Eating Disorders Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Stephanie Whitney Jategaonkar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63141
I have worked extensively with adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of clinical issues, including eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and trauma.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered / Board Certified Art Therapist working with adults, adolescents, and children. My approach to therapy begins with forming a safe, therapeutic relationship that allows you to explore life transitions, emotional pain, or other symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, or eating disorders. We will move beyond symptom management and help you to identify and develop understanding of the deeper meaning of the presenting symptoms. Often, the symptoms are external manifestations of conflicts and core beliefs rooted in the inner world or attempts to avoid the pain of past and current life experiences.
I have worked extensively with adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of clinical issues, including eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and trauma.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered / Board Certified Art Therapist working with adults, adolescents, and children. My approach to therapy begins with forming a safe, therapeutic relationship that allows you to explore life transitions, emotional pain, or other symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, or eating disorders. We will move beyond symptom management and help you to identify and develop understanding of the deeper meaning of the presenting symptoms. Often, the symptoms are external manifestations of conflicts and core beliefs rooted in the inner world or attempts to avoid the pain of past and current life experiences.
(314) 266-8280 View (314) 266-8280
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Riott Kochman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Drawing from my work in queer and immigrant communities, and in residential and outpatient settings, I specialize in trauma, attachment injuries, eating disorders, and identity exploration.
The systems we live within (capitalism, colonialism, anti-fatness, etc.) and our early attachment experiences can leave us feeling disconnected from others, our bodies, our values, and our authentic selves. I offer a compassionate space to explore the ways these systems have impacted you. Together, we’ll develop resources, skills, and insights to make your life and relationships more manageable and meaningful.
Drawing from my work in queer and immigrant communities, and in residential and outpatient settings, I specialize in trauma, attachment injuries, eating disorders, and identity exploration.
The systems we live within (capitalism, colonialism, anti-fatness, etc.) and our early attachment experiences can leave us feeling disconnected from others, our bodies, our values, and our authentic selves. I offer a compassionate space to explore the ways these systems have impacted you. Together, we’ll develop resources, skills, and insights to make your life and relationships more manageable and meaningful.
(314) 501-5645 View (314) 501-5645
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Kristin Hall
MA, LPC, CCPT, CCHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63105
My specialties include narcissistic abuse recovery, relationship counseling, trauma and PTSD, sexuality and intimacy issues, eating disorders, professional growth coaching, and EMDR and hypnotherapy for phobias, life changes and athletic performance.
Negative events, unhealthy relationship patterns, self-destructive behaviors and an overall sense of feeling "stuck" can hold you back. Through customized and collaborative therapy, we will explore current issues of concern and relevant past experiences to help put the missing pieces of the puzzle back together for a happier, healthier you. The overall plan is to work together towards your goals with honesty, vulnerability and commitment.
My specialties include narcissistic abuse recovery, relationship counseling, trauma and PTSD, sexuality and intimacy issues, eating disorders, professional growth coaching, and EMDR and hypnotherapy for phobias, life changes and athletic performance.
Negative events, unhealthy relationship patterns, self-destructive behaviors and an overall sense of feeling "stuck" can hold you back. Through customized and collaborative therapy, we will explore current issues of concern and relevant past experiences to help put the missing pieces of the puzzle back together for a happier, healthier you. The overall plan is to work together towards your goals with honesty, vulnerability and commitment.
(314) 818-0916 View (314) 818-0916
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Melissa A Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Waitlist for new clients
**CURRENTLY HAVE WAITLIST FOR NEW CLIENTS** Melissa has been practicing clinical social work/psychotherapy with adolescents and adults for over 15 years, specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury and grief/loss. She has an eclectic approach, drawing from psychodynamic, interpersonal and skills-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Her approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, collaborative and integrative. She has a profound respect for the complexity of people's lives and experiences.
**CURRENTLY HAVE WAITLIST FOR NEW CLIENTS** Melissa has been practicing clinical social work/psychotherapy with adolescents and adults for over 15 years, specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury and grief/loss. She has an eclectic approach, drawing from psychodynamic, interpersonal and skills-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Her approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, collaborative and integrative. She has a profound respect for the complexity of people's lives and experiences.
