Eating Disorders Therapists in London, ON

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Philip Masson
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
I work with individuals with a range of concerns, including depression, panic attacks, social anxiety, excessive worry, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders.
My practice focuses on providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. This evidence-based treatment approach provides you with an understanding of what keeps your difficulties going and offers strategies to address them. Within a confidential and non-judgmental setting, we will decide together on a treatment plan that will address your goals.
I work with individuals with a range of concerns, including depression, panic attacks, social anxiety, excessive worry, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders.
My practice focuses on providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. This evidence-based treatment approach provides you with an understanding of what keeps your difficulties going and offers strategies to address them. Within a confidential and non-judgmental setting, we will decide together on a treatment plan that will address your goals.
(519) 871-7445 View (519) 871-7445
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Voices In Recovery- Jerilyn Hurwitz
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, CIEC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N5X
I provide psychotherapy to individuals struggling with eating disorders, poor body image, and low self-esteem.
Accepting NEW clients both in-person and virtually. Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, I know how alone you must feel and finding someone who truly gets where you are coming from is hard to find. I want you to know that I have been there, and am passionate about helping others along their journey, while recognizing that no two individuals are alike. I see myself as not only your therapist, but also your coach and mentor. I will always strive to provide client-centered care that is collaborative and tailored to meet your needs.
I provide psychotherapy to individuals struggling with eating disorders, poor body image, and low self-esteem.
Accepting NEW clients both in-person and virtually. Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, I know how alone you must feel and finding someone who truly gets where you are coming from is hard to find. I want you to know that I have been there, and am passionate about helping others along their journey, while recognizing that no two individuals are alike. I see myself as not only your therapist, but also your coach and mentor. I will always strive to provide client-centered care that is collaborative and tailored to meet your needs.
(226) 242-6976 View (226) 242-6976
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Lisa Anne Wood Boniferro
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6J  (Online Only)
As such, I specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, including CBT for eating disorders and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
Are you ready to start your journey? I started my work in mental health with a primary goal in mind: providing access to mental health treatments that are designed to work. I treat the following using Cognitive Behaviour Therapies: Eating and body image concerns, including loss-of-control eating; PTSD; mood and anxiety disorders; and OCD. I am invested in delivering the active ingredients of evidence based psychotherapies that give you the best chance at recovery. My hope is that you can move from coping with your struggles to achieving freedom from these struggles over time. I am registered in both Ontario and Nova Scotia.
As such, I specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, including CBT for eating disorders and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
Are you ready to start your journey? I started my work in mental health with a primary goal in mind: providing access to mental health treatments that are designed to work. I treat the following using Cognitive Behaviour Therapies: Eating and body image concerns, including loss-of-control eating; PTSD; mood and anxiety disorders; and OCD. I am invested in delivering the active ingredients of evidence based psychotherapies that give you the best chance at recovery. My hope is that you can move from coping with your struggles to achieving freedom from these struggles over time. I am registered in both Ontario and Nova Scotia.
(226) 641-5933 View (226) 641-5933
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Kathy Roberts
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I'm skilled and experienced at helping people who struggle with body image or an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating).
Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, depression or eating challenges. It's hard ... I get it. I can help. I'm a highly-experienced therapist who works mostly with teens, young adults and their supportive families. I'm a people person ... compassionate, enthusiastic and down-to-earth. My approach to counselling is strength-based and relational. I meet you where you're at. From this safe space, I'll understand your hopes and challenges and help you to recognize and build on your strengths. We'll set meaningful goals and I'll support you as you develop the skills to cope and flourish. Let's tackle this together!
I'm skilled and experienced at helping people who struggle with body image or an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating).
Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, depression or eating challenges. It's hard ... I get it. I can help. I'm a highly-experienced therapist who works mostly with teens, young adults and their supportive families. I'm a people person ... compassionate, enthusiastic and down-to-earth. My approach to counselling is strength-based and relational. I meet you where you're at. From this safe space, I'll understand your hopes and challenges and help you to recognize and build on your strengths. We'll set meaningful goals and I'll support you as you develop the skills to cope and flourish. Let's tackle this together!
