Eating Disorders Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Danielle Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, depression/anxiety, and trauma.
Hi, I am so happy you are here! In our therapeutic relationship, my commitment is to create a compassionate and understanding space. Together, we'll explore your experiences, create a connection that encourages growth, trust, resilience, and vulnerability. I would be honored to support you on your journey towards heightened self-awareness and a more fulfilling life.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, depression/anxiety, and trauma.
Hi, I am so happy you are here! In our therapeutic relationship, my commitment is to create a compassionate and understanding space. Together, we'll explore your experiences, create a connection that encourages growth, trust, resilience, and vulnerability. I would be honored to support you on your journey towards heightened self-awareness and a more fulfilling life.
(919) 635-9318 View (919) 635-9318
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Taurie Roman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
In my work as a counselor, I strive to promote change. I believe through the process of counseling change occurs internally and externally by developing healthy skills to promote positive change. My goal is to help empower clients to face their struggles and be able to live a life based on their values and what is most important to them. I have experience working with clients who face various struggles in the following areas: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief and loss, ADD, autism, anger management, family relationship difficulties and self-harm.
In my work as a counselor, I strive to promote change. I believe through the process of counseling change occurs internally and externally by developing healthy skills to promote positive change. My goal is to help empower clients to face their struggles and be able to live a life based on their values and what is most important to them. I have experience working with clients who face various struggles in the following areas: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief and loss, ADD, autism, anger management, family relationship difficulties and self-harm.
(984) 201-7784 View (984) 201-7784
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Sarah Boyette
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
I specialize in treating adults with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders, and aim to create a safe, empathetic space for clients of all backgrounds.
Are you feeling stuck, discontented, or hopeless? Do you find yourself wondering if there is more to life? You are not alone. Many of us find ourselves stuck in patterns of thought and behavior that leave us feeling discontent, disconnected, and unworthy. I believe that we are all born worthy and born with an inner wisdom that guides us towards meaning and authenticity, My goal as a therapist is to support clients in learning to access their own inner wisdom by learning new ways of relating to emotions, relating to others, and relating to themselves.
I specialize in treating adults with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders, and aim to create a safe, empathetic space for clients of all backgrounds.
Are you feeling stuck, discontented, or hopeless? Do you find yourself wondering if there is more to life? You are not alone. Many of us find ourselves stuck in patterns of thought and behavior that leave us feeling discontent, disconnected, and unworthy. I believe that we are all born worthy and born with an inner wisdom that guides us towards meaning and authenticity, My goal as a therapist is to support clients in learning to access their own inner wisdom by learning new ways of relating to emotions, relating to others, and relating to themselves.
(984) 203-7057 View (984) 203-7057
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Jamie Grisham
Psychologist, PsyD, MPH
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605
As a clinical psychologist, I help clients gain clarity and to find resolution to seemingly insurmountable issues and problems. I specialize in treating adults throughout the life cycle who have anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and/or relationship issues. By providing a compassionate and validating environment, clients are empowered to identify their needs and the means to get those needs met. I believe that each individual has their own voice and that therapy can facilitate its strengthening and emergence as a guiding force.
As a clinical psychologist, I help clients gain clarity and to find resolution to seemingly insurmountable issues and problems. I specialize in treating adults throughout the life cycle who have anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and/or relationship issues. By providing a compassionate and validating environment, clients are empowered to identify their needs and the means to get those needs met. I believe that each individual has their own voice and that therapy can facilitate its strengthening and emergence as a guiding force.
(984) 207-0921 View (984) 207-0921
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Amy E. Duffy
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
In addition to my trauma speciality, I also specialize in the treatment of self-injurious behavior, sexuality and sex counseling, eating disorders, adolescents, and concerns related to social justice and oppression.
I have been working in the mental health field for over fifteen years with a variety of clients including children and adolescents, families, and adults. I enjoy utilizing an eclectic approach to treatment, recognizing the uniqueness that each individual brings to treatment. I specialize in the treatment of exposure to trauma, providing treatment to survivors of sexual violence, childhood abuse, domestic violence, and military combat trauma. When addressing the needs of those who have survived trauma, I focus a great deal of attention on the neurological effects of exposure, as well as the mind and body connection.
In addition to my trauma speciality, I also specialize in the treatment of self-injurious behavior, sexuality and sex counseling, eating disorders, adolescents, and concerns related to social justice and oppression.
