Eating Disorders Therapists in Miami, FL

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Lisa Richberg
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33138
Through years of working with clients in various settings, I have extensive experience treating addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Everyone needs a little extra support from time to time, and often reaching out for that help can be confusing and anxiety provoking. I find a combination of empathy, humor, respect, and a touch of irreverence helps put people at ease.
Through years of working with clients in various settings, I have extensive experience treating addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Everyone needs a little extra support from time to time, and often reaching out for that help can be confusing and anxiety provoking. I find a combination of empathy, humor, respect, and a touch of irreverence helps put people at ease.
(305) 570-4538 View (305) 570-4538
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Lisa Jimenez
LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33144  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and family dynamics. Having worked in a variety of settings including a residential eating disorder treatment center, substance abuse programs, and other outpatient services, I am equipped with a number of skills and interventions to help guide my clients through their individual processes. I work with many teenagers and adults to get in touch with their true selves and live a meaningful life that works for them.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and family dynamics. Having worked in a variety of settings including a residential eating disorder treatment center, substance abuse programs, and other outpatient services, I am equipped with a number of skills and interventions to help guide my clients through their individual processes. I work with many teenagers and adults to get in touch with their true selves and live a meaningful life that works for them.
(786) 741-7953 View (786) 741-7953
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Cristina Oliver
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33129
As a foundationally trained DBT therapist, I specialize in treating borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, family conflicts, relationship issues, and self-harm.
Are you struggling with your relationships? Are you finding it difficult to function in every day activities? Do you feel like you're driven more by emotions than values or goals? As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I compassionately help individuals build greater insight and provide them with tools to better navigate thoughts, emotions and urges that keep them stuck. These maladaptive reactions can interfere with who we want to be and the life we want to live. I can guide you in accepting and tolerating realities that are difficult to accept while also learning how to communicate, cope, and problem solve more effectively.
As a foundationally trained DBT therapist, I specialize in treating borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, family conflicts, relationship issues, and self-harm.
Are you struggling with your relationships? Are you finding it difficult to function in every day activities? Do you feel like you're driven more by emotions than values or goals? As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I compassionately help individuals build greater insight and provide them with tools to better navigate thoughts, emotions and urges that keep them stuck. These maladaptive reactions can interfere with who we want to be and the life we want to live. I can guide you in accepting and tolerating realities that are difficult to accept while also learning how to communicate, cope, and problem solve more effectively.
(786) 581-8591 View (786) 581-8591
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Embody & Heal: Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS , RYT-500, PRYT, CRYT, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33156
My specialties include developmental and complex trauma, eating disorders, and medical trauma.
I recognize the impact of trauma in my client's lives and seek to help them embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Many of the clients I support are dealing with the effects of past traumas, which may manifest as emotional distress, physical symptoms, or challenges in daily functioning. You may be seeking support for managing body-based distress and are open to exploring body-based tools for healing outside of cognitive therapy. Many of the modalities I use are based on the understanding that trauma is not only a psychological experience but also a physiological one, involving the body's nervous system.
My specialties include developmental and complex trauma, eating disorders, and medical trauma.
I recognize the impact of trauma in my client's lives and seek to help them embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Many of the clients I support are dealing with the effects of past traumas, which may manifest as emotional distress, physical symptoms, or challenges in daily functioning. You may be seeking support for managing body-based distress and are open to exploring body-based tools for healing outside of cognitive therapy. Many of the modalities I use are based on the understanding that trauma is not only a psychological experience but also a physiological one, involving the body's nervous system.
(786) 758-2422 View (786) 758-2422
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Hazel Garcia
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33145
Hi there, I'm Hazel Garcia, a Licensed Mental Health Clinician dedicated to supporting your well-being. Whether you prefer in-person sessions or the convenience of Telehealth, I provide services in the Miami area. My specializations encompass Anxiety, Trauma, OCD, eating disorders, Addiction, Anger Management, ADHD, ODD, and LGBTQ issues. Over the past five years, I've been actively involved with the school district, assisting adolescents in navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. I focus on helping individuals with career choices, building positive relationships, and fostering healthy family interactions.
Hi there, I'm Hazel Garcia, a Licensed Mental Health Clinician dedicated to supporting your well-being. Whether you prefer in-person sessions or the convenience of Telehealth, I provide services in the Miami area. My specializations encompass Anxiety, Trauma, OCD, eating disorders, Addiction, Anger Management, ADHD, ODD, and LGBTQ issues. Over the past five years, I've been actively involved with the school district, assisting adolescents in navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. I focus on helping individuals with career choices, building positive relationships, and fostering healthy family interactions.
(786) 743-8966 View (786) 743-8966
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Kristin Elizabeth Jones
Counselor, DHSc, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Helping people to live more balanced and healthy lives is my passion. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and depression, utilizing DBT, CBT, ACT, and mindfulness in my approach. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My approach to therapy involves collaborating with the client to create a fulfilling and value driven life. I enjoy helping people to improve self-awareness, face fears, and increase feelings of mastery and contentment.
Helping people to live more balanced and healthy lives is my passion. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and depression, utilizing DBT, CBT, ACT, and mindfulness in my approach. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My approach to therapy involves collaborating with the client to create a fulfilling and value driven life. I enjoy helping people to improve self-awareness, face fears, and increase feelings of mastery and contentment.
(305) 834-4442 View (305) 834-4442
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Julia Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping my clients find body liberation, food freedom and recovery from eating disorders.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Texas, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin, who has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and inpatient settings, in mental health, addiction and eating disorder fields. My approach in therapy integrates holistic, expressive, developmental attachment theory and traditional evidenced based approaches. I have had a broad experience working with children, teens, emergent adults, as well as parents and families. Prior to graduate school, I worked in the art field and continues to integrate expressive arts into her practice with clients.
I am passionate about helping my clients find body liberation, food freedom and recovery from eating disorders.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Texas, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin, who has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and inpatient settings, in mental health, addiction and eating disorder fields. My approach in therapy integrates holistic, expressive, developmental attachment theory and traditional evidenced based approaches. I have had a broad experience working with children, teens, emergent adults, as well as parents and families. Prior to graduate school, I worked in the art field and continues to integrate expressive arts into her practice with clients.
(407) 537-6531 View (407) 537-6531
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Elizabeth Levin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
Although I specialize in eating disorders, I also help individuals with body image issues, motivation for change, improving confidence, and reframing anxious or depressive thinking.
Often when transitioning to a new area in life, such as a career, geographical location, or relationships, it is not uncommon to struggle with changes. I help my clients, including adolescents, adults, and families, to work toward creating a healthy pattern of behaviors that allow them to reach their goals. My therapeutic approach focuses on building confidence, reducing anxiety and depression, and exploring opportunities for growth. Therapy is a nonjudgmental space that is created for each person’s individual needs.
Although I specialize in eating disorders, I also help individuals with body image issues, motivation for change, improving confidence, and reframing anxious or depressive thinking.
Often when transitioning to a new area in life, such as a career, geographical location, or relationships, it is not uncommon to struggle with changes. I help my clients, including adolescents, adults, and families, to work toward creating a healthy pattern of behaviors that allow them to reach their goals. My therapeutic approach focuses on building confidence, reducing anxiety and depression, and exploring opportunities for growth. Therapy is a nonjudgmental space that is created for each person’s individual needs.
(786) 244-3517 View (786) 244-3517
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Tasneem Campos Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33186  (Online Only)
I specialize in addiction (alcohol, drugs, sex) and eating disorders, but have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, family and couples issues, and low self-esteem.
If you feel like you are struggling to stay present in your life, if you are anxious or depressed, if you have an addiction or think you might, if you have an unhealthy relationship with food or your body, if you feel stuck when it comes to your trauma and how it's affecting you, or if you just want to improve your quality of life and you need a compassionate and dedicated professional to help you - hi, I'm Taz and I'd love to be your new therapist.
I specialize in addiction (alcohol, drugs, sex) and eating disorders, but have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, family and couples issues, and low self-esteem.
If you feel like you are struggling to stay present in your life, if you are anxious or depressed, if you have an addiction or think you might, if you have an unhealthy relationship with food or your body, if you feel stuck when it comes to your trauma and how it's affecting you, or if you just want to improve your quality of life and you need a compassionate and dedicated professional to help you - hi, I'm Taz and I'd love to be your new therapist.
(786) 244-3162 View (786) 244-3162
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Jackeline Sanchez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134  (Online Only)
I have over 10 years experience in providing evidence-based care for adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and trauma.
Who doesn't need a space to reflect and recharge in a post-pandemic world? Are you struggling with low mood or excessive worrying? Do you find yourself trying to navigate stress, relationship issues, or general transitions in your life? If you're viewing this page you're probably willing to give therapy a chance to help with these issues. Therapy is a unique opportunity to build insight into our personal struggles and build the skills and motivation needed to better cope with stress and live a healthier life.
I have over 10 years experience in providing evidence-based care for adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and trauma.
Who doesn't need a space to reflect and recharge in a post-pandemic world? Are you struggling with low mood or excessive worrying? Do you find yourself trying to navigate stress, relationship issues, or general transitions in your life? If you're viewing this page you're probably willing to give therapy a chance to help with these issues. Therapy is a unique opportunity to build insight into our personal struggles and build the skills and motivation needed to better cope with stress and live a healthier life.
(786) 652-2074 View (786) 652-2074
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Jacqueline Pablos
Psychologist, Psy D
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33129
My areas of clinical expertise and interest include: eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, body image, bullying, parent coaching, and family therapy.
Vulnerability and connection are at the foundation of my therapeutic approach. Whether you are struggling with academic and/or social pressures or a parent wanting to learn how to support and reconnect with your teen, we all crave connection and safety. I have worked in several medical facilities, hospitals, and university counseling centers, specializing in the treatment of adolescents/young adults with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. I also have extensive experience working with college aged clients and children diagnosed with learning and behavioral disorders.
My areas of clinical expertise and interest include: eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, body image, bullying, parent coaching, and family therapy.
Vulnerability and connection are at the foundation of my therapeutic approach. Whether you are struggling with academic and/or social pressures or a parent wanting to learn how to support and reconnect with your teen, we all crave connection and safety. I have worked in several medical facilities, hospitals, and university counseling centers, specializing in the treatment of adolescents/young adults with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. I also have extensive experience working with college aged clients and children diagnosed with learning and behavioral disorders.
(786) 814-1356 View (786) 814-1356
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Viviana Arroyave
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 15 years of experience in supporting clients at the residential level of care with a nationally recognized organization, I am hoping to continue fulfilling my purpose in providing high quality therapy outside of the residential setting. I've had the privilege of walking alongside clients as they break free from the chains of depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm and suicidality, and eating disorders; and work towards developing a better relationship with themselves through building up their feelings of self-compassion, esteem and confidence.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 15 years of experience in supporting clients at the residential level of care with a nationally recognized organization, I am hoping to continue fulfilling my purpose in providing high quality therapy outside of the residential setting. I've had the privilege of walking alongside clients as they break free from the chains of depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm and suicidality, and eating disorders; and work towards developing a better relationship with themselves through building up their feelings of self-compassion, esteem and confidence.
(305) 419-1458 View (305) 419-1458
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Lorena Urrutia
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33155  (Online Only)
Being a human is hard and you’ve taken that courageous first step in seeking therapy. My goal is to help you build skills and gain insights that enable a connection with your core values, fostering a life of fulfillment and meaning. My areas of specialty include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide a collaborative space to help you achieve your goals while bringing compassion, warmth, and curiosity to our work together. Through tele-therapy, I extend my services to clients in Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Montana.
Being a human is hard and you’ve taken that courageous first step in seeking therapy. My goal is to help you build skills and gain insights that enable a connection with your core values, fostering a life of fulfillment and meaning. My areas of specialty include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide a collaborative space to help you achieve your goals while bringing compassion, warmth, and curiosity to our work together. Through tele-therapy, I extend my services to clients in Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Montana.
(720) 605-6268 View (720) 605-6268
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Sage Rubinstein
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33138  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, including food, body image, and self-esteem.
If you are open to deeper exploration, reconnecting to your authentic self, and challenging problematic patterns of thinking/behaviors, then I can provide a safe space for you. Making the decision to start therapy can often feel daunting and part of the work may revolve around confronting those fears. I ascribe to a psychodynamic approach that allows me to focus on you as a whole, not just your presenting concerns.Together, we can work towards identifying and exploring the barriers to growth and self-fulfillment that may be holding you back in your life.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, including food, body image, and self-esteem.
If you are open to deeper exploration, reconnecting to your authentic self, and challenging problematic patterns of thinking/behaviors, then I can provide a safe space for you. Making the decision to start therapy can often feel daunting and part of the work may revolve around confronting those fears. I ascribe to a psychodynamic approach that allows me to focus on you as a whole, not just your presenting concerns.Together, we can work towards identifying and exploring the barriers to growth and self-fulfillment that may be holding you back in your life.
(305) 930-8372 View (305) 930-8372
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Andrew Extein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33139
I have experience working with children, teens, and families suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ issues, and eating disorders.
I am a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. My areas of specialty and interest are LGBTQ-identified people, kids and teens, and people struggling with eating disorders. I value critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and humor within the therapeutic relationship. I treat my clients with respect and acknowledge that they are the authorities of their own lives. I make an effort to emphasize strengths without invalidating very real feelings or minimizing problems. I collaborate with my clients to develop effective and individualized treatment plans to empower them to make changes in their own lives.
I have experience working with children, teens, and families suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ issues, and eating disorders.
I am a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. My areas of specialty and interest are LGBTQ-identified people, kids and teens, and people struggling with eating disorders. I value critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and humor within the therapeutic relationship. I treat my clients with respect and acknowledge that they are the authorities of their own lives. I make an effort to emphasize strengths without invalidating very real feelings or minimizing problems. I collaborate with my clients to develop effective and individualized treatment plans to empower them to make changes in their own lives.
(323) 922-4103 View (323) 922-4103
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Christine Vara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33132  (Online Only)
Are you caught in cycles that leave you exhausted? Do you want to have better relationships but find them splintering? Are you self-critical in your efforts to obtain perfection? Do you find yourself shutting down or shutting off? You don't have to suffer in silence. Nor do you have to leave any part of yourself behind - I work with the whole person. Our identities often intersect with our struggles and our strengths. I'll meet you where you're at, and help you get where you're going. Whether you are just starting or looking to maintain your recovery from eating disorders, trauma and/or OCD, together recovery is possible.
Are you caught in cycles that leave you exhausted? Do you want to have better relationships but find them splintering? Are you self-critical in your efforts to obtain perfection? Do you find yourself shutting down or shutting off? You don't have to suffer in silence. Nor do you have to leave any part of yourself behind - I work with the whole person. Our identities often intersect with our struggles and our strengths. I'll meet you where you're at, and help you get where you're going. Whether you are just starting or looking to maintain your recovery from eating disorders, trauma and/or OCD, together recovery is possible.
(952) 234-8036 View (952) 234-8036
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Joanne F. Labiner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
In addition to eating disorders and relationships, I treat trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking and insomnia.
