Eating Disorders Therapists in Mississauga, ON

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BeWell Mississauga Health Centre
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5J
Serenna is a first-generation Canadian who has been working in the mental health space for almost five years. She aims to create a warm, inviting environment where you can feel safe, heard, and valued. She views psychotherapy as a collaborative process, understanding that we must work as a team to reach your goals. She believes in long-term healing over short-term solutions and ultimately hopes to help you grow into the best version of yourself and live a fuller life. Her areas of focus include trauma, eating disorders and body image concerns, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, stress, and life transitions.
Serenna is a first-generation Canadian who has been working in the mental health space for almost five years. She aims to create a warm, inviting environment where you can feel safe, heard, and valued. She views psychotherapy as a collaborative process, understanding that we must work as a team to reach your goals. She believes in long-term healing over short-term solutions and ultimately hopes to help you grow into the best version of yourself and live a fuller life. Her areas of focus include trauma, eating disorders and body image concerns, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, stress, and life transitions.
(289) 769-9550 View (289) 769-9550
Anita Maria Pudlik
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5B
I have experience working with persons diagnosed with eating disorders, as well as with those suffering from various medical conditions.
Hello and welcome. I am interested in listening to your story and figuring out together how you can address your difficulties. Perhaps you are experiencing painful emotions and have difficulties figuring them out; perhaps you have a lot on your plate and are overwhelmed by the many demands placed on you; perhaps you find yourself dissatisfied with or worried by relationships in your life; or, maybe you or your loved ones are going through a health crisis and need new skills to manage situations you have never encountered before.
I have experience working with persons diagnosed with eating disorders, as well as with those suffering from various medical conditions.
Hello and welcome. I am interested in listening to your story and figuring out together how you can address your difficulties. Perhaps you are experiencing painful emotions and have difficulties figuring them out; perhaps you have a lot on your plate and are overwhelmed by the many demands placed on you; perhaps you find yourself dissatisfied with or worried by relationships in your life; or, maybe you or your loved ones are going through a health crisis and need new skills to manage situations you have never encountered before.
(855) 981-1703 View (855) 981-1703
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Anne-Marie Rasmussen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5R
I work with a variety of issues including: trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, relationship challenges, grief and loss, or other life stressors.
Life can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed, anxious or like we’re roaming without any sense of direction. It can be a struggle to gain traction and to figure out what is making us feel the emotions we do or behave the way we do. We can begin to lose sight of who we are and what our purpose is. If you feel "stuck", it can help to find a trusted professional who listens to your story and works with you to untangle the ball of emotions. All too often we focus on the negative things in life without much attention paid to what is going well. Balance in life is key, and once it's restored, positive change can occur.
I work with a variety of issues including: trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, relationship challenges, grief and loss, or other life stressors.
Life can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed, anxious or like we’re roaming without any sense of direction. It can be a struggle to gain traction and to figure out what is making us feel the emotions we do or behave the way we do. We can begin to lose sight of who we are and what our purpose is. If you feel "stuck", it can help to find a trusted professional who listens to your story and works with you to untangle the ball of emotions. All too often we focus on the negative things in life without much attention paid to what is going well. Balance in life is key, and once it's restored, positive change can occur.
(289) 277-6828 View (289) 277-6828
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Jackie Tapper-Atkinson
Registered Social Worker, MSS, RSW
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4T
I have extensive experience in treating Eating Disorders, weight preoccupation and body image concerns.
I am a Clinical Social Worker with an MSW in private practice. I have over 20 years experience in working with adults facilitating individual and couples therapy. I have extensive experience in treating anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, body image concerns, trauma and issues with self esteem. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals, as well as Emotion Focused Therapy for couples (EFT-C).
I have extensive experience in treating Eating Disorders, weight preoccupation and body image concerns.
I am a Clinical Social Worker with an MSW in private practice. I have over 20 years experience in working with adults facilitating individual and couples therapy. I have extensive experience in treating anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, body image concerns, trauma and issues with self esteem. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals, as well as Emotion Focused Therapy for couples (EFT-C).
(905) 466-8014 View (905) 466-8014
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Francy Fang Wang
Registered Psychotherapist, MD, RP, PA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5R
Due to my strong training background, I can treat wide-range issues include mental illnesses, emotional disturbance, behavior problems, addiction, trauma and loss, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, family/marital issues.
