Eating Disorders Therapists in Jackson Heights, NY

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Margia Shiriti
MHC, LP
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
In life, facing times of distress and confusion may be inevitable. During tough times, guidance from a professional may prove invaluable. Many of my clients come in with a specific concern in mind while others simply want to feel better. I enjoy working collaboratively to create a warm, safe, and inviting space for personal growth. I help people with varying mental health concerns including: depression, anxiety, family and personal relationships, eating disorders, identity issues, trauma and complex PTSD.
In life, facing times of distress and confusion may be inevitable. During tough times, guidance from a professional may prove invaluable. Many of my clients come in with a specific concern in mind while others simply want to feel better. I enjoy working collaboratively to create a warm, safe, and inviting space for personal growth. I help people with varying mental health concerns including: depression, anxiety, family and personal relationships, eating disorders, identity issues, trauma and complex PTSD.
(332) 330-1058 View (332) 330-1058
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Timothy E. Brutus (Not Currently Practicing)
LMSW, MSc, Eng
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I am a life long New Yorker who has lived in all the boroughs of this City. I am also an artist, writer, and nature lover. I have many years experience working in public, private and non-profit settings helping people with the hardest parts of change. I have a warm, empathic, and interactive style of working. My clinical framework is Psychodynamic and I incorporate Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral interventions as needed. I will be a committed ally on your journey of personal exploration in making the changes you may want or may need to make with deep insight, acceptance, kindness, and care.
I am a life long New Yorker who has lived in all the boroughs of this City. I am also an artist, writer, and nature lover. I have many years experience working in public, private and non-profit settings helping people with the hardest parts of change. I have a warm, empathic, and interactive style of working. My clinical framework is Psychodynamic and I incorporate Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral interventions as needed. I will be a committed ally on your journey of personal exploration in making the changes you may want or may need to make with deep insight, acceptance, kindness, and care.
(347) 658-1871 View (347) 658-1871
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Uprise Mental Health Counseling, PLLC
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My group practice specializes in the treatment of trauma spectrum disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, trauma-related pain, and trauma-related somatic symptoms. Ongoing experiences of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, and bullying can lead to these symptoms. Sometimes people suffer these effects because they have experienced chronic invalidation. We treat couples, people in non-traditional partnerships, and adolescents who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. We also treat survivors of sexual violence and targets of workplace bullying.
My group practice specializes in the treatment of trauma spectrum disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, trauma-related pain, and trauma-related somatic symptoms. Ongoing experiences of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, and bullying can lead to these symptoms. Sometimes people suffer these effects because they have experienced chronic invalidation. We treat couples, people in non-traditional partnerships, and adolescents who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. We also treat survivors of sexual violence and targets of workplace bullying.
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Jean Carlos Osorio Lcsw-Cdbt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDBT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
HABLO ESPANOL. In complaince with NYS safety guidelines, sessions are avaliable TELEHEALTH and/or face to face (safety meassures in place). I am Hispanic-Pronouns (He/His/Him) Male Social Worker with over 12 years of experienced and specialize in trauma/abuse, unresolved childhood issues, LGBTQI-gender concerns and PTSD. My approach is based on a combination of theories from unresolved childhood traumas (psycho-dymanic) to "here and now" approach; Client-center approach and empowered clients to make their own desicions in life. I utilize humor and strength perspective to creat client autonomy.
HABLO ESPANOL. In complaince with NYS safety guidelines, sessions are avaliable TELEHEALTH and/or face to face (safety meassures in place). I am Hispanic-Pronouns (He/His/Him) Male Social Worker with over 12 years of experienced and specialize in trauma/abuse, unresolved childhood issues, LGBTQI-gender concerns and PTSD. My approach is based on a combination of theories from unresolved childhood traumas (psycho-dymanic) to "here and now" approach; Client-center approach and empowered clients to make their own desicions in life. I utilize humor and strength perspective to creat client autonomy.
(347) 730-4249 View (347) 730-4249
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Minds Together, LCSWs.PC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDBT, SIFI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
SE HABLA ESPAÑOL. DUE TO COVID19, SESSIONS ARE VIA TELEHEALTH. OFFICE VISITS WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS (NYS GUIDELINES). Minds Together, LCSW.PC. provides a safe and unique setting dedicated in improving one's mental and emotional health through our professional and compassionate staff. Our mission is to improve our community one individual at a time through our culturally diverse and motivated clinicians with the hope that every person seeking treatment with us feels safe, empowered and most important treated as an individual and not as a patient.
