Are you concerned your teen might have an eating disorder?
Can you tell your teen is struggling, but you aren’t sure how to help?
Would you move mountains for your teen, but don’t know where to begin?
If you’ve never had to seek out treatment for an eating disorder, it can be hard to know where to look. It’s even harder when you know a loved one is struggling.
That’s where I come in…
I’ve devoted my life to helping people with eating disorders navigate the path from onset through treatment. Now as a care coordinator I use my vast experience to find your teen the best care possible, in a way that works for you. I take the fear out of finding your teen the help they need.
Together, you and I will support your teen as they take the steps towards recovery. As you advocate for your teen during their recovery, I am here alongside you every step of the way.
Jesse Carmen, LCSW
What is a Care Coordinator?
A Care Coordinator is someone who helps you build relationships and collaborate with providers, including, therapists, dietitians and physicians, but is not a health care provider.
Are eating disorders common?
Eating disorders are extremely common and they are nothing to be ashamed of.
Is recovery possible?
Absolutely! With the right support, an eating disorder can be a distant memory.
Is it my fault?
Eating disorders are no one’s fault. Eating disorders are mostly coping mechanisms for life’s many challenges.
Jesse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. She provides individual therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy and works with those 10 years old and up. Jesse works from an individualized approach as no two people are the same. She specializes in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, bullying, life transitions, and more. If you are interested in therapeutic services, reach out to Jesse for a 30 minute complimentary consultation.
Your Teen’s Eating Disorder is NOT a Life Sentence
Together we can set them free.
In my years of experience in the role as a care coordinator, I have guided over one hundred people on their path to recovery. I operate as a calming force for you and your teen. Think of me as your guide, helping you cross a desert. If you attempt it on your own, it's easy to get confused, lost, and overwhelmed. I am intimately familiar with this terrain and will get you across easily.
Removing The Stigma
I believe that living with an eating disorder is hard enough, there’s no need to add shame and stigma on top of that. Eating disorders are extremely common but are hardly talked about. The first thing I do when I meet with a new client is to normalize their experience.
I believe that people have a right to clear explanations. Sometimes medical jargon can be so confusing that it almost seems purposefully misleading. Jargon is a language I speak fluently and I can translate it into clear English.
Look To The Future
I believe people have the right to say yes to their future. An eating disorder does not have to be something that haunts you for your entire life. With the right help and a good support system, an eating disorder can be just a chapter of your life, not the whole book.
What does a session look like?
Sometimes it’s one chat, sometimes many. I listen to what you and your loved one are going through and together we plan your next steps.
What is normalization?
Normalization is the process of removing stigma. This allows us to have comfortable, shame-free conversations.
What does recovery mean?
Recovery looks different for everybody. One thing all recovery stories have in common: less brain space spent thinking about food.
Eating disorders are coping mechanisms. If you noticed your loved one experiencing troubling physical and emotional changes, this could be a sign it’s time to seek treatment.
Treatment looks different from person to person based on diagnosis and symptoms. If you have felt overwhelmed or confused when looking for treatment, consulting is for you
My job as a consultant is to help your loved one find the treatment they need. I will help you find an outpatient team of dietitians, therapists, medical doctors, or treatment facilities as needed. Often I can work with you to show you what your insurance will and won’t cover and how to get the most out of your policy.
No matter who you are, everyone has a relationship with both food and their bodies. Children as young as kindergarten begin to form these thoughts for themselves and this could dictate how they show up at home, at school, with their friends, etc. This presentation can be geared towards any population (schools, students, parents, teachers, etc.) who wants to better understand how our language around food and bodies affects our children, the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, and when it is time to worry/ get your child help.
Eating Disorders can not only be complicated but also incredibly overwhelming as typically people don't even know where to begin. That is where Carmen Coaching & Consulting can come in and serve as a case manager. Case management can include (but is not limited to)- coordinating care among the eating disorder team (therapist, dietitian, physician, etc.), communicating with insurance companies, helping to navigate (and in some cases find) eating disorder treatment placement, etc. I can tailor case managerial priorities towards whatever it is you are looking for.
"Jesse sat me down and listened to my story. She asked me about what was going on in a way that felt safe, like I was sharing with a trusted friend. She looked me in the eyes, nodded her head with understanding and smiled comfortingly. I knew she was getting the information she needed because of the specificity of her questions; but she did so in a way that never felt rushed or clinical. And when I was done, she nodded confidently and said exactly what I needed to hear. That I could overcome this - that more help was available and she could guide me to it."
- MS (Los Angeles)
"As a mother trying to navigate the unchartered waters of my daughter’s eating disorder, Jesse was a life line. Not only did she provide my daughter with consistent, and constructive guidance and feedback but she was also instrumental in our family counseling.
I am not sure where my daughter or our family would be without Jesse’s help. Her commitment to our daughter, and her healing process exceeded her responsibilities and my expectations. Every once in a while a shining star comes into your life. For us, that has been Jesse. I am forever grateful for her."
- (GR, Los Angeles)
“During what was probably the most distressing and life-threatening period of my life, Jesse provided unbelievable support and advice. She's extremely knowledgeable, patient, kind, and organized, and was able to expertly guide us through the confusing and highly stressful process of finding the right eating disorder resources for my daughter.”
Carmen Coaching & Consulting does not provide any services that require a professional license to perform. Services will not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental or other health disorders and are not to be used as a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, or other health services, substance abuse treatment or other professional advice by legal, medical or other qualiﬁed professionals. Always seek the advice of a physician or other health care provider. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.
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