I have been working in the mental health field for over fifteen years with a variety of clients including children and adolescents, families, and adults. I enjoy utilizing an eclectic approach to treatment, recognizing the uniqueness that each individual brings to treatment. I specialize in the treatment of exposure to trauma, providing treatment to survivors of sexual violence, childhood abuse, domestic violence, and military combat trauma. When addressing the needs of those who have survived trauma, I focus a great deal of attention on the neurological effects of exposure, as well as the mind and body connection.
(919) 666-3808 View (919) 666-3808
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Meredith Ross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27617
I specialize in eating disorders but enjoy helping a variety of individuals and couples to meet their goals.
My ideal clients are individuals or couples that are seeking to understand themselves better and implement strategies to continue to live more meaningful and fulfilled lives. I have additional training in eating disorders and can support clients with body image, disordered eating, emotional eating, and improving their relationship with their body and food. I also enjoy working with couples that may benefit from increased communication or emotional and physical intimacy.
I specialize in eating disorders but enjoy helping a variety of individuals and couples to meet their goals.
My ideal clients are individuals or couples that are seeking to understand themselves better and implement strategies to continue to live more meaningful and fulfilled lives. I have additional training in eating disorders and can support clients with body image, disordered eating, emotional eating, and improving their relationship with their body and food. I also enjoy working with couples that may benefit from increased communication or emotional and physical intimacy.
(984) 689-9753 View (984) 689-9753
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Finding Enough, Eve Cribbs, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605
Do you obsess about food, dieting, body image and exercise? Are you feeling ashamed and depressed despite your attempts to stop this behavior? If you can relate, help is available. I have been working with adults who have eating disorders, anxiety and depression for over 30 years and would love to work with you. If you are motivated and have had enough of your struggle with food, body and exercise then getting to the heart of the problem with my help will surely bring about the changes you are looking for.
Do you obsess about food, dieting, body image and exercise? Are you feeling ashamed and depressed despite your attempts to stop this behavior? If you can relate, help is available. I have been working with adults who have eating disorders, anxiety and depression for over 30 years and would love to work with you. If you are motivated and have had enough of your struggle with food, body and exercise then getting to the heart of the problem with my help will surely bring about the changes you are looking for.
(919) 299-0251 View (919) 299-0251
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Kate Sutton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEdS, LCMHC, SEP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605
I help women overcome anxiety and eating disorders to feel more freedom, safety and joy. My clients are highly sensitive, resilient people who are tired of binging, food restriction, over-exercise, and low self-esteem. Despite all their accomplishments and self-help efforts they can't turn off their thoughts and perfectionism. I get it because I've been there! I'll help you challenge that anxious energy in a healthy way to replace old, negative beliefs, tune into your intuition, and align with your values. You deserve to feel more alive and happy in your life without relying on your pants size to dictate your worth.
I help women overcome anxiety and eating disorders to feel more freedom, safety and joy. My clients are highly sensitive, resilient people who are tired of binging, food restriction, over-exercise, and low self-esteem. Despite all their accomplishments and self-help efforts they can't turn off their thoughts and perfectionism. I get it because I've been there! I'll help you challenge that anxious energy in a healthy way to replace old, negative beliefs, tune into your intuition, and align with your values. You deserve to feel more alive and happy in your life without relying on your pants size to dictate your worth.
(919) 373-3474 View (919) 373-3474
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Alexandra Calix-Hughes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I have experience treating clients presenting with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Latino Mental Health, among other treatment areas.
I provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients can be heard and empowered to explore, discover, understand, resolve, and transform their lives. I am committed and passionate about my work with clients. I offer therapeutic services to adolescents, adults, families, and couples in English or Spanish. My treatment methods are selected based on the client's presenting issues/ needs, assessment data, and evidence-based practices. I utilize a strength-based approach, commonly using cognitive and behavioral therapeutic modalities, skills training, and education in my work with clients.
I have experience treating clients presenting with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Latino Mental Health, among other treatment areas.
I provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients can be heard and empowered to explore, discover, understand, resolve, and transform their lives. I am committed and passionate about my work with clients. I offer therapeutic services to adolescents, adults, families, and couples in English or Spanish. My treatment methods are selected based on the client's presenting issues/ needs, assessment data, and evidence-based practices. I utilize a strength-based approach, commonly using cognitive and behavioral therapeutic modalities, skills training, and education in my work with clients.
(919) 301-0846 View (919) 301-0846
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Kate Hanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with NC Therapy Professionals and specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and navigating life transitions. I provide both short-term and long-term individual and group services to folks of all sexuality and gender identities. I have experience working with teens and adults of all ages in healthcare settings as well as residential and PHP/IOP levels of care. Drawing from these experiences, I work to create the most beneficial healing environment for you. Specifically, I utilize research-based approaches, including CBT, DBT and ACT.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with NC Therapy Professionals and specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and navigating life transitions. I provide both short-term and long-term individual and group services to folks of all sexuality and gender identities. I have experience working with teens and adults of all ages in healthcare settings as well as residential and PHP/IOP levels of care. Drawing from these experiences, I work to create the most beneficial healing environment for you. Specifically, I utilize research-based approaches, including CBT, DBT and ACT.
