Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are characterized by persistent food-related or eating behaviors that harm your health, emotions, or ability to function. They often involve an individual focusing too much on weight, body shape, and food. Most commonly, these take the form of anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating. Anorexia involves excessively limiting calories and/or using other methods to lose weight (e.g. exercise, laxatives). People with anorexia often have an extreme fear of gaining weight and have an abnormally low body weight, along with a distorted perception of their weight or body shape. Bulimia involves periods of eating a large amount of food in a short time (bingeing), followed by attempting to rid oneself of the extra calories in an unhealthy way (such as forced vomiting). These behaviors are often accompanied by a sense of a total lack of control. Binge-eating disorder involves eating too much food, past the point of being full, at least once a week, and feeling a lack of control over this behavior. If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself, a qualified professional therapist can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s eating disorder experts for help today.

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I have expertise in disordered eating, body image and self esteem, particularly binge eating, body dysmorphia, restricting and over-exercise. Our work is a mix of understanding and modifying behaviors while also exploring the personal, family, social and cultural influences that contributed to their development.

— Dawn Johnson, Psychologist in Washington, DC

Helping people heal from eating disorders is my passion. I myself am recovered from an eating disorder, and my own recovered therapist was instrumental in my healing process. My hope is to be that safe and trusted person for others because of my lived experience. I am fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) under supervision to earn that distinction, and I anticipate finishing that sometime during Fall 2021.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN
 

I believe eating disorders manifest as a survival skill to cope with difficult life experiences, as a way to regulate stress. Eating disorders are complex mental health issues that affect individuals both physically and emotionally. They have a huge impact on our quality of life due to severe obsessions surrounding food and weight when untreated serious health risks are implicated. They can include a wide range of behaviors including binging, restricting, purging, and other behavior,

— Sasha Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

I believe eating disorders manifest as a survival skill to cope with difficult life experiences, as a way to regulate stress. Eating disorders are complex mental health issues that affect individuals both physically and emotionally. They have a huge impact on our quality of life due to severe obsessions surrounding food and weight when untreated serious health risks are implicated. They can include a wide range of behaviors including binging, restricting, purging, and other behavior,

— Sasha Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA
 

I have experience working with chronic and severe eating disorders at residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care. I take a multidisciplinary approach and collaborate with Registered Dietitians who I trust to ensure that your body's nutritional needs are being met as we tackle underlying patterns of restriction, overexercising, purging, or rigid and painful food rules. I want to help you find pleasure in food and meaning in movement without hating yourself.

— Summer Forlenza, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

We take a body-centered approach to treating eating disorders, viewing recovery as an additive process of bringing in regulation resources. We are trained in the Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders model. http://www.embodiedrecovery.org

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC
 

Recovery is possible. I am Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned. We will identify parts of yourself that need to feel seen and acknowledged.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

Eating disorders are painful. They come along to help you out. Dieting is a way to fit in, to belong, to control. It works. Until it doesn't. Trying to control your eating & your body can lead to an ever increasing obsession with food and your appearance. It is still trying to help you but it is also hurting you. A lot. This can change! You can learn to have a really great life without an eating disorder. This life is more authentic, free, and happy. Reach out today!

— Food Is Not The Enemy Eating Disorder Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I provide individual counseling for adults with eating disorders, those who struggle with yo-yo dieting, obsessions over diet and exercise, and body image through a HAES (Health at Every Size) Approach.

— Adrienne Kandhari, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I follow the Health at Every Size (HAES) model and utilize intuitive eating tools to help people reconnect with their bodies and take care of themselves in whatever way is most life giving for them.

— Cassandra Walker, Counselor
 

I'm trained in EMDR and EMDR for eating disorders. In addition I am receiving my intuitive eating certification. My passion is helping women and teens with disordered eating and eating disorders find food freedom.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA

To be blunt, eating disorders suck. Even if the term “eating disorder” doesn’t resonate with you, we can work on healing your relationship with your body and food. I offer a warm and supportive way of understanding eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder, and other difficult emotions and patterns related to your relationship with food and body. My practice is deeply rooted in the Health at Every Size® and intuitive eating frameworks.

— Ceara Cuthbertson, Psychotherapist in Boone, NC
 

Eating disorders are a range of psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits to develop. They might start with an obsession with food, body weight, or body shape. In severe cases, eating disorders can cause serious health consequences and may even result in death if left untreated. Page Morris has extensive experience working with eating disorders and knowledge of the best programs around the country if that is needed for your individual treatment.

— Page Morris, Psychotherapist in Chevy Chase, MD

I have worked in eating disorder treatment on and off since 2012. I have worked in outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Residential, and Inpatient treatment settings. I feel passionately about helping those struggle with eating disorders, one of the most complex and tormenting mental health disorders. I work alongside Registered Dieticians and physicians when necessary.

— Alexandra Klein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO
 

I want to help you discover your eating’s underlying emotional causes in a kind, safe way –one that stretches but doesn’t strain you. I’ll help you view food as fuel for our life’s activities. As we explore and learn about the things that have kept you “stuck” previously, those previous messages that feel like they’re never going to let go start easing their grip. You'll learn to let go of terms like 'good' or 'bad' and how you may be linking anxiety or fear to unhealthy coping with food.

— Kelly Wallace, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

The cognitive behavioral model emphasizes the important role that both thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavioral) can play in maintaining an eating disorder. Examples of maintaining factors include: Cognitive Factors-over-evaluation of weight and shape, negative body image, core beliefs about self-worth, negative self-evaluation, perfectionism Behavioral Factors- weight-control behaviors including dietary restraint, restriction, binge-eating, purging behaviors, self-harm, body checking and body avoidance Individuals with eating disorders often hold a negative or distorted view of themselves and their bodies. These thoughts can result in feelings of shame, anxiety or disgust that often trigger weight control behaviors and fuel a cycle of negative self-evaluation. CBT helps the client to examine which specific factors are maintaining their disorder and together you and I set personalized goals that are addressed throughout the various phases of CBT.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

Fighting an eating disorder is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. I know you may feel like this is the way things have been and it's the way it will always be. But full recovery is possible. It is hard work and I want to walk with you on this journey to recovery.

— Melodye Phillips, Counselor in Tyler, TX

I have been working with eating disorders for over 10 years and am passionate about helping individuals heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Food and body can become complicated in today's culture and you may have other factors like anxiety and depression that fuel the eating disorder. I can help you heal. I can guide you towards a more compassionate and kind way of treating yourself. You deserve recovery and therapy can help you get there.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA