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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I have been able to work at varying levels of care and with varying diagnoses from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. I believe that recovery is possible for everyone no matter the diagnosis or how long you have struggled. I take a multidisciplinary approach including but not limited to working with dietitians, psychiatrists, and primary care providers.

— Rae Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

We take a body-centered approach to treating eating disorders, viewing recovery as an additive process of bringing in regulation resources. We are trained in the Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders model.

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC

For the last 3 years I have been working in a hospital setting treating children and adolescents with Eating Disorders. I received training in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Having a child with an Eating Disorder is incredibly stressful and terrifying and can create crisis in the family system. I enjoyed working with the patients and providing caregivers with the skills and tools they need to support their child through recovery.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

This can include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating. There is a wide spectrum when dealing with eating disorders.

— Léah Ferreira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crescent City, CA

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 come from a Health at Every Size approach and believe intuitive eating for long term recovery. I take a team approach in working with a registered dietician as well as your primary care doctor to best support all aspects of recovery.

— Jena Kenny, Clinical Social Worker in Jupiter, FL

I have been working with eating disorders for over 10 years and am passionate about helping individuals heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Food and body can become complicated in today's culture and you may have other factors like anxiety and depression that fuel the eating disorder. I can help you heal. I can guide you towards a more compassionate and kind way of treating yourself. You deserve recovery and therapy can help you get there.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

I have over 3yrs experience working with body image issues, eating disorders and lessened self-confidence. I have worked in all levels of care on these issues.

— Ariel Harris, Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

I shifted from work in Clinical Nutrition in the acute care setting to Psychotherapy when I knew I wanted to treat Eating Disorders. The miracle of recovery that I experienced in a relatively short time, inspired me to learn how that came to be. Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Overeating are issuer related to Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma; they result in medical issues related to nutrition- so this expertise is essential as well.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

Moving through life with an eating disorder is not an easy journey; it's difficult to be fully engaged in life when you're surrounded by food. It can feel as though your body is in a constant battle with your mind: do I avoid the food to avoid the fear or do I fuel my body? Is there something wrong with me if I fuel my body? Our society equates a white-centric, colonized body as a valuable body, and a valuable body as a valuable and worthy person.

— Anastasia Scangas, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

I have years of experience supporting individuals with eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex and multifaceted beasts and I will be there to support you as we face this beast together. I will gently and compassionately guide you towards wellness and healing by working towards ending the painful eating disorder cycle. You are stronger than you think and recovery is possible.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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 treat all eating disorders through a Health at Every size lens. This includes anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), orthorexia, and other feeding and eating disorders. I also work with weight and body image issues for cis and trans individuals.

— Jessica Ulmer, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

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

Recovery is possible. I am Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned. We will identify parts of yourself that need to feel seen and acknowledged.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

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

Treating eating disorders is my passion. I am honored to be able to help others heal. I have also been treating eating disorders for most of my career and I am also personally recovered. I believe my personal experience gives me both an extra level of empathy and knowledge. I currently am continuing my education is RO-DBT which is designed to treat eating and over control disorders.

— Gabrielle Morreale, Counselor in Ambler, PA