SE HABLA ESPAÑOL. DUE TO COVID19, SESSIONS ARE VIA TELEHEALTH. OFFICE VISITS WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS (NYS GUIDELINES). Minds Together, LCSW.PC. provides a safe and unique setting dedicated in improving one's mental and emotional health through our professional and compassionate staff. Our mission is to improve our community one individual at a time through our culturally diverse and motivated clinicians with the hope that every person seeking treatment with us feels safe, empowered and most important treated as an individual and not as a patient.
(347) 730-4249 View (347) 730-4249
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Matthew Cordova Frankel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MA, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Perhaps this is the first time you have searched for a therapist and are simply not sure where to start; or perhaps you have met with therapists in the past yet still find yourself wrestling with such stubborn difficulties as depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, or self-sabotaging behavior. No matter your history with psychotherapy, current predicament, age, race, or gender, you can feel confident that I will welcome you into treatment with basic compassion, professional competence, and a deep sensitivity to the specific circumstances motivating you to seek help at this time.
Perhaps this is the first time you have searched for a therapist and are simply not sure where to start; or perhaps you have met with therapists in the past yet still find yourself wrestling with such stubborn difficulties as depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, or self-sabotaging behavior. No matter your history with psychotherapy, current predicament, age, race, or gender, you can feel confident that I will welcome you into treatment with basic compassion, professional competence, and a deep sensitivity to the specific circumstances motivating you to seek help at this time.
(718) 612-7358 View (718) 612-7358
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Deborah Karnbad
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-R, BCD, CGP
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Most of the time it's for depression or anxiety. I work with people in the moment, and help them get out of old patterns and narratives, causing these symptoms. As William Faulkner said, "The past is not dead, it's not even past." Helping individuals develop a "new map" for their lives is my goal. The driving force in therapy, and the road to sustainable success, is to see yourself in a world that is just not about you.
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Most of the time it's for depression or anxiety. I work with people in the moment, and help them get out of old patterns and narratives, causing these symptoms. As William Faulkner said, "The past is not dead, it's not even past." Helping individuals develop a "new map" for their lives is my goal. The driving force in therapy, and the road to sustainable success, is to see yourself in a world that is just not about you.
(718) 280-2094 View (718) 280-2094
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Nadia M Diaz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I am a NY licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience. I integrate different methods to work collaboratively in a non-judgemental, culturally sensitive, warm and supporting environment, tailored to each person. Treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and relationship issues through exploration, trauma informed interventions, self-understanding, & personal growth. Currently ONLY accepting clients for Psychological Evaluations USCIS (Immigration): N-648, Asylum, VAWA, U Visa, T Visa, 601 Waiver Pardon/Extreme Hardship Evaluations. AND Bariatric Clearance. Spanish/English. By appt only
I am a NY licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience. I integrate different methods to work collaboratively in a non-judgemental, culturally sensitive, warm and supporting environment, tailored to each person. Treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and relationship issues through exploration, trauma informed interventions, self-understanding, & personal growth. Currently ONLY accepting clients for Psychological Evaluations USCIS (Immigration): N-648, Asylum, VAWA, U Visa, T Visa, 601 Waiver Pardon/Extreme Hardship Evaluations. AND Bariatric Clearance. Spanish/English. By appt only
(917) 725-3222 View (917) 725-3222
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Michael Anavian
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
In a rapidly changing world, one can find it challenging to deal with feeling mad, afraid, sad or even glad! My aim is to help alleviate that pain. I use an integrative approach to understand your life experiences, feelings, and the reason for seeking counsel. I believe each person already has in them the potential to grow. A personal transformation through the process of psychotherapy can help facilitate this growth. Eventually, this will give you a greater understanding of yourself, others and the world around you.
In a rapidly changing world, one can find it challenging to deal with feeling mad, afraid, sad or even glad! My aim is to help alleviate that pain. I use an integrative approach to understand your life experiences, feelings, and the reason for seeking counsel. I believe each person already has in them the potential to grow. A personal transformation through the process of psychotherapy can help facilitate this growth. Eventually, this will give you a greater understanding of yourself, others and the world around you.
(718) 571-8941 View (718) 571-8941
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Integral Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, CASAC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
We are a private psychotherapy practice in Corona, Queens. We have extensive experience successfully assessing, counseling and supporting varying client populations in multiple settings, We have multiple bilingual specialized professionals for your service and care. We specialize in all types of psychological disorders, ADHD, ADD, ODD, Depression, Anxiety to name a few. We provide parenting classes, marriage counseling, psychotherapy for adolescents, group family therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy for children, students with academic and behavioral problems, response prevention and more.
We are a private psychotherapy practice in Corona, Queens. We have extensive experience successfully assessing, counseling and supporting varying client populations in multiple settings, We have multiple bilingual specialized professionals for your service and care. We specialize in all types of psychological disorders, ADHD, ADD, ODD, Depression, Anxiety to name a few. We provide parenting classes, marriage counseling, psychotherapy for adolescents, group family therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy for children, students with academic and behavioral problems, response prevention and more.
(929) 227-6147 View (929) 227-6147
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Agustin de Brito. Psicólogo Cognitivo Conductual
MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Psicólogo Cognitivo Conductual y Sistemico, de Argentina, con 17 años de trabajo en la práctica clínica. Con amplia experiencia en instituciones de salud mental así como en consultorio privado.
Psicólogo Cognitivo Conductual y Sistemico, de Argentina, con 17 años de trabajo en la práctica clínica. Con amplia experiencia en instituciones de salud mental así como en consultorio privado.
(305) 376-7520 View (305) 376-7520
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Juan Perez
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I am a New York State licensed latino social worker with a graduate degree from Fordham University. As a psychotherapist i have over five years of experience working with documented/undocumented immigrant families, trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, Bipolar I &II, Schizophrenia, ODD and Depression with individuals with an age range of 3 to 83 years of age. I incorporate a holistic approach to therapy to meet individuals and families where they are at. I provide a judgement free zone approach to all issues while incorporating evidence based practices and techniques such as Cognitive behavior therapy, DBT and mindfulness meditation.
I am a New York State licensed latino social worker with a graduate degree from Fordham University. As a psychotherapist i have over five years of experience working with documented/undocumented immigrant families, trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, Bipolar I &II, Schizophrenia, ODD and Depression with individuals with an age range of 3 to 83 years of age. I incorporate a holistic approach to therapy to meet individuals and families where they are at. I provide a judgement free zone approach to all issues while incorporating evidence based practices and techniques such as Cognitive behavior therapy, DBT and mindfulness meditation.
(845) 460-1049 View (845) 460-1049

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Colleen Baker-Orthwein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103
My practice, affiliated with Attune Psychotherapy, focuses on treating eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, hoarding disorder, OCD and mood disorders, specializing in a Health at Every Size framework and emphasizing body positivity.
First off, congratulations on taking a major step for yourself by seeking a therapist. It would be an honor to help you further develop your sense of self, explore the depth of what you've experienced and begin to find and celebrate the joy in your life. I spent many years early on in my career with Monte Nido and Affiliates, holding roles ranging from Recovery Coach to Lead Therapist and pair my strong passion for recovery advocacy with my therapeutic specializations through my supervisory work with eating disorder non-profit Project HEAL.
My practice, affiliated with Attune Psychotherapy, focuses on treating eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, hoarding disorder, OCD and mood disorders, specializing in a Health at Every Size framework and emphasizing body positivity.
First off, congratulations on taking a major step for yourself by seeking a therapist. It would be an honor to help you further develop your sense of self, explore the depth of what you've experienced and begin to find and celebrate the joy in your life. I spent many years early on in my career with Monte Nido and Affiliates, holding roles ranging from Recovery Coach to Lead Therapist and pair my strong passion for recovery advocacy with my therapeutic specializations through my supervisory work with eating disorder non-profit Project HEAL.
(347) 652-2786 View (347) 652-2786
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Sibel Akturk
MA, MHC-LP
Not Verified Not Verified
Astoria, NY 11105
Making the decision to start therapy can feel overwhelming, but taking this first step is the most difficult part of it all. My name is Sibel and I am a counselor who believes in leading with empathy and compassion, with the hope of fostering a non-judgmental and productive environment for you. I am a culturally competent counselor with experience working with adults of all ages facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQIA+ related-stress, life transitions and more. Collaboratively, we will work together to create and achieve your goals at a pace that is comfortable for you.
Making the decision to start therapy can feel overwhelming, but taking this first step is the most difficult part of it all. My name is Sibel and I am a counselor who believes in leading with empathy and compassion, with the hope of fostering a non-judgmental and productive environment for you. I am a culturally competent counselor with experience working with adults of all ages facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQIA+ related-stress, life transitions and more. Collaboratively, we will work together to create and achieve your goals at a pace that is comfortable for you.
(332) 248-0884 View (332) 248-0884
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Dore Mann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I attended the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s (ICP) post-graduate training program and the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB).
I'm a psychotherapist practicing individual therapy for adults children and adolescents in NY state. I specialize in providing treatment to people who struggle with eating disorders. I offer a blended approach to therapy that integrates both psycho-dynamic and cognitive modalities. And I offer psychotherapy to people struggling with life transitions, mood disorders, breakthrough anxiety, and complex trauma.
I attended the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s (ICP) post-graduate training program and the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB).
