Eating Disorders Therapists in Memphis, TN

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Sarah Catherine Trumbull
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
I am specifically drawn to those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, low self-worth, trauma and other life adjustments or transitions.
I believe healing is found through relationships. My hope is to create and offer a safe and secure environment to engage your story, be reminded of your worth and value, and be equipped to make sense of the hurt you may be experiencing. My goal is to make sure you feel known, heard and cared for throughout your healing process. I view therapy through a whole and holistic perspective that considers a persons emotional, physical and spiritual parts. It is an honor to be apart of that journey and assist in your movement towards wholeness and empowerment.
I am specifically drawn to those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, low self-worth, trauma and other life adjustments or transitions.
I believe healing is found through relationships. My hope is to create and offer a safe and secure environment to engage your story, be reminded of your worth and value, and be equipped to make sense of the hurt you may be experiencing. My goal is to make sure you feel known, heard and cared for throughout your healing process. I view therapy through a whole and holistic perspective that considers a persons emotional, physical and spiritual parts. It is an honor to be apart of that journey and assist in your movement towards wholeness and empowerment.
(901) 641-0937 View (901) 641-0937
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Brittney Greer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
Welcome! My passion is in trauma-informed care. I have vast experience working with survivors of trauma (attachment, interpersonal, physical, emotional, and sexual) and eating disorders. I have over 8+ years experience specializing in treating complex trauma and eating disorders as a clinician and clinical director in the residential, PHP, IOP, and private practice settings. I also specialize in working with those suffering from the chronic illness type one diabetes. I also have experience working with mood disorders, relationship issues, and grief.
Welcome! My passion is in trauma-informed care. I have vast experience working with survivors of trauma (attachment, interpersonal, physical, emotional, and sexual) and eating disorders. I have over 8+ years experience specializing in treating complex trauma and eating disorders as a clinician and clinical director in the residential, PHP, IOP, and private practice settings. I also specialize in working with those suffering from the chronic illness type one diabetes. I also have experience working with mood disorders, relationship issues, and grief.
(901) 621-5742 View (901) 621-5742
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Grace Peterson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
While I have experience with a variety of issues, I have focused on areas of trauma, mood disorders, and eating disorders.
I view counseling as a vital practice that involves connection, commitment, and hope for change. I’m able to recognize the courage it takes for anyone to ask for help, and I want to recognize the strength it takes to chose to ask for what you need. I focus on approaching each therapeutic relationship with understanding to begin building trust and open communication. My desire is to be able to provide a safe place for anyone to feel heard and work together to allow for growth.
While I have experience with a variety of issues, I have focused on areas of trauma, mood disorders, and eating disorders.
I view counseling as a vital practice that involves connection, commitment, and hope for change. I’m able to recognize the courage it takes for anyone to ask for help, and I want to recognize the strength it takes to chose to ask for what you need. I focus on approaching each therapeutic relationship with understanding to begin building trust and open communication. My desire is to be able to provide a safe place for anyone to feel heard and work together to allow for growth.
(901) 459-5194 View (901) 459-5194
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Kirsten Cannon
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, CEDS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), I am passionate about helping clients find freedom and recovery from eating disorders and diet culture.
My mission as a counselor is to validate your experience, encourage healthy emotional expression, and embolden you to be more courageous and to take an active role in shaping your own life, all the while practicing self-compassion as you move toward understanding yourself. I want to create space for you to be your genuine, whole self in session, in hopes that it will translate to you being your genuine, whole self in every aspect of your life. I am an ideal fit for clients who are ready to dig deep and want to be heard and validated while also being challenged and held accountable.
As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), I am passionate about helping clients find freedom and recovery from eating disorders and diet culture.
My mission as a counselor is to validate your experience, encourage healthy emotional expression, and embolden you to be more courageous and to take an active role in shaping your own life, all the while practicing self-compassion as you move toward understanding yourself. I want to create space for you to be your genuine, whole self in session, in hopes that it will translate to you being your genuine, whole self in every aspect of your life. I am an ideal fit for clients who are ready to dig deep and want to be heard and validated while also being challenged and held accountable.
(901) 422-9038 View (901) 422-9038
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Taylor LaPorte
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Over the past 3 years, I have dedicated myself to those dealing with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With almost 2 decades of personal recovery, I understand how the eating disorder can affect your ability to move forward in life, especially when there are coinciding disorders. The realization that you may need help takes a certain amount of courage and I’m here to walk along side you on that journey to recovery so you can fulfill your dreams. It will be hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes won’t seem worth it, but I assure you, there is more to life and you have the capability to heal.
Over the past 3 years, I have dedicated myself to those dealing with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With almost 2 decades of personal recovery, I understand how the eating disorder can affect your ability to move forward in life, especially when there are coinciding disorders. The realization that you may need help takes a certain amount of courage and I’m here to walk along side you on that journey to recovery so you can fulfill your dreams. It will be hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes won’t seem worth it, but I assure you, there is more to life and you have the capability to heal.
(901) 563-3243 View (901) 563-3243
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Britt Palmer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
The treatment of complex histories of trauma, eating disorders, and attachment disruptions must include interventions that rewire the brain from the bottom up, somatic movement to reintegrate the body with the brain, and a felt sense of safety, in the context of relationship. This provides lasting change for improved regulation, mood, energy, the ability to be present and attune to others. Too many therapies focus on decision making, problem solving, or changing your thoughts. This is not how we are wired to work. It leads to disappointment. My evidenced based interventions promise to be different.
The treatment of complex histories of trauma, eating disorders, and attachment disruptions must include interventions that rewire the brain from the bottom up, somatic movement to reintegrate the body with the brain, and a felt sense of safety, in the context of relationship. This provides lasting change for improved regulation, mood, energy, the ability to be present and attune to others. Too many therapies focus on decision making, problem solving, or changing your thoughts. This is not how we are wired to work. It leads to disappointment. My evidenced based interventions promise to be different.
(901) 519-2163 View (901) 519-2163
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Shelby Shaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
Welcome! I am attachment-based and skilled with trauma-informed interventions such Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR. Though I am well versed in wide variety of issues, my heart aligns with survivors of sexual trauma, domestic violence, and clients struggling with eating disorders. I have worked at a women's shelter for domestic and sexual violence, and I have 4+ years of experience working with eating disorders at the residential and outpatient levels of care.
Welcome! I am attachment-based and skilled with trauma-informed interventions such Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR. Though I am well versed in wide variety of issues, my heart aligns with survivors of sexual trauma, domestic violence, and clients struggling with eating disorders. I have worked at a women's shelter for domestic and sexual violence, and I have 4+ years of experience working with eating disorders at the residential and outpatient levels of care.
(901) 621-3564 View (901) 621-3564
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Rebecca Price
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC, MHSP, (temp), NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
Progress is made in the struggle; if we’re not struggling, we’re stagnant. People are inherently resilient and resourceful, but sometimes we bump up against something that leaves us feeling stuck or disconnected. If you have found yourself reading this, perhaps you’re tired of feeling “stagnant” or you feel ready to wrestle with the issues bringing you to therapy. I am dedicated to assisting my clients in navigating trauma, family of origin issues, eating disorders, body image concerns, and depression and anxiety. I also enjoy working with first responders and their families, and neurodivergent individuals!
Progress is made in the struggle; if we’re not struggling, we’re stagnant. People are inherently resilient and resourceful, but sometimes we bump up against something that leaves us feeling stuck or disconnected. If you have found yourself reading this, perhaps you’re tired of feeling “stagnant” or you feel ready to wrestle with the issues bringing you to therapy. I am dedicated to assisting my clients in navigating trauma, family of origin issues, eating disorders, body image concerns, and depression and anxiety. I also enjoy working with first responders and their families, and neurodivergent individuals!
(901) 668-6696 View (901) 668-6696
Rita Jorgensen
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
My ideal client is motivated and ready for change. I work with adults and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, perfectionism, self-criticism, and trauma. I offer a warm and accepting presence to help clients resolve trauma, improve their relationship with themselves, increase trust in themselves, and improve their quality of life. I also offer caregiver coaching to help caregivers address love-based fears, increase caregiving efficacy, and improve their relationship with their child or loved-one, thereby improving caregiver wellbeing.
My ideal client is motivated and ready for change. I work with adults and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, perfectionism, self-criticism, and trauma. I offer a warm and accepting presence to help clients resolve trauma, improve their relationship with themselves, increase trust in themselves, and improve their quality of life. I also offer caregiver coaching to help caregivers address love-based fears, increase caregiving efficacy, and improve their relationship with their child or loved-one, thereby improving caregiver wellbeing.
