Eating Disorders Therapists in Detroit, MI

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Analena Laverty
Counselor, MA, LPC, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48221
My specialties include all eating disorders, trauma, addiction, serious mental illness, mindfulness/yoga based interventions.
At some point in our lives we all fall on hard times and face struggles that seem impossible to overcome and can leave us feeling lost. Allow me to help guide you towards the life that you want for yourself. My approach is person-centered, mindfulness-based and solution-focused, which means you lead the session and work towards goals that are meaningful to you. With 10+ yrs of experience in mental health and yoga therapy I’ll help you learn the skills you need to build and maintain your personal recovery. Therapy allows us to make a commitment not only to ourselves, but also to our loved ones. Maybe it’s time to take the first step.
My specialties include all eating disorders, trauma, addiction, serious mental illness, mindfulness/yoga based interventions.
At some point in our lives we all fall on hard times and face struggles that seem impossible to overcome and can leave us feeling lost. Allow me to help guide you towards the life that you want for yourself. My approach is person-centered, mindfulness-based and solution-focused, which means you lead the session and work towards goals that are meaningful to you. With 10+ yrs of experience in mental health and yoga therapy I’ll help you learn the skills you need to build and maintain your personal recovery. Therapy allows us to make a commitment not only to ourselves, but also to our loved ones. Maybe it’s time to take the first step.
(947) 333-8995 View (947) 333-8995
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Elizabeth Gonzalez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CYT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48209
I provide individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. My work with children is specific to gender identity. My clinical work is focused on eating disorders, gender identity, LGBTQQ+ concerns, multicultural counseling, survivors of sexualized violence and trauma. I work with clients through a social justice and holistic health lens that emphasizes the inseparable connection between our mind, body, and environment. My approach to therapy is strength-based and client centered rooted in cultural humility. I incorporate mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other evidence-based techniques depending upon the goals of each client.
I provide individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. My work with children is specific to gender identity. My clinical work is focused on eating disorders, gender identity, LGBTQQ+ concerns, multicultural counseling, survivors of sexualized violence and trauma. I work with clients through a social justice and holistic health lens that emphasizes the inseparable connection between our mind, body, and environment. My approach to therapy is strength-based and client centered rooted in cultural humility. I incorporate mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other evidence-based techniques depending upon the goals of each client.
(734) 274-5477 View (734) 274-5477
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Judith Banker
Psychologist, MA, LLP, FAED
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48201  (Online Only)
Eating disorders are not a choice.
Do you or a loved one feel stuck in frustratingly chronic patterns of disordered eating, body image dissatisfaction & low self esteem? Do you experience related depression, anxiety, OCD, or unresolved trauma? These issues tend to occur together, creating a psychological storm that is challenging to overcome on your own. It is difficult to find a treatment provider with the expertise and training to effectively address the complex symptoms of eating disorders and negative body image as well as related conditions. But expert specialized help can make all the difference. Our team at the Center for Eating Disorders can help.
Eating disorders are not a choice.
Do you or a loved one feel stuck in frustratingly chronic patterns of disordered eating, body image dissatisfaction & low self esteem? Do you experience related depression, anxiety, OCD, or unresolved trauma? These issues tend to occur together, creating a psychological storm that is challenging to overcome on your own. It is difficult to find a treatment provider with the expertise and training to effectively address the complex symptoms of eating disorders and negative body image as well as related conditions. But expert specialized help can make all the difference. Our team at the Center for Eating Disorders can help.
(734) 415-8151 View (734) 415-8151
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Joni Shinn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48221
I generally begin therapy by establishing a framework in psychoeducation, then applying a customized approach to treat anxiety, depression, gender/sexual identity, men's issues, couples/family relationships, grief and loss, eating disorders, adjustment and transitions, cultural issues, addiction/substance use, and chronic health conditions, among others.
Hi there. I am a fully licensed clinician with Master of Social Work from Detroit's own Wayne State University. I commend your effort and resolve to seek therapy, as I know what it takes to reach out. I am glad to tackle any issue with you, and I use a variety of strategies and modalities including but not limited to Psychoeducation, Empowerment, CBT, Somatic and Mindfulness techniques, and Trauma-Focused Therapy to serve adolescents and adults age 13+ to resolve conflicts in relationship or identity, adjustment to life transitions, or cope with loss. I work both in-office or via telehealth.
I generally begin therapy by establishing a framework in psychoeducation, then applying a customized approach to treat anxiety, depression, gender/sexual identity, men's issues, couples/family relationships, grief and loss, eating disorders, adjustment and transitions, cultural issues, addiction/substance use, and chronic health conditions, among others.
Hi there. I am a fully licensed clinician with Master of Social Work from Detroit's own Wayne State University. I commend your effort and resolve to seek therapy, as I know what it takes to reach out. I am glad to tackle any issue with you, and I use a variety of strategies and modalities including but not limited to Psychoeducation, Empowerment, CBT, Somatic and Mindfulness techniques, and Trauma-Focused Therapy to serve adolescents and adults age 13+ to resolve conflicts in relationship or identity, adjustment to life transitions, or cope with loss. I work both in-office or via telehealth.
(313) 251-3921 View (313) 251-3921
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Dr. Sherri Newpol
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, HSP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
The most challenging step in seeking help is making the first appointment, and I understand it might be anxiety provoking. I provide individual and couples' therapy utilizing cognitive-behavioral theories within a solution-focused framework. This allows for some relief to happen quickly for depression, anxiety, panic, grief, PTSD, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, care giver stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, trichotillomania, infertility, LGBTQQIAAP issues, and neuropsychological (head injury, dementias). I also complete surgery (bariatric, gender) and adoption evaluations. ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH PATIENTS.
The most challenging step in seeking help is making the first appointment, and I understand it might be anxiety provoking. I provide individual and couples' therapy utilizing cognitive-behavioral theories within a solution-focused framework. This allows for some relief to happen quickly for depression, anxiety, panic, grief, PTSD, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, care giver stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, trichotillomania, infertility, LGBTQQIAAP issues, and neuropsychological (head injury, dementias). I also complete surgery (bariatric, gender) and adoption evaluations. ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH PATIENTS.
(734) 550-4971 View (734) 550-4971
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Dr. Sameerah Davenport
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, CRC, NCC
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
My areas of specialty include trauma, grief/loss, substance use, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and self-esteem.
Are you having a difficult time coping with an event, situation, or just life in general? I provide a non-judgmental, respectful, supportive and empathetic environment that is centered around you. I believe it is important that you are heard, valued and understood on your journey. I know that change can be difficult, therefore I utilize evidence-based treatments that are tailored to your individual needs and personality. Collaboratively, we can work towards accomplishing your goals wherever you are on your path of healing, self-empowerment, and growth.
My areas of specialty include trauma, grief/loss, substance use, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and self-esteem.
Are you having a difficult time coping with an event, situation, or just life in general? I provide a non-judgmental, respectful, supportive and empathetic environment that is centered around you. I believe it is important that you are heard, valued and understood on your journey. I know that change can be difficult, therefore I utilize evidence-based treatments that are tailored to your individual needs and personality. Collaboratively, we can work towards accomplishing your goals wherever you are on your path of healing, self-empowerment, and growth.
(313) 437-8441 View (313) 437-8441
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Kylie Schultz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48219  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan with 16 years of experience. I have worked extensively with young and middle-aged adults on concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma to eating disorders, relationship challenges and academic & career transition issues. I am an avid runner, former college athlete and spend lots of time outdoors with my family (husband and two boys aged 7 and 10) in all seasons kayaking, camping and skiing.
Hello! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan with 16 years of experience. I have worked extensively with young and middle-aged adults on concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma to eating disorders, relationship challenges and academic & career transition issues. I am an avid runner, former college athlete and spend lots of time outdoors with my family (husband and two boys aged 7 and 10) in all seasons kayaking, camping and skiing.
(517) 300-7053 View (517) 300-7053
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Khesed Wellness
LPC
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48213
We believe everyone deserves access to quality mental health therapy they can afford. Our team of therapists offer a variety of expertise, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and substance use, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, faith, sexuality, boundary setting, identity exploration, and more. We offer individual, couples, and family sessions. Our goal is to match you with the therapist who is the best therapeutic, cultural and relational fit to meet your needs. We return all outreaches within one business day and match you with a therapist within one week so you don't have to wait for care. We're here for you.
We believe everyone deserves access to quality mental health therapy they can afford. Our team of therapists offer a variety of expertise, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and substance use, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, faith, sexuality, boundary setting, identity exploration, and more. We offer individual, couples, and family sessions. Our goal is to match you with the therapist who is the best therapeutic, cultural and relational fit to meet your needs. We return all outreaches within one business day and match you with a therapist within one week so you don't have to wait for care. We're here for you.
(972) 544-4168 View (972) 544-4168
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Jamie Wadley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48242  (Online Only)
Welcome, I'm Jamie. Therapy may appear intimidating at first, but I have faith in the natural healing abilities present within every individual. Whether you're tackling a fear of failure, ADHD symptoms, or navigating an unhealthy relationship with food, anxiety, stress, or depression, I'm here to support you. It's understandable if you're unsure where to start, recognizing that staying on the same path isn't sustainable. I've faced similar challenges, and I assure you that your process is valid. Remember, you're in control of your path to healing.
Welcome, I'm Jamie. Therapy may appear intimidating at first, but I have faith in the natural healing abilities present within every individual. Whether you're tackling a fear of failure, ADHD symptoms, or navigating an unhealthy relationship with food, anxiety, stress, or depression, I'm here to support you. It's understandable if you're unsure where to start, recognizing that staying on the same path isn't sustainable. I've faced similar challenges, and I assure you that your process is valid. Remember, you're in control of your path to healing.
(734) 519-7408 View (734) 519-7408
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Heidi Dueweke
Counselor, MA, LPC, ICPR, CPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48219  (Online Only)
Life is complicated and sometimes a challenge to manage. Through therapy, I help clients learn how to identify, accept, and cope with life challenges that come their way and assist with helping them develop the skills needed to live their best life. My experience includes helping clients work through issues related to stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, self-esteem, disordered eating, self-injury, and relationships, along with providing guidance for educational and vocational pursuits. With therapy, clients can learn how to identify their goals and create the life they want.
Life is complicated and sometimes a challenge to manage. Through therapy, I help clients learn how to identify, accept, and cope with life challenges that come their way and assist with helping them develop the skills needed to live their best life. My experience includes helping clients work through issues related to stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, self-esteem, disordered eating, self-injury, and relationships, along with providing guidance for educational and vocational pursuits. With therapy, clients can learn how to identify their goals and create the life they want.
(248) 306-8803 View (248) 306-8803
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Yale Teen Power
Psychologist, PhD, FAED
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48201  (Online Only)
Yale Teen POWER is a research clinic that does treatment studies to develop and test new behavioral therapies. We work with teens (11-17 years old) who have concerns about eating and weight, such as those who are engaging in binge eating and those who have been bullied because of weight.
Yale Teen POWER is a research clinic that does treatment studies to develop and test new behavioral therapies. We work with teens (11-17 years old) who have concerns about eating and weight, such as those who are engaging in binge eating and those who have been bullied because of weight.
(203) 599-3990 View (203) 599-3990
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Sabrina Diana Black
Counselor
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48219
Serving the Metro Detroit area for over 20 years I have witnessed great transformation as individuals and families have become renewed, refreshed, refocused, reconciled, restored and more. If you need to talk call me so that I can walk with you for a season of life providing compassionate care and concern. Your life can be enriched by healing past issues, equipped by applying truth filled principles to current life issues, and empowered by experiencing the abundant life to fulfill your purpose and Kingdom dreams. I believe that nothing is too hard, all things are possible, and you have a choice!