(919) 823-7165 View (919) 823-7165
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Mya Wrenn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Mya is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University and her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mya provides individual therapy to adolescents and adults with a primary focus in eating disorders, as well as trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, body image concerns, and other life stressors. Mya is a Health at Every Size (HAES) informed clinician and is LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Mya is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University and her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mya provides individual therapy to adolescents and adults with a primary focus in eating disorders, as well as trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, body image concerns, and other life stressors. Mya is a Health at Every Size (HAES) informed clinician and is LGBTQIA+ affirming.
(252) 888-1821 View (252) 888-1821
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Chelsea Beccue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
My interests include working with adults 20 years old and up facing difficulties pertaining to eating disorders & disordered eating, body image, anxiety, and life transitions.
You are human and you are worthy just as you are. You do not need permission to take up space. Let yourself to sit with those words for a few moments and take them in. What comes up for you? As a therapist I strive to emphasize the meaning and truth that those words hold as you and I work together to explore and get curious about the barriers that may get in the way of you fully believing them.
My interests include working with adults 20 years old and up facing difficulties pertaining to eating disorders & disordered eating, body image, anxiety, and life transitions.
You are human and you are worthy just as you are. You do not need permission to take up space. Let yourself to sit with those words for a few moments and take them in. What comes up for you? As a therapist I strive to emphasize the meaning and truth that those words hold as you and I work together to explore and get curious about the barriers that may get in the way of you fully believing them.
(984) 204-7277 View (984) 204-7277
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Lily Graves
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and the way it supports individuals in finding their way through life. I serve adults and teens in NC and I specialize in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. I work through a Health at Every Size lens and welcome clients from all backgrounds. I have experience with ARFID and neurodivergent clients. I also help individuals with personality disorders, substance use disorders, life transitions, and trauma. I am particularly experienced with assisting clients with Eating Disorders as they transition from higher levels of care to outpatient and I can integrate meal coaching.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and the way it supports individuals in finding their way through life. I serve adults and teens in NC and I specialize in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. I work through a Health at Every Size lens and welcome clients from all backgrounds. I have experience with ARFID and neurodivergent clients. I also help individuals with personality disorders, substance use disorders, life transitions, and trauma. I am particularly experienced with assisting clients with Eating Disorders as they transition from higher levels of care to outpatient and I can integrate meal coaching.
(919) 591-0835 View (919) 591-0835
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Meredith Stokke Delbridge
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LCMHC, NCC, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, parenting concerns, relationship challenges, women's issues, eating disorders, and self-esteem. I work with individuals- both adolescents and adults- as well as families, and together, we create an individualized treatment plan to meet your goals. It can be difficult to reach out for support, and I highly value a safe, non judgmental and compassionate environment for you to further explore your concerns.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, parenting concerns, relationship challenges, women's issues, eating disorders, and self-esteem. I work with individuals- both adolescents and adults- as well as families, and together, we create an individualized treatment plan to meet your goals. It can be difficult to reach out for support, and I highly value a safe, non judgmental and compassionate environment for you to further explore your concerns.
(919) 634-6544 View (919) 634-6544
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Sage Torrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
My specialties include eating disorders and disordered eating, identity exploration, college and academic stressors, self-esteem, body image, life transitions, caregiver support, managing anxiety/stress, and others.
Hello! My name is Sage Torrez and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Outpatient Psychotherapist at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness. I am devoted to building rapport and creating a safe space for all clients to address their challenges in an environment that fosters vulnerability, creativity, and confidence. I incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and a holistic approach to my therapeutic practice.
My specialties include eating disorders and disordered eating, identity exploration, college and academic stressors, self-esteem, body image, life transitions, caregiver support, managing anxiety/stress, and others.
Hello! My name is Sage Torrez and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Outpatient Psychotherapist at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness. I am devoted to building rapport and creating a safe space for all clients to address their challenges in an environment that fosters vulnerability, creativity, and confidence. I incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and a holistic approach to my therapeutic practice.
