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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Negative feelings like anxiety, depression, and stress leave us overwhelmed and more vulnerable to critical thoughts about our appearance and self-worth. Eating disorders often develop to fulfill a need – control, manage feelings, numb pain, and self-punishment to name a few. You’re here because you want the cycle of fear, guilt, and shame to end. Together we can begin the process of healing from your eating disorder in the healthiest way possible.

— Amy Consovoy, Psychotherapist in Oradell, NJ

Eating disorders are conditions that cause disturbances to your diet and the way you view and consume food. You may eat too little, too much, or become obsessed with rituals around food. Those with eating disorders are often preoccupied with weight and body image. I will explore various types of treatments with you and collaborate with your medical team as necessary.

— Christine Rivlin, Associate Professional Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
 

I have over 3 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder and their support system/family members. I have experience in inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient. I am happy to incorporate exposure and response prevention in our therapy process!

— Jordan Suarez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

I am a certified eating disorder specialist, trainer and educator

— Dr Stephanie Waitt, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Sherman, TX
 

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

I have a therapeutic focus in the areas of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), disordered eating, compulsive exercise and body image concerns. I treat eating disorders from a health at every size, intuitive eating, and all foods fit approach. I view eating disorders as maladaptive coping skills and support clients' in self determination in recovery.

— Angela Harris, Mental Health Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

I have years of experience supporting individuals with eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex and multifaceted beasts and I will be there to support you as we face this beast together. I will gently and compassionately guide you towards wellness and healing by working towards ending the painful eating disorder cycle. You are stronger than you think and recovery is possible.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Once you made the choice to begin living your life again and not use your eating or lack thereof to deal with your given problems, I can show you how to do that. I can also show you how to reconnect with the different parts of you to create a more harmonious balance between what happens in life and your reactions to it. I can help you connect to your body in a way that helps you feel more centered and grounded and less chaotic and anxious. You will get your life back

— Yoni Banayan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Las Vegas, NV
 

Food is one of the earliest ways we humans experience nurturance and interaction with a caring adult. food takes on many meanings about relationships, needs, control, and the value of self. The development of an eating disorder signals a problem in one or several of these areas; it arises as an attempt to solve this problem, by drawing attention to the problem, by pulling the family together to address symptoms of the eating disorder; or expressing/repressing feelings related to current problem.

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

I have experience working with eating disorders at the outpatient, IOP, and PHP levels of care and I am well connected to community resources, so I can help you set up a treatment team and get the help you need. I'm a member of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. When working with eating disorders, I am conscientious not only of your relationship with food and your body, but also the way that your disordered eating impacts the support people in your life, your relationship with substances such as alcohol or pain meds, and your romantic relationships. I see clients with all sorts of unwanted food behaviors, including restriction, bingeing, purging, food avoidance, overexercise, and obsessively healthy choices.

— Tricia Mihal, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

For the past seven years, I have worked with clients struggling with eating disorders at the partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient level. After working as a milieu therapist, primary therapist, and group therapy facilitator at an eating disorder treatment center, I began working as an outpatient therapist in private practice specifically focusing on members of the LGBTQ+ community who struggle with body image and eating

— Zach Verwey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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 in ,
 

Eating disorders have the highest rate of mortality of all mental health disorders. Is this surprising when we look at how much diet culture has generated problems of fat phobia in society? There are so many industries who capitalize off of people feeling insecure about their body size, shape, and weight. Eating disorders are good at deceit, and I am support individuals and families become aware of the lies, fight back, and recover.

— Suzanne Sanchez, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

Food is one of the earliest ways we humans experience nurturance and interaction with a caring adult. food takes on many meanings about relationships, needs, control, and the value of self. The development of an eating disorder signals a problem in one or several of these areas; it arises as an attempt to solve this problem, by drawing attention to the problem, by pulling the family together to address symptoms of the eating disorder; or expressing/repressing feelings related to current problem.

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

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

For the last 3 years I have been working in a hospital setting treating children and adolescents with Eating Disorders. I received training in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Having a child with an Eating Disorder is incredibly stressful and terrifying and can create crisis in the family system. I enjoyed working with the patients and providing caregivers with the skills and tools they need to support their child through recovery.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

I've been actively working with eating disorders since 2018. I have experience helping people with symptoms of food restriction, bulimia, and binge eating. I work from a Health At Every Size framework so that no matter where your ED is coming from, we'll start by meeting you where you are today. Whether you're brand new to the possibility of having an ED, or you need a hand in continuing the next step in your recovery, I'm here to help.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Many clients I have worked with who have substance use disorder ofter experienced an eating disorder as well. I have worked with many clients to heal their relationship with food and their own bodies.

— Ashley McInerney, Clinical Social Worker in Bloomfield, CT
 

Food is one of the earliest ways we humans experience nurturance and interaction with a caring adult. food takes on many meanings about relationships, needs, control, and the value of self. The development of an eating disorder signals a problem in one or several of these areas; it arises as an attempt to solve this problem, by drawing attention to the problem, by pulling the family together to address symptoms of the eating disorder; or expressing/repressing feelings related to current problem.

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO