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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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 been specializing in eating disorder recovery for the past 8 years, including leading a multidisciplinary team as clinical director at an eating disorder PHP/IOP clinic. I have a lot of respect for the profound ways that eating disorders often help people cope and survive in this world. My goal is to help my clients develop their ability for intuitive eating/movement and rebuild body trust, as well as to uproot fatphobic and diet culture beliefs. I believe full recovery is possible.

— Joy Linn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

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

I come from a Health at Every Size approach and believe intuitive eating for long term recovery. I take a team approach in working with a registered dietician as well as your primary care doctor to best support all aspects of recovery.

— Jena Kenny, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jupiter, FL

I shifted from work in Clinical Nutrition in the acute care setting to Psychotherapy when I knew I wanted to treat Eating Disorders. The miracle of recovery that I experienced in a relatively short time, inspired me to learn how that came to be. Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Overeating are issuer related to Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma; they result in medical issues related to nutrition- so this expertise is essential as well.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

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 specialize in eating disorders as a result of specialized training that was engaged in while working at a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. I work with the entire range of this population

— Kelly Price, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Moving through life with an eating disorder is not an easy journey; it's difficult to be fully engaged in life when you're surrounded by food. It can feel as though your body is in a constant battle with your mind: do I avoid the food to avoid the fear or do I fuel my body? Is there something wrong with me if I fuel my body? Our society equates a white-centric, colonized body as a valuable body, and a valuable body as a valuable and worthy person.

— Anastasia Scangas, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

Treating eating disorders is my passion. I am honored to be able to help others heal. I have also been treating eating disorders for most of my career and I am also personally recovered. I believe my personal experience gives me both an extra level of empathy and knowledge. I currently am continuing my education is RO-DBT which is designed to treat eating and over control disorders.

— Gabrielle Morreale, Counselor in Ambler, PA

Eating disorders and related behaviors are about far more than food. Complex feelings of fear, sadness, trauma, and so much more have manifested into something you feel you can control -- the amount of food you allow yourself to have. But do you really feel in control? What is it that is getting in the way of you feeling comfortable in your body? Your eating disorder is far more complex than just eating. Together, we will heal your heart and mind and your relationship with your body and food.

— Cristina Shea, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

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 ,

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 ,

I myself was diagnosed with an eating disorder at a young age. After going through years of my own therapy and eating disorder specific treatment, I was motivated to help others struggling. My personal experience in recovery is what drove me to pursue a career as a therapist. I now help clients with a range of disordered eating and body image concerns. I follow HAES and intuitive eating, and I usually work with clients using ACT, DBT, CBT, narrative therapy, Motivational Int., and mindfulness.

— Juliette Blank, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I have experience working in an eating disorders program that included partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment. I have completed intake assessments that included a "level of care recommendation" for eating disorder treatment based on diagnoses such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. I also have training in the "Health at Every Size" approach and seek continuing education in how nutrition and eating relate to mental health.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

I worked at the Meadows Ranch as Primary EMDR therapist for a little over a year. I enjoyed my work there and was sad to leave, although it was due to a family move out of state. I continue to learn and grow as a therapist, and work to also be able to use EMDR therapy when appropriate with clients struggling with an eating disorder.

— Rachel Hayes, Counselor in wellington, CO

I am a certified eating disorder specialist, trainer and educator

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

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