What others say...
Working with Dr. Miller was life changing. I have struggled with weight ever since I can remember. I was always the "chubby" kid, the heavy teen, and the yo-yoing adult. One night, after eating everything in my pantry, I decided to try a different approach to weight management. I figured that if I were going to fix this obsession with food, I would need a professional to help me understand how I got there in the first place. I turned to Dr. Miller for a life change; in search of answers that I hoped would be the key to a peaceful relationship with my body and with food...ONCE AND FOR ALL.
After 5 minutes with Dr. Miller, I knew I had made the right decision. During our time together, I learned things about myself that helped me put the pieces of the puzzle together and to understand "why" I was the way I was. Dr. Miller armed me with the tools and awareness I needed to slowly find a place of peace...and with that came new habits and much lower numbers on the scale. I am forever grateful to Dr. Miller for giving me what I needed to take this turn in life. I feel great, look great, and most importantly, I am no longer a prisoner to food.
When I began working with Daisy Miller, I had been in treatment for disordered eating for 15 years. Inpatient hospitalization can break habits but it doesn't teach life management. Daisy taught me how to establish appropriate boundaries with my family. She coached me into effective planning of time. Daisy helped me believe that I had the skills and abilities to be functional and effective in my professional, personal, and social life. Every week, she gave me the messages necessary to establish new ways of thinking and new ways for simply 'dealing.' She countered my beliefs about my potential as a loving partner, and gave me different approaches to dating and relationships.
And most importantly, she helped me understand that eating is not a tool to evaluate the good or bad in any given day. I had seen 13 therapists and psychiatrists from age 19 to 34 before I met Daisy. She was the best. She was the only one who truly helped. Food is no longer a rule system. And I have the tools to navigate eating and the rest of the world.
Dr. Daisy Miller is professional, compassionate and was extremely effective in helping me to identify the issues that were affecting my eating patterns. I always looked forward to appointments with Daisy as she consistently provided thoughtful perspectives on the challenges I was facing. I always felt better and had more life-tools after talking with Daisy. She helped me to find the right path for me for which I will always be grateful!
At 41 years of age, I thought I had my eating disorder "under control." I had lived with some form of disordered eating since the age of 12. When I went through puberty, the eating disorder seemed a part of my identity, inseparable from who I was. It changed over the years and took many forms, new symptoms appeared as others faded (to reappear years later), and the one constant in my life seemed to be an obsession with body image and an inability to eat normally.
Over the years, I have seen four psychiatrists (one a specialist in eating disorders), two therapists, and one nutritionist. I have been prescribed more medications than I can remember for depression and anxiety, tried ancient Chinese herbal medicine (recommended by an acupuncturist), and attended OA meetings as well as group therapy sessions for anorexia/bulimia. I even tried to check myself into a hospital for eating disorders.
At some point, I simply gave up. I decided I had to accept my eating disorder and control it as much as possible.
In my late thirties, I gave birth to twins. I was proud of myself for managing to control my fear of weight gain and eating outside my rules, so that I ate both enough food and a relatively balanced diet while pregnant. But when my twins were two years old, the monster I imagined my eating disorder to be, raged uncontrollably, making me feel ashamed and miserable. Finally, my husband, feeling helpless, found Dr. Miller's phone number on the National Eating Disorder Association's (NEDA) website.
A warm and friendly voice on the phone turned out to be a kind and sympathetic professional who has helped me approach my eating disorder in a different way. My initial skepticism at her advice has turned into gratitude as the binges that ravaged my life have finally ended. I have also freed myself of the complex food rules that guided my eating for years. Seek help. Dr. Miller helped me immensely and she can assist you in recovery too.
Dr. Daisy Miller has been instrumental in helping to transform my daughter's attitude about her body and her relationship with food. When we began working with Daisy, Jenny was dealing with very poor body image issues (age 10). She ate often for comfort and used food as an outlet for emotions. It was a struggle to get Jenny to get up an exercise. We had found one or two physical activities that Jenny enjoyed and, while she would do those physical activities willingly, her body image issues still remained. In general, Jenny was not happy with who she was, based largely on her poor body image. Daisy helped Jenny change her outlook.
Over the months we worked with Daisy, she helped Jenny learn to recognize her emotions and how those emotions triggered her desires to eat. She gave Jenny some tools for gauging if she was really hungry or if she was eating for other reasons. She allowed Jenny to help find her "voice" for her feelings and use different techniques and strategies for those emotions instead of eating. She helped Jenny face some incredibly difficult observations about how Jenny felt about her own body. Over the four months we spent with Daisy, Jenny developed several strategies for "taking a temperature" on both her moods and her hunger. Those have been so valuable!
Overall, I have a child who is now much more comfortable and confident in her own skin. Thank you, Dr. Daisy Miller!
-Karen, mom to Jenny, 10y
Daisy Miller played a huge role in shaping who I am today. It is funny when I look back on my sessions with Daisy, I don't recall much on the nutrition facts about food, but what I do know is that I now think, breathe, and act normally around food.
Saying "normal" is a relative term to use for people who struggle with eating disorders, but in my opinion, and for me personally, someone who battled with Binge Eating Disorder, I no longer compulsively binge eat. The tools that Daisy taught me in my sessions were vital in my recovery. I practiced those tools every day, every meal, and would journal often.
One has to have an open mind going into therapy. You have to trust that you can get better, but you also have to put in the work to get yourself there. I know now that I am not meant to be the size I was always striving for, and I can truly say that I am no longer a sick girl anymore. I will never diet, I will always eat healthfully and mindfully like Daisy taught me, and that will never change because if there is another thing I have learned from Daisy, it's that as soon as you start to restrict yourself, all the disordered thoughts you think are in the past can resurface. Remember, it is mind over food. Even after a year and a half of being in outpatient recovery, I still use my tools everyday, for I will always be a work in progress.
I am 38 years old and have been suffering from an eating disorder since I was 12. The hardest part of this struggle is that I kept it all a secret until January 2011.
I started working with Daisy on January 28th that year. I remember because it was my birthday. I also remember feeling safe and hopeful while talking with her. Although I was scared and anxious, I also knew that I was in good hands knowing that Daisy "gets it."
Since then, I have learned that the eating disorder is not my fault. I have learned to use my voice and feel safe enough to express myself without fear of judgement. I have learned that I don't need to use my eating disorder to cope. Daisy has opened my eyes to other coping strategies.
Daisy is dedicated, compassionate, and genuine. In addition, she is the most "zen" person I know. I walk out of her office every time feeling calmer and with a new sense of confidence. Daisy has empowered me to believe that I can overcome this and one day feel the freedom that I am searching for.
I have struggled for a long time and I accept that recovery will take time and patience. I trust that Daisy has me on the right path, and for that I am truly thankful.
Testimonials for Emily Braaten MS, RD, LDN
"You have forever changed my life. I cannot thank you enough for providing the right foundation for me to continue in my recovery. I've started to get my life back, thanks to you." --Mark, 32
"Your input and expertise on my eating disorder's biggest behavior, working out, helped me see just how major it was in my life. Thanks you for being so patient with me as I navigated back into the world of movement and allowing me to screw up without judgment... I will forever be grateful for all you have helped me with." --Justin, 30
"Thank you for always talking some sense into me and for listening. I will always appreciate how patient you've been with over the past few months." --Catherine, 27