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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Disordered Eating? I've been there and done it all. I've been to the dark side of both under and over eating and learned so much in my 15 years of recovery. My training and experience has taught me that intuitive eating can be an eventual reality for everyone. I take a Health at Every Size approach to recovery and wholeheartedly believe in your ability to find freedom with food. Note that health at every size and intuitive eating does not mean chaos and endless weight gain (I promise!)

— Lauren Ball, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV

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
 

Do I have an unhealthy relationship with food? If you find yourself questioning this, then the answer is most likely yes. Tell me, what makes you wonder? Are you experiencing shame and guilt about your body? Do you find yourself skipping meals, dieting, fasting, calorie counting, overexercising, or struggling with knowing whether or not you are hungry or full? The truth is, you may be experiencing disordered eating. Before you begin shaming yourself, pause. Disordered eating is unfortunately

— The Couch Therapy, Psychotherapist in Colleyville, TX

As a nutritionist and mental health provider, I am able to provide integrative care to folks who are struggling with various forms of disordered eating. This can include restriction, bingeing, compensatory behaviors, and other symptoms that impact our relationship with food. My hope is to explore this relationship with you and find a path forward that feels less rigid and in support of your individual health needs. I am an intuitive eating provider who acknowledges the impacts of diet-culture.

— Vanessa Steffny, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Bellevue, WA
 

I am experienced in providing psychotherapy to individuals who are recovering from eating disorders, body dysmorphia, or other body image concerns. My background includes six years of experience working with adults receiving eating disorder treatment from a partial hospital outpatient eating disorder center in Portland, Oregon. I am currently working towards completion of the Eating Disorder Certificate program through Lewis and Clark College.

— Sarah Johnson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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
 

I have worked with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, and other eating disorders for over 5 years. I have created and overseen programs from outpatient to residential care. I collaborate with dietitians, psychiatrists, general practitioners, inpatient facilities and other medical providers. I have worked with individuals who prefer meal plans and those who prefer intuitive eating and find both to have varying benefits. Additionally, I have training in Health at Every Size.

— Crystal L. Vatza, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have several years of experience in treating Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID, Family Base Therapy for Anorexia and restrictive eating and a HAES aligned provider supporting binge eating disorder.

— Amanda Hagos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fremont, CA
 

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 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 ,
 

Having worked at a residential eating disorder facility for over 15 years, I am knowledgable and passionate about helping individuals who struggle with bulimia nervosa, anorexia, binge eating disorder, food addiction, and emotional eating. In my experience, we begin using food as a way to control things when most other things are outside of our control. It starts as a solution that over time becomes a problem that is difficult to address without support.

— Kristina Beaudry, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Davie, 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
 

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

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 make use of my training in intuitive eating and eating disorders to work with clients with disordered eating patterns and body image issues. Destigmatizing and deshaming the experience surrounding eating disorders and making more space for their individual experience is something I aim to do in my work.

— Isha Kumar, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

My philosophy is that all foods fit. Societal pressures oftentimes reinforce the beliefs that for an individual to struggle with an eating disorder it must be physically apparent and symptoms must be "extreme." Whether it is restriction, bingeing, bingeing & purging, and/or heightened focus on eating specific foods, I believe that each person's recovery process is unique. My goal is to learn about your experience to tailor my therapeutic approach to meet your individual needs.

— Leslie Aguilar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA
 

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