(519) 281-8289 View (519) 281-8289
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London Trauma Therapy - Leah
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I provide a trauma-informed approach to working through issues like eating disorders, mental health struggles, relationship challenges and mood changes.
Being a teen is truly an effort- for everyone involved! If you're a teen or parent of one, I am here to help. In the teens years, you go through so many tumultuous changes. Issues with body image and eating can rob you of your happiness and joy. Parents struggle and feel helpless as they watch mood changes, relationship issues and anxiety reach new levels of intensity. As a teen, you might feel so misunderstood by friends, parents and teachers. You might be struggling with persistent feelings of unhappiness, anxiety or depression. It can be hard to manage all of these pressures and changes. You can take a big breath- I am here now!
I provide a trauma-informed approach to working through issues like eating disorders, mental health struggles, relationship challenges and mood changes.
Being a teen is truly an effort- for everyone involved! If you're a teen or parent of one, I am here to help. In the teens years, you go through so many tumultuous changes. Issues with body image and eating can rob you of your happiness and joy. Parents struggle and feel helpless as they watch mood changes, relationship issues and anxiety reach new levels of intensity. As a teen, you might feel so misunderstood by friends, parents and teachers. You might be struggling with persistent feelings of unhappiness, anxiety or depression. It can be hard to manage all of these pressures and changes. You can take a big breath- I am here now!
(226) 705-0631 View (226) 705-0631
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Dorit Osher
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA
Verified Verified
London, ON N5Y
Depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, post-traumatic stress, addictions, eating disorders, somatic therapies, and movement-based expressive arts.
As a psychotherapist, with a somatic and psychodynamic orientation, I seek to support people in finding greater freedom, creativity, compassion, empowerment and aliveness in their lives. I believe the antidote to emotional struggles is finding a sense of vitality. Listening, identifying and staying with one's emotional world is the key to self awareness. As a psychotherapist my greatest task is to listen with compassion, for people to speak their deeper truths and to help them find an alternative pathways in living a life that expresses their authenticity and how to contribute with meaning in the world.
Depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, post-traumatic stress, addictions, eating disorders, somatic therapies, and movement-based expressive arts.
As a psychotherapist, with a somatic and psychodynamic orientation, I seek to support people in finding greater freedom, creativity, compassion, empowerment and aliveness in their lives. I believe the antidote to emotional struggles is finding a sense of vitality. Listening, identifying and staying with one's emotional world is the key to self awareness. As a psychotherapist my greatest task is to listen with compassion, for people to speak their deeper truths and to help them find an alternative pathways in living a life that expresses their authenticity and how to contribute with meaning in the world.
(226) 400-7267 View (226) 400-7267
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Erin Gilmour
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
Feeling stuck can shadow every aspect of life, from grappling with eating disorders or substance use to navigating life transitions like parenthood or career changes. As a Registered Psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in mental health care, I specialize in assisting those battling depression, anxiety, substance use issues, eating disorders, and perinatal mental health crises to find a renewed sense of direction, meaning, and purpose in their lives. Drawing on professional expertise and a compassionate approach, I work to guide individuals through their struggles towards a path of recovery and self-discovery.
Feeling stuck can shadow every aspect of life, from grappling with eating disorders or substance use to navigating life transitions like parenthood or career changes. As a Registered Psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in mental health care, I specialize in assisting those battling depression, anxiety, substance use issues, eating disorders, and perinatal mental health crises to find a renewed sense of direction, meaning, and purpose in their lives. Drawing on professional expertise and a compassionate approach, I work to guide individuals through their struggles towards a path of recovery and self-discovery.
(289) 270-9024 View (289) 270-9024
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Melissa Di Fonzo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N5V  (Online Only)
I provide psychotherapy to those struggling with trauma, eating disorders, weight, food and/or body image issues. I have extensive experience helping individuals and families overcome their eating disorder and draw on my experience from working at The Kyla Fox Centre, Danielle's Place Eating Disorder and Resource Center, CAMH's Eating Disorder and Addictions Clinic, and Body Brave. I recognize the importance of not just addressing the eating disorder symptoms and behaviours, but also looking at the root causes of the eating disorder, in order to help people live healthy and fulfilling lives.
