Eating Disorders Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Marcella Raimondo
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Eating disorders and other eating problems, Body image distress and shame issues Frequent dieting and weight cycling, Diet culture trauma ,Cultural identity intersections with eating issues , Self-esteem and relational issues, HAES and social justice foundation approach.
Welcome to my practice.Are you struggling with eating issues, disordered eating and body image distress?I offer a holistic therapy approach to move past your struggles for a life of liberation, empowerment, and peace.Your eating issues and body experiences are holding a deep and nuanced story about you. My approach will help you unravel your story to uncover steps for powerful change. Eating disorders, eating problems and body experience issues are treatable. Change is liberating as well as challenging.And both liberation and feeling challenged can exist together in your healing journey.It is my goal to help you on this journey.
Eating disorders and other eating problems, Body image distress and shame issues Frequent dieting and weight cycling, Diet culture trauma ,Cultural identity intersections with eating issues , Self-esteem and relational issues, HAES and social justice foundation approach.
Welcome to my practice.Are you struggling with eating issues, disordered eating and body image distress?I offer a holistic therapy approach to move past your struggles for a life of liberation, empowerment, and peace.Your eating issues and body experiences are holding a deep and nuanced story about you. My approach will help you unravel your story to uncover steps for powerful change. Eating disorders, eating problems and body experience issues are treatable. Change is liberating as well as challenging.And both liberation and feeling challenged can exist together in your healing journey.It is my goal to help you on this journey.
(510) 694-1627 View (510) 694-1627
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Danielle Comerford Worth
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We explore a host of issues, including: emotionally rooted physiologic ailments, medical trauma, PTSD, developmental trauma, grief, energetic sensitivity, assault, boundary setting, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, addiction, codependency, and transitional and relational struggles.
As humans, we are brilliantly complex, wired for connection, attachment, and survival. Our experience of joy and suffering are innately human and are connected to our physical and emotional wellness--inseparable realms. In somatic psychotherapy we hold space for the body to have a language of its own, honoring what it has to say, so that we may more clearly see what is beneath the surface. As a somatic psychotherapist, I am a collaborator, guide and mirror, supporting you in increasing your own sense of exploration of conscious and unconscious patterns of behaviors, beliefs, body signals and cues.
We explore a host of issues, including: emotionally rooted physiologic ailments, medical trauma, PTSD, developmental trauma, grief, energetic sensitivity, assault, boundary setting, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, addiction, codependency, and transitional and relational struggles.
As humans, we are brilliantly complex, wired for connection, attachment, and survival. Our experience of joy and suffering are innately human and are connected to our physical and emotional wellness--inseparable realms. In somatic psychotherapy we hold space for the body to have a language of its own, honoring what it has to say, so that we may more clearly see what is beneath the surface. As a somatic psychotherapist, I am a collaborator, guide and mirror, supporting you in increasing your own sense of exploration of conscious and unconscious patterns of behaviors, beliefs, body signals and cues.
(510) 345-1765 View (510) 345-1765
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Jocelyn Lam
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
I work with folks in the intersection of being neurodivergent, BIPOC and queer to navigate the oppressive structures that prevent us from expressing ourselves authentically. Together we can process intergenerational trauma to truly meet your needs. My areas of focus include conscious parenting, eating disorders, and postpartum/perinatal mental health. In our therapeutic relationship, genuine, empathetic care and connection come first. I understand that healing is not only individual but also systemic.
I work with folks in the intersection of being neurodivergent, BIPOC and queer to navigate the oppressive structures that prevent us from expressing ourselves authentically. Together we can process intergenerational trauma to truly meet your needs. My areas of focus include conscious parenting, eating disorders, and postpartum/perinatal mental health. In our therapeutic relationship, genuine, empathetic care and connection come first. I understand that healing is not only individual but also systemic.