(314) 696-6232 View (314) 696-6232
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Jessica Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
I specialize in treating eating disorders, mood disorders, attachment/relational issues, and spiritual struggles.
Living in a broken world naturally means we may often feel broken ourselves, detached from who we genuinely are, who we once were, and who we long to be. It is easy to lose connection with our true selves as we attempt to navigate our external relationships, past traumas, societal expectations, and the daily demands of this world. This disconnection can disrupt our sense of equilibrium and wholeness and can bring on feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and a general dissatisfaction with life.
I specialize in treating eating disorders, mood disorders, attachment/relational issues, and spiritual struggles.
Living in a broken world naturally means we may often feel broken ourselves, detached from who we genuinely are, who we once were, and who we long to be. It is easy to lose connection with our true selves as we attempt to navigate our external relationships, past traumas, societal expectations, and the daily demands of this world. This disconnection can disrupt our sense of equilibrium and wholeness and can bring on feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and a general dissatisfaction with life.
(314) 266-3595 View (314) 266-3595
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Sarah Burns, LMSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122  (Online Only)
—I am currently out of the office from 5/29 to 6/11. I will respond to inquiries when I return.— I specialize in eating disorders, OCD, and related anxiety disorders. Has the need for control taken control over your life? Have avoidance, distraction, or other strategies you use to ease your anxiety created problems in the long run?  Therapy can provide you with the tools to not only reduce your suffering, but produce a life better than you ever imagined. Working together, I will help you face irrational fears, challenge ingrained thoughts and behaviors, and find more effective ways to cope.
—I am currently out of the office from 5/29 to 6/11. I will respond to inquiries when I return.— I specialize in eating disorders, OCD, and related anxiety disorders. Has the need for control taken control over your life? Have avoidance, distraction, or other strategies you use to ease your anxiety created problems in the long run?  Therapy can provide you with the tools to not only reduce your suffering, but produce a life better than you ever imagined. Working together, I will help you face irrational fears, challenge ingrained thoughts and behaviors, and find more effective ways to cope.
(314) 794-7370 View (314) 794-7370
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Jessica Kay Dowling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63144
I work with individuals 14 and older with a variety of concerns including family of origin issues, eating disorders, trauma, substance use, relationship concerns, anxiety, and depression.
What do you notice happening when life's demands feel too much? Do you begin to feel consumed by a critical voice? Perhaps hopelessness or shame takeover, and you aren't able to focus on what you need. You keep returning to coping strategies that aren't working, and life leaves you exhausted. You know that you are ready for something different. I am here to listen and help you understand the "why" within your struggles. Our work will focus on allowing for all sides of you to have a voice, to be understood, and to have the space to grow.
I work with individuals 14 and older with a variety of concerns including family of origin issues, eating disorders, trauma, substance use, relationship concerns, anxiety, and depression.
What do you notice happening when life's demands feel too much? Do you begin to feel consumed by a critical voice? Perhaps hopelessness or shame takeover, and you aren't able to focus on what you need. You keep returning to coping strategies that aren't working, and life leaves you exhausted. You know that you are ready for something different. I am here to listen and help you understand the "why" within your struggles. Our work will focus on allowing for all sides of you to have a voice, to be understood, and to have the space to grow.
(314) 626-8906 View (314) 626-8906
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Emily Hartman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63119
I serve clients struggling with unhealthy relationships or family dynamics, life transitions, eating disorders, mood disorders, or trauma, among others.
I treat individuals, couples and families with a variety of struggles. Whether you are in need of help navigating present relationships, life transitions, or are struggling with lifelong issues, my education and experience can help you achieve your goals. I use a variety of approaches throughout the therapeutic process to meet the needs of the clients I see as they progress and work towards leading a happier, healthier life. My experience and training can help you grow and create the change for which you are looking.
I serve clients struggling with unhealthy relationships or family dynamics, life transitions, eating disorders, mood disorders, or trauma, among others.
