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

I welcome clients looking to improve their relationship with food and their bodies. I have been working with eating and exercise related disorders and concerns since 2010. My experience includes residential and intensive outpatient settings. I utilize an intuitive eating approach, working to resolve feelings of guilt and shame and reduce intrusive thoughts.

— Cora Keene, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I have over 10 years of experience working with individuals struggling with eating disorders such as Binge-eating disorder, Anorexia nervosa, and Bulimia. I utilize multiple techniques to help with each disorder and I design my sessions to help suit the needs of the individual client. I will modify my treatment style uniquely to meet the needs of that particular client.

— Amber Weiss, Counselor in New York, NY

Barbara has worked with clients dealing with eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, ARFID, OSFED) in a residential and outpatient (PHP, IOP) setting, utilizing DBT and running groups on Body Image, Individual and Family Process Groups and Meals, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and others.

— Barbara Plavnicky, Licensed Professional Counselor in Orange, CT

I have been studying eating disorders for more than 20 years and treating these disorders for 7 years at various levels of care. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and provide supervision to other professionals seeking this certification. I have had the privilege of watching many clients be released from the grip of the eating disorder and regain themselves and their lives.

— Meredith Thomas, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

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

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 extensive experience treating eating disorders and helping people develop a new relationship with food and their bodies. I practice from a Health at Every Size (HAES) model, and believe people can pursue health and respect at every size.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist

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

I have extensive specialized training and experience in working with eating disorders specifically, and the range of complex trauma and dissociation that is associated with eating disorders. I work with women, men, and teens who suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Body Dysmorphia and other compulsive behaviors, as well as those on the edge of disordered eating, emotional eating, and/or body image concerns.

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

I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and on the governing board of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. I have undergone rigorous training to understand the underpinnings and co-occuring difficulties that accompany Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, ARFID, and other eating problems. I am currently under further certification by the Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders . I advocate nationally and have presented at international associations and local conferences about eating disorders in both Males and Females.

— Brian Pollack, Clinical Social Worker in SUMMIT, NJ

I have years of experiences treatment adults, adolescents, and children struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Disordered eating, and body image issues. I have served in roles from primary therapist to director at one of the nations top eating disorder centers. I completed the years of direct experience and extensive training for a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, which is presently the only nationally recognized certification credential for eating disorder professionals.

— Sarah Davis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Dr. Chen has worked as an inpatient group and individual therapist at a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment and currently (as of March 2019) is the primary Intensive Out-patient therapist for the same treatment facility. In Dr. Chen's private practice he works with both women and men who struggle with poor body image and/or emotional eating.

— Arthur Chen, Psychologist in Boca Raton, FL

I follow a Health At Every Size (HAES) and anti-diet belief structure. All eating disorders are valid regardless of body size, gender, age, race.

— Kali Kenar, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have been treating eating disorders since 2016, a relatively new area for me, but one that has become a big part of my practice. I treat Anorexia and Bulimia mostly, and also Binge eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I also work with subclinical disordered eating patterns and body image distress. Typically, I work alongside dieticians to provide the wraparound support needed for healthy recovery. Acceptance and commitmentment therapy and EMDR are primary modalities.

— Nicole Suarez-Bronfman, Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX

I specialize in working with trans, non-binary, and queer people with eating disorders. I also have over a decade of involvement in the HAES (Health at Every Size) and fat liberation movements. I approach eating disorder recovery from a trauma-informed perspective with a focus on somatic awareness and intuitive eating. I'm sensitive to the fact that many individuals with eating disorders have suffered medical/psychiatric abuse or neglect when seeking treatment.

— Myles Marcotte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

Eating disorders are among the most misunderstood diagnoses. At the same time, eating disorders can often lead to life-long symptoms and even deadly outcomes without effective treatment. I work with patients to understand the underlying issues of their eating disorder, develop healthier coping skills, and build a life worth living. In addition to a two year internship in an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders, I pursuing an international certification in this area.