(650) 249-7703 View (650) 249-7703
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Reina Remigio
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with overcontrol/excessive self-control. This can show up as rumination, hyper-perfectionism, rigidity, difficulty relaxing, and emotional loneliness (even with loved ones around). These challenges can intersect with substance abuse, suicidal ideation or attempts, and/or self-harm. Often, an overcontrolled coping style is central to conditions such as chronic anxiety/depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders like obsessive-compulsive and avoidant personalities. This way of coping may exacerbate or perpetuate trauma and grief symptoms as well.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with overcontrol/excessive self-control. This can show up as rumination, hyper-perfectionism, rigidity, difficulty relaxing, and emotional loneliness (even with loved ones around). These challenges can intersect with substance abuse, suicidal ideation or attempts, and/or self-harm. Often, an overcontrolled coping style is central to conditions such as chronic anxiety/depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders like obsessive-compulsive and avoidant personalities. This way of coping may exacerbate or perpetuate trauma and grief symptoms as well.
(341) 899-1605 View (341) 899-1605
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Maayan Greene
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I specialize in depression, anxiety, family issues, identity development , emotion regulation, and eating disorders.
If you are ready to learn more about yourself and develop a positive path toward growth seeking assistance can help you refocus on what's most meaningful to you. People come to therapy for many reasons, including needing help in handling stressful life transitions, to reduce psychological distress, increase one's self worth and to develop a better understanding of themselves. During therapy, we will explore unhealthy patterns by looking at the interplay between your thoughts, behaviors and emotions and how they affect your daily experiences. You will learn to develop fulfilling relationships, ways to cope in healthier ways, and ultimately live a fulfilling life.
I specialize in depression, anxiety, family issues, identity development , emotion regulation, and eating disorders.
If you are ready to learn more about yourself and develop a positive path toward growth seeking assistance can help you refocus on what's most meaningful to you. People come to therapy for many reasons, including needing help in handling stressful life transitions, to reduce psychological distress, increase one's self worth and to develop a better understanding of themselves. During therapy, we will explore unhealthy patterns by looking at the interplay between your thoughts, behaviors and emotions and how they affect your daily experiences. You will learn to develop fulfilling relationships, ways to cope in healthier ways, and ultimately live a fulfilling life.
(510) 402-1597 View (510) 402-1597
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Dr. Brighton Earley
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
I provide: Individual Therapy for Adults & Teens / Play Therapy for Children / Couples Therapy / Family Therapy / FBT for Eating Disorders / Psychological Assessment & Testing.
I currently have openings for children, adults, couples, and families at my Oakland office.
I provide: Individual Therapy for Adults & Teens / Play Therapy for Children / Couples Therapy / Family Therapy / FBT for Eating Disorders / Psychological Assessment & Testing.
I currently have openings for children, adults, couples, and families at my Oakland office.
(510) 822-7810 View (510) 822-7810
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Rosie Sofen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I specialize in treating folks with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, and relationship issues.
Many of us experience mental health challenges at some point in our lives. Perhaps you’re struggling with your relationship with food and your body, caught in a cycle of restricting, binging, and purging. Maybe you’re feeling consumed by anxiety, or you’re faced with navigating tough family relationships. Sometimes, we can cope well enough with our existing support systems and internal tools. Other times, we need support in order to heal. I believe we each have the innate capacity for resilience, and that given the opportunity, we can access that resilience. My goal is to help you harness your own strength in the process of healing.
I specialize in treating folks with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, and relationship issues.
Many of us experience mental health challenges at some point in our lives. Perhaps you’re struggling with your relationship with food and your body, caught in a cycle of restricting, binging, and purging. Maybe you’re feeling consumed by anxiety, or you’re faced with navigating tough family relationships. Sometimes, we can cope well enough with our existing support systems and internal tools. Other times, we need support in order to heal. I believe we each have the innate capacity for resilience, and that given the opportunity, we can access that resilience. My goal is to help you harness your own strength in the process of healing.
(510) 327-3451 View (510) 327-3451
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Talia Chanoff
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
I also hold vast experience supporting individuals experiencing PTSD, chronic illness, chronic pain, eating disorders and those struggling with a complicated relationship with food.
I am here to be present with you as you explore and process how the vast injustices in the world may be affecting your internal states. Together we can examine the question: Is there something “wrong” with me as an individual, or do we live in an inequitable society that causes emotional and often generational trauma? Our trauma can lead to behaviors that do not ultimately serve us or align with our core values—but there is room to heal. Your ancestral roots, intersecting identities, and cultural practices are an honor for me to make space for in our work together.
I also hold vast experience supporting individuals experiencing PTSD, chronic illness, chronic pain, eating disorders and those struggling with a complicated relationship with food.
