Eating Disorders Therapists in Denver, CO

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Mikki Morris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with eating disorders, whether your own or that of a loved one, as well as issues such as attachment, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, shame, etc.
This world can be hard to live in, especially if you are a sensitive soul. You may find yourself turning to food, substances, or other means of avoidance in an effort to cope. You may feel shame because of your sensitivity, or the fact that everyone else seems to "have it together" and has figured out how to "adult," except for you. Maybe you're going through a life transition, and are feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of how to navigate the next steps. Or maybe you just need someone to listen and care about YOU, and your needs, for a change. I can help you.
I specialize in working with eating disorders, whether your own or that of a loved one, as well as issues such as attachment, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, shame, etc.
This world can be hard to live in, especially if you are a sensitive soul. You may find yourself turning to food, substances, or other means of avoidance in an effort to cope. You may feel shame because of your sensitivity, or the fact that everyone else seems to "have it together" and has figured out how to "adult," except for you. Maybe you're going through a life transition, and are feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of how to navigate the next steps. Or maybe you just need someone to listen and care about YOU, and your needs, for a change. I can help you.
(719) 399-5790 View (719) 399-5790
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Rebekkah Goodhart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211
I specialize in work with eating disorders, trauma, postpartum depression, and couples distress.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that who you are makes sense. Even when your emotions, behaviors, or relationships are extremely different than what you want them to be, I believe that our feelings carry wisdom, our behaviors serve a function, and our current situation becomes clear in the context of our whole story. With this stance of curiosity and acceptance, I can help you understand the parts of your life that are causing distress and move toward the life you want to be living. I am an ideal fit for clients who want to make a change in their behavior while understanding the way those behaviors have functioned.
I specialize in work with eating disorders, trauma, postpartum depression, and couples distress.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that who you are makes sense. Even when your emotions, behaviors, or relationships are extremely different than what you want them to be, I believe that our feelings carry wisdom, our behaviors serve a function, and our current situation becomes clear in the context of our whole story. With this stance of curiosity and acceptance, I can help you understand the parts of your life that are causing distress and move toward the life you want to be living. I am an ideal fit for clients who want to make a change in their behavior while understanding the way those behaviors have functioned.
(720) 806-4063 View (720) 806-4063
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Compassion Connection Therapy - Jessie Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80212
I specialize in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult eating disorders, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parent coaching and life transitions.
If you are finding yourself on this site it may be that you are considering making some change in your life or looking for support for someone you love. The most important part in taking a step in therapy is feeling connected and safe with the clinician you are meeting. My name is Jessie Harris and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health practice. I received my masters degree from the University of Denver in 2015 and spent most of my professional experience working at the Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorder Program as an individual and family therapist.
I specialize in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult eating disorders, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parent coaching and life transitions.
If you are finding yourself on this site it may be that you are considering making some change in your life or looking for support for someone you love. The most important part in taking a step in therapy is feeling connected and safe with the clinician you are meeting. My name is Jessie Harris and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health practice. I received my masters degree from the University of Denver in 2015 and spent most of my professional experience working at the Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorder Program as an individual and family therapist.
(720) 679-5472 View (720) 679-5472
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Gaudiani Clinic
MD, CEDS-S, FAED
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80220
Gaudiani Clinic offers expert outpatient medical care to people of all ages, sizes, and genders with eating disorders or disordered eating. Gaudiani Clinic also offers thoughtful, Health At Every Size-informed care to those who are recovered from an eating disorder. Through a collaborative and communicative approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values. Under the care of Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, patients receive expert internal medicine care provided in a comfortable, highly discreet, and accessible private practice setting.
Gaudiani Clinic offers expert outpatient medical care to people of all ages, sizes, and genders with eating disorders or disordered eating. Gaudiani Clinic also offers thoughtful, Health At Every Size-informed care to those who are recovered from an eating disorder. Through a collaborative and communicative approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values. Under the care of Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, patients receive expert internal medicine care provided in a comfortable, highly discreet, and accessible private practice setting.
(720) 924-4180 View (720) 924-4180
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Megan Frazier, PsyD, CEDS
Psychologist, PsyD, CEDS
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
I'm a licensed psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) specializing in both trauma and eating disorders.
