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 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

Livia Freier, Ph.D., gained clinical experience in the treatment of severe and persistent eating disorders in the context of in- and outpatient treatment at ITA, Instituto de transtornos alimentarios, Barcelona, Spain. Eating disorders pose a great physical and psychological risk. If you are suffering from an eating disorder please contact us for help.

— Livia Freier, Counselor in Providence, RI

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

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

Fighting an eating disorder is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. I know you may feel like this is the way things have been and it's the way it will always be. But full recovery is possible. It is hard work and I want to walk with you on this journey to recovery.

— Melodye Phillips, Counselor in Tyler, TX

I have experience working in a residential treatment center for teens with eating disorders and have provided individual therapy for folks as part of an outpatient treatment team. I deeply believe that recovery is possible.

— Emily Pellegrino, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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 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

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 , CA

Food and the way you look is a source of frustration for you. You're constantly worrying about your body size/shape, how much and what you've eaten, and have resorted to restricting what you eat, binge eating, counting calories and/or purging. You feel like you've tried everything to get your disordered eating habits under control to no avail, and you're left with feelings of frustration, shame, and guilt over your behaviors. You're not alone! With counseling you can learn to gain back control.

— Mallorie Potaznick, Counselor in Coral Springs, FL

I completed my masters internship working with clients with a variety of disordered eating patterns, most of whom also struggled with anxiety, depression, OCD, bi-polar disorder, substance abuse, and other issues.

— Lisa Hedden, Counselor in Tucker, GA

I have been fortunate to have had wonderful first hand experiences working with people with eating disorders, in multiple settings. My experiences include working in inpatient and outpatient programs at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, as well as in the group residential home, Arabella House, that was facilitated through Linden Oaks. I spent 7 years in these programs. Additionally, I have worked at The Renfrew Center and ERC Insight. My time now is devoted to private practice work.

— Dawn Leprich-Graves, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

I am a certified Body Trust Provider through the Be Nourished Institute and have experience running an intensive outpatient program to treat binge eating disorder at a local eating disorder treatment facility.

— Colleen Young, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA

I have a unique approach to eating disorders. My approach is not a quick fix” and anyone who promises you such for this is selling you a bill of lies. I understand what you are going through and I will not attempt to take over your life or try to control how you live your life. If you have a secret relationship with food, and/or, if your relationship with food is consuming you—no pun intended, then you owe it to yourself to give me a call.

— Alexandra Burg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cleveland Heights, OH

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 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

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

My specialization in graduate school was on eating disorders and body image issues. I have worked at the Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization levels of care for both adolescents and adults as well as worked in community settings providing coaching, workshops and webinars on this issue.

— Kyira Wackett, Counselor in Milwaukie, OR

James has experience in a clinical setting treating patients at various levels of care. In therapy, you'll explore ways to gain freedom from disordered habits or compulsions with food, examine and shift your relationship with food as a coping mechanism while developing healthy alternatives. You'll also work to reduce obsessive thoughts focused on body and appearance and create a plan for sustained recovery.

— James Kingman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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 come from a Healthy at Every Size approach and encourage balanced eating vs any type of dieting or food restriction. I work with individuals to understand the role of the eating disorder in their life and help them work towards more sustainable coping methods.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

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 in ,

Do you find yourself in a constant cycle with disordered eating thoughts & behaviors? Maybe you're learning that these behaviors serve you in some way- to protect you or numb you or provide you a focus. Oftentimes, behaviors with food and body serve as survival skills when we need it the most and speak to your resilience. With my expertise in behavioral change, I can help you develop skills to replace these behaviors and develop ways to better understand and fulfill your needs now.

— Melanie Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA