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.

Meet the specialists

Eating disorders involve extreme disturbances in eating behaviors—following rigid diets, bingeing on food in secret, throwing up after meals, obsessively counting calories. But eating disorders are more complicated than just unhealthy dietary habits. At their core, eating disorders involve distorted, self-critical attitudes about weight, food, and body image. It’s these negative thoughts and feelings that fuel the damaging behaviors.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX

I work with folks who want to be free from "diet culture". I work with Intuitive Eating, and Health at Every Size to help people build a stronger relationship with their bodies.

— Charis Stiles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I am furthering my education on working with those challenged by eating and feeding concerns through online studies and have had experience treating this population in a clinical setting.

— Lucinda Wurtz, Counselor in Spokane, WA

I work with a range of eating issues from chronic dieting, to disordered eating, to eating disorders. I practice from an Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size framework. If you would like to see more of my approach and philosophy come find me on Instagram @mollybcounseling

— Molly Bahr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL

I have been working with patients with disordered eating since the beginning of my career . I was trained on a local mental health Eating Disorders unit and then through Johns Hopkins eating disorders department. I use a multi-tiered approach, a team with a nutritionist, a physician, and myself. Together we work through what initially caused the disordered eating and then how to work to healthy eating patterns. Family can also be included in the therapy if necessary .

— Ellen Faulkner, Psychoanalyst in Chalfont, PA

I have worked passionately throughout my professional career to help individuals heal from their eating disorders. I have extensive training in this area and have worked in the eating disorder field for over ten years.

— Margie Slater, Clinical Psychologist in Encino, CA

I have been an eating disorders specialist since 1998. I know and understand the mind of a person and the family coping with these issues. As a guide I am here to work with clients to find new ways of seeing themselves; clients who work with me feel understood, accepted and encouraged that they will not always feel the way they feel and do the things they do. Don't hesitate to reach out and see if you think we'd be a good fit.

— Anna Marcolin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Highland Park, IL

I've been actively working with eating disorders since 2018. I have experience helping people diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and OSFED. I work from a Health At Every Size framework so that no matter where your ED is coming from, we'll start by meeting you where you are today. Whether you're brand new to the possibility of having an ED, or you need a hand in continuing the next step in your recovery, I'm here to help.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I work with individuals who are motivated to change their eating disorder behaviors. I work with folx who are stepping down from a higher level of care, or who are starting to explore what it means to have an eating disorder for the first time. I work from a Health at Every Size (HAES) model, meaning that I do not encourage or promote weight loss as a part of my work and appreciate all bodies no matter what size they are. Treatment is about a developing a better relationship with food and body.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist

I am a Certified Eating Disorder Professional (IAEDP). My volunteer advocacy work includes Secretary for The Alliance for Eating Disorders in Miami, Education Chair for IAEDP Miami and on the Board for National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. Eating disorders may include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and dysfunctional eating and body image issues such as emotional and compulsive eating, orthorexia, compulsive exercise and body shame for females and males. Helping with co-occurring struggles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, SUD, trauma, emotional dysregulation and over control are also part of recovery. In most cases I will help the client customize a treatment team including medical doctor, ED trained dietitian and possibly a psychiatrist. Help transition to and from higher levels of care is also available making the client's physical safety a priority of treatment. Family therapy is also provided and encouraged.

— Lena Sheffield, Licensed Professional Counselor in Miami, FL

We work with the whole range of eating disorder recovery, as well as working with body image concerns, body dysmorphia, and all forms of disordered eating.

— Stacy Ruse (Owner), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

My specialty. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders, Orthorexia, Compulsive exercise, and more.

— Libby Parker, MS, RD, Mental Health Practitioner in San Luis Obispo, CA

Eating Disorders are progressive illnesses. The sooner you intervene, the sooner you have your life back. I am certified to treat pediatric, adolescent, and adult eating disorders - anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. We are HAES - Health at Every Size providers. From consultation to treatment, helping you or your child return to full living, is our only priority.

— Barbara Reese, Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

I have worked in Eating Disorder treatment centers (residential, IOP, PHP) as a therapist and counselor. I also take clients via private practice in downtown Tacoma. LGBTQ friendly. Pro trans. Pro family.

— Laurel Madson-Lawson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA

I believe that eating disorders show up for a reason and that healing from the eating disorder involves understanding that reason and beginning to make peace with our complex histories and selves. Together we will work to cultivate compassion for your humanness and begin to heal your relationship with food and your body.