Have you experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, or negative self-worth? Have you become stuck in negative patterns of poor self-care, disordered eating, or interpersonal relationships that are draining or even abusive? I have dedicated my practice to helping others heal and break free from negative cycles of abuse - both within and outside oneself.
I'm a licensed psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) specializing in both trauma and eating disorders.
Have you experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, or negative self-worth? Have you become stuck in negative patterns of poor self-care, disordered eating, or interpersonal relationships that are draining or even abusive? I have dedicated my practice to helping others heal and break free from negative cycles of abuse - both within and outside oneself.
(720) 706-9213 View (720) 706-9213
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Megan Veldhuizen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80209
Hi, I'm glad you're here! Looking for a therapist can feel overwhelming, and I'm so excited for you to find the therapist who feels like a match to you. I have experience working with relationships, eating disorders, addiction, mood disorders and trauma and I regularly work with adults, adolescents, and couples. I believe therapeutic work needs to be collaborative to be successful. My philosophy is to support the individuals and couples I work with in reaching the goals they set for themselves through treatment plans we create together.
Hi, I'm glad you're here! Looking for a therapist can feel overwhelming, and I'm so excited for you to find the therapist who feels like a match to you. I have experience working with relationships, eating disorders, addiction, mood disorders and trauma and I regularly work with adults, adolescents, and couples. I believe therapeutic work needs to be collaborative to be successful. My philosophy is to support the individuals and couples I work with in reaching the goals they set for themselves through treatment plans we create together.
(720) 706-9382 View (720) 706-9382
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Claire Dowdle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211
Our doctors provide compassion focused care based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness and have experience working with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, couples counseling, and grief.
Emanate Mental Wellness is a practice of doctorate level psychologists who provide compassionate, flexible psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. While psychotherapy can be a great catharsis, we provide more than that. Therapy at Emanate is an active process that empowers you with tools to change your life. With backgrounds in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we deliver holistic treatment that is both evidence-based and individualized. Our doctors approach therapy from a strengths-based mindset, believing the process to be most helpful when it aligns people with their most important values.
Our doctors provide compassion focused care based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness and have experience working with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, couples counseling, and grief.
Emanate Mental Wellness is a practice of doctorate level psychologists who provide compassionate, flexible psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. While psychotherapy can be a great catharsis, we provide more than that. Therapy at Emanate is an active process that empowers you with tools to change your life. With backgrounds in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we deliver holistic treatment that is both evidence-based and individualized. Our doctors approach therapy from a strengths-based mindset, believing the process to be most helpful when it aligns people with their most important values.
(720) 548-2360 View (720) 548-2360
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Evan Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
I have experience working in attachment disorders, trauma, and eating disorders through the Arizona Trauma Institute.
I strive to serve the community around me and advocate for those who are in need. I focus on psychotherapeutic models to aid individuals in understanding the role their brain plays in treatment. Educating individuals about brain structure, function, development, and explaining how neurobiology can be applied to individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Interpersonal neurobiology of human development aids us to understand that structure & function of the mind & brain are shaped by our experiences especially involving emotional relationships.
I have experience working in attachment disorders, trauma, and eating disorders through the Arizona Trauma Institute.
I strive to serve the community around me and advocate for those who are in need. I focus on psychotherapeutic models to aid individuals in understanding the role their brain plays in treatment. Educating individuals about brain structure, function, development, and explaining how neurobiology can be applied to individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Interpersonal neurobiology of human development aids us to understand that structure & function of the mind & brain are shaped by our experiences especially involving emotional relationships.
(720) 538-9671 View (720) 538-9671
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Heather Rosenblatt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80220
I have 6 years of experience working with children and adolescents with eating disorders.
Therapy is your opportunity to discover and uncover the best things about yourself, while facing the things that feel like they're getting in the way. I’d like to think of myself as your guide through self-compassion, acceptance, and a better relationship with your body. I support individuals and their families who feel suffocated by their inner critic, anxiety, overwhelm, poor body image, depression, doubt, and fear. Through the use of IFS, ACT, CBT, DBT, and deep self-compassion work, I support adolescents and young adults in becoming their truest, most authentic selves.
