About Joanna Poppink

hp-joanna_front.jpg I have been a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, CA since 1980. Many of my patients have struggled with eating disorders, including overeating. Some are brave adults on a particularly challenging healing path as they explore not only their own inner world but also how their way of life may have contributed to the creation of eating disorders in their children.

I'm of the traumatology school, where the eating disorder is viewed not as an illness but as a symptom. The people who find me and stay to do the deep work are often grateful and relieved that we focus on:

  • their identity;
  • perspectives which influence their decision making and their actions; developing an ability to be clear and functioning in the world while understanding the forces around them.

This focus helps equip them to care for themselves in ways that are far more effective than an eating disorder.

Joanna Poppink is a Los Angeles psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder recovery. More about Joanna Poppink plus her eating disorder recovery articles on imagery was my first specialty. This study still teaches me about symbols and how we can use a disguised language to work through problems we will not let ourselves know concretely. Dream analysis became part of this study.

This led me to 12 step programs and psychoanalysis simultaneously as I studied the grip of addiction and the power of memory, distorted memory and lack of memory.

Gradually, I began to more fully appreciate the joy and useful personal development opportunities the creative arts and various body awareness practices contribute to emotional healing.

My experiences with patients continually shows me the value and need of speaking directly and to the point concerning specific thoughts, actions and the consequences of both. Studying the cognitive behavioral approach brings a practical and concrete aspect to the day-to-day work of healing.

Recovery from an eating disorder is a complex process. Part of the process is about becoming aware of a more broad perspective and appreciation of the physical, emotional and psychological environment in which we live. I began studying systems theory, boundary issues and the psychological effect of the group on the individual and the individual on the group. This has been helpful in understanding various family dynamics that can contribute to individual suffering and individual healing.

I began a serious and ongoing study of eating disorders, compulsive overeating and bulimia in 1983. This study continues.

I wish you every success in your healing, your research or your attempt to understand and help someone you love. I hope you find your way to your own personal Triumphant Journey.

Joanna Poppink, MFT, licensed psychotherapist, specializing in eating disorders
10573 West Pico Bl. #20, Los Angeles, CA.
(310) 474-4165

Professional Affiliations Joanna Poppink, M.F.T.

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

American Anorexia and Bulimia Association (AABA)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)

International Society for the Study of Dissociation

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Sidran Foundation

Joanna Poppink, MFT, licensed psychotherapist, specializing in eating disorders 10573 West Pico Bl. #20, Los Angeles, CA, (310) 474-4165

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