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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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 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
 

How do we mend our relationship with food and our bodies when society is constantly telling us there's something wrong with how we look? Or maybe, life feels so chaotic that controlling this portion of your life feels comforting. I get it; let's work together to find peace and balance among the chaos.

— Estrella Gonzalez, Clinical Trainee in Skokie, IL

I worked at the Meadows Ranch as Primary EMDR therapist for a little over a year. I enjoyed my work there and was sad to leave, although it was due to a family move out of state. I continue to learn and grow as a therapist, and work to also be able to use EMDR therapy when appropriate with clients struggling with an eating disorder.

— Rachel Hayes, Counselor in wellington, CO
 

I have been specializing in eating disorder recovery for the past 8 years, including leading a multidisciplinary team as clinical director at an eating disorder PHP/IOP clinic. I have a lot of respect for the profound ways that eating disorders often help people cope and survive in this world. My goal is to help my clients develop their ability for intuitive eating/movement and rebuild body trust, as well as to uproot fatphobic and diet culture beliefs. I believe full recovery is possible.

— Joy Linn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Once you make the choice to begin living your life again and not use your eating or lack thereof to deal with your problems, I can show you how to get your life back for good. I can also teach you how to reconnect (somatically and cognitively) with the different parts of you to create a more harmonious balance between what you would like to happen and what you actually do. I can help you connect to your body in a way that helps you feel more centered and grounded and less chaotic and anxious.

— Yehonatan Banayan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

I am a certified eating disorder specialist, trainer and educator

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

Once you made the choice to begin living your life again and not use your eating or lack thereof to deal with your given problems, I can show you how to do that. I can also show you how to reconnect with the different parts of you to create a more harmonious balance between what happens in life and your reactions to it. I can help you connect to your body in a way that helps you feel more centered and grounded and less chaotic and anxious. You will get your life back and quickly too!

— Yehonatan Banayan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

I take a non-Diet approach to treating disordered eating, and am aligned with the Health At Every Size (HAES) Approach. I use a unique set of skills incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Intuitive Eating, & Self Compassion Techniques to help you heal your relationship with food & body. Specialized in Orthorexia, Chronic Dieting, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Overexercise, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders.

— Audra Coons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

Eating disorders can take may forms, but no matter how you might be struggling, there is a proven way to get free from disordered eating. Together, we can use the tools and strategies created to help set you free!

— Janet Wang, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

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

Working with folks who struggled with disordered eating and body image issues is one of my passions. I show up with a Health at Every Size motto and work to support you through your journey.

— Elaina Vig, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Saint Louis Park, MN
 

I myself was diagnosed with an eating disorder at a young age. After going through years of my own therapy and eating disorder specific treatment, I was motivated to help others struggling. My personal experience in recovery is what drove me to pursue a career as a therapist. I now help clients with a range of disordered eating and body image concerns. I follow HAES and intuitive eating, and I usually work with clients using ACT, DBT, CBT, narrative therapy, Motivational Int., and mindfulness.

— Juliette Blank, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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
 

Once you make the choice to begin living your life again and not use your eating or lack thereof to deal with your problems, I can show you how to get your life back for good. I can also show you how to reconnect with the different parts of you to create a more harmonious balance between what happens in life and your reactions to it. I can help you connect to your body in a way that helps you feel more centered and grounded and less chaotic and anxious.

— Yehonatan Banayan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

If you're reading this, I imagine the daily pressures of life along with the need to do everything right and be "perfect" became too much. Food becomes something to comfort, numb, or restrain from. Soon all you are able to do is think about, plan around, and focus on is food and body image. Sound familiar? This doesn’t have to be your life. Through therapy, you can learn to let go of food ruling your life and learn to have more self-compassion and acceptance for yourself. ​

— Devan Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ
 

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 WHITE PLAINS, NY

I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about eating disorders in today's society. Have you ever struggled with thoughts about food, weight, your reflection, being around large groups of people of different body types, or been scrutinized or judged for how you look? I am here to help debunk today's diet culture mentality of "less is more." I work from a framework that all bodies are good bodies. I am interested in creating skills to help you support and love your body and mind as one unit.

— Meagan Fischer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tyler, TX