Gina Macdonald is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in Branford, CT who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and art/expressive therapies for body image challenges and eating disorders. She also specializes in mindfulness and has been a yoga teacher for over two decades. She works with both adolescents and adults across the lifespan.
When Gina begins working with clients, she assists them in completing an eating disorder assessment and, if desired, a body image assessment. She draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and utilizes modalities from the expressive arts—including art therapy, body-oriented techniques, role-playing, and/or expressive poetry—which she finds to be particularly effective for individuals who are feeling disconnected from their body.
Gina is passionate about the work she does and considers it an honor to support her clients on their journey towards healing and growth. She has worked in hospital settings and treatment centers focusing on these issues for over two decades as a therapist. She supervises therapists on body image and also for eating disorder certification. Her office is located just 15 minutes from New Haven, CT on the Branford Green. There is easy access from Interstate 95 and the bus route.
Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present, breathing techniques to assist coping
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Body image - Increasing mind-body awareness, reframing negative self talk, and clarifying perceptual distortions
Expressive Art Therapy - Movement, art, role-play and poetry techniques
Exercise abuse - Helping clients to reduce ongoing habits of extreme exercise that's intended to offset diet
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Private practice, 2006 - Present
Walden Behavioral Care
Lesley College, MA
University of Rhode Island, BFA
This weekly group offers support and helpful skills to women navigating body image challenges and disordered eating issues.
This 5-week online training group provides an opportunity for clinicians to receive group supervision hours while learning about body image complexities and evidence-based techniques from an experienced provider.