I treat individuals, couples and families with a variety of struggles. Whether you are in need of help navigating present relationships, life transitions, or are struggling with lifelong issues, my education and experience can help you achieve your goals. I use a variety of approaches throughout the therapeutic process to meet the needs of the clients I see as they progress and work towards leading a happier, healthier life. My experience and training can help you grow and create the change for which you are looking.
(314) 403-1866 View (314) 403-1866
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Katie L Arnold
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I have a diverse background in the evidence-based treatment of persons with trauma, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ challenges and gender dysphoria. For clients with PTSD and other trauma, common goals include symptom reduction, coping, exploration and healing. With eating disorders, my practice is most appropriate for clients who have attended a higher level of care (e.g. Intensive Outpatient, Residential, PHP) and are looking to confront issues underlying the eating disorder. Clients seeking gender affirming care will find support with expression, transition, relationships and more.
I have a diverse background in the evidence-based treatment of persons with trauma, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ challenges and gender dysphoria. For clients with PTSD and other trauma, common goals include symptom reduction, coping, exploration and healing. With eating disorders, my practice is most appropriate for clients who have attended a higher level of care (e.g. Intensive Outpatient, Residential, PHP) and are looking to confront issues underlying the eating disorder. Clients seeking gender affirming care will find support with expression, transition, relationships and more.
(314) 375-4887 View (314) 375-4887
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Lindsey Herzog
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63119
My practice focuses on specializing and treating a multitude of clinical concerns including eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, family issues, life transitions, and women's issues.
Reaching out for support can feel overwhelming. However, everyone deserves the chance to explore underlying struggles that may be impacting daily living, contentment and happiness. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience. I have experience working with adults, young adults, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of clinical settings. My treatment approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative. I will help you set goals, examine unhealthy coping patterns and build on internal strengths. We will work together to learn healthier ways to navigate life's challenges.
My practice focuses on specializing and treating a multitude of clinical concerns including eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, family issues, life transitions, and women's issues.
Reaching out for support can feel overwhelming. However, everyone deserves the chance to explore underlying struggles that may be impacting daily living, contentment and happiness. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience. I have experience working with adults, young adults, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of clinical settings. My treatment approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative. I will help you set goals, examine unhealthy coping patterns and build on internal strengths. We will work together to learn healthier ways to navigate life's challenges.
(314) 328-7580 View (314) 328-7580
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Laura M Kaplan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63101
My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic problems, family issues, parenting concerns, relationship difficulties, and professional challenges.
I am a licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience working with adolescents and adults. While I see a diverse group of clients, I do work with many members of St. Louis' academic community, including professors, graduate students, administrators, and physicians. I also see undergraduates and older high school students. A second area of my focus is our city's creative community; I work with many musicians, artists, performers and writers. My treatment style is warm, thoughtful and natural, and I draw from many different treatment approaches to provide the best possible care. I look forward to hearing from you.
My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic problems, family issues, parenting concerns, relationship difficulties, and professional challenges.
I am a licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience working with adolescents and adults. While I see a diverse group of clients, I do work with many members of St. Louis' academic community, including professors, graduate students, administrators, and physicians. I also see undergraduates and older high school students. A second area of my focus is our city's creative community; I work with many musicians, artists, performers and writers. My treatment style is warm, thoughtful and natural, and I draw from many different treatment approaches to provide the best possible care. I look forward to hearing from you.
(314) 560-0470 View (314) 560-0470
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Elizabeth Bloomfield-Deal
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63124
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and relational issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adolescents, adults and couples. I approach psychotherapy as an opportunity to address unresolved issues and conflicts as they arise in life through the therapeutic relationship. I believe it is important to examine the various ways and places in one's life that symptoms present, and to work to understand the function and underlying meanings of the symptoms.
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and relational issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adolescents, adults and couples. I approach psychotherapy as an opportunity to address unresolved issues and conflicts as they arise in life through the therapeutic relationship. I believe it is important to examine the various ways and places in one's life that symptoms present, and to work to understand the function and underlying meanings of the symptoms.
