GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month, and you may not know it, but 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and is the second leading cause of death for adolescents, only after automobile accidents. Do you know the warning signs? Do you know what really causes someone to fall victim to an eating disorder? Jordan Carson will be heading up the WOTV4Women half-hour special, “Dying To Be Thin.” Jordan will share her story of how her sister lost the battle with an eating disorder, how others can spot the warning signs and seek help.
Two of the experts from the “Dying To Be Thin” special broadcast will take viewer questions, anonymously through an on-line chat. The chat will allow viewers to submit questions about eating disorders, and provide the opportunity to receive free support and feedback from experts in the area.
On Monday, February 16, 2015, the “Dying To Be Thin” eating disorder special will air on WOTV4Women at 7:30 P.M. Directly after the special, Jordan Carson will open the dialogue through an on-line chat where viewers can log-on (anonymously) to ask questions to the experts. Viewers who log on will also be able to see all questions and answers, making it easy to receive vital information.
Rosalyn Baker, LMSW and Gail Hall LMSW will be taking viewer questions. Scroll below to learn more about the experts.
Rosalyn Baker, LMSW, LMFT, MAC, Psychotherapist, Neurotherapist
Rosalyn received a Bachelor of Social Work and Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education in 1979 and her Masters in Social Work with a clinical counseling major, in 1983. In 2003 she was trained as a Neurotherapist* (EEG Biofeedback-retraining brainwaves with computer software).
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Rosalyn is a Brain Fitness Coach, Wellness Coordinator and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. Rosalyn is a paid professional speaker who sat on the program development committee for GRCC’s continuing education program, Optimal Health, where she also taught courses in Stress Management and Meditation. She has lectured on Brain Health, Nutrition and Anti-Aging at EEGSpectrum International Clinical Interchange Conferences, and for National Safety Associates representing Juice Plus+, the most scientifically researched whole food fruit and vegetable supplement in the world.
She has authored a monthly magazine column called Successful Living published in Metropolitan Parent and wrote a chapter for a graduate level Social Work textbook titled Mental Health. Her counseling practice accepts adults, couples and children and supports healing for a wide variety of diagnoses.
*Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment, beneficial for most problems from stress management to autism.
Rosalyn’s practice modalities are Cognitive Behavioral/Supportive/Insight Oriented Therapies; EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing; Neurofeedback; and Grief Therapy.
- Licensed Master Level Social Worker
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- Master Addiction Counselor
- Trained as a Neurotherapist
- Certified Nutritional Consultant
Gail L. Hall, LMSW, DCSW Director & Therapist
Gail Hall received a B.A. from Dordt College in 1975 and MSW from Western Michigan University in 1984. Her early years as a social worker were spent in child welfare; just after graduate school I treated my first individual with an eating disorder and soon began pursuing this as a specialty. Gail has worked in a large outpatient psychiatric practice as part of an interdisciplinary team: and was employed for four years as the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at nearby Forest View Hospital. In 1998 she founded CTED, LLC in hopes of providing high quality, comprehensive team care in an intimate, personalized setting.
Gail’s philosophy of treatment is one of empowering individuals and their families as they move away from illness towards wellness. “I think of myself as a guide along the path to recovery, teaching individuals self-mastery and self-monitoring skills. I strongly encourage psycho education, because as eating disorders are understood their power begins to dissipate. I practice therapy in a way that combines cognitive/behavioral interventions with interpersonal and family systems theory.” Gail also believes that eating disorders flourish in a climate of secrecy; therefore participating in a support group or learning to utilize the support of family members and friends is vital to long-term success. Gail is a committed Christian who believes in the power of prayer and God as the ultimate healer; but is always respectful of the belief system of clients and encourage them to explore their spirituality, however they practice it.
In 2011 Gail partnered with Jennifer Lane, a young wife and mother who had herself recovered from anorexia, to establish the Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance. MiEDA is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to increase the awareness of eating disorders, to provide education for its prevention and to decrease stigma for sufferers. Our goal is to reduce the impact of eating disorders within our community through education and prevention initiatives directed towards young people, parents, educators and healthcare professionals. For additional information, visit www.MiEDA.org.