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Melissa Walden, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, has been with the Eating Disorder Support Network since its creation in Madison since 2014. She has worked at all levels of care including, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings. She has experience in facilitating group therapy, as well as working with families, couples, and individuals. She is eager  to collaborate and work as part of a team with her patients, support people, and other providers. Because eating disorders are such complex disorders, it is common for patients to work with a treatment team that addresses psychiatric, medical, and nutritional needs.

It is crucial to me to build a trusting relationship with my patients, providing a safe environment where patients feel comfortable exploring their beliefs, thoughts and feelings, and how this can influence behaviors. I strive to work in combination with patients and families to meet therapeutic goals by using a combination of treatment interventions that include a psychodynamic approach, as well as skill building using both cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies. These skill building techniques are used to empower patients by incorporating these skills into their daily lives to resolve interpersonal conflict. 

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