Having trouble finding, maintaining a relationship? Do you struggle with emotional eating and body image/self-esteem? See me quoted in New York Post, "Is This The Most Dangerous Diet Ever?" by Doree Lewak. Are you pulling your hair out? Trouble sleeping? Feeling stuck, hopeless? I'll help you get what you want sooner, using a variety of techniques to overcome your problems. It may be scary to reach out for help, but it's so much better than continuing down the same unsatisfying path. I listen actively and respond immediately to your concerns with warmth, understanding, and practical suggestions.
In addition to eating disorders and relationships, I treat trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking and insomnia.
Having trouble finding, maintaining a relationship? Do you struggle with emotional eating and body image/self-esteem? See me quoted in New York Post, "Is This The Most Dangerous Diet Ever?" by Doree Lewak. Are you pulling your hair out? Trouble sleeping? Feeling stuck, hopeless? I'll help you get what you want sooner, using a variety of techniques to overcome your problems. It may be scary to reach out for help, but it's so much better than continuing down the same unsatisfying path. I listen actively and respond immediately to your concerns with warmth, understanding, and practical suggestions.
(646) 480-6279 View (646) 480-6279
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Kristen Tritt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33131
I am a Senior Associate Therapist at Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon & Associates: Eating Disorders Clinic (licensed in CA and FL). I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders from a person-first, strengths-based perspective. With >10 years in social services, I have a wealth of experiences that contribute to my work as a clinician. I have specialize in eating disorders and have worked at some of the most prominent clinics in the Los Angeles area. I take a values-based approach to help clients guide themselves towards a life that is free from cognitive dissonance and true to one's authentic self.
I am a Senior Associate Therapist at Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon & Associates: Eating Disorders Clinic (licensed in CA and FL). I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders from a person-first, strengths-based perspective. With >10 years in social services, I have a wealth of experiences that contribute to my work as a clinician. I have specialize in eating disorders and have worked at some of the most prominent clinics in the Los Angeles area. I take a values-based approach to help clients guide themselves towards a life that is free from cognitive dissonance and true to one's authentic self.
(213) 306-3142 View (213) 306-3142
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Neelam Parmar
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33180  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile! I am a Licensed Psychotherapist based out of Florida that works in a variety of clinical settings involving diverse populations for 6+ years. I am currently specializing in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image struggles, eating disorders, trauma, and life transitions. In addition, I do have experience in a variety of other specialities ranging from daily high functioning struggles to crisis care. I utilize integrative techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic (Trauma) Therapy, while also maintaining a collaborative approach.
Welcome to my profile! I am a Licensed Psychotherapist based out of Florida that works in a variety of clinical settings involving diverse populations for 6+ years. I am currently specializing in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image struggles, eating disorders, trauma, and life transitions. In addition, I do have experience in a variety of other specialities ranging from daily high functioning struggles to crisis care. I utilize integrative techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic (Trauma) Therapy, while also maintaining a collaborative approach.
(786) 551-4204 View (786) 551-4204
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Jennifer Nardozzi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33135  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your relationship with food and body? I utilize a collaborative, holistic, and creative approach in exploring the mind, body, and soul so you can live a life according to your own rules and expectations. I treat people for various problems, such as: the many types of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. After over 20 years of working in an eating disorder treatment center, I opened my full-time private practice, and have now opened the doors to FAB… a virtual eating disorder recovery program. The Food and Body Program (FAB) is a step-by-step outpatient program for those struggling with disordered eating.
Are you struggling in your relationship with food and body? I utilize a collaborative, holistic, and creative approach in exploring the mind, body, and soul so you can live a life according to your own rules and expectations. I treat people for various problems, such as: the many types of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. After over 20 years of working in an eating disorder treatment center, I opened my full-time private practice, and have now opened the doors to FAB… a virtual eating disorder recovery program. The Food and Body Program (FAB) is a step-by-step outpatient program for those struggling with disordered eating.
(786) 565-4772 View (786) 565-4772

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.