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Kristen Forman, LCSW


Mental Health Therapist

Balanced Brain and Body
New Jersey,
United States

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Sliding Scale Available
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Eating Disorders
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Mindful Eating
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

I am a very compassionate person and use that in my work with my clients. I believe that my clients are the expert in their own lives, and my role is to collaborate with them on how to help them address the behaviors (and the emotions and thoughts associated with them) that are distressing to them. I work primarily with individuals who are diagnosed with an Eating Disorder (AN, BN, BED, and disorder eating.) I started my own private practice two years ago to allow myself more autonomy to learn more about treatments, and philosophies that I think will be most helpful. In the past I have struggled working in inpatient programs or outpatient centers where so much of the treatment was focused on weight and BMI. It never sat well with me, and I was glad to not have to structure my treatment plans around these often arbitrary or harmful numbers. I first heard about HAES when I took a course with Judith Matz about BED. My biggest take away was the principals that HAES stands for. The idea of providers (medical and otherwise) not focusing on weight as a determinant of health is so necessary and I want to be a part of this shift in thinking. I think of my clients who have come to sessions devastated after a doctor’s appointment, where the primary focus was their weight, and how damaging it has been to their recovery and progress. I have become further educated on HAES through my Mindful Eating training through The Center for Mindful Eating.

About Me & My Practice

I knew I wanted to be a therapist from a young age. I found therapy very helpful as a teen through early adulthood in dealing with a challenging family life - I wanted to pay that forward to others. In my master’s program I was assigned to do my field placement at an Eating Disorder Inpatient Unit for a year. While I found a lot of the practices outdated or limited, I knew I wanted to work in the field of Eating Disorders. I continued this work in a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy outpatient center for 10 years, and then opened my own practice two years ago. I am intensively trained in DBT as well as CBT-E (specifically for Eating Disorders.) I want to help individuals free themselves from “diet-culture” and develop their own personal relationship with food not dictated by rules as well as curate a compassionate or neutral lens for their body. I have three sons (age 6, 4, and 1.) My oldest was born with a critical heart defect and has more than 4 heart surgeries, with more in his future. Additionally, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 2. I am very passionate about advocating for his health and developmental needs.

Accessibility Considerations

My office is located in a building that does not have an elevator (it is a house that has been converted for therapists' offices.) My office is up two flights of stairs.

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