Marriage & Family Therapist in Germantown, MD

Tracie Strucker, PhD, LCMFT

Tracie Strucker, PhD, LCMFT photo
Restoration: Mind + Body + Mood
create health in your mind, body & food relationship
Is it time to stop the food fight?
Do you feel like your relationship with food and your body takes up way too much of your emotional and mental energy?
If you have tried diets, going to the gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, bariatric surgery, the list can go on and on, and you still focus on food, are uncomfortable with your body, and endlessly criticize yourself, it is emotional torture.

It is time for a change.

Often you may find yourself waiting for something to get better and putting “it” off until tomorrow. When you wake in the morning you feel like you can keep it together, but something stressful happens and you begin the process of shaming yourself all over again.

It’s hard to stay motivated to change when you are in it all alone.

When emotional eating gets the best of you…
Sometimes the uncomfortable feelings are turned inward. You may feel like there is, “something wrong with you.” Maybe you use emotional eating to try and soothe yourself, lift your spirits, or just get some relief. Shutting out the world, the thoughts, and the feelings is a temporary solution.

It may help for a while, but the pain will return, often sweeping you up in a tidal wave of emotion, confusion, and despair.

The result is even more of a focus on food and more body hate and shame.

Why emotional eating?
We all try to manage our feelings in all sorts of ways—some are helpful, some miss the mark, and some are downright painful.

The way to move through emotional eating is to walk through the emotion, not around it with food.

In our therapy work we will address the underlying feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and disconnection in a ways that are helpful. We will work to develop new solutions and perhaps revisit old ones that worked in the past.

We will work to change the old patterns or habits that hold you back and create new habits that you feel good about and want to use.

Do I just need a better diet?
Sometimes you may feel like, “if I can just get a hold of the food and control it; things will get better.”

Sometimes this works, but only for a short time, diets and restricting are not a long term solution.

For every diet, there’s a binge to follow—it is just part of our natural survival instinct of famine and feast, even though we live in a world with abundant food.

Real control is in the ability to make choices and act on them.

To be conscious, moment by moment, making choices that matter.

How does therapy help?
Therapy for eating problems is consistently shown to be highly effective.

Through a step by step process, we will address the immediate problems or behaviors of bingeing, chronic dieting, over exercise, restricting, etc. We will also address the underlying issues which drive those behaviors in the first place. This combined approach works to both relieve the symptoms and resolve the underlying issues, bringing with it lifelong healing.

The goals of therapy for emotional eating…
*address chronic dieting
*stop the binge-restrict cycle
*create new non-food solutions for anxiety
*rediscover a healthy relationship with your body
*improve communication skills with both self and others
Tracie Strucker, PhD
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
I have 20 years of experience working with people to heal mind-body problems, which includes eating disorders, addiction, and other stress related disorders such as cancer survivorship, asthma, back pain, etc. I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland and I hold a doctorate in psychology with a specialized focus in health psychology. In addition, my master’s degree training focused on family systems and psychodynamic psychotherapies. I work from a collaborative approach which includes a careful consideration of the mind-body relationship and how this relationship influences both dis-ease and health. An important focus of my work with patients is on the relationships they have with themselves and with others who are important in their life.Prior to relocating to the Washington DC area, I founded the La Que Sabe Eating Disorders Clinic in Austin, Texas. The clinic was proud to hold a success rate of an 80% reduction of problematic eating behaviors in the first month of treatment.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Anger Management  Group Therapy
 Anger Management  Hypnotherapy
 Body Image Issues  Loneliness
 Caregiver Issues  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Chronic Illness  Self Esteem Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Stress Management
 Depression  Women's Issues
 Eating Disorders  Work and Career Issues
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Professional Activities and Memberships
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow since 1998.
Mid-Atlantic Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, member since 2009.
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, member and served as Marketing Chair for several years.
Hours:By appointment
License:Maryland LCM429
13240 Executive Park Terrace
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