— Allison Carter, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am a certified Body Trust provider, I work from a Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, Body Liberation lens. I can provide support for recovery work from eating and body issues.

— Carin Christy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Olympia, WA

I am currently working towards earning my Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation 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 Katy, TX

I've worked in various levels of care, including residential, PHP, IOP, and OP. I love supporting people heal from disordered eating and reclaim their freedom and a peaceful relationship with food, body, and movement.

— Alison Boeke, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I am certified in Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa. My interest and dedication to understanding eating disorders blossomed when I was an undergrad. One of my minors is in Nutrition and Food Sciences. I believe nourishment is sometimes used to cope with our emotions and experiences. I provide a supportive and nonjudgmental environment to help individual explore the roles and relationship of food and emotions in their lives.

— Wendy Mosqueda, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Morgan Hill, CA

I have treated individuals who suffer from eating disorders as I worked at the Renfrew Center, other residential treatment centers. Treatment of eating disorders is coupled with other mental health issues which need to be explored and treated. DBT treatment has been effective with individuals who suffer from eating disorders.

— Dr. Sigal Levy, Psychologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Have you struggled with your body image and relationship to food for longer than you’d like to admit? Do you find yourself obsessing over what you look like and what you eat only to spiral out of control in dark thoughts and behaviors? I know what it’s like to feel consumed by this. There is hope. Together we can create corrective experiences with food and body image through the empirically supported Intuitive Eating and the Health at Every Size models.

— Alyson Curtis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Working with eating disorders is a strong passion of mine. I believe recovery is possible and that together we can improve relationship with body, mind and food through a compassionate, team oriented exploration and examination of your relationships to food and your body. I believe the culture in this country has taught people that their bodies are wrong and that there are good/bad ways to eat and I help people find balance, become allies with their bodies and normalize their relationship to food.

— Cayla Panitz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I recovered from Anorexia Nervosa (binge-purge type), Binge Eating Disorder, and Compulsive Eating. Having weighted as little as 79 lbs and as much as over 200 lbs, i personally understand what it takes to recover. I have worked with many children, teenagers, and adult women and men with eating disorders. Eating Disorders are the most deadly psychiatric illnesses of all. If you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder. Please give me a call to discuss how I may be of assistance.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

Eating disorders are not just about being thin. They are a result of diet culture, fat phobia, oppression, and trauma to name a few. Eating disorders can affect people of any race, culture, gender, age, ability, body size and so on. I work with eating disorders from the lenses of Health at Every Size, weight inclusive, gender inclusive, mindful movement and trauma informed.

— Guided Journeys Therapy Services, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, and all ages. The one piece that I believe is central to treating ALL eating disorders is taking a Health at Every Size approach. Weight loss is never prescribed as part of eating disorder recovery. In treating eating disorders, I integrate learning coping skills with self-discovery and developing an identity independent of the eating disorder. We also may explore trauma and relationships that contribute to the eating disorder, and the function that the eating disorder performs in your life. Sometimes I will also do supportive meals or snacks with my clients, where we eat together to conquer a food fear. In working with younger adolescents with eating disorders, the parents are involved as well, as family life is an integral part of eating disorder recovery.

— Jessica Kilbride, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains,

Helping those with disordered eating--from emotional eating, to exercise obsession, to chronic dieting, to clinically diagnosed eating disorders--is special work for me. I believe disordered eating behaviors are a way our deepest self asks, whispers, cries and begs for help, compassion, curiosity and care. Gently inviting the body into the process while also applying cognitive techniques helps us to comb through layers of richness, healing and possibility waiting to be discovered.

— Caroline Gebhardt, Associate Professional Counselor in Clarkston, GA

I love working with people who have emotional eating, body image, and/or disordered eating concerns and have done it since I started graduate school in the mid 1990's. I believe we all have our stuff when it comes to food but I also believe that these issues can effectively be challenged, managed or changed. I believe people can truly recover from an eating disorder and I love to be part of that process.

— Kelly Simonson, Psychologist in Athens, GA

I have experience working in an eating disorders program that included partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment. I have completed intake assessments that included a "level of care recommendation" for eating disorder treatment based on diagnoses such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. I also have training in the "Health at Every Size" approach and seek continuing education in how nutrition and eating relate to mental health.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR