Eating Disorders Therapists in Portland, OR

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Katherine Elder
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
If eating disorders, like binge eating, anorexia, bulimia or dieting and worrying about food, weight & shape feel like they have taken over your life, I can help you regain a sense of balance and peace. There are many unhealthy messages about how our bodies "should" look or what we "should" or "shouldn't" eat. It is my goal to help guide you back to the inner wisdom of your own body, so that eating begins to feel like a nourishing, and even joyful, experience. In addition to therapy for eating disorders, I also enjoy working with clients who need help with anxiety, depression, stress, or life transitions.
If eating disorders, like binge eating, anorexia, bulimia or dieting and worrying about food, weight & shape feel like they have taken over your life, I can help you regain a sense of balance and peace. There are many unhealthy messages about how our bodies "should" look or what we "should" or "shouldn't" eat. It is my goal to help guide you back to the inner wisdom of your own body, so that eating begins to feel like a nourishing, and even joyful, experience. In addition to therapy for eating disorders, I also enjoy working with clients who need help with anxiety, depression, stress, or life transitions.
(971) 203-0725 View (971) 203-0725
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Lexi Marquardt Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
I specialize in eating disorders, seeing clients with all types of diagnoses.
From the very beginning, I work to build trust and a foundation for my clients that allows them to feel safe to share and explore their personal narrative. I empower individuals to recognize that they have the ability to change negative ways of thinking, create new patterns of relationships with themselves and others, and set boundaries that allow them to move through the world feeling supported. My main focus is treating eating disorders using the HAES foundation. I am a certified clinical trauma professional currently working on my EMDR certification. Other modalities I utilize are CBT, DBT, IFS, Solution Focused, MI, and more.
I specialize in eating disorders, seeing clients with all types of diagnoses.
From the very beginning, I work to build trust and a foundation for my clients that allows them to feel safe to share and explore their personal narrative. I empower individuals to recognize that they have the ability to change negative ways of thinking, create new patterns of relationships with themselves and others, and set boundaries that allow them to move through the world feeling supported. My main focus is treating eating disorders using the HAES foundation. I am a certified clinical trauma professional currently working on my EMDR certification. Other modalities I utilize are CBT, DBT, IFS, Solution Focused, MI, and more.
(971) 328-3338 View (971) 328-3338
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Bridget Fanning-Ono
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I have worked in a variety of settings, but my most specialized training is in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.
My approach to therapy is practical, result-oriented, and emphasizes empowerment through the building of insight and self-awareness. In an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, I will work with you to understand the meaning of your symptoms and rediscover your capacity to make meaningful choices that are right for you.
I have worked in a variety of settings, but my most specialized training is in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.
My approach to therapy is practical, result-oriented, and emphasizes empowerment through the building of insight and self-awareness. In an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, I will work with you to understand the meaning of your symptoms and rediscover your capacity to make meaningful choices that are right for you.
(503) 743-6710 View (503) 743-6710
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Kim Conrow
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
My career as a licensed professional counselor, Lewis & Clark adjunct faculty member, and clinical supervisor, have allowed me to help clients set achievable goals with realistic objectives. I understand the challenges of transition and the importance of navigating change while remaining true to one's personal core values. My work has centered on eating disorders, addiction, depression/anxiety and divorce/relationship recovery. By providing a safe place for healing and growth, clients will begin to understand that opposing feelings are often a normal part of the recovery process. My hope is to support you as you awaken to the miraculous.
My career as a licensed professional counselor, Lewis & Clark adjunct faculty member, and clinical supervisor, have allowed me to help clients set achievable goals with realistic objectives. I understand the challenges of transition and the importance of navigating change while remaining true to one's personal core values. My work has centered on eating disorders, addiction, depression/anxiety and divorce/relationship recovery. By providing a safe place for healing and growth, clients will begin to understand that opposing feelings are often a normal part of the recovery process. My hope is to support you as you awaken to the miraculous.
(503) 917-3524 View (503) 917-3524
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Samantha Hynes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MEd, EdS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
In treating eating disorders, I specialize in finding body acceptance and a balanced relationship with food and body through an anti-diet, anti-intentional weight loss approach.
I am a telehealth therapist located in Portland, Oregon but also serving individuals in Florida, Utah and Colorado with primary treatment focuses on disordered eating and body image, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and anxiety disorders. In my work with individuals struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders, I take a Health at Every Size approach, and work with individuals to develop skills of intuitive eating, mindfulness, building self-acceptance, and learning who you are outside of your body image struggles.
In treating eating disorders, I specialize in finding body acceptance and a balanced relationship with food and body through an anti-diet, anti-intentional weight loss approach.
