Eating Disorders Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Dr. Ashley A. Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT-S, IMFT-S, RYT200
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40205  (Online Only)
I have worked with issues related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-esteem, trauma, and relationships.
Life is hard and at times we all need support along the journey. I seek to offer support for those struggling along the way. I believe that every individual is inherently worthy. The goal of therapy is to encourage the use of positive resources, options, and opportunities, to help improve individual and relational well-being and redeem past loss/shame. I will work with you to create a plan that best fits your needs and helps move you toward your desired goal. I operate from a strength based perspective that addresses the whole person.
I have worked with issues related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-esteem, trauma, and relationships.
Life is hard and at times we all need support along the journey. I seek to offer support for those struggling along the way. I believe that every individual is inherently worthy. The goal of therapy is to encourage the use of positive resources, options, and opportunities, to help improve individual and relational well-being and redeem past loss/shame. I will work with you to create a plan that best fits your needs and helps move you toward your desired goal. I operate from a strength based perspective that addresses the whole person.
(502) 230-6411 View (502) 230-6411
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Cheryl Ades
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40206
For over 20 years, I have specialized in eating disorders/food addiction/addiction and trauma. Licensed in Kentucky and Illinois, I am a Certified IFS therapist and my goal is to help individuals and couples improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being by helping them clear up issues that get in their way. These may include addictions, difficulty with family/couple relationships, sexual abuse and unresolved trauma. By involving mind, body, and spirit, I hope to lead my clients toward deeper levels of integration and fuller lives.
For over 20 years, I have specialized in eating disorders/food addiction/addiction and trauma. Licensed in Kentucky and Illinois, I am a Certified IFS therapist and my goal is to help individuals and couples improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being by helping them clear up issues that get in their way. These may include addictions, difficulty with family/couple relationships, sexual abuse and unresolved trauma. By involving mind, body, and spirit, I hope to lead my clients toward deeper levels of integration and fuller lives.
(502) 324-3471 View (502) 324-3471
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Anna Marie Ortiz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243  (Online Only)
I specialize in evidence based treatment of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating along with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Atypical Anorexia, Other Specified Eating Disorder (OSFED), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and Pica (compulsive eating of non-food objects).
Hi there! I'm Dr. Anna Marie Ortiz. I'm a licensed psychologist. My training has been centered around treating eating disorders and I specialize in eating disorders across the lifespan. I am also trained in treating OCD, trauma, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.
I specialize in evidence based treatment of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating along with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Atypical Anorexia, Other Specified Eating Disorder (OSFED), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and Pica (compulsive eating of non-food objects).
Hi there! I'm Dr. Anna Marie Ortiz. I'm a licensed psychologist. My training has been centered around treating eating disorders and I specialize in eating disorders across the lifespan. I am also trained in treating OCD, trauma, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.
(502) 383-5671 View (502) 383-5671
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Alexandria Pruitt
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
I have experience with the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, pediatric obesity, diabetes management, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, chronic pain or illness and fatigue syndromes, as well as trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has committed my training and practice to helping children, adolescents, and families navigate psychological diagnoses compounded by medical complications. I deliver evidence-based treatments to individuals, groups, and families in a compassionate and solution focused manner. I also lead a perfectionism group, a body image group, and an adolescent support group.
I have experience with the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, pediatric obesity, diabetes management, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, chronic pain or illness and fatigue syndromes, as well as trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has committed my training and practice to helping children, adolescents, and families navigate psychological diagnoses compounded by medical complications. I deliver evidence-based treatments to individuals, groups, and families in a compassionate and solution focused manner. I also lead a perfectionism group, a body image group, and an adolescent support group.
(502) 289-1843 View (502) 289-1843
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Danna Leigh Delafield
Psychological Associate, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Danna Delafeld is a Licensed Psychological Associate with over two decades of experience providing mental health services to individuals struggling with anxiety and mood related disorders as well as to those who have experienced trauma. While working with a wide range of anxiety and mood related issues, Danna specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues, including the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Danna also works with relationship concerns that arise out of these types of struggles.