Serving the Metro Detroit area for over 20 years I have witnessed great transformation as individuals and families have become renewed, refreshed, refocused, reconciled, restored and more. If you need to talk call me so that I can walk with you for a season of life providing compassionate care and concern. Your life can be enriched by healing past issues, equipped by applying truth filled principles to current life issues, and empowered by experiencing the abundant life to fulfill your purpose and Kingdom dreams. I believe that nothing is too hard, all things are possible, and you have a choice!
(313) 486-1160 View (313) 486-1160
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Amalia Miralrio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MSW, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48207
I'm currently accepting new clients for virtual or in-person care. I provide individual therapy for women and gender non-binary clients. My clients struggle with body image, relationship problems, or oftentimes a general sense of not feeling "good enough." Sometimes this shows up as anxiety in a romantic partnership, at work, or in the way they view their bodies.
I'm currently accepting new clients for virtual or in-person care. I provide individual therapy for women and gender non-binary clients. My clients struggle with body image, relationship problems, or oftentimes a general sense of not feeling "good enough." Sometimes this shows up as anxiety in a romantic partnership, at work, or in the way they view their bodies.
(313) 634-0766 View (313) 634-0766
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Michael E. Behen, PhD
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48201
Many of us experience problems in living from time to time, as we manage our intimate relationships, careers, children, financial burdens etc…. Often times, these problems can lead to feeling poorly about oneself or even to feelings of hopelessness or helplessness. Sometimes, these problems reach a magnitude where our level of distress or ability to function is affected. At these times, it can be very helpful to talk to a professional who can provide insight, support and perspective on these difficult issues. Although your issues may seem unmanageable to you now, with the right help, these problems can be overcome.
Many of us experience problems in living from time to time, as we manage our intimate relationships, careers, children, financial burdens etc…. Often times, these problems can lead to feeling poorly about oneself or even to feelings of hopelessness or helplessness. Sometimes, these problems reach a magnitude where our level of distress or ability to function is affected. At these times, it can be very helpful to talk to a professional who can provide insight, support and perspective on these difficult issues. Although your issues may seem unmanageable to you now, with the right help, these problems can be overcome.
(313) 427-9980 View (313) 427-9980
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Ketashia Berrien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48203  (Online Only)
Making a commitment to therapy can definitely be a heavy ask but I’d be honored if you took a chance with me and allowed me to take that journey with you. I would love to support you in the way that my friends and family members have told me that I’ve supported them during periods of transition, relationship qualms, or crisis. Because of them, I believed in myself and took the long hard journey to gain the credentials to assist others in a similar way. I am committed to seeing you reach the win you imagine – let’s reach that finish line together
Making a commitment to therapy can definitely be a heavy ask but I’d be honored if you took a chance with me and allowed me to take that journey with you. I would love to support you in the way that my friends and family members have told me that I’ve supported them during periods of transition, relationship qualms, or crisis. Because of them, I believed in myself and took the long hard journey to gain the credentials to assist others in a similar way. I am committed to seeing you reach the win you imagine – let’s reach that finish line together
(616) 449-2296 View (616) 449-2296
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Megan Dunne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48226  (Online Only)
We all need a little help sometimes. Therapy is a great tool to have to overcome life’s tough times. Are you new to therapy? Or someone who has seen a therapist before? Regardless of your previous experiences with therapy, I offer everyone a safe, private and professional experience. Together we will address your concerns and then plan and execute change. As far back as I can remember, I have always been concerned with other people’s happiness. As a child I knew that one day I would have a career in a “helping profession”. My approach to therapy is a holistic one.
We all need a little help sometimes. Therapy is a great tool to have to overcome life’s tough times. Are you new to therapy? Or someone who has seen a therapist before? Regardless of your previous experiences with therapy, I offer everyone a safe, private and professional experience. Together we will address your concerns and then plan and execute change. As far back as I can remember, I have always been concerned with other people’s happiness. As a child I knew that one day I would have a career in a “helping profession”. My approach to therapy is a holistic one.
