Eating Disorders Therapists in New York, NY

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Christina Kennedy
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Together, we will unravel the nuances intertwined with eating disorders and trauma treatment to heal towards not simply surviving but thriving. You deserve a safe space free of stigma to find your most authentic self. In our journey, we will gain an understanding of underlying triggers and cultivate skills that fit your needs at your pace.
Together, we will unravel the nuances intertwined with eating disorders and trauma treatment to heal towards not simply surviving but thriving. You deserve a safe space free of stigma to find your most authentic self. In our journey, we will gain an understanding of underlying triggers and cultivate skills that fit your needs at your pace.
(646) 904-4523 View (646) 904-4523
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Dana Magid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
I have experience working with eating disorders, addiction, poor body image, and intrusive thoughts.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety or depression and you are searching for a safe space to process these emotions, I am here to help! I focus on providing a non-judgmental space and supportive environment to help clients find peace. My therapeutic process with clients is collaborative, encouraging, yet challenging at the same time. I use treatment approaches such as: person-centered, strengths-based therapy, motivational interviewing and meeting clients where they are at. I am passionate about helping clients get through the difficult transitions life can bring.
I have experience working with eating disorders, addiction, poor body image, and intrusive thoughts.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety or depression and you are searching for a safe space to process these emotions, I am here to help! I focus on providing a non-judgmental space and supportive environment to help clients find peace. My therapeutic process with clients is collaborative, encouraging, yet challenging at the same time. I use treatment approaches such as: person-centered, strengths-based therapy, motivational interviewing and meeting clients where they are at. I am passionate about helping clients get through the difficult transitions life can bring.
(917) 540-8638 View (917) 540-8638
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Dr. Jennifer Sontz
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
According to A. Maslow, you must first have your basic physiological needs met before you can reach self-actualization. If you are searching for support and guidance in making the necessary changes to improve your life, I am here for you. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and/or addictions. Some of my clients only require a few sessions while others have found that long term therapy is more beneficial since trust and safety are key ingredients in reaching therapeutic goals. The therapeutic alliance is most definitely related to the outcome of treatment.
According to A. Maslow, you must first have your basic physiological needs met before you can reach self-actualization. If you are searching for support and guidance in making the necessary changes to improve your life, I am here for you. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and/or addictions. Some of my clients only require a few sessions while others have found that long term therapy is more beneficial since trust and safety are key ingredients in reaching therapeutic goals. The therapeutic alliance is most definitely related to the outcome of treatment.
(646) 600-9040 View (646) 600-9040
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Stacey Cooper Braffett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, fearful, irritable, bored or just plain "stuck"? Together we will work through these overwhelming feelings so you can develop more effective coping strategies and feel better about yourself. I enjoy working with teens, adults and couples. I specialize in helping people who are struggling with relationship concerns, job issues, eating disorders, compulsions or obsessive behaviors, trauma and sexual abuse.
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, fearful, irritable, bored or just plain "stuck"? Together we will work through these overwhelming feelings so you can develop more effective coping strategies and feel better about yourself. I enjoy working with teens, adults and couples. I specialize in helping people who are struggling with relationship concerns, job issues, eating disorders, compulsions or obsessive behaviors, trauma and sexual abuse.
(646) 583-3529 View (646) 583-3529
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Naomi Rivka Leib
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
My treatment specialties include: working with adolescents, eating disorders, parenting issues, infertility issues, as well as pregnancy loss, anxiety and depression.
I work with adults, couples, and families who are struggling with issues of intimacy, the push-pull of relationships, parenting, trauma, anxiety and depression. In a supportive, engaged, and interactive working relationship, I will help you identify your strengths and help you understand how you might set up roadblocks to your success. The goal of our work would be to work through your emotional struggles and to learn new ways of coping.
My treatment specialties include: working with adolescents, eating disorders, parenting issues, infertility issues, as well as pregnancy loss, anxiety and depression.
I work with adults, couples, and families who are struggling with issues of intimacy, the push-pull of relationships, parenting, trauma, anxiety and depression. In a supportive, engaged, and interactive working relationship, I will help you identify your strengths and help you understand how you might set up roadblocks to your success. The goal of our work would be to work through your emotional struggles and to learn new ways of coping.
(646) 480-9436 View (646) 480-9436
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Ana Ursachi
MS, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012
I specialize in working with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Therapy can feel incredibly overwhelming for a variety of reasons – whether it is your first session, or your hundredth. My goal as a therapist is to make you feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. I greatly value the relationship I have with each of my clients, as it sets the foundation for the success of the work we will do together. I tailor my approach uniquely to each of my clients, but woven through all my sessions and interactions is a mix of compassion, encouragement, psychoeducation, and sometimes a little bit of humor (life is hard enough, don’t you think?).
I specialize in working with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Therapy can feel incredibly overwhelming for a variety of reasons – whether it is your first session, or your hundredth. My goal as a therapist is to make you feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. I greatly value the relationship I have with each of my clients, as it sets the foundation for the success of the work we will do together. I tailor my approach uniquely to each of my clients, but woven through all my sessions and interactions is a mix of compassion, encouragement, psychoeducation, and sometimes a little bit of humor (life is hard enough, don’t you think?).
(646) 921-3102 View (646) 921-3102
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Dunya Sullivan- Eating Disorders
MClinPs, CTA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a clinical psychologist and a TA psychotherapist (transactional analysis). I work with a variety of psychological challenges but I am specialized in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder). The individuals I work with often come to therapy having tried many behavioral interventions that brought little change (being more disciplined with their diet, exercising more/less, creating plans etc.).
Welcome! I am a clinical psychologist and a TA psychotherapist (transactional analysis). I work with a variety of psychological challenges but I am specialized in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder). The individuals I work with often come to therapy having tried many behavioral interventions that brought little change (being more disciplined with their diet, exercising more/less, creating plans etc.).
(929) 269-8918 View (929) 269-8918
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Snigdha Rathor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I specialize in working with relationship difficulties, anxiety, eating disorders and chronic illness (e.
I am trained in CBT and insight oriented therapies, and most importantly believe in using therapy to create concrete and recognizable life changes to help you feel better. I believe fit and comfort between therapist and patient are key to the therapeutic process. Whether you are coming to reduce your anxiety, improve your relationships or build self-esteem, I tailor our work together to best meet your needs. I consider my role to help you gain support, but also to gain a different perspective.
I specialize in working with relationship difficulties, anxiety, eating disorders and chronic illness (e.
I am trained in CBT and insight oriented therapies, and most importantly believe in using therapy to create concrete and recognizable life changes to help you feel better. I believe fit and comfort between therapist and patient are key to the therapeutic process. Whether you are coming to reduce your anxiety, improve your relationships or build self-esteem, I tailor our work together to best meet your needs. I consider my role to help you gain support, but also to gain a different perspective.
(646) 681-1765 View (646) 681-1765
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Ginger Rollert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I have specialized training in trauma, eating disorders, addictions, couples, parenting and adolescent to adult transitions.
Good therapy can produce long lasting life changes. Although shifts in behavior and emotions can take time, even in the short term there can be immediate relief. I see the relationship between the patient and therapist as central to a positive outcome. Although we are all infinitely diverse and complex, collectively we seek to be understood. I listen with curiosity and empathy to understand each individual's unique experience. In treatment I create an atmosphere of trust where together we can identify your strengths, find practical solutions to problems and unfold underlying vulnerabilities that are obstacles to your experience of a rich and fulfilling life.
I have specialized training in trauma, eating disorders, addictions, couples, parenting and adolescent to adult transitions.
Good therapy can produce long lasting life changes. Although shifts in behavior and emotions can take time, even in the short term there can be immediate relief. I see the relationship between the patient and therapist as central to a positive outcome. Although we are all infinitely diverse and complex, collectively we seek to be understood. I listen with curiosity and empathy to understand each individual's unique experience. In treatment I create an atmosphere of trust where together we can identify your strengths, find practical solutions to problems and unfold underlying vulnerabilities that are obstacles to your experience of a rich and fulfilling life.
(917) 924-3913 View (917) 924-3913
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Jenny Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MBA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I treat many patients with eating struggles which often manifest into eating disorders, such as binge eating and bulimia.
We are all trying to adjust to the effects of COVID19, such as increased anxiety and feelings of isolation. I welcome a wide range of clients and specialize in three diverse areas: people working in business, people struggling with eating disorders and couples counseling. I worked in finance prior to my training as a psychotherapist and understand the particular pressures that are brought to bare in the demanding arena of business. Some areas I focus on improving are communication skills, self criticalness, stress management and reconciling the continuous need to balance personal and professional life.
I treat many patients with eating struggles which often manifest into eating disorders, such as binge eating and bulimia.
We are all trying to adjust to the effects of COVID19, such as increased anxiety and feelings of isolation. I welcome a wide range of clients and specialize in three diverse areas: people working in business, people struggling with eating disorders and couples counseling. I worked in finance prior to my training as a psychotherapist and understand the particular pressures that are brought to bare in the demanding arena of business. Some areas I focus on improving are communication skills, self criticalness, stress management and reconciling the continuous need to balance personal and professional life.
(917) 791-4072 View (917) 791-4072
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Cate Hickey
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I have extensive training in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss.
As a therapist, I prioritize getting to know the whole person and deeply value the unique relationship that grows within the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in the Queer community and work from a feminist, body positive orientation. My experience includes an array of settings and treatment modalities from eating disorders, intimate partner violence, intensive in-home family therapy to career counseling.
I have extensive training in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss.
As a therapist, I prioritize getting to know the whole person and deeply value the unique relationship that grows within the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in the Queer community and work from a feminist, body positive orientation. My experience includes an array of settings and treatment modalities from eating disorders, intimate partner violence, intensive in-home family therapy to career counseling.
(347) 983-9337 View (347) 983-9337
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Katie Dewey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10075
Family conflict, relationships, trauma, work stress, anxiety, difficulty managing moods/depression, body image, eating disorders, and perfectionism are among the issues I work with in practice.
Psychotherapy can feel like a daunting journey to start but my goal is to help you feel supported, seen and understood each step of the way. Together, we will explore in detail what brings you to seek therapy and identify the problems that have become overwhelming, pervasive or limiting for you. I tailor my approach to each patient's individual needs and together we will work not only to reduce symptoms but to also address the underlying causes.
Family conflict, relationships, trauma, work stress, anxiety, difficulty managing moods/depression, body image, eating disorders, and perfectionism are among the issues I work with in practice.
Psychotherapy can feel like a daunting journey to start but my goal is to help you feel supported, seen and understood each step of the way. Together, we will explore in detail what brings you to seek therapy and identify the problems that have become overwhelming, pervasive or limiting for you. I tailor my approach to each patient's individual needs and together we will work not only to reduce symptoms but to also address the underlying causes.
(332) 244-0958 View (332) 244-0958
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Pam Skop- Eating Disorders And Perinatal Mental Health
Counselor, LMHC, RYT, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
We all face challenging times in our lives trying to fit into a mold created for us and can benefit from a space to explore who we truly are. As a therapist, I work collaboratively with my clients to create a warm, open, and trusting space helping you to fulfill your goals. I specialize in treating eating disorders, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, pregnancy, and postpartum challenges, and relational issues.
We all face challenging times in our lives trying to fit into a mold created for us and can benefit from a space to explore who we truly are. As a therapist, I work collaboratively with my clients to create a warm, open, and trusting space helping you to fulfill your goals. I specialize in treating eating disorders, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, pregnancy, and postpartum challenges, and relational issues.
(646) 921-7222 View (646) 921-7222
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Eleni Marcantonis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
In addition to having extensive experience in treating individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, panic, eating disorders and self-esteem issues, my practice also focuses on relationship problems, maladaptive relationship patterns, weight loss, career changes, couples' issues, as well as change of life issues, such as divorce, retirement and bereavement.
Do you want to make changes in your life and in your relationships but aren't sure how? Have your recently experienced the loss of a relationship, job change or a death and are experiencing feelings of anxiety or sadness? As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, educated at the Wright Institute and Harvard University, my goal is to present clients with the most effective methods to create change. My practice is dedicated to focusing on an individual's overall well-being and to assist one in overcoming obstacles that prevent them from constructively pursuing and attaining their goals with greater success.
In addition to having extensive experience in treating individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, panic, eating disorders and self-esteem issues, my practice also focuses on relationship problems, maladaptive relationship patterns, weight loss, career changes, couples' issues, as well as change of life issues, such as divorce, retirement and bereavement.
Do you want to make changes in your life and in your relationships but aren't sure how? Have your recently experienced the loss of a relationship, job change or a death and are experiencing feelings of anxiety or sadness? As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, educated at the Wright Institute and Harvard University, my goal is to present clients with the most effective methods to create change. My practice is dedicated to focusing on an individual's overall well-being and to assist one in overcoming obstacles that prevent them from constructively pursuing and attaining their goals with greater success.
(212) 724-3530 View (212) 724-3530
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Courtney Dowdell
Art Therapist, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT, CED-CAT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am a registered drama therapist and a certified eating disorders specialist.
I view each client as an individual who deserves respect, empathy, and support. I believe therapy should be a place where you feel seen and heard in a genuine way. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, you can connect deeply and authentically to all parts of yourself. I bring warmth, compassion, and insight, offering a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental environment.
I am a registered drama therapist and a certified eating disorders specialist.
I view each client as an individual who deserves respect, empathy, and support. I believe therapy should be a place where you feel seen and heard in a genuine way. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, you can connect deeply and authentically to all parts of yourself. I bring warmth, compassion, and insight, offering a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental environment.
(646) 760-8050 View (646) 760-8050
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Nailah Wilds
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCAT-LP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
Nailah specializes in eating disorders.
Nailah Wilds (she/her) is a dance/movement therapist (LCAT-LP) who received her Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. Nailah is interested in promoting body liberation for all of her clients through increasing the connection between the mind and body. As a Black therapist, she is committed to empowering all folx in marginalized bodies, especially those who identify as BIPOC and those living in fat bodies. Nailah specializes in eating disorders. Having worked extensively in PHP, IOP, & outpatient levels of care, she has a deep understanding of the many systems that can prevent people from recovery.
Nailah specializes in eating disorders.
Nailah Wilds (she/her) is a dance/movement therapist (LCAT-LP) who received her Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. Nailah is interested in promoting body liberation for all of her clients through increasing the connection between the mind and body. As a Black therapist, she is committed to empowering all folx in marginalized bodies, especially those who identify as BIPOC and those living in fat bodies. Nailah specializes in eating disorders. Having worked extensively in PHP, IOP, & outpatient levels of care, she has a deep understanding of the many systems that can prevent people from recovery.
(347) 765-1265 View (347) 765-1265
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Mary W Schultz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds with a vast array of concerns: depression, anxiety, relationships, trauma, bereavement, eating disorders, life transitions, etc.
By searching this website you have taken a big step toward trying to address whatever problems and difficulties you are facing right now. I work with clients to transform experiences of suffering into opportunities for growth and discovery of one's inner strengths. I am a non-judgmental, compassionate listener who strives to build a therapeutic relationship that is honest, supportive, and empathic. Within this relationship we will be able to safely and sensitively identify and work through sources of pain and problems that you are experiencing.
I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds with a vast array of concerns: depression, anxiety, relationships, trauma, bereavement, eating disorders, life transitions, etc.