I provide psychotherapy to those struggling with trauma, eating disorders, weight, food and/or body image issues. I have extensive experience helping individuals and families overcome their eating disorder and draw on my experience from working at The Kyla Fox Centre, Danielle's Place Eating Disorder and Resource Center, CAMH's Eating Disorder and Addictions Clinic, and Body Brave. I recognize the importance of not just addressing the eating disorder symptoms and behaviours, but also looking at the root causes of the eating disorder, in order to help people live healthy and fulfilling lives.
(437) 291-7429 View (437) 291-7429
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NurturED Recovery: Eating Disorder Care
Counsellor, RPC, Hons BA, CIEC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N5V  (Online Only)
Both of us live in plus-sized bodies & have lived experiences with eating disorders.
Are you struggling to eat? Are you eating too much, too little? Are you consumed by what your next meal is going to be & then stuck in a shame spiral for what you ate? If this is you, we can help! At NurturED Recovery, we specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating & healing your relationship with food. You will work with both a registered counsellor & holistic nutritionist using a wrap-around, collaborative approach to find peace with food. Our approach is anti-diet, weight-inclusive & trauma informed. Together, we will look in-depth at your history with eating and come up with a plan. We want you to find food freedom!
Both of us live in plus-sized bodies & have lived experiences with eating disorders.
Are you struggling to eat? Are you eating too much, too little? Are you consumed by what your next meal is going to be & then stuck in a shame spiral for what you ate? If this is you, we can help! At NurturED Recovery, we specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating & healing your relationship with food. You will work with both a registered counsellor & holistic nutritionist using a wrap-around, collaborative approach to find peace with food. Our approach is anti-diet, weight-inclusive & trauma informed. Together, we will look in-depth at your history with eating and come up with a plan. We want you to find food freedom!
(226) 782-2447 View (226) 782-2447
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Dana Dupuis
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
Are you concerned about your eating habits? Do you struggle with low mood, anxious thoughts and feelings? Or do you struggle with insomnia, and/or poor sleep hygiene? I'm currently accepting new clients. I have been trained through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and the Center for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford. I offer structured appointments; together we will follow an agenda, ending each session with an action plan to guide you in continuing your work outside of sessions. You can think of me as a coach to teach you therapy skills that you can use well after treatment is over.
Are you concerned about your eating habits? Do you struggle with low mood, anxious thoughts and feelings? Or do you struggle with insomnia, and/or poor sleep hygiene? I'm currently accepting new clients. I have been trained through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and the Center for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford. I offer structured appointments; together we will follow an agenda, ending each session with an action plan to guide you in continuing your work outside of sessions. You can think of me as a coach to teach you therapy skills that you can use well after treatment is over.
(548) 489-2175 View (548) 489-2175
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Jaclyn Brown-Paquette
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N5Y
As a Registered Social Worker (2013) & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, with an Honours degree in Psychology and Masters degrees in both Psychology & Social Work, I have established a skill set to support those 16+. My experience includes supporting those with: disordered eating/eating disorders, anxiety, depression, body image, low self-esteem, perfectionism, general life stress, etc. I enjoy working from a strength-based perspective and will work to equip you with effective coping tools, as well as the necessary skills to move through your challenges. I have CBT-E (eating disorders), CBT and Addiction certificates.
As a Registered Social Worker (2013) & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, with an Honours degree in Psychology and Masters degrees in both Psychology & Social Work, I have established a skill set to support those 16+. My experience includes supporting those with: disordered eating/eating disorders, anxiety, depression, body image, low self-esteem, perfectionism, general life stress, etc. I enjoy working from a strength-based perspective and will work to equip you with effective coping tools, as well as the necessary skills to move through your challenges. I have CBT-E (eating disorders), CBT and Addiction certificates.
(866) 592-1049 View (866) 592-1049
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Lisa Lee
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K
In individual therapy, I can help you more effectively cope with: Anxiety, Depression, Perfectionism, Low self-esteem, Relationship stress, Work stress, Trauma, Medical and health problems, Eating disorders, and Grief/Loss.
I see my role in therapy as being your ally in helping to identify and overcome challenges. I will work with you to recognize and foster personal and interpersonal strengths and learn new strategies to help you manage problems more effectively. We will focus on changing both behaviour and thinking patterns that are no longer helpful and adaptive, while at the same time working on accepting what cannot be changed. We will take a "whole person" approach that is focused on optimizing health, reducing stress, and increasing engagement in what brings you joy and fulfillment.
In individual therapy, I can help you more effectively cope with: Anxiety, Depression, Perfectionism, Low self-esteem, Relationship stress, Work stress, Trauma, Medical and health problems, Eating disorders, and Grief/Loss.
