for signs of such problems while also using a pharmacological approach when indicated to deal with the psychiatric symptoms that accompany an eating disorder. Whether that is using a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor for depression or Vyvanse for binge eating, I place great emphasis on keeping the full psychological and medical picture in mind.

I have been treating eating disorders as part of my practice since I completed training. They are not only complex problems that are challenging on an intellectual level, but they are long-term struggles for which I feel great sympathy and compassion. Moreover, the opportunity to work with excellent therapists, nutritionists, and consulting physicians through a team-based treatment is a very gratifying one and gives me great fulfillment to work with patients and providers to help alleviate the pain and suffering associated with eating disorders.

Leslie Lawrence, MD

Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Leslie Lawrence is an Adult Psychiatrist who treats all Mental Illnesses. She specializes in treating Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma and ADHD. Treating the whole body is Dr. Lawrence’s philosophy. Providing thorough and thoughtful assessments are paramount, in order to achieve patient wellness and coordination of care.

Dr. Lawrence received her undergraduate degree from Charles R. Drew/UCLA, and completed her residency at Tulane University, where she was Chief Resident. She continued her work at Tulane as Assistant Residency Training Director. She has been working at IBH, LLC for over three years and continues to be Clinical Adjunct Professor for Tulane’s Department of Psychiatry.

Ashley Sarkar, RD

Registered Dietitian

Ashley Sarkar is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with nearly a decade in the field of Clinical Nutrition. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Alabama where she obtained a degree in Food and Nutrition. She completed an internship through the University of Alabama Coordinated Program working with on campus support for disordered eating. Ashley has diverse background in a variety of nutrition specialties. She has an established track record working in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver optimal clinical care. Ashley incorporates innovative technologies, like mobile and tele-health, to help her clients understand and improve their healthcare. She specializes in disordered eating with a specific interest in the behavioral aspect of nutrition. Ashley believes that having a healthy relationship with food is fundamental for the road to recovery.

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