Danna Delafeld is a Licensed Psychological Associate with over two decades of experience providing mental health services to individuals struggling with anxiety and mood related disorders as well as to those who have experienced trauma. While working with a wide range of anxiety and mood related issues, Danna specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues, including the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Danna also works with relationship concerns that arise out of these types of struggles.
(502) 237-7050 View (502) 237-7050
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Dr. Natalie Burke
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40205
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
Hello! I'm a queer clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating Eating disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Mind-body and Health psychology-related concerns. Given that our identities shape all of our life experiences, I strive to understand clients’ cultural backgrounds and integrate this into the therapeutic process. If you are struggling with navigating minority stress, gender and/or sexual identity development, anxiety, disordered eating, negative body image, or OCD and your mental health is not where you want it to be, you are not alone and I am here to help.
(502) 738-1611 View (502) 738-1611
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Traci Braun
Counselor, MEd, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
In addition to being a licensed counselor, I am also a committed Christian and practice in a Christian counseling center. I work with individuals: teenagers (14+) and adults of various ages and with a variety of issues. Although my experience is not limited to these, specific areas of focus include the following: depression, anxiety, high-functioning autism, adoption-related issues, alcoholism and eating disorders, spiritual struggles, and general life issues. I am interested in working with people who are ready to improve the quality of their life.
In addition to being a licensed counselor, I am also a committed Christian and practice in a Christian counseling center. I work with individuals: teenagers (14+) and adults of various ages and with a variety of issues. Although my experience is not limited to these, specific areas of focus include the following: depression, anxiety, high-functioning autism, adoption-related issues, alcoholism and eating disorders, spiritual struggles, and general life issues. I am interested in working with people who are ready to improve the quality of their life.
(502) 514-4271 View (502) 514-4271
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Lynn Supple
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
My goal is to provide warm and effective care for individuals suffering from eating disorders.
Do you feel like food controls you? Are you tired of constantly thinking about your weight, food, or exercise? Do you feel like you've lost a sense of what matters most? You are not alone in this! An eating disorder can take away your passion, strength, and relationships. I want to help you through the recovery process so you can live the life you desire! We will work together to reset the way you think about food and your body, with the goal of living your best life. To learn more, visit aspirewellnessky.com.
My goal is to provide warm and effective care for individuals suffering from eating disorders.
Do you feel like food controls you? Are you tired of constantly thinking about your weight, food, or exercise? Do you feel like you've lost a sense of what matters most? You are not alone in this! An eating disorder can take away your passion, strength, and relationships. I want to help you through the recovery process so you can live the life you desire! We will work together to reset the way you think about food and your body, with the goal of living your best life. To learn more, visit aspirewellnessky.com.
(502) 305-5206 View (502) 305-5206
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Dr. Rachel M Butler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Dr. Rachel Butler, a Licensed Psychologist based in Louisville, Kentucky. I offer individual therapy sessions to help with a range of concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trauma. My style is warm, collaborative, empathetic, and acceptance-based. I love working with clients to help them confront their fears, identify what is keeping them stuck, and live a more meaningful, fulfilling life based on their values. My clients and I work as a team to identify their goals for our work together!
Welcome! I’m Dr. Rachel Butler, a Licensed Psychologist based in Louisville, Kentucky. I offer individual therapy sessions to help with a range of concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trauma. My style is warm, collaborative, empathetic, and acceptance-based. I love working with clients to help them confront their fears, identify what is keeping them stuck, and live a more meaningful, fulfilling life based on their values. My clients and I work as a team to identify their goals for our work together!
(502) 237-6911 View (502) 237-6911
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Dr. Whitley Paden
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
I specialize in providing research-based treatment to adults with a range of struggles, including trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. In order to help individuals reach their treatment goals, I use evidence-based interventions and measure progress using short assessments. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of providing genuine warmth and caring to all clients to promote their own self-compassion, acceptance, and growth. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers.
I specialize in providing research-based treatment to adults with a range of struggles, including trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. In order to help individuals reach their treatment goals, I use evidence-based interventions and measure progress using short assessments. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of providing genuine warmth and caring to all clients to promote their own self-compassion, acceptance, and growth. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers.
(502) 230-5422 x104 View (502) 230-5422 x104
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Virginia Cox Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40205