I was originally trained as a medical doctor and practiced as a psychiatrist for 10+ years before coming to Canada for psychoanalysis training. In addition to my training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I also had training in family therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy. I am currently practicing as a psychoanalyst and a registered psychotherapist in great Toronto area. However, my clients come from whole Ontario and around the Canada. I also provide online/telephone treatment for people overseas. In addition to clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy services, I also teach and provide supervision for therapists and in-training therapists/psychoanalyst.
Due to my strong training background, I can treat wide-range issues include mental illnesses, emotional disturbance, behavior problems, addiction, trauma and loss, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, family/marital issues.
I was originally trained as a medical doctor and practiced as a psychiatrist for 10+ years before coming to Canada for psychoanalysis training. In addition to my training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I also had training in family therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy. I am currently practicing as a psychoanalyst and a registered psychotherapist in great Toronto area. However, my clients come from whole Ontario and around the Canada. I also provide online/telephone treatment for people overseas. In addition to clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy services, I also teach and provide supervision for therapists and in-training therapists/psychoanalyst.
(647) 370-8440 View (647) 370-8440
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Victoria Cavaliere (Cavaliere Therapy Services)
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4T
In addition, I also specialize in working with individuals who have a history of eating disorders/disordered eating and body image concerns.
Accepting virtual and in-person clients! While it is not uncommon to experience distressing emotions, maladaptive thoughts, and difficult life events, we don’t always have the tools or strategies to manage. Inability to cope can make us feel alone, isolated, and overwhelmed. As a therapist, I work with my clients collaboratively to build a trusting therapeutic relationship so that individuals feel supported throughout the course of therapy. I will always provide a non-judgmental and welcoming space so that you can be the most authentic version of yourself while feeling safe enough to do so.
In addition, I also specialize in working with individuals who have a history of eating disorders/disordered eating and body image concerns.
Accepting virtual and in-person clients! While it is not uncommon to experience distressing emotions, maladaptive thoughts, and difficult life events, we don’t always have the tools or strategies to manage. Inability to cope can make us feel alone, isolated, and overwhelmed. As a therapist, I work with my clients collaboratively to build a trusting therapeutic relationship so that individuals feel supported throughout the course of therapy. I will always provide a non-judgmental and welcoming space so that you can be the most authentic version of yourself while feeling safe enough to do so.
(289) 681-5142 View (289) 681-5142
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BeWell Hamilton Health Center
Registered Social Worker, CYC, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5B
She currently works with children and youth who experience eating disorders alongside mental health challenges.
Nichole has worked with children, youth, and their families over the last three years, using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, CBT, Family-Based Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy approaches. She has a drive and passion to support those who are suffering from mental, emotional, and behavioural challenges by providing a safe space to talk and come up with ways to manage these challenges within their daily lives.
She currently works with children and youth who experience eating disorders alongside mental health challenges.
Nichole has worked with children, youth, and their families over the last three years, using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, CBT, Family-Based Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy approaches. She has a drive and passion to support those who are suffering from mental, emotional, and behavioural challenges by providing a safe space to talk and come up with ways to manage these challenges within their daily lives.
(289) 274-0391 View (289) 274-0391
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Katie Dunnigan
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5G  (Online Only)
I offer a process that is deep inner work to address underlying issues that create eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Your symptoms are signs, alerting you of a deeper issue and pointing you inward. Awareness work brings your repressed and unconscious parts into your consciousness so you can work on healing them. Distracting or avoiding perpetuates symptoms like eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. You can learn to quiet your thoughts, connect to your center, and stay present with emotions without feeling overwhelmed. You can know your self outside of your conditioning, stay calm during stress, listen to your intuition, let go of control, and live a life that is aligned with your real values. This is the basis for true healing.
I offer a process that is deep inner work to address underlying issues that create eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Your symptoms are signs, alerting you of a deeper issue and pointing you inward. Awareness work brings your repressed and unconscious parts into your consciousness so you can work on healing them. Distracting or avoiding perpetuates symptoms like eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. You can learn to quiet your thoughts, connect to your center, and stay present with emotions without feeling overwhelmed. You can know your self outside of your conditioning, stay calm during stress, listen to your intuition, let go of control, and live a life that is aligned with your real values. This is the basis for true healing.