I see my role in therapy as being your ally in helping to identify and overcome challenges. I will work with you to recognize and foster personal and interpersonal strengths and learn new strategies to help you manage problems more effectively. We will focus on changing both behaviour and thinking patterns that are no longer helpful and adaptive, while at the same time working on accepting what cannot be changed. We will take a "whole person" approach that is focused on optimizing health, reducing stress, and increasing engagement in what brings you joy and fulfillment.
(226) 702-8206 View (226) 702-8206
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Nadia Maiolino
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
Within a compassionate setting, I help my clients understand and address mental health concerns using evidence-based strategies (treatments that have been shown to work). I work with adults with a range of concerns, including depression, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have provided psychological services in various settings (e.g., outpatient mental health programs), and I have a strong research and practice background in emotional disorders and trauma/PTSD.
Within a compassionate setting, I help my clients understand and address mental health concerns using evidence-based strategies (treatments that have been shown to work). I work with adults with a range of concerns, including depression, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have provided psychological services in various settings (e.g., outpatient mental health programs), and I have a strong research and practice background in emotional disorders and trauma/PTSD.
(548) 708-5382 View (548) 708-5382
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TMK Counselling & Psychotherapy Services
Registered Social Worker, BSW(H), MSW, RSW, CHyp
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
I counsel individual adults & couples for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, OCD, trauma, workplace stress, divorce, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions & more mental health issues.
Anxiety? Depression? Overwhelmed? Trauma? I empower individuals & couples to overcome personal issues & stressful life events by providing hope, support & therapeutic guidance using clinically proven interventions. I'm a Psychotherapist/Registered Social Worker with 20 yrs. experience who provides mental health counselling & psychotherapy. Unhealthy relationships, poor coping skills & negative life experiences can contribute to both emotional & physical distress. Hence, I offer various therapies tailored specifically to the client. Telephone, online counselling & Life Coaching as well as in-person is available. TMKCounselling.com
I counsel individual adults & couples for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, OCD, trauma, workplace stress, divorce, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions & more mental health issues.
Anxiety? Depression? Overwhelmed? Trauma? I empower individuals & couples to overcome personal issues & stressful life events by providing hope, support & therapeutic guidance using clinically proven interventions. I'm a Psychotherapist/Registered Social Worker with 20 yrs. experience who provides mental health counselling & psychotherapy. Unhealthy relationships, poor coping skills & negative life experiences can contribute to both emotional & physical distress. Hence, I offer various therapies tailored specifically to the client. Telephone, online counselling & Life Coaching as well as in-person is available. TMKCounselling.com
(226) 406-5131 View (226) 406-5131
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Wendy Pearson
Registered Psychotherapist, HBA, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
Wendy is the Founder and Clinical Director of evolve Psychotherapy and Consulting Group Inc. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR therapist with over 25 years experience, Wendy has had the honour of working with individuals, couples, families, children and teens who are impacted by current or past trauma, substance use, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and disordered eating, relationship issues, stress, parenting issues, sexual assault or abuse, workplace issues, addiction, gender identity concerns, couple and family issues as well as life transitions, to name a few.
Wendy is the Founder and Clinical Director of evolve Psychotherapy and Consulting Group Inc. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR therapist with over 25 years experience, Wendy has had the honour of working with individuals, couples, families, children and teens who are impacted by current or past trauma, substance use, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and disordered eating, relationship issues, stress, parenting issues, sexual assault or abuse, workplace issues, addiction, gender identity concerns, couple and family issues as well as life transitions, to name a few.
(226) 781-4117 View (226) 781-4117
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MYACT Group Therapy with Cynthia Galloway
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, RYT500
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A
I have worked in healthcare over 30 years, initially as a Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, & then as Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, helping people cope with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship & sexuality issues, gender identity exploration.
Are you wanting to feel better and make permanent changes? Mindful Yoga-based Acceptance & Commitment Therapy helps you to be present with what life brings and to move you toward valued behaviour. Small group sessions are 90 minutes once weekly for 8 weeks. Each session is based around a yogic theme and includes mindfulness meditation, group exercises and discussion, and simple yoga postures. Issues that can be helped with MYACT include stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, peer relationship difficulties, problematic coping strategies.