For over 30 years I have been treating depression, anxiety & addictions with a specialty in eating disorders. I'm a founding fellow for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy and also integrate other strategies in helping my patients actualize their full potential. I provide individual, marital, family, and group therapy. From adolescence to later life years, I help clients improve their physical, emotional & spiritual well-being. As a seasoned clinician, I've worked inpatient, in community mental health agencies & in private practice for over 30 years. I collaborate with physicians, dietitians & other mental health professionals.
For over 30 years I have been treating depression, anxiety & addictions with a specialty in eating disorders. I'm a founding fellow for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy and also integrate other strategies in helping my patients actualize their full potential. I provide individual, marital, family, and group therapy. From adolescence to later life years, I help clients improve their physical, emotional & spiritual well-being. As a seasoned clinician, I've worked inpatient, in community mental health agencies & in private practice for over 30 years. I collaborate with physicians, dietitians & other mental health professionals.
(502) 876-0077 View (502) 876-0077
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Mary Beth Tevebaugh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
I have been providing therapy services clients for over twenty years. I love being able to help my clients learn their potential and achieve complete recovery. I treat eating disorders, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, unwelcome life changes, ineffective coping mechanisms and other mental health issues. I am honored to be able to do the work I do. It is a privilege for me, as I provide a completely emotionally safe environment with the utmost confidentiality.
I have been providing therapy services clients for over twenty years. I love being able to help my clients learn their potential and achieve complete recovery. I treat eating disorders, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, unwelcome life changes, ineffective coping mechanisms and other mental health issues. I am honored to be able to do the work I do. It is a privilege for me, as I provide a completely emotionally safe environment with the utmost confidentiality.
(502) 322-2922 View (502) 322-2922
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Alma Sue Banks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40217  (Online Only)
I love my work and offer clients a safe and supportive environment to process unpleasant and 2 uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, struggles with parenting, issues related to transitions in life, eating disorders/disordered eating, and grief. I aim to partner with you to learn how to accept and cope with the inevitable pain and stress of being a human.
I love my work and offer clients a safe and supportive environment to process unpleasant and 2 uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, struggles with parenting, issues related to transitions in life, eating disorders/disordered eating, and grief. I aim to partner with you to learn how to accept and cope with the inevitable pain and stress of being a human.
(859) 376-5035 View (859) 376-5035
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Elle Skelton
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPCC, LPCMHSP, LPC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40201  (Online Only)
I use CBT, ACT, ERP, BA, and DBT Skills to treat a variety of disorders including OCD, skin picking, hair pulling, hoarding, phobias, BDD, GAD, social anxiety, panic, depression, eating disorders, and others.
There are so many things outside of our control that are inevitably difficult to cope with. Even with the unforeseen situations and stressors that life throws our way, the one thing we do have control over is the way we respond to them. However, it is difficult to know how to respond when we are experiencing fear, anxiety, and other heightened emotions. I want to help people strengthen their coping capabilities in an environment that is open, non-judgmental, and collaborative. My goal is to provide support to individuals, couples, and families tackling every day and life stressors with more confidence, hope, self-empowerment.
I use CBT, ACT, ERP, BA, and DBT Skills to treat a variety of disorders including OCD, skin picking, hair pulling, hoarding, phobias, BDD, GAD, social anxiety, panic, depression, eating disorders, and others.
There are so many things outside of our control that are inevitably difficult to cope with. Even with the unforeseen situations and stressors that life throws our way, the one thing we do have control over is the way we respond to them. However, it is difficult to know how to respond when we are experiencing fear, anxiety, and other heightened emotions. I want to help people strengthen their coping capabilities in an environment that is open, non-judgmental, and collaborative. My goal is to provide support to individuals, couples, and families tackling every day and life stressors with more confidence, hope, self-empowerment.
(872) 204-1472 View (872) 204-1472
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Sara Wallace
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Sara Wallace is a licensed psychological associate who has experience working with adolescent and adult populations, who have a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and personality disorders.
Sara has received training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Family Based Therapy (FBT), DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Parallel with the main goal in DBT, Sara believes in “creating a life worth living” with her clients. She walks next to her clients on their journey to mental and emotional stability and provides support and encouragement along the way. Sara believes in conducting empirically supported treatment that is best suited for each client’s individual needs.
Sara Wallace is a licensed psychological associate who has experience working with adolescent and adult populations, who have a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and personality disorders.
Sara has received training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Family Based Therapy (FBT), DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Parallel with the main goal in DBT, Sara believes in “creating a life worth living” with her clients. She walks next to her clients on their journey to mental and emotional stability and provides support and encouragement along the way. Sara believes in conducting empirically supported treatment that is best suited for each client’s individual needs.
(502) 383-0258 View (502) 383-0258