I am here to be present with you as you explore and process how the vast injustices in the world may be affecting your internal states. Together we can examine the question: Is there something “wrong” with me as an individual, or do we live in an inequitable society that causes emotional and often generational trauma? Our trauma can lead to behaviors that do not ultimately serve us or align with our core values—but there is room to heal. Your ancestral roots, intersecting identities, and cultural practices are an honor for me to make space for in our work together.
(415) 319-9235 View (415) 319-9235
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Natalie Gallo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Most of my work has been geared towards healing from eating disorders, disordered eating, addiction, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and childhood core wounds.
Hi, I'm Natalie! I have found the therapeutic space to be necessary in healing different parts of ourselves while learning how to cope with and improve mental health challenges. I strongly believe entering a space dedicated to your own healing will bring a better life experience with a deeper connection to yourself and those around you. I understand the challenges that come with mental health issues and life in general. My focus is to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to heal and grow. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I work with individuals to address their unique needs and goals.
Most of my work has been geared towards healing from eating disorders, disordered eating, addiction, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and childhood core wounds.
Hi, I'm Natalie! I have found the therapeutic space to be necessary in healing different parts of ourselves while learning how to cope with and improve mental health challenges. I strongly believe entering a space dedicated to your own healing will bring a better life experience with a deeper connection to yourself and those around you. I understand the challenges that come with mental health issues and life in general. My focus is to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to heal and grow. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I work with individuals to address their unique needs and goals.
(562) 573-8758 View (562) 573-8758
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Jaime Levy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Often we have so many judgments and intense feelings about food and our bodies that it can be difficult to see clearly. I offer support, guidance, and clarity. In addition to being a therapist I have 20 years of experience as an eating disorder dietitian. I work with individuals on a range of issues including struggles with food and body image, unlearning diet culture, embracing health at every size, and healing from eating disorders, anxiety and depression. My goal is to foster an atmosphere of comfort and safety, so we can explore your inner landscape with kindness and curiosity, so you can live with more ease, choice and joy.
Often we have so many judgments and intense feelings about food and our bodies that it can be difficult to see clearly. I offer support, guidance, and clarity. In addition to being a therapist I have 20 years of experience as an eating disorder dietitian. I work with individuals on a range of issues including struggles with food and body image, unlearning diet culture, embracing health at every size, and healing from eating disorders, anxiety and depression. My goal is to foster an atmosphere of comfort and safety, so we can explore your inner landscape with kindness and curiosity, so you can live with more ease, choice and joy.
(510) 756-2132 View (510) 756-2132
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Tom Wooldridge
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP, FIPA, CEDS-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94601
My books include Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males (Routledge, 2016), Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak (Relational Perspectives, Routledge, 2018) and Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2022).
Patients come to me with a wide range of difficulties and consistently tell me that my responsive and interactive style is helpful to them. You may already have a clear idea of the problems you want to solve. Or you may need time to explore your experience and to clarify what you'd like to change. I provide a safe space for this exploration to take place.
My books include Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males (Routledge, 2016), Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak (Relational Perspectives, Routledge, 2018) and Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2022).
Patients come to me with a wide range of difficulties and consistently tell me that my responsive and interactive style is helpful to them. You may already have a clear idea of the problems you want to solve. Or you may need time to explore your experience and to clarify what you'd like to change. I provide a safe space for this exploration to take place.
(510) 860-4473 View (510) 860-4473
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Leora Fulvio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CCHT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608
I have been helping women heal from binge eating and bulimia since 2005.
If you are suffering with food & body image issues, issues of self-esteem & self-worth, relationship issues or dealing with trauma, I can help you. There are so many women who feel as though they are not enough. They believe that they somehow have to be better, look different, lose weight, be a whole different person to have a good relationship and a happy life. They beat themselves up constantly and are always trying to change. Do you understand this feeling? If so, I can help you have a loving relationship with yourself and settle into who you really are.
I have been helping women heal from binge eating and bulimia since 2005.
If you are suffering with food & body image issues, issues of self-esteem & self-worth, relationship issues or dealing with trauma, I can help you. There are so many women who feel as though they are not enough. They believe that they somehow have to be better, look different, lose weight, be a whole different person to have a good relationship and a happy life. They beat themselves up constantly and are always trying to change. Do you understand this feeling? If so, I can help you have a loving relationship with yourself and settle into who you really are.