I am a telehealth therapist located in Portland, Oregon but also serving individuals in Florida, Utah and Colorado with primary treatment focuses on disordered eating and body image, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and anxiety disorders. In my work with individuals struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders, I take a Health at Every Size approach, and work with individuals to develop skills of intuitive eating, mindfulness, building self-acceptance, and learning who you are outside of your body image struggles.
(503) 386-0626 View (503) 386-0626
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Marena Passarelli
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about treating individuals impacted by eating disorders, body liberation, anxiety, and those struggling with emotion regulation. My individual therapy approach stems from feminist theory, as well as a DBT and CBT perspective. It is my goal to support you in connecting with yourself and your body, as well as connecting with others through self-exploration and acceptance. I have worked in various treatment settings, including residential and intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, and community/school mental health. Please explore more about me on my website.
I am passionate about treating individuals impacted by eating disorders, body liberation, anxiety, and those struggling with emotion regulation. My individual therapy approach stems from feminist theory, as well as a DBT and CBT perspective. It is my goal to support you in connecting with yourself and your body, as well as connecting with others through self-exploration and acceptance. I have worked in various treatment settings, including residential and intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, and community/school mental health. Please explore more about me on my website.
(206) 793-8099 View (206) 793-8099
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Mary J DiOrio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients. Helping people achieve a higher quality life with more joy never gets old. Working with full spectrum eating disorders, ranging from people who are grappling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive/emotional eating, to orthorexia. I address body image concerns by helping clients gain insight in order to develop effective coping mechanisms. My practice includes working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, feeling "stuck" or seeking a higher quality of life, social phobias, and obsessive compulsive issues.
I am currently accepting new clients. Helping people achieve a higher quality life with more joy never gets old. Working with full spectrum eating disorders, ranging from people who are grappling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive/emotional eating, to orthorexia. I address body image concerns by helping clients gain insight in order to develop effective coping mechanisms. My practice includes working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, feeling "stuck" or seeking a higher quality of life, social phobias, and obsessive compulsive issues.
(971) 832-9986 View (971) 832-9986
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Willamette Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
WWC now has psychiatric medication services available for OR and WA! WWC is a group of mental health clinicians living in, and serving the states of Oregon and Washington. We have a wide range of specialties including medication management, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ and trans support, post partum work, bariatric surgery letters, psychedelic psychotherapy, PTSD/C-PTSD therapy, veteran/BIPOC/marginalized community support, pornography/sex addiction, sex therapy and many others. View our therapists and book today at www.wwcpdx.com
WWC now has psychiatric medication services available for OR and WA! WWC is a group of mental health clinicians living in, and serving the states of Oregon and Washington. We have a wide range of specialties including medication management, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ and trans support, post partum work, bariatric surgery letters, psychedelic psychotherapy, PTSD/C-PTSD therapy, veteran/BIPOC/marginalized community support, pornography/sex addiction, sex therapy and many others. View our therapists and book today at www.wwcpdx.com
(971) 803-4515 View (971) 803-4515
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Suzanne Manser
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97213
I am a licensed psychologist with strong specialties in treating folks with eating disorders and anxiety. I also have extensive experience working with people with depression, bipolar disorder, and relationship concerns. I am a compassionate, direct therapist. I work collaboratively with my patients to set and achieve their goals. These goals often include increased self-acceptance, as well as changes in mood, thought patterns, and behaviors. I am licensed in Oregon and California and welcome patients from both states.
I am a licensed psychologist with strong specialties in treating folks with eating disorders and anxiety. I also have extensive experience working with people with depression, bipolar disorder, and relationship concerns. I am a compassionate, direct therapist. I work collaboratively with my patients to set and achieve their goals. These goals often include increased self-acceptance, as well as changes in mood, thought patterns, and behaviors. I am licensed in Oregon and California and welcome patients from both states.
(503) 236-4343 x5 View (503) 236-4343 x5
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Dr. Sara Aslan
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219
Waitlist for new clients
I’m Dr. Sara Aslan, PhD, I am a licensed Psychologist, I have been providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families for over 14 years. I am currently providing virtual sessions to adults and adolescents residing in Oregon, Washington, and PSYPACT states; and in-person sessions in the Portland, Oregon area. I began working with Eating Disorders in 2010. I quickly realized that I was also seeing experiences of trauma interfere with my client’s healing processes, and knew learning to adequately treat trauma was something that was imperative to the overall wellbeing of my clients. I began providing trauma
I’m Dr. Sara Aslan, PhD, I am a licensed Psychologist, I have been providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families for over 14 years. I am currently providing virtual sessions to adults and adolescents residing in Oregon, Washington, and PSYPACT states; and in-person sessions in the Portland, Oregon area. I began working with Eating Disorders in 2010. I quickly realized that I was also seeing experiences of trauma interfere with my client’s healing processes, and knew learning to adequately treat trauma was something that was imperative to the overall wellbeing of my clients. I began providing trauma
(971) 251-1514 View (971) 251-1514
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Kate Raineri
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Dr. Kate Raineri and I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon. I offer individual therapy services for ages across the lifespan. I have over 10 years of experience serving clients in the Willamette Valley and I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with mood disorders, perinatal/postnatal concerns, and chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes).
