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 worked with eating disorders for several years. There are many underlining concerns when it comes to eating disorders, so I use a variety of techniques to help people reach their goals.

— Stephanie Milan, 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 disorder behaviors.

— Zach Verwey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I treat all eating disorders through a Health at Every size lens. This includes anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), orthorexia, and other feeding and eating disorders. I also work with weight and body image issues for cis and trans individuals.

— Jessica Ulmer, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

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

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

Eating disorders are typically a symptom of something much bigger we have struggled with in our lives. Living with an eating disorder typically looks like constantly maintaining control in a world where you constantly feel out of control. You may filter "food noise" every moment of the day, whether that's counting down to the next time you eat or guilting yourself for the last thing you ate. Healing looks like control in healthy ways and freedom from the noise.

— Stephanie Townsend, Licensed Master of Social Work in Marietta, GA

I subscribe to Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating. I am also a certified group facilitator of the Body Positive curriculum and certified Body Poet.

— NANCY LAUTENBACH, Art Therapist in Honolulu, HI

I have lived experience with having disordered eating and body image distress. I know how difficult the recovery process can be. I believe in Health At Every Size, and I know that every eating disorder is unique.

— samantha mero, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

If you have noticed recently or throughout your life that you have a difficult relationship with food and/or your body, you are not alone. Our world’s “diet culture” promotes a weight-loss mentality that can be really hurtful and dangerous. Together, we can begin to look at the relationship you have to food, eating, exercise, and your body and shift to a mentality that emphasizes empowerment.

— Erica Kopf, Professional Counselor Associate

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in wellington, CO

Negative feelings like anxiety, sadness, and stress leave us 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. 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

Many people use food to manage their emotions but are not fully aware that this is occurring. I work with individuals who sense that their relationship with food is not quite right. Perhaps this week tomatoes are bad. Next week it's the latest diet or eating clean week. Learn to understand your connection between emotional difficulties and how you use food. Transition into a more regulated way of living your life.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I have advanced doctoral level training and experience treating eating disorders, specifically bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in young adults.

— Lauren Garza, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Hutto, 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 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

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 will help you heal your relationship with food & body size and help you explore the underlying messages that contributed to & maintain the eating disorder.

— Nicole Iwule, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

I come from a Healthy at Every Size approach and encourage balanced eating vs any type of dieting or food restriction. I work with individuals to understand the role of the eating disorder in their life and help them work towards more sustainable coping methods.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Asheville, NC

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'm a certified eating disorders specialist and have experience working with eating disorders at multiple levels of care. I help people understand the function that their eating disorders serve and move toward a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. A Certified Body TrustⓇ Provider, my approach is firmly rooted in Intuitive Eating and the Health at Every SizeⓇ approach, and I believe that a weight-inclusive framework is crucial to working with all eating disorders.

— Stacey Rosenfeld, Psychologist in Coral Gables, FL