(314) 254-9694 View (314) 254-9694
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Carol Dyer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63105
I served for 15 years as the Family Day facilitator at McCallum Place, an intensive eating disorders program in St.
I work with clients who are struggling to cope with issues related to life transitions, addictions, eating disorders, body image, trauma, caregiving and other life demands. Psychotherapy is a deeply personal experience that can be alternately challenging, rewarding and hopeful. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere for those who wish to find balance in their lives through and beyond times of crisis or transition.
I served for 15 years as the Family Day facilitator at McCallum Place, an intensive eating disorders program in St.
I work with clients who are struggling to cope with issues related to life transitions, addictions, eating disorders, body image, trauma, caregiving and other life demands. Psychotherapy is a deeply personal experience that can be alternately challenging, rewarding and hopeful. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere for those who wish to find balance in their lives through and beyond times of crisis or transition.
(314) 888-5196 View (314) 888-5196
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Elizabeth Irwin
Counselor, MEd, LPC, BCN
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63101
I have experience treating eating disorders, addictions, developmental trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, bad body image, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. I am certified in EMDR and have received training in such therapeutic modalities as neurofeedback, interpersonal neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, family therapy, schema therapy, and somatic experiencing. I received my Masters in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and have since practiced in both residential treatment centers and outpatient settings.
I have experience treating eating disorders, addictions, developmental trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, bad body image, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. I am certified in EMDR and have received training in such therapeutic modalities as neurofeedback, interpersonal neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, family therapy, schema therapy, and somatic experiencing. I received my Masters in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and have since practiced in both residential treatment centers and outpatient settings.
(314) 310-3236 View (314) 310-3236
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Nicole Cooper
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PLPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101
I utilize evidence-based techniques to support concerns such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, unresolved trauma, relationship issues, life transitions and stress management.
Are you struggling with Anxiety, depression, Unresolved trauma or disordered eating? Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed with constant worry? Are you experiencing difficulty with various relationships in your life? As a Therapist, I have a deep passion for supporting others through their journey towards general wellbeing. I place strong emphasis on total holistic wellness as well as creating a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental space as we work together to help you overcome roadblocks and achieve your goals.
I utilize evidence-based techniques to support concerns such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, unresolved trauma, relationship issues, life transitions and stress management.
Are you struggling with Anxiety, depression, Unresolved trauma or disordered eating? Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed with constant worry? Are you experiencing difficulty with various relationships in your life? As a Therapist, I have a deep passion for supporting others through their journey towards general wellbeing. I place strong emphasis on total holistic wellness as well as creating a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental space as we work together to help you overcome roadblocks and achieve your goals.
(314) 876-8209 View (314) 876-8209
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Cynthia Marsh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108
I specialize in treating attachment & developmental issues, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders/disordered eating, relational issues, spirituality struggles, and mood disorders.
We can all resonate with feelings of disconnection - from ourselves, from people around us, from our purpose, from hope & peace. I believe that each individual has the ability to close the gap of disconnection and live a life characterized by healthy connection and emotional stability. My job is to show you how to access the necessary tools to do so, equip you to use them, and encourage you towards growth and healing. Therapy can feel intimidating, so I strive to offer a safe, secure, and compassionate space to meet you where you are at and allow you to move forward.
I specialize in treating attachment & developmental issues, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders/disordered eating, relational issues, spirituality struggles, and mood disorders.
We can all resonate with feelings of disconnection - from ourselves, from people around us, from our purpose, from hope & peace. I believe that each individual has the ability to close the gap of disconnection and live a life characterized by healthy connection and emotional stability. My job is to show you how to access the necessary tools to do so, equip you to use them, and encourage you towards growth and healing. Therapy can feel intimidating, so I strive to offer a safe, secure, and compassionate space to meet you where you are at and allow you to move forward.
(314) 916-6405 View (314) 916-6405
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Machaela Rausch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63102  (Online Only)
I have additional training with eating disorders and body image.
