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 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

Recovery is possible. I am Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned. We will identify parts of yourself that need to feel seen and acknowledged.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR
 

Treating eating disorders is my passion. I am honored to be able to help others heal. I have also been treating eating disorders for most of my career and I am also personally recovered. I believe my personal experience gives me both an extra level of empathy and knowledge. I currently am continuing my education is RO-DBT which is designed to treat eating and over control disorders.

— Gabrielle Morreale, Counselor in Ambler, PA

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
 

During my master's program, I spent much time writing papers and researching eating disorders. EDs are a major concern for the adolescent and emerging adult communities. I completed my capstone project/presentation on EDs in order to spread awareness and knowledge to other young counseling professionals on the risk factors for these populations as well as ways in which to best treat these disorders within these two populations.

— Andrea Rose, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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 provide individual counseling for adults with eating disorders, those who struggle with yo-yo dieting, obsessions over diet and exercise, and body image through a HAES (Health at Every Size) Approach.

— Adrienne Kandhari, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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
 

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 Newport, KY

The cognitive behavioral model emphasizes the important role that both thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavioral) can play in maintaining an eating disorder. Examples of maintaining factors include: Cognitive Factors-over-evaluation of weight and shape, negative body image, core beliefs about self-worth, negative self-evaluation, perfectionism Behavioral Factors- weight-control behaviors including dietary restraint, restriction, binge-eating, purging behaviors, self-harm, body checking and body avoidance Individuals with eating disorders often hold a negative or distorted view of themselves and their bodies. These thoughts can result in feelings of shame, anxiety or disgust that often trigger weight control behaviors and fuel a cycle of negative self-evaluation. CBT helps the client to examine which specific factors are maintaining their disorder and together you and I set personalized goals that are addressed throughout the various phases of CBT.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

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 sometime during Fall 2021.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

I want to help you discover your eating’s underlying emotional causes in a kind, safe way –one that stretches but doesn’t strain you. I’ll help you view food as fuel for our life’s activities. As we explore and learn about the things that have kept you “stuck” previously, those previous messages that feel like they’re never going to let go start easing their grip. You'll learn to let go of terms like 'good' or 'bad' and how you may be linking anxiety or fear to unhealthy coping with food.

— Kelly Wallace, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,
 

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

Fighting an eating disorder is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. I know you may feel like this is the way things have been and it's the way it will always be. But full recovery is possible. It is hard work and I want to walk with you on this journey to recovery.

— Melodye Phillips, Counselor in Tyler, TX
 

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

I'm trained in EMDR and EMDR for eating disorders. In addition I am receiving my intuitive eating certification. My passion is helping women and teens with disordered eating and eating disorders find food freedom.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA
 

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. http://www.embodiedrecovery.org

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

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 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