(901) 660-3352 View (901) 660-3352
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Center for Eating Disorders & Behavioral Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38103
I'm Keena Reddin, a licensed certified Social Worker, and the founder of CEDBW. My goal is to provide each patient with knowledge, appropriate treatment that is individualized, and most importantly support for experiencing a better quality of life. I have been in practice for several years, and have a true passion for the care I get to provide individuals each and every day. I specialize in the outpatient treatment of Eating Disorders by providing necessary medical/medication support, meal planning, and placement of a higher level of care when appropriate. I also provide treatment for individuals/couples/families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict and challenging life experiences which require understanding, support, and specific skills learned in treatment. My therapeutic approach is person centered by working together as a team to set and achieve goals.
I'm Keena Reddin, a licensed certified Social Worker, and the founder of CEDBW. My goal is to provide each patient with knowledge, appropriate treatment that is individualized, and most importantly support for experiencing a better quality of life. I have been in practice for several years, and have a true passion for the care I get to provide individuals each and every day. I specialize in the outpatient treatment of Eating Disorders by providing necessary medical/medication support, meal planning, and placement of a higher level of care when appropriate. I also provide treatment for individuals/couples/families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict and challenging life experiences which require understanding, support, and specific skills learned in treatment. My therapeutic approach is person centered by working together as a team to set and achieve goals.
(855) 838-3974 View (855) 838-3974
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Jill Hampton, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38133
Waitlist for new clients
I feel comfortable and confident particularly with eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Hi! I'm Jill. I received my masters in counseling from the University of Memphis in 2009. I have been practicing since that time. I am experienced with anxiety, depression, trauma work and eating disorders. I am trained in EMDR and very experienced with the treatment of eating disorders, as I have worked at various levels of care. Please note my doodle Maisie is being trained and will join us as an emotional support pup in the office once she is ready. Thus for your safety, NO dog allergies.
I feel comfortable and confident particularly with eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Hi! I'm Jill. I received my masters in counseling from the University of Memphis in 2009. I have been practicing since that time. I am experienced with anxiety, depression, trauma work and eating disorders. I am trained in EMDR and very experienced with the treatment of eating disorders, as I have worked at various levels of care. Please note my doodle Maisie is being trained and will join us as an emotional support pup in the office once she is ready. Thus for your safety, NO dog allergies.
(901) 881-4899 View (901) 881-4899
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Angelina Armstrong
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCMHSP, (T)
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
Waitlist for new clients
Acknowledging the need for extra support can feel difficult, however, carrying the burdens alone can be even more of a challenge. If you have found yourself reading this, perhaps you are already on your way to healing, or are searching for help for a loved one. I have experience working with adults in residential and outpatient care with eating disorders and history of trauma, including complex trauma and dissociation/dissociative disorders, including DID. I also have experience working with other mood-related disorders, body image disruptions, anxiety/panic, grief/loss, chronic pain/illness, and general life transitions.
Acknowledging the need for extra support can feel difficult, however, carrying the burdens alone can be even more of a challenge. If you have found yourself reading this, perhaps you are already on your way to healing, or are searching for help for a loved one. I have experience working with adults in residential and outpatient care with eating disorders and history of trauma, including complex trauma and dissociation/dissociative disorders, including DID. I also have experience working with other mood-related disorders, body image disruptions, anxiety/panic, grief/loss, chronic pain/illness, and general life transitions.
(901) 668-7771 View (901) 668-7771
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Virginia Erholtz
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
I have experience working with eating disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship challenges, parenting, the LGBTQ+ population, and alternative relationship styles (ENM, Polyamory, Swinging/Lifestyle, and I am kink informed).
Do you find yourself struggling with life’s current and past stressors- relationships, life transitions, work, family? Therapy is a place to engage in growth and change by stripping away the layers to reveal your authentic self.
I have experience working with eating disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship challenges, parenting, the LGBTQ+ population, and alternative relationship styles (ENM, Polyamory, Swinging/Lifestyle, and I am kink informed).
Do you find yourself struggling with life’s current and past stressors- relationships, life transitions, work, family? Therapy is a place to engage in growth and change by stripping away the layers to reveal your authentic self.
(901) 716-9352 View (901) 716-9352
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kardia Collective
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Trauma, Emotional Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Family Issues, Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, and Learning Disabilities.
Jordan has a long standing history of working with children, adolescents, and young adults who are navigating the difficult road of overcoming trauma and the emotional and physical scars that remain after the dust has settled. Trauma has a way of stunting emotional and physical growth. It has a way of making us feel that we have lost our voices, that we are not valued, that we do not have a purpose, and as if the only way to be heard is to engage in risky behaviors or defiance. Finding hope may seem impossible. However, beginning to explore and understand the impact that trauma has had on our character enables us to move forward.
Trauma, Emotional Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Family Issues, Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, and Learning Disabilities.
Jordan has a long standing history of working with children, adolescents, and young adults who are navigating the difficult road of overcoming trauma and the emotional and physical scars that remain after the dust has settled. Trauma has a way of stunting emotional and physical growth. It has a way of making us feel that we have lost our voices, that we are not valued, that we do not have a purpose, and as if the only way to be heard is to engage in risky behaviors or defiance. Finding hope may seem impossible. However, beginning to explore and understand the impact that trauma has had on our character enables us to move forward.
(901) 813-6004 x733 View (901) 813-6004 x733
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
(901) 459-5499 View (901) 459-5499
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Hannah Maust
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PhD, TempLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
I specialize in trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and many other areas from a compassionate viewpoint.
My ideal client is ready to discover, change, and grow. They are willing to work towards the life they want to live and who they want to be.
I specialize in trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and many other areas from a compassionate viewpoint.
My ideal client is ready to discover, change, and grow. They are willing to work towards the life they want to live and who they want to be.
(901) 657-2605 View (901) 657-2605
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Molly K. Fleming
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, YT
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38112
There is no substitute for compassion in the counseling relationship. I believe in a whole-person approach. This means that everything is relevant: family of origin, unwanted life events, current relationships, physical health and well being, and everyday coping challenges. I assist my clients with life transitions, grief, early childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, relationship challenges, and spiritual issues. I endorse and have expertise in mindfulness-based practices and 12+ years of Hospice experience. Strengths: trusting relationships with my clients.
There is no substitute for compassion in the counseling relationship. I believe in a whole-person approach. This means that everything is relevant: family of origin, unwanted life events, current relationships, physical health and well being, and everyday coping challenges. I assist my clients with life transitions, grief, early childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, relationship challenges, and spiritual issues. I endorse and have expertise in mindfulness-based practices and 12+ years of Hospice experience. Strengths: trusting relationships with my clients.
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Morgan Elyse Crenshaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, life changes, relationship issues, grief and loss, domestic violence, eating disorders, and those who have experienced physical or emotional abuse or trauma. I have also worked in the field of hospice and terminal illness.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, life changes, relationship issues, grief and loss, domestic violence, eating disorders, and those who have experienced physical or emotional abuse or trauma. I have also worked in the field of hospice and terminal illness.
(901) 350-5263 View (901) 350-5263
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Dayciaa C. Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38115
I am a therapist with Ellie Mental Health Center, and I counsel children and adolescents, from ages 6-18, on academic and behavioral matters including, but not limited to, the following: Goal-Setting, Study Skills, Test-Taking Strategies, Organization/Time Management, Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, Respect/Responsibility, Decision-Making, New School Transitions, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Stress Management, Anger Management, and College/Career Awareness, Exploration and Planning. I also work with adults of all ages and life stages on a range of issues, including anxiety and depression, eating disorders and PTSD.
I am a therapist with Ellie Mental Health Center, and I counsel children and adolescents, from ages 6-18, on academic and behavioral matters including, but not limited to, the following: Goal-Setting, Study Skills, Test-Taking Strategies, Organization/Time Management, Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, Respect/Responsibility, Decision-Making, New School Transitions, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Stress Management, Anger Management, and College/Career Awareness, Exploration and Planning. I also work with adults of all ages and life stages on a range of issues, including anxiety and depression, eating disorders and PTSD.
(901) 617-3139 View (901) 617-3139
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Abby Myers
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMFT, (Temp)
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38125
Hey there! I'm Abby, and I'm here to support you on your journey. Whether you're navigating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or just life's ups and downs, you're in the right place. My goal is to work together to tap into your strengths. Ultimately, I want to see you thrive! I work with a wide variety of clients ranging from teens to established individuals. I provide a relaxed, collaborative therapy experience, focusing on what works for you. Welcome to a space where your experiences are not only valued but also celebrated.
Hey there! I'm Abby, and I'm here to support you on your journey. Whether you're navigating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or just life's ups and downs, you're in the right place. My goal is to work together to tap into your strengths. Ultimately, I want to see you thrive! I work with a wide variety of clients ranging from teens to established individuals. I provide a relaxed, collaborative therapy experience, focusing on what works for you. Welcome to a space where your experiences are not only valued but also celebrated.
(629) 218-4683 View (629) 218-4683

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.