LGBTQI+ Eating Disorder Support Group

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We are excited to welcome Olivia Harrington, M.A., M.F.T. Intern to our team. She joined us in November of 2016 having the experience of working with transgender children and adolescents — and she looks forward to continuing with her work here.

Among other things, Olivia will be managing a brand new support group for the LGBTQI+ community — an opportunity for those who are struggling with eating disorders to comfortably meet together under the trained supervision of a mental health professional experienced with this issue.

Research gleaned from a recent survey conducted by the American College Health Association, showed that transgender people reported alarmingly high rates of treatment and diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as a tendency to use of laxatives, vomiting, and diet pills — even higher than cisgender heterosexual women.

Unfortunately, many of our clients display behavior consistent with this study. Some look to suppress or accentuate certain physical features by staying extremely thin, attempting to minimize curves or breasts in order to present more male. Others, particularly transgender women, lose as much weight as they can, striving to conform to more feminine ideals of slimness and attractiveness.

Olivia’s new group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in hopes of curbing these unhealthy, potentially dangerous, behaviors in our community. If you — or someone you know — is interested, please call Olivia Harrington at (805) 896-2257 or email her at olivia@genwell.org. An initial phone consultation is required.

 

Thank you.

Gender Wellness of Los Angeles