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 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 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
 

Helping people heal from eating disorders is my passion. I myself am recovered from an eating disorder, and my own recovered therapist was instrumental in my healing process. My hope is to be that safe and trusted person for others because of my lived experience. I am fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) under supervision to earn that distinction, and I anticipate finishing that in early 2022.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

I have engaged in the treatment of individuals with eating disorder over the past six years. My professional experience and training included Children's Hospital Colorado and The Eating Recovery Center.

— Kyle Woodson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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

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 worked in the eating disorder field for over a decade, and have trained and supervised others in the field. I utilize evidenced-based practices including Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Based Therapy for adolescents.

— Brandi Stalzer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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
 

I have over 3yrs experience working with body image issues, eating disorders and lessened self-confidence. I have worked in all levels of care on these issues.

— Ariel Harris, Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

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
 

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

Experienced in treating eating disorders including restriction, binge-purge, and emotional adding. And negative or distorted body image.

— Maia Kiley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I have experience working at all levels of care with eating disorders, including inpatient work. I utilize a combination of approaches including CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and creative therapies to address difficulty around food, body image, and societal influence on diet/exercise culture.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA

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 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 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 ,

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