By searching this website you have taken a big step toward trying to address whatever problems and difficulties you are facing right now. I work with clients to transform experiences of suffering into opportunities for growth and discovery of one's inner strengths. I am a non-judgmental, compassionate listener who strives to build a therapeutic relationship that is honest, supportive, and empathic. Within this relationship we will be able to safely and sensitively identify and work through sources of pain and problems that you are experiencing.
(646) 832-2291 View (646) 832-2291
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Catherine Aharon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
I have found that my study of Family Systems Theory has illuminated my practice with individuals and couples. The tool set of Family Therapy can be very powerful in an individual therapy context when dealing with issues such as eating disorders, anxiety/panic, or depression. And because our intimate or spousal relationships can often be the screen on which we project our inherited difficulties, the family therapy model can also be a great resource for couples seeking a relationship of balance and longevity.
I have found that my study of Family Systems Theory has illuminated my practice with individuals and couples. The tool set of Family Therapy can be very powerful in an individual therapy context when dealing with issues such as eating disorders, anxiety/panic, or depression. And because our intimate or spousal relationships can often be the screen on which we project our inherited difficulties, the family therapy model can also be a great resource for couples seeking a relationship of balance and longevity.
(646) 351-1954 View (646) 351-1954
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Judith Arlene Stein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
* Warm, Accepting, & Compassionate * Holistic Approach (Buddhism, CBT, wellness, DBT, psychodynamic) * Eating Disorders Specialist * Mood Disorders Specialist (depression, bipolar disorder) * LGBT-friendly * Trained at Ackerman Institute * Some Sliding Scale Fee Slots * Union Square & Westchester Offices * Former Adjunct Professor NYU School of Social Work * Past-Vice President of Family & Divorce Mediation Council.
I have a unique, interdisciplinary background as a seasoned and compassionate holistic psychotherapist (individual, couples, family), divorce/family mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach. I view and treat patients as whole people, integrating Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, wellness, and Buddhist principles into a tailored holistic approach. Together, these approaches help patients understand and change how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. As a mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach, I am committed to helping people avoid court and resolve their differences sensibly and compassionately. I am passionate about minimizing the negative effects of divorce and separation by fostering effective coparenting.
* Warm, Accepting, & Compassionate * Holistic Approach (Buddhism, CBT, wellness, DBT, psychodynamic) * Eating Disorders Specialist * Mood Disorders Specialist (depression, bipolar disorder) * LGBT-friendly * Trained at Ackerman Institute * Some Sliding Scale Fee Slots * Union Square & Westchester Offices * Former Adjunct Professor NYU School of Social Work * Past-Vice President of Family & Divorce Mediation Council.
I have a unique, interdisciplinary background as a seasoned and compassionate holistic psychotherapist (individual, couples, family), divorce/family mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach. I view and treat patients as whole people, integrating Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, wellness, and Buddhist principles into a tailored holistic approach. Together, these approaches help patients understand and change how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. As a mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach, I am committed to helping people avoid court and resolve their differences sensibly and compassionately. I am passionate about minimizing the negative effects of divorce and separation by fostering effective coparenting.
(646) 770-2992 View (646) 770-2992
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Erin H Loughran
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience treating all genders who struggle with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, narcissistic abuse, divorce and trauma. I use a relational, psychodynamic approach to promote both behavioral changes and emotional growth to truly thrive. It's my privilege to support and witness the individuals I work with become their fullest selves. I view each client as a unique individual who deserves respect, kindness and support, and I take a very active role in treatment by engaging fully, sharing my thoughts and meeting you where you're at in your struggles.
I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience treating all genders who struggle with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, narcissistic abuse, divorce and trauma. I use a relational, psychodynamic approach to promote both behavioral changes and emotional growth to truly thrive. It's my privilege to support and witness the individuals I work with become their fullest selves. I view each client as a unique individual who deserves respect, kindness and support, and I take a very active role in treatment by engaging fully, sharing my thoughts and meeting you where you're at in your struggles.
(917) 791-3061 View (917) 791-3061
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.