I have worked in healthcare over 30 years, initially as a Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, & then as Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, helping people cope with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship & sexuality issues, gender identity exploration.
Are you wanting to feel better and make permanent changes? Mindful Yoga-based Acceptance & Commitment Therapy helps you to be present with what life brings and to move you toward valued behaviour. Small group sessions are 90 minutes once weekly for 8 weeks. Each session is based around a yogic theme and includes mindfulness meditation, group exercises and discussion, and simple yoga postures. Issues that can be helped with MYACT include stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, peer relationship difficulties, problematic coping strategies.
(226) 458-5384 View (226) 458-5384
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Katie McKeown
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, OCT, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6G  (Online Only)
Struggling with constant thoughts about food and your body is exhausting. It can be hard to be vulnerable about what's not working, when from the outside it looks like you're doing just fine. Are you ready to stop the constant battle? I am a therapist who helps anxious people struggling with eating, body image and perfectionism. Working together will help you discover self compassion, food freedom, body acceptance and self confidence. Let's work together to identify the patterns that are keeping you stuck, and change them so that you can finally relax!
Struggling with constant thoughts about food and your body is exhausting. It can be hard to be vulnerable about what's not working, when from the outside it looks like you're doing just fine. Are you ready to stop the constant battle? I am a therapist who helps anxious people struggling with eating, body image and perfectionism. Working together will help you discover self compassion, food freedom, body acceptance and self confidence. Let's work together to identify the patterns that are keeping you stuck, and change them so that you can finally relax!
(226) 779-8097 View (226) 779-8097
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Change Creates Change Eating Disorder Care
Registered Psychotherapist, RD, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6L
Change Creates Change Eating Disorder Care is a multi-disciplinary health care team that helps children, youth & adults recover from an eating disorder, while supporting the family unit every step of the way. New office in St. John's, NL and telehealth services provided across Canada. We are committed to connecting you to care within 2 weeks of first contact to ensure no delay in the treatment process. It is common for us to support individuals who are waiting to begin working with their local public eating disorder program - once your name comes up on the waitlist, we arrange to transfer care to your new treatment team.
Change Creates Change Eating Disorder Care is a multi-disciplinary health care team that helps children, youth & adults recover from an eating disorder, while supporting the family unit every step of the way. New office in St. John's, NL and telehealth services provided across Canada. We are committed to connecting you to care within 2 weeks of first contact to ensure no delay in the treatment process. It is common for us to support individuals who are waiting to begin working with their local public eating disorder program - once your name comes up on the waitlist, we arrange to transfer care to your new treatment team.
(709) 703-4731 View (709) 703-4731
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Teresa Futers Eating Disorder Support
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6G
Welcome! I specialize in eating disorder support and treatment, anxiety and depression, along with emotion regulation. I work with youth and adults. I support woman during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. I work with people going through life transitions, working through family conflict and relationship struggles.
Welcome! I specialize in eating disorder support and treatment, anxiety and depression, along with emotion regulation. I work with youth and adults. I support woman during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. I work with people going through life transitions, working through family conflict and relationship struggles.
(587) 741-2453 View (587) 741-2453
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Kelly O'Drowsky
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I am passionate about providing a supportive and safe environment for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions while addressing the areas of life they want to improve. I am experienced in working with individuals struggling with eating and body image concerns, including loss of control eating; PTSD; and mood and anxiety concerns. We will work together using cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand, process and feel better about yourself, others and the world. My hope is to help you heal, thrive and feel more confident managing the challenges life can bring.
Accepting new clients! I am passionate about providing a supportive and safe environment for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions while addressing the areas of life they want to improve. I am experienced in working with individuals struggling with eating and body image concerns, including loss of control eating; PTSD; and mood and anxiety concerns. We will work together using cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand, process and feel better about yourself, others and the world. My hope is to help you heal, thrive and feel more confident managing the challenges life can bring.
(431) 441-6596 View (431) 441-6596