— Stephanie Renny, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

As an eating disorder specialist, I work with clients with a range of disordered eating habits including restricting, binging, purging, laxative abuse, excessive exercise, food rituals, and picky eating. I specialize in working with clients who have had an eating disorder for less than 1 year or most of their lives. I see clients of all ages with disordered eating habits or eating disorders and work with your treatment team (dietitian, psychiatrist, primary care provider) or we can work together to develop your own team. I also employ a registered dietitian at my practice who specializes in working with clients with eating disorders. You didn't choose to have an eating disorder, but you can choose to work on your path to recovery.

— Samantha Winton, Clinical Psychologist in Saint Petersburg, FL

After working in eating disorder treatment for 4 years at all levels of care, and having recovered from my own eating disorder over 10 years ago, I bring a unique perspective to therapy that combines professional expertise with a personal touch. I also use a variety of interventions depending on the client's needs.

— Taryn Cagnina, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

I gained extensive training in the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues while working as the Clinical Director at the Rosewood Outpatient Center for Eating Disorders. I can assess and determine the correct level of care for each client to help begin their journey toward recovery. My commitment to you, is to provide you with the best approaches to support your recovery. Together, we will create a healthier relationship with your body and stop the negative thought patterns.

— Amie Celender, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

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

We would love to help you explore a relationship with your self or your body that may be manifesting itself through issues with food ranging from anorexia and ARFID to bulimia and binge eating disorder. Or maybe you are someone who consistently turns down social invitations because you feel worried about how you look. We can help.

— Meredith Riddick, Counselor in Ashburn, VA

Imbuing food and eating with fear, morality, profit, and disconnection normalizes the spectrum of disordered eating. Fostering distrust in our bodies encourages regimenting, commodifying, objectifying, and problematizing our physical selves. Experiences of food and our bodies are tangible and visceral realities, as well as symbolic in meaning, and inextricably woven with our social locations. Beliefs in body, food, and fat justice, Health At Every Size, and body autonomy and acceptance guide me.

— Jessamyn Wesley, Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR

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

Having worked with eating disorders sine 2013, I have found it helpful to have the trauma experience and training that I have. Many who have eating disorders have some underlying trauma that also needs to be addressed. Often working alongside an eating disorder dietician, I help get to the core issues under the food and body issues, as well as looking at the food and body issues that are problematic. I use an Intuitive Eating Approach, as well as Health at Every Size. I love working with those who have strained relationship with food, who may not yet meet the full qualifications of Eating Disorders. Let's address food and body concerns before they take on a life of their own. I am a member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and of ASDAH (Association of Size Diversity and Health).

— Jamie English, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Prairie, TX

I use exposure and response prevention therapy to treat OCD, anxiety and related disorders.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I utilize intuitive eating and Health at Every Size principles into my work with those struggling with disordered eating. I believe we are fed many untrue messages about food and our bodies from the media and diet culture; I work to help people find freedom from diet culture and make peace with food and their bodies.

— Tivoli Hendricks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lexington, KY

I know firsthand what it is like to engage in unhealthy behaviors. I also know about having unhealthy relationships with myself, food, the scale, body image and self-esteem. I noticed that no matter what weight I was, I was unhappy and unfulfilled. Recovery IS possible and while it takes work to sustain recovery, that too is possible. I am passionate about helping folks find recovery in the midst of their storm. Eating disorders are an outward expression of what is going on inside. They are the number one killer of mental illness. Eating disorders are complicated illnesses. There can be biological (genetics) and environmental or social triggers for the illness. Eating disorders can affect the individual not only physically but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have worked in an eating disorder treatment facility, have volunteered time facilitating eating disorder support groups, am working toward becoming a CEDS (certified eating disorder specialist) and also have personal experience.

— Erica Faulhaber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Erie, CO

As someone who is in recovery from an eating disorder, I am passionate about bringing hope and help to individuals who are struggling with food and their relationship with their body. I have seen firsthand individuals extinguish their eating disorder behaviors, as well as grow, learn, and accept the body they are living in. I utilize DBT, ACT, CBT, and Mindfulness Based Treatments. My philosophical approach aligns with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating.

— Julie Hartung, Clinical Social Worker in , OR