I have 6 years of experience working with children and adolescents with eating disorders.
Therapy is your opportunity to discover and uncover the best things about yourself, while facing the things that feel like they're getting in the way. I’d like to think of myself as your guide through self-compassion, acceptance, and a better relationship with your body. I support individuals and their families who feel suffocated by their inner critic, anxiety, overwhelm, poor body image, depression, doubt, and fear. Through the use of IFS, ACT, CBT, DBT, and deep self-compassion work, I support adolescents and young adults in becoming their truest, most authentic selves.
(720) 316-8182 View (720) 316-8182
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Jamie Gordon
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
I can provide therapy services to those struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Body Image Distress, Low Self-esteem and Self-worth, Interpersonal Conflict, and Family Based Treatment for children and adolescents with Eating Disorders.
Every client is unique, has their own story, and their own goals of what they want to address in their therapeutic work. I believe it is important to work collaboratively to make sure clients are getting the most out of their therapy. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/self-worth, effects of the pandemic, a life transition, or have a child struggling with an Eating Disorder I am here to help. I can see clients in-person or virtually in Colorado and can see clients who live in Oklahoma via Telehealth.
I can provide therapy services to those struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Body Image Distress, Low Self-esteem and Self-worth, Interpersonal Conflict, and Family Based Treatment for children and adolescents with Eating Disorders.
Every client is unique, has their own story, and their own goals of what they want to address in their therapeutic work. I believe it is important to work collaboratively to make sure clients are getting the most out of their therapy. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/self-worth, effects of the pandemic, a life transition, or have a child struggling with an Eating Disorder I am here to help. I can see clients in-person or virtually in Colorado and can see clients who live in Oklahoma via Telehealth.
(720) 792-9542 View (720) 792-9542
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Abigail Lynn Hansen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
I spent the last decade working in treatment centers gaining experience treating: eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.
I trust that you are an expert in yourself, and my only job is to help you uncover your own inner strength and wisdom to make and maintain changes you desire in your life. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. I utilize a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I tend to take a strengths based client-centered approach that is rooted in attachment theory.
I spent the last decade working in treatment centers gaining experience treating: eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.
I trust that you are an expert in yourself, and my only job is to help you uncover your own inner strength and wisdom to make and maintain changes you desire in your life. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. I utilize a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I tend to take a strengths based client-centered approach that is rooted in attachment theory.
(720) 386-4164 View (720) 386-4164
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Dana McDowell - Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80203
I am a holistic psychotherapist & eating psychology coach - utilizing Ketamine & Eastern and Western approaches to help clients heal. I specialize in working with eating disorders and also work with both men and women on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, stress management, and transitions. I especially love supporting busy professionals to regain control of their lives and their relationship to food so that they can focus on rising to the top of their profession. I complement Cognitive Behavioral type therapy with the use of Somatic therapy to help clients connect with their inner wisdom.
I am a holistic psychotherapist & eating psychology coach - utilizing Ketamine & Eastern and Western approaches to help clients heal. I specialize in working with eating disorders and also work with both men and women on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, stress management, and transitions. I especially love supporting busy professionals to regain control of their lives and their relationship to food so that they can focus on rising to the top of their profession. I complement Cognitive Behavioral type therapy with the use of Somatic therapy to help clients connect with their inner wisdom.
(720) 744-3862 View (720) 744-3862
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Lucia Bennett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80204
I specialize in working with eating disorders and body image through a social justice-based, Health at Every Size lens.
Are you queer and struggling with body image and food? Or just feeling disconnected from your body? Are you looking for a therapist who gets it—who’s been there? I am an eating disorder therapist who is also queer. Believe it to not, the LGBTQ community is hit hardest when it comes to struggling with our relationship with our bodies. Many of us have had eating disorders, and even more of us struggle significantly with body image. As a trained somatic therapist, I hope to support you to have a better relationship with your body, and to understand the language it speaks—including how trauma may have manifested in your nervous system.
I specialize in working with eating disorders and body image through a social justice-based, Health at Every Size lens.
