General Psychiatry & Eating Disorder Treatment
Special Concerns with COVID19 and Eating Disorders
Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, D.O.
300 Garden City Plaza, Suite #312
Garden City, NY 11530
Jeffrey DeSarbo, D.O.
Dr. DeSarbo is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders as well as general psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and quality of life issues. Dr. DeSarbo is also a registered physician with The New York State Medical Marijuana Program. As a physician, Dr. DeSarbo completed his medical internship and training in psychiatry through the New York University (NYU) residency program at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY and he is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. Dr. DeSarbo’s special interests in the neurosciences has lead to a unique approach to Eating Disorder Treatment and other psychiatric conditions.
Dr. DeSarbo developed and oversees ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs which provides intensive, custom, comprehensive, outpatient treatment for clients with eating disorders who require a “higher-level-of-care.” He is the founder of the annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders (EatingDisorderConference.com) which will be its 6th event in the fall of 2018. This conference has become the largest FREE high-caliber eating disorder conference in the world for clinicians and the general public. Dr. DeSarbo is also the former Executive Producer and News Anchor for the Eating Disorder News Network (EDNN), a leading international website for eating disorder research news and advice. Dr. DeSarbo also is in the process of completing two books on the subject of eating disorders: 1) Demystifying the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders, and 2) Why Eating Disorder Treatment Fails: How to Avoid Lost Time, Money and Health. Dr. DeSarbo was also the Director of the NY Eating Disorder Medical Group and he has served as a Board Member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) of Long Island.
Dr. DeSarbo frequently lectures to professionals and the public and teaches courses on eating disorders and the neuroscience and biology of mental health to physicians and other health care providers. In addition to treating eating disorders, Dr. DeSarbo also treats patient who suffer with other conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and works with couples on relationship issues. In addition to his extensive training in psychopharmacology, he has been trained in and practices psychodynamic, existential, and cogntive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and considers mindfulness training a major part of long-term mental well-being. With the use of evidence-based medicine, Dr. DeSarbo combines the art of therapy with the science and biological understanding of the human brain and body to help clients understand themselves as a whole: mind, body and spirit.
While Dr. DeSarbo is a psychiatrist who has individual office appointments for therapy and medication management, he also offers intensive one-on-one treatment for select cases that requires breakthrough advances in shorter periods of time. Dr. DeSarbo’s unique one-on-one programs can have him working with a single patient for 5-8 hours a day 5-7 days a week. These select programs when available may be conducted on Long Island, nationally, and even internationally.
Dr. DeSarbo’s Treatment Approach and Affiliations
From the moment you enter our suite of offices you will feel totally comfortable. The waiting area is serene, with comfortable seating, a 150-gallon fish aquarium and relaxing music from the sound system. The offices with designer furniture and nature expressed in oil paintings look more like a living room than a medical office.
Dr. DeSarbo has a very relational style and draws extensively from his significant life experiences as well as his medical understanding of the brain, mind and body. By combining psychodynamic, existential and cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness training in his treatment, patients develop an understanding of their thinking and behaviors, what motivates or hinders them in the world and what actions need to be taken to enhance the quality of their lives.
Dr. DeSarbo also works in collaboration with some of the very best physicians, specialists, treatment centers, therapists, counselors, and nutritionist to provide a thorough treatment plan in the patient’s best interest.
Dr. DeSarbo will assess a patient’s mental health as it may be relating to associated medical conditions. Routine laboratory work and monitoring, and prescription of medications often play an important role in the proper diagnosis and treatment of any condition. Addressing issues of quality sleep and nutrition are also factors monitored in the office. When it comes to the use of medications for mental health, Dr. DeSarbo’s approach is both cautionary and realistic. The risks and benefits of the use of medications as well as other non-medical approaches is openly discussed.
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