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December 3rd, 2021 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

The EDC mission is to bring together mental health providers, physicians, dieticians, educators, persons with lived experience, and concerned citizens alike, to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders and increase resources for advocacy, education, prevention, and training in Ulster County and the greater Hudson Valley.


Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Dr. Cris Haltom has been a professional psychologist delivering psychotherapy services for 30 years. She individualizes her approach to each person and family, drawing from many skills learned over the years. Her areas of specialty include interpersonal and family relationships, mood disorders, anxiety issues, and eating disorders.

Dr. Haltom is also a speaker and educator. She has given workshops and lectures on clinical psychotherapy topics and is part-time faculty at Ithaca College. Over the years Dr. Haltom has helped people of all ages negotiate constructive change.

Her belief is that everyone she treats has the capacity to make positive change at a pace set by each individual or family. She encourages forward movement toward personally defined goals.

Recent Publications

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Warning Signs, Treatment Options, and Stories of Courage

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders introduces readers to common teen eating disorder scenarios, their warning signs, and treatment options.

Each chapter examines a teen or tween and brings the factors, whether they be environmental, genetic, co-existing conditions, etc. that contribute to his or her eating disorder, to life, while seamlessly integrating the latest research in gene inheritance, brain chemistry, and eating disorders in accessible, reader-friendly language.

Each chapter provides treatment options, including outpatient, group therapy, and in-patient programs, for both the young person and the family. Each also ends with a Q & A section that reflects the concerns a parent, loved one, or treatment professional may have.

Previous Publications

A Stranger at the Table

A Stranger at the Table

A Stranger at the Table

Dealing with your child's eating disorder

A Stranger at the Table: Dealing with Your Child’s Eating Disorder offers parents a real-life glimpse into the lives of those with eating disorders and carefully considers the perspective of parents. Most of all it is full of practical tips for parents about how to cope with eating disorders in their children, from to the time of discovery to the time of recovery.

Dr. Chris Haltom - Psychotherapist and Author

Psychological Services

  • Initial evaluation and assessment
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family psychotherapy
  • Consultation services
  • Clinical workshops on eating disorders and on anxiety disorders


  • Certified Level 2, EMDR Therapist, 1998
  • Certified Family-Based Treatment Therapist, FBT-Cert. 2010,  see
  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS), 2013 to present, International, Assoc. of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation
  • Advanced training in DBT, CBT
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ)



PhD Cornell University, Dept. of Psychology, Psychopathology, 1978



New York Sate Licensed Psychologist (1980 to present)


Professional memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • International Family Therapy Association


Additional extensive training

Mentor coach:  personal and life coach

Available Hours

​Monday-Thursday, 8:15 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Fri. 8:15 A.M to 4:00 P.M.

Length of sessions

55 Minutes


We can electronically submit any insurance claims for you.

Session Fee

$140.00 – $150.00 per session

In-Network With

  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Student Health Plan (SHP) for Cornell University
    • Students: $10 co-pay
  • Cornell University employees
    • Aetna with $20 co-pay
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
    • We are not in-network with BC/BS. However, we can provide you with a statement at the time of service that can be submitted to BC/BS for reimbursement.  Claim forms for Excellus and Empire BCBS are available upon request.  Also, we are currently able to submit BCBS claims for clients electronically with the understanding that all payments are to be made to the insured (patient) only.

Payment policy

Co-pays or full amount due at time of appointment.

Payment Options

Cash, check or MC/V, Discovery, Debit credit cards