(416) 543-5115 View (416) 543-5115
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The Mind People therapy & wellness
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5K
Dive deeper with Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from The Mind People. In-Depth therapy treatment for Depression, PTSD (Trauma), Anxiety, Addictions, Eating Disorders. We provide Single-Session, Individual Psychotherapy & Group Therapy. In Person & Virtual therapists available. Insurance accepted. Our NEW Mississauga location offers a warm & comfortable setting for in-person therapy services. Plush Pillows included!
Dive deeper with Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from The Mind People. In-Depth therapy treatment for Depression, PTSD (Trauma), Anxiety, Addictions, Eating Disorders. We provide Single-Session, Individual Psychotherapy & Group Therapy. In Person & Virtual therapists available. Insurance accepted. Our NEW Mississauga location offers a warm & comfortable setting for in-person therapy services. Plush Pillows included!
(416) 505-3899 View (416) 505-3899
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Nikki Venere Brenner
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5K
I’m Nikki, I help individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and/or eating disorders, to feel better. I am able to assess your individual needs and provide a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
I’m Nikki, I help individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and/or eating disorders, to feel better. I am able to assess your individual needs and provide a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
(416) 505-3899 View (416) 505-3899
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Arzu Ferguson
Psychologist, MSc, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5B
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Ontario and Newfoundland with more than 25 years of experience. Connecting with people is the best part of my job. I thrive to provide a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. I believe change and self-growth is possible at any point in life. Some of the conditions I treat and assess are Depression, Anxiety disorders (Panic attacks, Health Anxiety), Eating disorders, Adult ADHD and Autism. I provide psychological counselling for Grief, postpartum health and workplace stress. I also work with Canadian Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces, and First Responders.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Ontario and Newfoundland with more than 25 years of experience. Connecting with people is the best part of my job. I thrive to provide a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. I believe change and self-growth is possible at any point in life. Some of the conditions I treat and assess are Depression, Anxiety disorders (Panic attacks, Health Anxiety), Eating disorders, Adult ADHD and Autism. I provide psychological counselling for Grief, postpartum health and workplace stress. I also work with Canadian Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces, and First Responders.
(289) 302-5824 View (289) 302-5824
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Janet Lynne Clewes
Psychologist, CPsych, PhD, MSc, BASc
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5K
I work with a variety of issues such as Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Fears and Phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues, Women's Issues, Eating Disorders, and Parenting.
I am a Registered Psychologist with an office located in South Mississauga. I have over 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups aged 13 years and over
I work with a variety of issues such as Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Fears and Phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues, Women's Issues, Eating Disorders, and Parenting.
I am a Registered Psychologist with an office located in South Mississauga. I have over 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups aged 13 years and over
(866) 439-1993 View (866) 439-1993
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Marie Chong
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4Z  (Online Only)
My psychotherapy practice primarily focuses on management of stress, anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders.
I am a Registered Social Worker with over 5 years of combined experience in hospital and community settings. I practice multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Strengths-Based Therapy. My career journey has included varied experiences in different settings. I previously worked as a Social Worker on the geriatric and medicine unit at the Mississauga Hospital. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, a challenging relationship, stress management or low self-esteem, relationships or career, I am here to help.
My psychotherapy practice primarily focuses on management of stress, anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders.
I am a Registered Social Worker with over 5 years of combined experience in hospital and community settings. I practice multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Strengths-Based Therapy. My career journey has included varied experiences in different settings. I previously worked as a Social Worker on the geriatric and medicine unit at the Mississauga Hospital. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, a challenging relationship, stress management or low self-esteem, relationships or career, I am here to help.
(289) 312-1718 View (289) 312-1718
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Nokha Dakroub
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4Z
My psychotherapy practice primarily focuses on relationship issues, communication, management of stress, anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders.
I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Family Mediator with over 10 years of combined experience in hospitals, primary care and community settings. I practice from a trauma informed eclectic approach employing tools from multiple modalities including CBT, DBT and EFT.
My psychotherapy practice primarily focuses on relationship issues, communication, management of stress, anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders.
I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Family Mediator with over 10 years of combined experience in hospitals, primary care and community settings. I practice from a trauma informed eclectic approach employing tools from multiple modalities including CBT, DBT and EFT.