Are you queer and struggling with body image and food? Or just feeling disconnected from your body? Are you looking for a therapist who gets it—who’s been there? I am an eating disorder therapist who is also queer. Believe it to not, the LGBTQ community is hit hardest when it comes to struggling with our relationship with our bodies. Many of us have had eating disorders, and even more of us struggle significantly with body image. As a trained somatic therapist, I hope to support you to have a better relationship with your body, and to understand the language it speaks—including how trauma may have manifested in your nervous system.
(720) 358-8869 View (720) 358-8869
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Camille Brunel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD, and OCD and have experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, gender dysphoria, self-harm, and chronic pain & illness.
Psychotherapy can provide an invaluable space to explore our fears and suffering with a compassionate witness. Over time, we are able to befriend aspects of ourselves that we have suppressed and begin to recognize that our symptoms are coping skills we have used to survive. I seek to provide gentle guidance to clients to help them move into discomfort, expand their insight, and discover previously untapped strength and resources, while also respecting each person’s unique process and pacing. I have a holistic approach, taking into consideration the mind, body, and spirit, as integral to healing.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD, and OCD and have experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, gender dysphoria, self-harm, and chronic pain & illness.
Psychotherapy can provide an invaluable space to explore our fears and suffering with a compassionate witness. Over time, we are able to befriend aspects of ourselves that we have suppressed and begin to recognize that our symptoms are coping skills we have used to survive. I seek to provide gentle guidance to clients to help them move into discomfort, expand their insight, and discover previously untapped strength and resources, while also respecting each person’s unique process and pacing. I have a holistic approach, taking into consideration the mind, body, and spirit, as integral to healing.
(720) 790-3163 View (720) 790-3163
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Brynn Dyas
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80229
My specific areas of expertise include: eating disorders, disordered eating & mood related challenges such as anxiety, trauma & depression.
Many of my clients come to me having worked on thier “same old patterns” in the past & while they've found some measure of relief, they still find themselves caught in cycles they can’t break & are experiencing distressing symptoms they can't seem to shake. Those patterns often involve include unresolved issues with food & the body, up's & down's with mood &, challenges in relationships. Because difficulty w/ food, body & mood look different for each client, depending on the day or season of life they are in, I provide individualized, tailored expertise in a space that’s affirming, genuine, & wholly focused on my clients' healing.
My specific areas of expertise include: eating disorders, disordered eating & mood related challenges such as anxiety, trauma & depression.
Many of my clients come to me having worked on thier “same old patterns” in the past & while they've found some measure of relief, they still find themselves caught in cycles they can’t break & are experiencing distressing symptoms they can't seem to shake. Those patterns often involve include unresolved issues with food & the body, up's & down's with mood &, challenges in relationships. Because difficulty w/ food, body & mood look different for each client, depending on the day or season of life they are in, I provide individualized, tailored expertise in a space that’s affirming, genuine, & wholly focused on my clients' healing.
(720) 712-1986 View (720) 712-1986
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Christina Bokenkamp Hruby
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
I have a decade plus of experience working with the entire spectrum of eating disorders, both inpatient and outpatient settings.
I believe that in using insight oriented therapy, the individual develops a greater capacity to understand and work through their struggles. Vitality Counseling's empowerment model allows the individual to take greater ownership of their struggle and in doing so identify ways to regain control of ones life. Through the empowerment model, I will help you to identify your current internal conflict and/or stressors, bring greater awareness to how these struggles and choices are impeding ongoing growth and support you in the journey of making difficult changes and accepting different outcomes.
I have a decade plus of experience working with the entire spectrum of eating disorders, both inpatient and outpatient settings.
I believe that in using insight oriented therapy, the individual develops a greater capacity to understand and work through their struggles. Vitality Counseling's empowerment model allows the individual to take greater ownership of their struggle and in doing so identify ways to regain control of ones life. Through the empowerment model, I will help you to identify your current internal conflict and/or stressors, bring greater awareness to how these struggles and choices are impeding ongoing growth and support you in the journey of making difficult changes and accepting different outcomes.
(720) 440-7662 View (720) 440-7662
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Laura Burt
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203  (Online Only)
Laura believes that eating disorders are deeper than just the food and works with individuals to help them also concur the surrounding issues that caused the disordered eating to begin with.