(919) 804-0367 View (919) 804-0367
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Lauren Kenney
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Are you having trouble with body image, confidence or self esteem? Are you interested in developing healthy communication skills to better communicate with your partner, friends or family? I would love to help! I am passionate about creating a safe space while working with teens and adults. (14+)I am passionate about working with folks experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, self image and body concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment concerns, and life transitions.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Are you having trouble with body image, confidence or self esteem? Are you interested in developing healthy communication skills to better communicate with your partner, friends or family? I would love to help! I am passionate about creating a safe space while working with teens and adults. (14+)I am passionate about working with folks experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, self image and body concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment concerns, and life transitions.
(919) 629-1723 View (919) 629-1723
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Beth Sugar
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
My areas of clinical training and experience are grief & loss, eating disorders, substance use, mood & anxiety disorders, autism, referrals for higher levels of care, parents & folks navigating treatment including Applied Behavioral Analysis - ABA.
Is life all of a sudden unfamiliar? Work or school, not the same? Are you feeling isolated from friends & family? It can be hard to know which foot to put in front of the other. You are not alone! All parts of you are welcome! I am here to help you learn to move with life again, not move on with life.
My areas of clinical training and experience are grief & loss, eating disorders, substance use, mood & anxiety disorders, autism, referrals for higher levels of care, parents & folks navigating treatment including Applied Behavioral Analysis - ABA.
Is life all of a sudden unfamiliar? Work or school, not the same? Are you feeling isolated from friends & family? It can be hard to know which foot to put in front of the other. You are not alone! All parts of you are welcome! I am here to help you learn to move with life again, not move on with life.
(919) 594-0370 View (919) 594-0370
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Misty Rubio-Bustamante
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27614
I am passionate about serving individuals who experience barriers to therapy, folx who are seeking counseling for the first time, and folx who have had unfulfilling therapeutic experiences. Yo hablo espanõl e inglés fluidamente and work with adolescents and adults (10+) to address a variety of concerns including family challenges, divorce, intergenerational trauma, relationship conflicts, life transitions, navigating identity, behavioral concerns, mood disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar), PTSD, and eating disorders.
I am passionate about serving individuals who experience barriers to therapy, folx who are seeking counseling for the first time, and folx who have had unfulfilling therapeutic experiences. Yo hablo espanõl e inglés fluidamente and work with adolescents and adults (10+) to address a variety of concerns including family challenges, divorce, intergenerational trauma, relationship conflicts, life transitions, navigating identity, behavioral concerns, mood disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar), PTSD, and eating disorders.
(919) 635-4675 View (919) 635-4675
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Christy Rogers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEDS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life transitions, relationships struggles, fertility/infertility issues, postpartum mood disorders, and general women's issues. My approach to therapy is collaborative and strongly relational, as I believe that a solid therapeutic relationship is essential in helping you gain insight and thrive in the face of your struggles. I work to bring warmth, acceptance, nurturing, and compassion to the therapeutic relationship.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life transitions, relationships struggles, fertility/infertility issues, postpartum mood disorders, and general women's issues. My approach to therapy is collaborative and strongly relational, as I believe that a solid therapeutic relationship is essential in helping you gain insight and thrive in the face of your struggles. I work to bring warmth, acceptance, nurturing, and compassion to the therapeutic relationship.
(919) 585-5971 View (919) 585-5971
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Miller Counseling Services, PC
Counselor, PhD, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Miller specializes in holistic approaches, working with eating disorders, body acceptance, women's concerns, depression and mood disorders, and anxiety disorders, She is trained and certified in creativity coaching, spiritual direction, energy healing practices (Reiki and somatic approaches) and life coaching.
Miller Counseling Services, PC provides compassionate clinical counseling services for adults with the desire to promote healing in the whole person: emotional, spiritual, cognitive, physical and relational. It is Dr. Susan Miller's desire to help individuals improve relationships, find balance, and seek wellness in order to realize full potential and purpose in their lives. Dr. Miller also blends creative art experiences, somatic practices, spiritual direction, mindfulness meditation and energy healing with other therapeutic approaches to facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit.
Miller specializes in holistic approaches, working with eating disorders, body acceptance, women's concerns, depression and mood disorders, and anxiety disorders, She is trained and certified in creativity coaching, spiritual direction, energy healing practices (Reiki and somatic approaches) and life coaching.
Miller Counseling Services, PC provides compassionate clinical counseling services for adults with the desire to promote healing in the whole person: emotional, spiritual, cognitive, physical and relational. It is Dr. Susan Miller's desire to help individuals improve relationships, find balance, and seek wellness in order to realize full potential and purpose in their lives. Dr. Miller also blends creative art experiences, somatic practices, spiritual direction, mindfulness meditation and energy healing with other therapeutic approaches to facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit.
(919) 275-2070 View (919) 275-2070
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.