Life can be challenging at all stages! In my work with late teens to adults, I have found a common denominator: they have all the potential within themselves to be who they want to be, but got lost along the way. I work with you to fight the urge to be perfect and do everything "right." Do you want to feel confident in your job? What direction to go in your sport? Decide if this relationship is right for you? Want to feel comfortable and confident in your body? Improve your relationship with food? Process trauma related to an eating disorder or relationship? If you're in one of these stages, we might be a good fit!
I have additional training with eating disorders and body image.
Life can be challenging at all stages! In my work with late teens to adults, I have found a common denominator: they have all the potential within themselves to be who they want to be, but got lost along the way. I work with you to fight the urge to be perfect and do everything "right." Do you want to feel confident in your job? What direction to go in your sport? Decide if this relationship is right for you? Want to feel comfortable and confident in your body? Improve your relationship with food? Process trauma related to an eating disorder or relationship? If you're in one of these stages, we might be a good fit!
(660) 312-0992 View (660) 312-0992
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Cheyenne Bauman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I have worked in both the inpatient and RTC settings and have experience treating eating disorders, body image struggles, trauma, and attachment issues.
I know that finding the right therapist can feel like an overwhelming process. That is where I come in. My goal is to provide you with a safe place to feel seen and heard. A place to thrive not just survive. I believe that therapy is designed to reflect a sense of honor and respect for someone’s story to achieve not only symptom remission but also a deeper, long-lasting sense of healing. I am passionate about working with individuals to improve their quality of life, increase internal connection, implement adaptive skills, and better their relationships with others, food, body, and movement.
I have worked in both the inpatient and RTC settings and have experience treating eating disorders, body image struggles, trauma, and attachment issues.
I know that finding the right therapist can feel like an overwhelming process. That is where I come in. My goal is to provide you with a safe place to feel seen and heard. A place to thrive not just survive. I believe that therapy is designed to reflect a sense of honor and respect for someone’s story to achieve not only symptom remission but also a deeper, long-lasting sense of healing. I am passionate about working with individuals to improve their quality of life, increase internal connection, implement adaptive skills, and better their relationships with others, food, body, and movement.
(314) 403-1998 View (314) 403-1998
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Integrative Mind
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63117
I present nationally on the topics of trauma, eating disorders, and interpersonal neurobiology.
What I have found in my 20 years of experience in practicing, teaching and publishing in the field of therapy is that I learn something new from every client that I treat. The goal of therapy, in my opinion, is to provide enough emotional safety for clients to examine their lives and create a narrative that allows for growth and connection.
I present nationally on the topics of trauma, eating disorders, and interpersonal neurobiology.
What I have found in my 20 years of experience in practicing, teaching and publishing in the field of therapy is that I learn something new from every client that I treat. The goal of therapy, in my opinion, is to provide enough emotional safety for clients to examine their lives and create a narrative that allows for growth and connection.
(833) 735-0612 View (833) 735-0612
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Kathryn Louise Manley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC, CST
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
She also has a strong background in the treatment of eating disorders and premarital counseling.
Kathryn Manley is a seasoned licensed mental health practitioner and licensed AASECT sex therapist. For nearly 25 years, she has helped individuals and couples navigate difficult issues relating to communication skills, sexuality, autonomy, and attachment. Kathryn understands the importance of having a safe and trustworthy clinician. Sex therapy can include the many physiological and emotional aspects of intimacy encountered during seasons of life including postpartum depression, differences in sexual desire, infidelity, betrayal trauma, erectile dysfunction, pain, sexless marriage and difficulty with orgasm.
She also has a strong background in the treatment of eating disorders and premarital counseling.
Kathryn Manley is a seasoned licensed mental health practitioner and licensed AASECT sex therapist. For nearly 25 years, she has helped individuals and couples navigate difficult issues relating to communication skills, sexuality, autonomy, and attachment. Kathryn understands the importance of having a safe and trustworthy clinician. Sex therapy can include the many physiological and emotional aspects of intimacy encountered during seasons of life including postpartum depression, differences in sexual desire, infidelity, betrayal trauma, erectile dysfunction, pain, sexless marriage and difficulty with orgasm.
(636) 205-1296 View (636) 205-1296

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.