(289) 272-7144 View (289) 272-7144
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Natasha Huff - Social Worker - Clinical Supervisor
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5M
I offer individual, couple and family therapy for a wide range of issues including; Divorce/Separation, Trauma, Grief, OCD, ADHD, BPD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Self-Image, Family Conflict, and Eating Disorders I have assisted many couples and families in improving their relationships with one another, providing them with the ability to communicate, respect and understand each other better using Collaborative Problem Solving and Emotion-focussed therapy. Success in a relationship does not mean there is no conflict, it means that conflict is handled in a respectful manner and individuals feel heard.
I offer individual, couple and family therapy for a wide range of issues including; Divorce/Separation, Trauma, Grief, OCD, ADHD, BPD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Self-Image, Family Conflict, and Eating Disorders I have assisted many couples and families in improving their relationships with one another, providing them with the ability to communicate, respect and understand each other better using Collaborative Problem Solving and Emotion-focussed therapy. Success in a relationship does not mean there is no conflict, it means that conflict is handled in a respectful manner and individuals feel heard.
(416) 985-0925 View (416) 985-0925
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Helping to Reconnect Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L5M
We work with a number of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, relationship concerns, anger management, addictions, eating disorders low self-esteem, relationship concerns, communication/emotional difficulties, self-discovery/growth and more.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Our practice’s approach is to be with you through every step of your journey. We aim to help you grow from your struggles, make sense of your experiences, and take your life in the direction you wish. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Our goal as a practice is to provide a neutral ground in which individuals, families, and couples can safely heal, energize and become aware of their inner strength. Thus, we ensure that a therapist is able to see you within 48 hours of reaching out.
We work with a number of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, relationship concerns, anger management, addictions, eating disorders low self-esteem, relationship concerns, communication/emotional difficulties, self-discovery/growth and more.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Our practice’s approach is to be with you through every step of your journey. We aim to help you grow from your struggles, make sense of your experiences, and take your life in the direction you wish. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Our goal as a practice is to provide a neutral ground in which individuals, families, and couples can safely heal, energize and become aware of their inner strength. Thus, we ensure that a therapist is able to see you within 48 hours of reaching out.
(365) 654-0639 View (365) 654-0639
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Toronto West Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4T
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
(855) 740-6185 View (855) 740-6185
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New Leaf Psychology Centre
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L5N
Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen, C. Psych., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Along with her part-time private practice, Dr. Van Blyderveen is currently a Staff Psychologist with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor (Part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her previous experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings.
Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen, C. Psych., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Along with her part-time private practice, Dr. Van Blyderveen is currently a Staff Psychologist with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor (Part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her previous experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings.
(855) 463-5618 View (855) 463-5618
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Sulaika Mazhar
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4V  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a dedicated professional devoted to understanding and aiding in your unique challenges related to grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and relationship conflicts? Specializing in adult, LGBTQS2+ and elderly care, Sulaika Mazhar uses various therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, emotion-focused therapy, strength-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed therapy. These models help guide you toward effective coping mechanisms while emphasizing mindfulness here at Canadian Therapy.
Are you seeking a dedicated professional devoted to understanding and aiding in your unique challenges related to grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and relationship conflicts? Specializing in adult, LGBTQS2+ and elderly care, Sulaika Mazhar uses various therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, emotion-focused therapy, strength-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed therapy. These models help guide you toward effective coping mechanisms while emphasizing mindfulness here at Canadian Therapy.
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Wise Mind Psychological Services
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4T
At Wise Mind Psychological Services we focus on the treatment of emotional difficulties including difficulty managing emotions and feeling overwhelmed (e.g. intense feelings, difficulty tolerating emotions, impulsive behaviour, self-harm and interpersonal problems). Related to emotional dysregulation we provide treatment for anxiety disorders, excessive stress and worry, eating disorders, depression, grief, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma-related difficulties (e.g. intrusive thoughts, distrusting others, nightmares, relationship difficulties). Whether the trauma occurred during childhood or more recently, we can help.
At Wise Mind Psychological Services we focus on the treatment of emotional difficulties including difficulty managing emotions and feeling overwhelmed (e.g. intense feelings, difficulty tolerating emotions, impulsive behaviour, self-harm and interpersonal problems). Related to emotional dysregulation we provide treatment for anxiety disorders, excessive stress and worry, eating disorders, depression, grief, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma-related difficulties (e.g. intrusive thoughts, distrusting others, nightmares, relationship difficulties). Whether the trauma occurred during childhood or more recently, we can help.
(647) 797-9985 View (647) 797-9985

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Eating Disorders Counsellors

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.