Mental Health For You E New Mexico E Deborah Schweiger-Whalen

Deborah Schweiger-Whalen

City: Santa Fe, NM
State: New Mexico
License Name: Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)


Office Address:

Zephyrus, LLC - Zephyrus of Santa Fe

Zephyrus, LLC - Zephyrus of Santa Fe

An intensive outpatient program specifically designed to address the full spectrum of symptoms associated with eating disorders, body dysmorphia and compulsive exercise in women, men, adolescent girls and boys.... Read More

460 St. Michael's Drive, Suite 1101

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Therapy Specialties: 

Coping Skills
Dual Diagnosis
Gender Identity
Peer Relationships
Sexual Addiction
Weight Loss
Chronic Impulsivity
Dissociative Disorders
Family Conflict
Obsessive Compulsive
Relationship Issues
Trauma and PTSD


Payments Accepted:
Cash, Check


Personal Statement

In order to describe how we treat eating disorders we must first understand what an eating disorder is. After many years in this field, I have arrived at the conclusion that an eating disorder is very complex and simultaneously very simple. One thing is certain – eating disorders are always very serious.

When an individual is in the grips of an eating disorder life and all of life’s complexities are reduced to 2 things – controlling the body and a denial of need. People with eating disorders share the belief that if they can control what they eat and what they weigh then everything will be okay. Unfortunately, the only way to accomplish this is to deny our needs and hungers. This belief system and all of the efforts that are required to maintain it result in what we refer to as symptoms that when observed together require a diagnosis (see below for a detailed list of symptoms and associated diagnoses).

This philosophy creates a sense of safety since now all pain, fear, and hurt no longer exist if the symptoms are successful. The reality, however, is that a self-imposed prison is erected around the individual as the symptoms gain in momentum and become more addictive, more dangerous. The disorder eventually takes over, so that one’s entire sense of self is derived from one’s weight. A life gets smaller, reduced to a number on a scale, the number of calories consumed, or the amount of time spent exercising.

Client Focus (Age)

Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
Elders (65+)

Treatment Orientation

Art Therapy
Collaborative Problem Solving
Expressive Arts
Family / Marital
Integration of different therapy models
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Systems Theory/Therapy

Services Fee

Initial Consultation $100-$200

Subsequent Consultation $100-$200

Therapy Session $100-$200

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