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 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 ,

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

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, 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

I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about eating disorders in today's society. Have you ever struggled with thoughts about food, weight, your reflection, being around large groups of people of different body types, or been scrutinized or judged for how you look? I am here to help debunk today's diet culture mentality of "less is more." I work from a framework that all bodies are good bodies. I am interested in creating skills to help you support and love your body and mind as one unit.

— Meagan Fischer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tyler, TX

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

Eating Disorders are the second deadliest mental heal struggle (second only to opioid addiction). They are serious and life altering. There is so much misinformation about eating disorder and this leads to many people not getting the help they need. Your struggle is valid no matter how "sick" you are and no matter what size body you have. These struggles can impact every aspect of your life and everyone should get a chance to experience freedom from eating and body oppression.

— Celeste Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tyler, TX

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.

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

I have worked with Eating Disorders for 5 years and have worked across all levels of treatment including: Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Residential, and in Private Practice.

— MYEISHA BROOKS, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

If you're reading this, I imagine the daily pressures of life along with the need to do everything right and be "perfect" became too much. Food becomes something to comfort, numb, or restrain from. Soon all you are able to do is think about, plan around, and focus on is food and body image. Sound familiar? This doesn’t have to be your life. Through therapy, you can learn to let go of food ruling your life and learn to have more self-compassion and acceptance for yourself. ​

— Devan Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

In addition to offering individual therapy for those struggling with eating disorder/disordered eating and body image issues, I also offer group therapy. I have previously worked in eating disorder treatment, and can collaborate care with higher levels of care and other outpatient treatment provides as well.

— Stephanie Gilbert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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

I work closely with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns to assist them in developing healthy behaviors around food and a more positive body image. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) help clients develop an understanding of how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected, and to provide practical skills to utilize when struggling with difficult emotions and behaviors.

— Brittany Hopkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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 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 ,

In therapy our overall goal will be to help you make peace with food and normalize your eating patterns. We will begin by assessing the nature of your struggles and collaborate on a plan for treatment that feels right for you. This plan may include changing negative thought patterns as well as processing any issues that might underlie the eating disorder. Whatever your needs are, we will address them with care.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in WHITE PLAINS, NY

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