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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Recovering from eating disorders and/or changing disordered eating habits through anti-diet lens; Health at Every Size; restriction; fat stigma; body image; social justice framework

— Katy Perkins Coveney, Clinical Social Worker in Fayetteville, NC

I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and have been working specifically in the eating disorder field since 2017, but have experience beyond that. I have over a year and half experience in eating disorder treatment at the partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient levels of care and then joined a primarily eating disorder focused private practice.

— Elizabeth Bolton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX

Early relational trauma: loneliness, unreliable caregivers, abuse, abandonment, shaming, -can result in lifelong patterns of disordered eating and substance abuse. Bulimic binging, Anorexic restricting, or using an addictive “drug of choice” fills-in for an insecure attachment until we break the pattern. We work to find the “right fit” in Relational Therapy, Archetypal Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Brainspotting, -re-connecting to the Soulful identity you were meant to be!

— Rebecca Spear, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I have been working with eating disorders for almost 4 years. I utilize various modalities when treating eating disorders, such as Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look through the lens of Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating when treating eating disorders.

— Luis Macias-Abbott, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I specialize in treating eating disorders, employing a collaborative approach by closely working with medical doctors and registered dietitians to provide comprehensive care. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I anchor my approach to addressing disordered eating behaviors, helping clients reconnect with their intuitive relationship with food. I am committed to incorporating discussions of privilege, socio-economic class, and trauma to provide a culturally sensitive treatment experience.

— Christina Arceri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Disordered eating has a way of sneaking up on you, even years after you thought you'd conquered it. Maintaining recovery from an eating disorder is tough when life throws us challenges. You might be noticing restricting behaviors popping up when you're under a lot of stress. Maybe you still can't miss a day working out without extreme guilt and anxiety. Finding yourself bingeing again after a frustrating phone call with your mom? I get it. Together, we can take your recovery to the next level.

— Chloe Cox, Psychotherapist in Irvine, CA

Alyson is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-supervisor. She has been working in the eating disorder field for over 15 years and has experience working at higher levels of care as well as outpatient therapy. Alyson takes a compassionate approach to treating eating disorders which integrates client-centered therapy and evidence based practices.

— Alyson Lischer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

At The Couch Therapy, we are a therapy practice that offers health at every size (HAES) therapy for eating disorders or disordered eating. We believe in a gentle approach to helping those struggling with disordered eating. When working with a HAES aligned therapist, you can expect to sit in a safe space to process the timeline of your relationship with food, process significant moments in life that influenced your beliefs, and remind you to release the petri dish of shame you’ve been holding.

— The Couch Therapy, Psychotherapist in Colleyville, TX

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 have a history of working with clients with eating disorders, and find that body positivity is an integral part of any body belief.

— Meghan FitzPatrick, Psychologist in New York, NY

My practice specializes in working with eating disorders and disordered relationships with food/body. I spent the first 2 years post graduate school really focusing in on my specialty training in eating disorders, and I continue to learn more with each client. These experiences are often misunderstood, and can have origins in trauma, oppression, and difficulty in family dynamics.

— Grace Lautman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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 frequently work with folks where family based treatment (FBT) was not a fit or you're wanting an in-depth , somatic based approach to recovery. I predominately use the Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). I'm Certified in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and practice this when indicated--often for young folks with new eating disorders and caregivers available to engage in the process.

— Katy Lackey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating behaviors that adversely affect a person's physical or mental health. Common types include binge eating disorder, where a person eats a large amount in a short period of time; anorexia nervosa, where the person has an intense fear of gaining weight and restricts food or overexercises to manage this fear, & bulimia nervosa, where individuals eat a large quantity (binging) then try to rid themselves of the food (purging).

— Alana Heavirland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA

I specialize in treating anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and also offer support for those choosing to undergo bariatric surgery. For more information on my treatment approach to each, please visit my website,, and look under Therapy Services / Adult and Adolescent Therapy.

— Sudi Khosropur, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Toluca Lake, CA

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 and utilize a Health at Every size approach.

— Kelly Price, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Many of our therapists have received advanced training in eating disorders and have years of experience helping clients overcome disruptive eating behaviors.

— Natalie Buchwald, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY

I have sharpened my skills and expertise through a combination of formal education, ongoing professional development, and hands-on experience with diverse clients. My journey to becoming an expert in this field started with a deep passion for understanding the connections between psychological well-being and disordered eating behaviors.

— Taniesha Delph, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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