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What happens in therapy for eating disorders?

In therapy for eating disorders, patients typically describe their eating and exercise behaviors, their patterns of eating in relation to stress, their beliefs about their body, the ways their eating behavior affects their relationships, and their desire (or lack of it) to change. Such information helps the therapist understand the origins of the disorder and the role it plays in the patient’s life, important for guiding treatment. Attitudes and feelings about food and eating, body weight, and physical appearance are common topics of discussion throughout treatment.

What therapy types help with eating disorders?

Once any acute medical or psychiatric emergency is resolved, psychoactive medication is often prescribed, requiring the supervision of a psychiatrist. In addition, patients receive some form of nutritional counseling along with one or more forms of psychotherapy. For adolescents, family-based treatment is empirically validated and considered the first line of treatment; parents and their children meet weekly with a clinician as the adults are coached on how to nourish and psychologically support the young patient. Adults typically receive some form of individual psychotherapy, intended to resolve the cognitive and behavioral disturbances that underlie the disorder and to relieve the mood disturbances that accompany it. In addition, patients may also be helped by group therapy.

What is the goal of therapy for eating disorders?

The most immediate goal of treatment for eating disorders is to save the life of people who are on a path of starving themselves to death or engaging in eating patterns that are doing irreparable physical harm to their body. Once the acute medical danger is past, therapy is required to understand the nature of the disordered eating and/or exercise patterns, establish healthy eating behavior, and to tackle the many erroneous beliefs and distorted self-perceptions that underlie eating disorders and continue to pose a threat to health and life. Therapy also addresses the impaired mood that not only accompanies eating disorders but intensifies the danger to health and life.

What are the limitations of therapy for eating disorders?

Therapy can be very helpful for eating disorders—but that can happen only after people recognize they have a condition that must be treated. Especially with anorexia, the distortions in self-image that accompany the disorder can keep people from acknowledging they have a problem. Individuals may in fact see their eating disorder as a badge of self-control. Those with binge-eating disorder may feel too ashamed to seek help. Therapy cannot help those who do not avail themselves of it.

How long does therapy last for eating disorders?

Because of their complexity, recovery from eating disorders is usually a long-term process—measured in months and years— often marked by setbacks and relapse. Some form of help, such as individual or group therapy, may be advisable for much of that time. It is a general rule of thumb that the longer the illness has endured and the dysregulated eating behavior has taken root, the longer treatment is likely to be needed.