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Cassey LaForge
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
Are you feeling out of control, difficulties focusing, continuously put others before yourself, lack confidence and often have thoughts of comparison? These challenges often impact self esteem and self worth. I work with individuals struggling with ideas of perfectionism. I have experience with clients struggling with disordered eating thoughts/behaviors and eating disorders.
Are you feeling out of control, difficulties focusing, continuously put others before yourself, lack confidence and often have thoughts of comparison? These challenges often impact self esteem and self worth. I work with individuals struggling with ideas of perfectionism. I have experience with clients struggling with disordered eating thoughts/behaviors and eating disorders.
(502) 799-4128 View (502) 799-4128
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Jodi Hatzell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
I have an extensive background in treating mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have been serving the Louisville community since 1994. I work with adults that have been faced with daily stressors or life challenges. Beginning counseling can be difficult and challenging. Recognizing this, I offer a supportive and comfortable environment to begin your counseling journey. I enjoy working with my clients to create new coping skills, new ways of thinking, along with building better communication skills.
I have an extensive background in treating mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have been serving the Louisville community since 1994. I work with adults that have been faced with daily stressors or life challenges. Beginning counseling can be difficult and challenging. Recognizing this, I offer a supportive and comfortable environment to begin your counseling journey. I enjoy working with my clients to create new coping skills, new ways of thinking, along with building better communication skills.
(502) 215-3894 View (502) 215-3894
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Leah Klensch
Counselor, LPCC-KY, LCPC-IL, LPCC OH, PMH-C, CRC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
For the last 15 years, Leah has specialized in eating disorders, working in higher levels of care and outpatient. She also has experience providing support for those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones from eating disorders. In addition, Leah is certified in perinatal mental health and supports women and their support person(s) who are going through infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and infant loss. While Leah works in an office in Louisville, KY, she continues to meet with clients in the virtual space who not only live in Kentucky, but also Illinois and Ohio.
For the last 15 years, Leah has specialized in eating disorders, working in higher levels of care and outpatient. She also has experience providing support for those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones from eating disorders. In addition, Leah is certified in perinatal mental health and supports women and their support person(s) who are going through infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and infant loss. While Leah works in an office in Louisville, KY, she continues to meet with clients in the virtual space who not only live in Kentucky, but also Illinois and Ohio.
(502) 586-6885 View (502) 586-6885
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Rebecca L Roberts-Kerns
Art Therapist, LPAT, ATR-BC, LPC(WI)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, personality disorders, grief and loss, and life transitions.
I am a Licensed Professional Art Therapist in Kentucky, a nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. I am also an artist, herbalist, and aromatherapist. Theoretically I use an eclectic approach, evaluating the needs of my clients and using the most appropriate techniques and interventions. I draw most heavily from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Jungian Analytical Psychology, Person-Centered Theory, and Existential Theory.
I have experience working with trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, personality disorders, grief and loss, and life transitions.
I am a Licensed Professional Art Therapist in Kentucky, a nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. I am also an artist, herbalist, and aromatherapist. Theoretically I use an eclectic approach, evaluating the needs of my clients and using the most appropriate techniques and interventions. I draw most heavily from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Jungian Analytical Psychology, Person-Centered Theory, and Existential Theory.
(872) 266-7729 View (872) 266-7729
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Kate Price
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Dr. Price has further experience with the treatment of children and adolescents with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment concerns, behavioral concerns (including sleep, toileting, feeding difficulties), functional neurological symptoms, and psychological effects of acute and chronic medical concerns. Dr. Price utilizes evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Parent Management Training, with individuals, groups, and families from a strengths-based and solution-focused perspective.
Dr. Price has further experience with the treatment of children and adolescents with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment concerns, behavioral concerns (including sleep, toileting, feeding difficulties), functional neurological symptoms, and psychological effects of acute and chronic medical concerns. Dr. Price utilizes evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Parent Management Training, with individuals, groups, and families from a strengths-based and solution-focused perspective.
(502) 334-0469 View (502) 334-0469

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What happens in therapy for eating disorders?

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

What therapy types help with eating disorders?

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

What is the goal of therapy for eating disorders?

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

What are the limitations of therapy for eating disorders?

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

How long does therapy last for eating disorders?

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