(415) 649-8964 View (415) 649-8964
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Leah Lazar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
If you are struggling with anxiety, panic, grief, addictive behaviors , eating disorders or going through a life crisis, I provide sensitive listening and a variety of practices to help you resolve these difficult issues.
For over 33 years I have been blessed to work with individuals and couples who put their trust in me to facilitate their own personal healing. Clients have relied on my devotion, warmth, insights and authentic presence to hold them in a safe, sacred space. Through a collaborative exploration, we explore the thoughts, feelings, belief systems that are at the root of life-long patterns. Awareness of these patterns is crucial. However, lasting change requires more than insight. We need to directly experience and release the underlying energies and wounds that block your life force, so you can live and express your authentic gifts.
If you are struggling with anxiety, panic, grief, addictive behaviors , eating disorders or going through a life crisis, I provide sensitive listening and a variety of practices to help you resolve these difficult issues.
For over 33 years I have been blessed to work with individuals and couples who put their trust in me to facilitate their own personal healing. Clients have relied on my devotion, warmth, insights and authentic presence to hold them in a safe, sacred space. Through a collaborative exploration, we explore the thoughts, feelings, belief systems that are at the root of life-long patterns. Awareness of these patterns is crucial. However, lasting change requires more than insight. We need to directly experience and release the underlying energies and wounds that block your life force, so you can live and express your authentic gifts.
(415) 322-7889 View (415) 322-7889
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Gabby Collins Eating Disorder Therapist
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW, MSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94603  (Online Only)
I have a particular focus working with folks navigating eating disorders, sexual identity, gender dysphoria, and dissociative disorders.
Your mood’s been down and you’ve been feeling anxious all the time. The past and the future both feel daunting, but being in the present isn’t any easier. Maybe you’re drifting through life, dissociating, or fixating on food so you can feel a sense of control when everything feels hopelessly out of control. You feel stuck between oppressive social pressures, past experiences, and who you really are. Let’s get you back to you.
I have a particular focus working with folks navigating eating disorders, sexual identity, gender dysphoria, and dissociative disorders.
Your mood’s been down and you’ve been feeling anxious all the time. The past and the future both feel daunting, but being in the present isn’t any easier. Maybe you’re drifting through life, dissociating, or fixating on food so you can feel a sense of control when everything feels hopelessly out of control. You feel stuck between oppressive social pressures, past experiences, and who you really are. Let’s get you back to you.
(818) 873-2392 View (818) 873-2392
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Emily Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
I also specialize in working with teenagers and young adults with eating disorders.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. I take a compassionate approach to helping people identify their strengths, but I also keep it real and authentically reflect what I am seeing.
I also specialize in working with teenagers and young adults with eating disorders.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. I take a compassionate approach to helping people identify their strengths, but I also keep it real and authentically reflect what I am seeing.
(415) 301-4337 View (415) 301-4337
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Art Therapy and EMDR, Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety
Art Therapist, MA, ATR, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
I create a safe holding space where people can deeply explore what is blocking them from enjoying their lives to the fullest. I focus on authentic connection and empathy to build trusting therapeudic relationships. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. If you are struggling to recover from DID, complex trauma, single traumas, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or bipolar disorder, I am here to help.
I create a safe holding space where people can deeply explore what is blocking them from enjoying their lives to the fullest. I focus on authentic connection and empathy to build trusting therapeudic relationships. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. If you are struggling to recover from DID, complex trauma, single traumas, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or bipolar disorder, I am here to help.
(415) 562-0416 View (415) 562-0416
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Dr. Dahlia Magdy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I also specialize in the treatment of eating disorders in the adult population of men, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Do you ever feel stuck or paralyzed by the stories your mind tells you? Do you ever feel weighed down by hopelessness or trapped in your anxiety? Do you often find yourself at the mercy of a harsh and critical inner voice? The human mind is a masterful storyteller and these stories can lead us down dark and painful paths. They are often filled with “what ifs” and “shoulds” that keep us stuck in the past or catastrophizing about the future. Folks often seek out therapy when they feel stuck in life, are in crisis, or feel their emotions are becoming too much to cope with. They want a change but are unsure how to go about it.
