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Who is Abigail Natenshon?

Abigail Natenshon A foremost expert in the treatment of eating disorders, Abigail H. Natenshon, MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist who has specialized in the treatment of children, young adults and their families for the past 33 years. The author of When Your Child Has An Eating Disorder: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers (Jossey Bass), Abigail is the founder and director of Eating Disorder Specialists of Illinois: A Clinic Without Walls. She hosts three informative web sites,,, which is a wholesome alternative to the pro-anorexic web sites, and She has appeared on national television as an eating disorder expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The John Walsh Show, as well as on MSNBC and on National Public Radio.

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Abigail is also a graduate of the Anat Baniel Method based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, where she has become a leader in using this Method to augment more traditional approaches to treating patients with eating disorders and body image disturbances. Particularly effective in treating long-term sufferers of eating disorders, victims of rape, sexual abuse, and self-mutilation, the technique creates a novel experience of body and self.

Abigail maintains a private practice in Highland Park, Illinois where she resides with her husband.

Psychotherapist Abigail H. Natenshon has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders with individuals, families, and groups for the past 34 years. She is the author of When Your Child Has An Eating Disorder, A Step-by-Step Workbook For Parents And Other Caregivers, Jossey-Bass, 1999. Based on hundreds of successful outcomes, this book shepherds concerned parents step-by-step through the processes of eating disorder recognition, confronting the child, finding the most effective treatment for patient and family, and evaluating and insuring a timely recovery. A guide to eating disorder prevention, this book is useful to parents, health professionals and school personnel alike in countering the pervasive epidemic of unhealthy eating and body image concerns, and destructive media and peer influences. Her work can be reviewed further at and

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