I'm a psychotherapist practicing individual therapy for adults children and adolescents in NY state. I specialize in providing treatment to people who struggle with eating disorders. I offer a blended approach to therapy that integrates both psycho-dynamic and cognitive modalities. And I offer psychotherapy to people struggling with life transitions, mood disorders, breakthrough anxiety, and complex trauma.
(347) 434-6886 View (347) 434-6886
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Nicole D'Angelo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11102  (Online Only)
I am trained in CBT-E for eating disorders, certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and a certified anxiety-informed provider.
I'm happy you are taking the step to begin therapy! I'm licensed in NY and PA. My clients are busy individuals, who are motivated to understand themselves and are working towards their personal goals. I specialize in binge eating disorder, negative body image, anxiety and depression. I provide a safe space for clients to explore emotions and help them identify effective coping skills. I give clients tools to help themselves in between sessions, manage intense emotions and cultivate healthy relationships.
I am trained in CBT-E for eating disorders, certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and a certified anxiety-informed provider.
I'm happy you are taking the step to begin therapy! I'm licensed in NY and PA. My clients are busy individuals, who are motivated to understand themselves and are working towards their personal goals. I specialize in binge eating disorder, negative body image, anxiety and depression. I provide a safe space for clients to explore emotions and help them identify effective coping skills. I give clients tools to help themselves in between sessions, manage intense emotions and cultivate healthy relationships.
(646) 760-3403 View (646) 760-3403
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Shelley Helmig
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Shelley Helmig, a licensed therapist and valued member of the clinical team at Rappore, is authorized to provide counseling services to clients residing in New York and Florida via Telehealth. Shelley possesses both the experience and passion to assist adults and couples navigating various relationship challenges and adults experiencing life transitions or loss of self identity. Additionally, she has supported individuals dealing with a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, anger issues, personality disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, and OCD.
Shelley Helmig, a licensed therapist and valued member of the clinical team at Rappore, is authorized to provide counseling services to clients residing in New York and Florida via Telehealth. Shelley possesses both the experience and passion to assist adults and couples navigating various relationship challenges and adults experiencing life transitions or loss of self identity. Additionally, she has supported individuals dealing with a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, anger issues, personality disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, and OCD.
(929) 249-3608 View (929) 249-3608
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Dr. Ashley L Greene
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11104  (Online Only)
I have experience treating a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD resulting from war and childhood trauma. Many individuals find that therapists are an asset for achieving personal growth, addressing work/academic stress, navigating relationship issues and family conflict, and managing the hassles of daily living.
I have experience treating a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD resulting from war and childhood trauma. Many individuals find that therapists are an asset for achieving personal growth, addressing work/academic stress, navigating relationship issues and family conflict, and managing the hassles of daily living.
(332) 239-2219 View (332) 239-2219
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Rachel Cohen
Counselor, MSEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11367
I have experience working with LGBTQ+, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, issues within relationships/marriage, couples, or other various diagnosis/life situations.
I am currently providing teletherapy through phone or video and accepting new clients! Please reach out to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. I received my Ms.Ed from CUNY Hunter in Mental Health Counseling. I will provide a warm, caring, and judgement free zone. My goal with clients is to help them connect to their authentic self; as well as work through any barriers that may be preventing them from living a happy and healthy life.
I have experience working with LGBTQ+, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, issues within relationships/marriage, couples, or other various diagnosis/life situations.
I am currently providing teletherapy through phone or video and accepting new clients! Please reach out to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. I received my Ms.Ed from CUNY Hunter in Mental Health Counseling. I will provide a warm, caring, and judgement free zone. My goal with clients is to help them connect to their authentic self; as well as work through any barriers that may be preventing them from living a happy and healthy life.
(929) 362-4844 View (929) 362-4844
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New Start Psychotherapy
Counselor
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
We specialize in addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, grief, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, self-esteem problems, gender identity, addiction, anger management, family conflicts.
If you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do next, it's time to seek help. Together, we can transform your pain and uncertainty into growth you never thought possible. Discussing issues like loss, grief, emotional pain, and stress with a non-judgmental therapist can help you navigate these challenges in a healthy way while feeling supported. You might initially hesitate to seek help for personal matters, but taking that courageous first step can lead you to a better place and a better version of yourself.
We specialize in addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, grief, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, self-esteem problems, gender identity, addiction, anger management, family conflicts.
If you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do next, it's time to seek help. Together, we can transform your pain and uncertainty into growth you never thought possible. Discussing issues like loss, grief, emotional pain, and stress with a non-judgmental therapist can help you navigate these challenges in a healthy way while feeling supported. You might initially hesitate to seek help for personal matters, but taking that courageous first step can lead you to a better place and a better version of yourself.
(347) 934-6794 View (347) 934-6794

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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.