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 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
 

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 (Founder), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

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 (Founder), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO
 

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

I am passionate about guiding others, including all genders, toward healing disordered eating and body image issues. I have extensive experience working w/ variations of Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Orthorexia, and Body Dysmorphia. And I often see clients' who commonly are on the edge, having disordered eating and body image issues.

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

Eating disorders are biologically based illnesses that affect individuals not only psychologically but also medically. They are composed of a combination of genetic, temperamental, environmental, social, behavioral and emotional factors. They are not a choice or a disorder of vanity. Eating disorders encompass a variety of symptoms including body image concerns, fears and phobias and high levels of anxiety and depression.

— Lissette Cortes, Psychologist in COCONUT CREEK, FL

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
 

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 Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

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 have an extensive experience treating Eating Disorders. In the beginning of my career, I worked at the Eating Disorders treatment center along with the best professionals in the field. I understand and appreciate the power of the multidisciplinary team and will actively collaborate with other members of your team and/or provide additional referrals.

— Azhar Sultanova, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Lake Oswego, OR

During my training at Johns Hopkins, I have helped many people experiencing difficulty with eating disorders. This includes caring for those who have needed to be hospitalized on the Inpatient Eating Disorders Psychiatric Unit and providing outpatient therapy and medication management.

— Jason Wexler, Psychiatrist in Washington, DC
 

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 worked at the Eating Recovery Center and also am currently in supervision to become a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS). I enjoy working with Binge Eating, Body Image, Anorexia, Bulimia, ARFID, and disordered eating.

— Jen Simmons, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
 

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 one of the most challenging mental illnesses to overcome. I have over 20 years of lived experience in recovery from an eating disorder. I know the path is hard and support is essential for healing from the inner workings of an eating disorder. I want to give you hope for a full life again and provide you with the necessary tools and resources to overcome obstacles the eating disorder brings. You are not alone in this fight.

— Rachel Clark, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

In therapy our overall goal will be to help you make peace with food and normalize your eating patterns. We will begin by assessing the nature of your struggles and collaborate on a plan for treatment that feels right for you. This plan may include changing negative thought patterns as well as processing any issues that might underlie the eating disorder. Whatever your needs are, we will address them with care.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

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 relationship to food and your body. I believe we live in a society that teaches us our bodies are wrong and that there are good and bad foods. I believe this is NOT true. It is my mission to help people regain trust in their bodies, eat intuitively and challenge diet culture and disordered beliefs about food.

— Cayla Panitz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR