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 passionate about helping people address the many ways their relationship with food and their body can become complicated and unhealthy. This includes eating disorders as well as stressful or unhealthy relationships with food and body. I take a contextual, systems approach to understanding the origin of concerns related to eating, food, and body image. I am anti-diet, body positive/body neutral, and believe that Health at Every Size (HAES) can be a life-giving philosophy for some clients.

— Sonya Knudson, Psychologist

I have provide daily direct care and support for clients with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Having several years of experience working with clients at different levels of care including; Inpatient, Residential, Transitional, Partial, and Outpatient levels of care. I have provided weekly support groups for eating disorders to the community.

— Madison Caivano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sherman Oaks, CA

I have been working with patients with disordered eating since the beginning of my career . I was trained on a local mental health Eating Disorders unit and then through Johns Hopkins eating disorders department. I use a multi-tiered approach, a team with a nutritionist, a physician, and myself. Together we work through what initially caused the disordered eating and then how to work to healthy eating patterns. Family can also be included in the therapy if necessary .

— Ellen Faulkner, Psychoanalyst in Chalfont, PA

I have specialized training and expertise in working with kids, teens, and young adults who are experiencing body image issues and/or eating disorders. I attend eating disorder conferences regularly and for five years served on an interdisciplinary ED specialty team at Kaiser. My approach is primarily informed by Family Based Therapy.

— Amber Miller, Psychologist in , CA

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

Eating disorders have significant effects on physical, emotional, and mental areas of functioning. Recovery can be extremely hard work and I am honored to help you on this journey in finding peace with food. I orient from an intuitive-eating model, and will help you create an individualized plan in successfully managing eating disorder behaviors, thoughts, and urges.

— Online Virtual Therapy with Shaudi Adel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I've been actively working with eating disorders since 2018. I have experience helping people diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and OSFED. I work from a Health At Every Size framework so that no matter where your ED is coming from, we'll start by meeting you where you are today. Whether you're brand new to the possibility of having an ED, or you need a hand in continuing the next step in your recovery, I'm here to help.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

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, and weight-neutrality guide me.

— Jessamyn Wesley, Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR

The cognitive behavioral model emphasizes the important role that both thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavioral) can play in maintaining an eating disorder. Examples of maintaining factors include: Cognitive Factors-over-evaluation of weight and shape, negative body image, core beliefs about self-worth, negative self-evaluation, perfectionism Behavioral Factors- weight-control behaviors including dietary restraint, restriction, binge-eating, purging behaviors, self-harm, body checking and body avoidance Individuals with eating disorders often hold a negative or distorted view of themselves and their bodies. These thoughts can result in feelings of shame, anxiety or disgust that often trigger weight control behaviors and fuel a cycle of negative self-evaluation. CBT helps the client to examine which specific factors are maintaining their disorder and together you and I set personalized goals that are addressed throughout the various phases of CBT.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC

Don't continue to hate your body for one more minute! We have been sold the false message that we need to change our size, our weight, and our eating habits to be more “acceptable.” Whether you have a diagnosed eating disorder or have been caught in the trap of yo-yo dieting, challenging what you think you know about you know about your body can be helpful. I utilize a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating approach, as we work together to help you become more at ease in your own skin.

— Jill Mallin, Psychologist in Fort Atkinson, WI

Most individuals that struggle with disordered eating face ambivalence in therapy, like gaining weight, eating "normal" food and purging. As a result, engaging clients to make a change is a big part of treatment. Managing anxiety is another one. For many, life has often revolved around managing their eating disorder, often creating an imbalance in other areas of life.

— Gwen Haagensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pewaukee and Delafield, WI