Welcome! My name is Dr. Kate Raineri and I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon. I offer individual therapy services for ages across the lifespan. I have over 10 years of experience serving clients in the Willamette Valley and I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with mood disorders, perinatal/postnatal concerns, and chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes).
(503) 601-5270 View (503) 601-5270
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Zanita B Zody
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
My work focuses on creating body trust and respect, healing from disordered eating behaviors and thoughts, and recovering from diagnosable eating disorders. I have worked across the continuum of all levels of care, age groups, genders, sexual orientations, races, and religions. My work combines honoring your individual story and path toward recovery with evidenced-based interventions to provide you with the tools and information you need for that journey. For my younger clients, this often also includes working with parents so they can effectively support their loved one's recovery.
My work focuses on creating body trust and respect, healing from disordered eating behaviors and thoughts, and recovering from diagnosable eating disorders. I have worked across the continuum of all levels of care, age groups, genders, sexual orientations, races, and religions. My work combines honoring your individual story and path toward recovery with evidenced-based interventions to provide you with the tools and information you need for that journey. For my younger clients, this often also includes working with parents so they can effectively support their loved one's recovery.
(971) 351-2835 View (971) 351-2835
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Neil Panchmatia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Are you feeling stuck in your life, and seeking transformation to help you heal, thrive and live a more fulfilling life? I specialize in working with individuals struggling with obstacles to fuller living: be it experiencing anxiety/panic or depression, living with trauma, body image issues/eating disorders, or experiencing marginalization due to one's identities or background. I offer an inclusive and affirming approach in working with clients from all walks of life. A life lived more richly and authentically is possible, and I'm here to support you with this journey of self-exploration, self-care and growth.
Are you feeling stuck in your life, and seeking transformation to help you heal, thrive and live a more fulfilling life? I specialize in working with individuals struggling with obstacles to fuller living: be it experiencing anxiety/panic or depression, living with trauma, body image issues/eating disorders, or experiencing marginalization due to one's identities or background. I offer an inclusive and affirming approach in working with clients from all walks of life. A life lived more richly and authentically is possible, and I'm here to support you with this journey of self-exploration, self-care and growth.
(503) 809-0222 View (503) 809-0222
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Mariah Horrigan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
I have experience in supporting clients of all ages in navigating the impact of trauma, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
I work with clients in building a clinical partnership founded on safety, choice, trustworthiness, collaboration and empowerment. Through our work together, I will support you in identifying your personal hopes and goals for health and wellness. Together, we will explore the barriers that are preventing you from living a peaceful life. During our time, we can process, strategize and learn how to cope with,and overcome these barriers at a personalized pace. We will figure it out together where you are the leader, and I am a member of your team.
I have experience in supporting clients of all ages in navigating the impact of trauma, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
I work with clients in building a clinical partnership founded on safety, choice, trustworthiness, collaboration and empowerment. Through our work together, I will support you in identifying your personal hopes and goals for health and wellness. Together, we will explore the barriers that are preventing you from living a peaceful life. During our time, we can process, strategize and learn how to cope with,and overcome these barriers at a personalized pace. We will figure it out together where you are the leader, and I am a member of your team.
(971) 365-3517 View (971) 365-3517
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Diana Crane
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
My counseling philosophy is rooted in the idea that all humans have the ability to grow and heal. No human being is broken, and most mental health struggles stem, in part, from difficult external circumstances, like a traumatic past or a flawed culture. Through active listening, reflection, and gentle challenging, I help you become better acquainted with yourself, so that you can live in closer alignment with your values. I specialize in working with eating disorders and body image distress, but I also work with anxiety, depression, relationship and family struggles.
My counseling philosophy is rooted in the idea that all humans have the ability to grow and heal. No human being is broken, and most mental health struggles stem, in part, from difficult external circumstances, like a traumatic past or a flawed culture. Through active listening, reflection, and gentle challenging, I help you become better acquainted with yourself, so that you can live in closer alignment with your values. I specialize in working with eating disorders and body image distress, but I also work with anxiety, depression, relationship and family struggles.
(503) 647-4154 View (503) 647-4154
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Donald Marks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97216  (Online Only)
Having experience in multiple levels of care for eating disorders, I use a variety of interventions including person centered, strengths based, collaborative approach, with techniques from Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior therapies, motivational interviewing, and other modalities to fit what each individual is needing.
If you are thinking about starting therapy, you've already taken the first step toward making a change. I strive to help you grow into your best self, to collaborate on holistic goal setting, to feel validated and heard, and have increased self-compassion. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders/disordered eating, compulsive exercise, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, relational stress, and life transitions. It is my belief that having an accepting, respectful, and collaborative relationship is necessary for the healing and change process to occur.
Having experience in multiple levels of care for eating disorders, I use a variety of interventions including person centered, strengths based, collaborative approach, with techniques from Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior therapies, motivational interviewing, and other modalities to fit what each individual is needing.
If you are thinking about starting therapy, you've already taken the first step toward making a change. I strive to help you grow into your best self, to collaborate on holistic goal setting, to feel validated and heard, and have increased self-compassion. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders/disordered eating, compulsive exercise, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, relational stress, and life transitions. It is my belief that having an accepting, respectful, and collaborative relationship is necessary for the healing and change process to occur.
(971) 395-4132 View (971) 395-4132
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Heather Pierce
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked in the field for 10+ years with all ages. My specialities are working with eating disorders/disordered eating, body image challenges and perinatal mental health.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked in the field for 10+ years with all ages. My specialities are working with eating disorders/disordered eating, body image challenges and perinatal mental health.
(541) 833-9060 View (541) 833-9060
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Christina Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
I hold a post-graduate certificate in Eating Disorders from the Women’s Therapy Institute, and am a certified Level 2 somatic practitioner with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
I am currently accepting new couples clients (self-pay), and individual clients. I offer a personalized and compassionate approach to therapy, informed by years of professional experience as well as in-depth training in somatic approaches, mindfulness techniques, and psychodynamic theory. Specializing in treating people suffering from trauma and eating disorders, I also work with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, parenting, low self-esteem, addiction, and marital conflicts. I currently offer telehealth sessions to clients in both Oregon and California, as I am fully licensed in both states.
I hold a post-graduate certificate in Eating Disorders from the Women’s Therapy Institute, and am a certified Level 2 somatic practitioner with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
I am currently accepting new couples clients (self-pay), and individual clients. I offer a personalized and compassionate approach to therapy, informed by years of professional experience as well as in-depth training in somatic approaches, mindfulness techniques, and psychodynamic theory. Specializing in treating people suffering from trauma and eating disorders, I also work with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, parenting, low self-esteem, addiction, and marital conflicts. I currently offer telehealth sessions to clients in both Oregon and California, as I am fully licensed in both states.
(503) 506-4927 View (503) 506-4927
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Heather DeVore
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
I have worked in a variety of treatment settings, most relevant being 3 years at Rainrock Treatment Center, a residential program for eating disorders.
I believe we each have within us all that we need in order to create the life we desire and that therapy is a collaborative effort between client and therapist to work towards creating this life. I see my role as a therapist to be one in which I inspire clients to open up to the possibilities within themselves and to support, challenge and hold them through that process. I also strongly believe that healing comes from addressing all parts of the self (emotional, physical and spiritual) and bringing these into alignment.
I have worked in a variety of treatment settings, most relevant being 3 years at Rainrock Treatment Center, a residential program for eating disorders.
I believe we each have within us all that we need in order to create the life we desire and that therapy is a collaborative effort between client and therapist to work towards creating this life. I see my role as a therapist to be one in which I inspire clients to open up to the possibilities within themselves and to support, challenge and hold them through that process. I also strongly believe that healing comes from addressing all parts of the self (emotional, physical and spiritual) and bringing these into alignment.
(541) 412-5038 View (541) 412-5038
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Annie Louise Pippert
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
I work with a variety of concerns including couples and family conflict, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. I believe in highlighting the uniqueness of the individual, while understanding that we all function as part of a multitude of larger systems. The relationships we create with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, can both transform and challenge us. Through this approach, I help individuals, couples, and families find peace and harmony. I will support you while you heal, transcend, and build the life you want.
I work with a variety of concerns including couples and family conflict, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. I believe in highlighting the uniqueness of the individual, while understanding that we all function as part of a multitude of larger systems. The relationships we create with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, can both transform and challenge us. Through this approach, I help individuals, couples, and families find peace and harmony. I will support you while you heal, transcend, and build the life you want.
(971) 232-3458 View (971) 232-3458

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.