Laura earned her master's in professional counseling as well as a bachelors in cross-cultural studies. She is trained in, and is passionate about alternative healing modalities including meditation, yoga, and somatic practices. Laura believes in the power of blending ancient eastern practices with modern western therapies. Clients who work with Laura appreciate her non-judgmental approach, open-mindedness and ability to create a safe space in which they can connect more deeply with their own experience.
Laura believes that eating disorders are deeper than just the food and works with individuals to help them also concur the surrounding issues that caused the disordered eating to begin with.
Laura earned her master's in professional counseling as well as a bachelors in cross-cultural studies. She is trained in, and is passionate about alternative healing modalities including meditation, yoga, and somatic practices. Laura believes in the power of blending ancient eastern practices with modern western therapies. Clients who work with Laura appreciate her non-judgmental approach, open-mindedness and ability to create a safe space in which they can connect more deeply with their own experience.
(720) 784-8973 View (720) 784-8973
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Sara Mazzullo
Licensed Social Worker, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
I specialize in working with eating disorders, body image distress, low self esteem, & anxiety, and the ways in which those experiences can isolate us from each other and our environments.
Are you looking for freedom in the way you show up in your relationship with yourself, including your relationship with food, with your body, and with the natural world? Hello! I'm Sara (she/her). I can help you reconnect with your needs, break free from your behaviors, and meet yourself with more compassion as you journey home to your authentic self. By gaining a deeper understanding of who you are, we will begin to help you move from a place of connection & desire, rather than a place of fear. Together we will uncover the patterns that keep you stuck, learning the old story to make space for a new one to unfold.
I specialize in working with eating disorders, body image distress, low self esteem, & anxiety, and the ways in which those experiences can isolate us from each other and our environments.
Are you looking for freedom in the way you show up in your relationship with yourself, including your relationship with food, with your body, and with the natural world? Hello! I'm Sara (she/her). I can help you reconnect with your needs, break free from your behaviors, and meet yourself with more compassion as you journey home to your authentic self. By gaining a deeper understanding of who you are, we will begin to help you move from a place of connection & desire, rather than a place of fear. Together we will uncover the patterns that keep you stuck, learning the old story to make space for a new one to unfold.
(720) 815-4643 View (720) 815-4643
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Molly Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Waitlist for new clients
Shame and love are grounded in vulnerability and tenderness (Brene Brown, 2012). Every person deserves validation, empathy, and compassion free from judgment. I focus on exploring all unique aspects of a person's identity and I will ensure that our work is personalized to help you reach your therapeutic goals. I am an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, relationship problems, and more.
Shame and love are grounded in vulnerability and tenderness (Brene Brown, 2012). Every person deserves validation, empathy, and compassion free from judgment. I focus on exploring all unique aspects of a person's identity and I will ensure that our work is personalized to help you reach your therapeutic goals. I am an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, relationship problems, and more.
(720) 306-1383 View (720) 306-1383
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Jessica Hall, Authentic Path Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
I have worked with adults with eating disorders in different levels of care since 2016.
Hello! My name is Jessica (she/her/hers) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I have a passion for working with adults who struggle with disordered eating, as well as individuals going through grief, loss, anxiety, depression, body image issues, life transitions, and feeling unfulfilled in life. I hope to help people find their own authentic path towards understanding, compassion, and meaning in life. My approach to counseling is intentionally integrative and focuses on strengths, values, intuition, acceptance, and identity. I believe therapy is a collaborative process and that you know yourself best.
I have worked with adults with eating disorders in different levels of care since 2016.
Hello! My name is Jessica (she/her/hers) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I have a passion for working with adults who struggle with disordered eating, as well as individuals going through grief, loss, anxiety, depression, body image issues, life transitions, and feeling unfulfilled in life. I hope to help people find their own authentic path towards understanding, compassion, and meaning in life. My approach to counseling is intentionally integrative and focuses on strengths, values, intuition, acceptance, and identity. I believe therapy is a collaborative process and that you know yourself best.
(720) 902-7269 View (720) 902-7269

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.