(313) 251-4872 View (313) 251-4872
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Innovative Therapeutic Solutions, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC, SAP, CSSW, LLPC
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48226  (Online Only)
ITS provides mental, health and social services to those in need. ITS offers a collaboration of services for everyone, from the elderly to people with disabilities.These services includes Clinical Services, In-Home and Social Services which include Case Management services that can assist with improving your quality of life. ITS is credentialed and certified in thousands of insurance companies. All clinicians are CAQH (Counsel for Affordable Quality Healthcare) attested. We can help you with trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, anger, depression, Substance Use Disorders, Personality Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
ITS provides mental, health and social services to those in need. ITS offers a collaboration of services for everyone, from the elderly to people with disabilities.These services includes Clinical Services, In-Home and Social Services which include Case Management services that can assist with improving your quality of life. ITS is credentialed and certified in thousands of insurance companies. All clinicians are CAQH (Counsel for Affordable Quality Healthcare) attested. We can help you with trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, anger, depression, Substance Use Disorders, Personality Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
(313) 462-2979 x48226 View (313) 462-2979 x48226
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Healthy Minds, Healthy Hearts
Counselor, MA, LLP, M-DIV
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48220
We are experienced counselors and therapist servicing the Metro Detroit area specializing in meeting the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each client. We provide the following services: individual, adolescent & family therapy, premarital classes, marriage & couples counseling. The counseling we offer is based on the specific needs of the client and provides a sound foundation in the word of God. We counsel people from all faiths and religious orientations, including those with no orientation at all. Our vision is to help each client live healthy and productive lives through the empowerment and application of God's word.
We are experienced counselors and therapist servicing the Metro Detroit area specializing in meeting the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each client. We provide the following services: individual, adolescent & family therapy, premarital classes, marriage & couples counseling. The counseling we offer is based on the specific needs of the client and provides a sound foundation in the word of God. We counsel people from all faiths and religious orientations, including those with no orientation at all. Our vision is to help each client live healthy and productive lives through the empowerment and application of God's word.
(248) 365-7465 View (248) 365-7465
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Elijah Proge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW-C, CAADCDP, QMHP
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48207  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Elijah Proge, I am a Detroit native and clinical therapist. I started college at the age of 14, since then I have attended 3 prestigious Universities; earning my BSSW & MSW. I'm fully licensed and currently enrolled in Wayne State Universities School of Medicine Masters of Public Health program. I have been a HIV, Substance use, LGBTQ2+, Children's, and Courts therapist. I have developed curriculum for states and thousands of schools nationwide. You are the expert on your life I am simply here to assist and support. Therapy is fun and beautiful with me. I guarantee that you will laugh, smile, cry, and think deeply.
Hello, My name is Elijah Proge, I am a Detroit native and clinical therapist. I started college at the age of 14, since then I have attended 3 prestigious Universities; earning my BSSW & MSW. I'm fully licensed and currently enrolled in Wayne State Universities School of Medicine Masters of Public Health program. I have been a HIV, Substance use, LGBTQ2+, Children's, and Courts therapist. I have developed curriculum for states and thousands of schools nationwide. You are the expert on your life I am simply here to assist and support. Therapy is fun and beautiful with me. I guarantee that you will laugh, smile, cry, and think deeply.
(313) 513-0783 View (313) 513-0783
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Royalty Behavioral and Counseling Services LLC
Counselor, MA , LLPC, MEd
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48239  (Online Only)
I had the opportunity to encounter many individuals from all walks of life with many issues that seemingly disturbed their “PEACE”. Those encounters encouraged my counseling journey. My belief is that every individual should live a life of “PEACE”. I believe that “PEACE” is accomplished by combating issues that have disturbed one’s emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual health. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in exploring and processing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to improve their quality of life engulfed in “PEACE”.
I had the opportunity to encounter many individuals from all walks of life with many issues that seemingly disturbed their “PEACE”. Those encounters encouraged my counseling journey. My belief is that every individual should live a life of “PEACE”. I believe that “PEACE” is accomplished by combating issues that have disturbed one’s emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual health. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in exploring and processing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to improve their quality of life engulfed in “PEACE”.
(248) 775-7941 View (248) 775-7941
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.