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 specialize in eating disorders as a result of specialized training that was engaged in while working at a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. I work with the entire range of this population and utilize a Health at Every size approach.

— Kelly Price, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Working with those that struggle with their relationship with food, their body, perfectionism, self-worth, identity, and their relationships are all tied into healing process of an eating disorder. The process of healing from these concerns is not a linear experience so its important to be compassionate with yourself, and be willing to put in the work that recovery truly does take.

— Stephanie Konter-O'Hara, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Broomfield, CO
 

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 Atlanta, GA

Disordered eating is unfortunately quite normalized in our culture. Even so, if your relationship with food, exercise, or your body is causing you stress or is taking up too much of your time or attention, you deserve help and healing. This is true no matter what you weigh or no matter how "bad" your symptoms may or may not seem.

— Josie Munroe, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Springfield, VT
 

I am passionate about helping people address the many ways their relationship with food and their body can become complicated and unhealthy. This includes eating disorders as well as stressful or unhealthy relationships with food and body. I take a contextual, systems approach to understanding the origin of concerns related to eating, food, and body image. I am anti-diet, body positive/body neutral, and believe that Health at Every Size (HAES) can be a life-giving philosophy for some clients.

— Sonya Knudson, Psychologist

I have worked on multiple eating disorder treatment teams, as well as collaboratively developed a team at the university I previously worked at, coordinated a doctoral training experience with an emphasis on eating disorders, and run multiple therapy and support groups for individuals identifying as women, men, and all genders who are experiencing eating disorder symptoms. I currently coordinate the Fort Worth National Eating Disorders Association Walk and provide related trainings.

— Steffanie Grossman, Psychologist in Dallas, TX
 

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 am a certified eating disorder specialist, trainer and educator

— Dr Stephanie Waitt, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Sherman, TX
 

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

— Zach Verwey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I have over 8 years of experience working with people who struggle with disordered eating at the residential and outpatient levels. I recognize that most people who struggle with disordered eating and negative body image don't fit into a neatly defined DSM-5 diagnosis and I take this into consideration when adjusting my treatment approach to each individual client. I am body positive, HAES inclusive, and solution focused in my approach.

— Brittaney Bushell, Counselor in Oak Brook, IL
 

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

Over the past year I've worked with multiple clients struggling with anorexia. Together we've been able to find a balance between addressing symptoms such as calorie restriction, body-checking, and strict rules around food consumption, as well as understanding the purpose these behaviors serve in terms of control, distraction, and self-soothing.

— Macaul Hodge, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Food. Your weight. Your body. It’s on your mind A-L-L the time. Why can’t you just be normal, not think about your next meal or if you ate too much? It’s a constant struggle and you feel alone. Other people don't get it and you feel hopeless. As an eating disorder specialist I know the battle you're going through. There is no cure, but there are ways to heal, to cope with triggers, to rid yourself of the rumination. You've here and interested in help, so let's tackle this together.

— Rachel Goldberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA

I am a certified eating disorder therapist and supervisor. I have spent the majority of my career treating clients with eating disorders. This is a life passion of mine and I have found great purpose in walking with clients in their recovery journey.

— Amber Claudon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO
 

I view eating disorders as coping skills that many of us develop in a state of survival - they protect our bodies from things that are perceived as unsafe to know, feel, or embody. Though these patterns are maladaptive, they serve a real purpose and it's only when we can befriend these protective parts that we effectively let them go. Healing is viewing the disordered eating in a compassionate light and bringing the body back into safety.

— Elise Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

I use a blend of approaches to help people break free from eating disorders such as binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and negative body image. As a Health at Every Size-aligned therapist, I support body diversity and acknowledge the structural forces that impinge on wellbeing. I utilize weight-neutral, evidence-based approached such as Intuitive Eating, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

— Regina Lazarovich, Clinical Psychologist in Scotts Valley, CA
 

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 have been working with eating disorders for almost 4 years. I utilize various modalities when treating eating disorders, such as Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look through the lens of Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating when treating eating disorders.

— Luis Macias-Abbott, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 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