I also specialize in the treatment of eating disorders in the adult population of men, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Do you ever feel stuck or paralyzed by the stories your mind tells you? Do you ever feel weighed down by hopelessness or trapped in your anxiety? Do you often find yourself at the mercy of a harsh and critical inner voice? The human mind is a masterful storyteller and these stories can lead us down dark and painful paths. They are often filled with “what ifs” and “shoulds” that keep us stuck in the past or catastrophizing about the future. Folks often seek out therapy when they feel stuck in life, are in crisis, or feel their emotions are becoming too much to cope with. They want a change but are unsure how to go about it.
(727) 756-8356 View (727) 756-8356
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Holly N Kirth
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, ME
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with persons suffering from trauma, eating disorders, addictions, relationship issues, ADHD, and chronic illness.
Are you struggling to cope with life’s difficulties? Are you feeling out of control? Hopeless? Whether this is a recent experience or a life long issue, I am here to help. I believe every person has the innate ability and power within themselves to manage life’s challenges and improve yourselves—you just don’t always know how to access it. I will assist you and challenge you into accessing your tools, utilizing your innate strengths, and finding new insights into yourself.
I specialize in working with persons suffering from trauma, eating disorders, addictions, relationship issues, ADHD, and chronic illness.
Are you struggling to cope with life’s difficulties? Are you feeling out of control? Hopeless? Whether this is a recent experience or a life long issue, I am here to help. I believe every person has the innate ability and power within themselves to manage life’s challenges and improve yourselves—you just don’t always know how to access it. I will assist you and challenge you into accessing your tools, utilizing your innate strengths, and finding new insights into yourself.
(949) 468-5731 View (949) 468-5731
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Danielle Dekker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I also have a post-master's certificate from JFK University for treating eating disorders.
It’s not always easy to ask for help. It often takes courage to recognize that something is off and that your feelings and behaviors have overwhelmed your resources to cope. You may have already put considerable time and energy into your wellness and yet are baffled by why it is that you still are experiencing things like negative beliefs about yourself, overwhelming emotions, knee-jerk emotional reactions, difficulty having the kind of relationships or work you truly want, or why it is that you engage in self-destructive behavior. I'm here to help you gain freedom from these patterns so that you can live the life you deserve.
I also have a post-master's certificate from JFK University for treating eating disorders.
It’s not always easy to ask for help. It often takes courage to recognize that something is off and that your feelings and behaviors have overwhelmed your resources to cope. You may have already put considerable time and energy into your wellness and yet are baffled by why it is that you still are experiencing things like negative beliefs about yourself, overwhelming emotions, knee-jerk emotional reactions, difficulty having the kind of relationships or work you truly want, or why it is that you engage in self-destructive behavior. I'm here to help you gain freedom from these patterns so that you can live the life you deserve.
(510) 738-3669 View (510) 738-3669
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Sye Gratz
RDT, MA, 200 RYT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Sye has experience working in private practice, non-profit settings for adults, acute psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment for youth experiencing trauma, mood, & co-occurring substance and eating disorders.
I am a nonbinary, queer, neuroqueer, white, ashkenazi jewish healer. I support queer creatives and nonconformists honor authenticity beyond harmful binaries. My practice offers a somatic, creative, relational, and liberatory justice approach to caregiver recovery/codependencey, developmental trauma, post traumatic stress, and anxiety. I hold an anti-opressive stance, encouraging a sense of agency, QT joy, and alignment in healing. I have a passion for supporting LGBTQQIP2SAA+ community with life transitions, resisting systems, attachment/relationship challenges, & all who had to "grow up too quickly" in childhood.
Sye has experience working in private practice, non-profit settings for adults, acute psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment for youth experiencing trauma, mood, & co-occurring substance and eating disorders.
I am a nonbinary, queer, neuroqueer, white, ashkenazi jewish healer. I support queer creatives and nonconformists honor authenticity beyond harmful binaries. My practice offers a somatic, creative, relational, and liberatory justice approach to caregiver recovery/codependencey, developmental trauma, post traumatic stress, and anxiety. I hold an anti-opressive stance, encouraging a sense of agency, QT joy, and alignment in healing. I have a passion for supporting LGBTQQIP2SAA+ community with life transitions, resisting systems, attachment/relationship challenges, & all who had to "grow up too quickly" in childhood.
(510) 901-4904 View (510) 901-4904
Eating Disorders Therapists

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.