I work with adults and youth with varied goals, needs, and problems. Common areas are:
I specialize in therapy and coaching with clients who engage in emotional eating, unhealthy eating, compulsive overeating, binge eating, bulimia, restrictive eating, night eating, and anorexic behavior. My clients learn how to lose weight and/or achieve and maintain their healthiest weight through strategies that include mindful eating (getting maximum pleasure from food by savoring when hungry), self-monitoring, self-soothing, non-judgmental self talk, and managing urges-to-overeat or over-restrict. I am trained or certified and experienced in a variety of approaches to weight management and eating disorders that you may have heard of: these are sometimes referred to as CBT, DBT, ACT, Intuitive Eating, and Mindful Eating. I will select the most pertinent aspects of these treatment approaches to best meet your needs and preferences as we proceed in treatment. If you are ready to stop binge eating and be free from stressful relationships with food and your body, I can guide you there.
Anxiety is quite common in and I have successfully treated hundreds of adult and adolescent clients who struggle with it. Fortunately, the kind of therapy I practice, which can be described broadly as Acceptance-and-Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is extremely helpful to people who suffer from anxiety. It combines the best parts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with state-of-the-art strategies grounded in self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-soothing.
My clients who suffer from panic attacks, preoccupation with thoughts and worry, phobias, social anxiety, and difficulty sleeping have gained peace and the courage to engage more fully in life. As my client, you will learn many practical strategies and perspectives. Among these are: ways to effectively calm your body and relax, ways to escape from the torment of anxious thinking by bringing your attention to the present moment, and ways to understand anxiety and panic so it does not scare you or escalate into worse symptoms or avoidance of life.
I also specialize in addiction: helping people whose excessive or compulsive behaviors bring negative consequences to their lives. I have run treatment programs for substance abuse and alcohol abuse, including smoking cessation. If you are struggling with addiction, I can teach you skills and strategies that help you overcome urges and feel peace.
If you want a life guided by your values rather than driven or limited by your harmful habits or anxiety, please contact me to help you accomplish your goals.
I am licensed to practice psychology with New Jersey residents (NJ License# 4341). My office is in Livingston, NJ where I see adults and youth for in-person therapy, coaching, and assessment.
Adults living anywhere in NJ who seek weight-loss coaching or other types of life coaching rather than face-to-face therapy can choose to work over the phone.
I am an out-of-network provider for all commercial insurance companies.
My fee is collected at each session.
As a service to you, I promptly submit electronic claims to your insurance company on your behalf requesting that reimbursements be sent directly to you.
My current fee for each 45-minute treatment session is $225.
My current fee for the initial 60-minute assessment/goal-setting/skill-introduction session is $300.
If you have genuine financial need and no out-of-network insurance, please call to speak with me about the possibility of a discounted fee.
Dr. Debra Gill, Clinical Psychologist
124 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039Phone: (973)820-5174 Website: www.eatingdisordertherapistnj.com
Therapy for Healthy Habits and a Peaceful Mind
Dr. Debra Gill, NJ Psychologist
As a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, I stand with my clients to develop lasting healthy habits including self care, self compassion and mindful living. My clients learn to change harmful behaviors, manage overwhelming feelings, sleep well, and experience a peaceful mind instead of stressful and obsessive thoughts.
My style is highly interactive and focused on making sure you gain something of value from every individual or group session we share. I will listen compassionately and ask questions to better understand your patterns, beliefs, and reactions. We will always approach your experiences with non-judgmental acceptance while developing a plan of action and goals that will move you forward.
Between sessions, you will have opportunities to think about ideas we discuss in our sessions and try out new strategies, skills and perspectives. You’ll notice the effects on your well being and behaviors and then you can share your discoveries and questions at our next session. As you make attempts to change and reach your goals, I'll help you learn from your experiences, identify successes, and undo habits of self-criticism that make you feel bad and get in the way of your progress.