Eating Disorders Therapists in Houston, TX

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Acura Blaylock
Licensed Professional Counselor, BA, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77079  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with those from all walks of life experiencing stressful life events such as anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders and life transitions.
First time in therapy? I'd be happy to walk with you on your journey. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate interested in safety, genuine connections, and supporting others. My goal is to create a sense of awareness and acceptance throughout this process. I look at the client as a whole and establish goals that fit into your life. I encourage healthy communication patterns, facilitate a safe space for processing, and guide you toward meaning and purpose.
I enjoy working with those from all walks of life experiencing stressful life events such as anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders and life transitions.
First time in therapy? I'd be happy to walk with you on your journey. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate interested in safety, genuine connections, and supporting others. My goal is to create a sense of awareness and acceptance throughout this process. I look at the client as a whole and establish goals that fit into your life. I encourage healthy communication patterns, facilitate a safe space for processing, and guide you toward meaning and purpose.
(469) 649-7072 View (469) 649-7072
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Thalia Puente
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77065  (Online Only)
I am so excited that you have taken the steps to dive into therapy and invest in yourself! I am a bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working in the mental health field for more than 9 years. I specialize in working with adolescents and their families as well as young adults. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, and schools which have all prepared me to work with a wide range of mental health problems and diagnosis. I specifically specialize in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am so excited that you have taken the steps to dive into therapy and invest in yourself! I am a bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working in the mental health field for more than 9 years. I specialize in working with adolescents and their families as well as young adults. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, and schools which have all prepared me to work with a wide range of mental health problems and diagnosis. I specifically specialize in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(281) 984-5367 View (281) 984-5367
Madeline Horton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Houston Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. I credit my experiences growing up, my family and overall passion to help others achieve their goals in my decision to become a counselor. As a therapist, I specialize in working with both adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders. Growing up a competitive gymnast, I also enjoy working with young athletes to overcome sport and non-sport related struggles.
I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Houston Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. I credit my experiences growing up, my family and overall passion to help others achieve their goals in my decision to become a counselor. As a therapist, I specialize in working with both adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders. Growing up a competitive gymnast, I also enjoy working with young athletes to overcome sport and non-sport related struggles.
(832) 219-6164 View (832) 219-6164
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HKA Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77093  (Online Only)
We have several years of experience working in Residential/Partial Hospitalization facilities and Intensive Outpatient settings with individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
We work collaboratively with individuals to improve their quality of life through the use of effective treatments. This approach enables us to focus on our client's journey of self-exploration, self-compassion and growth. Our goal is to provide a safe and validating environment from which one can thrive!
We have several years of experience working in Residential/Partial Hospitalization facilities and Intensive Outpatient settings with individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
We work collaboratively with individuals to improve their quality of life through the use of effective treatments. This approach enables us to focus on our client's journey of self-exploration, self-compassion and growth. Our goal is to provide a safe and validating environment from which one can thrive!
(281) 378-6332 View (281) 378-6332
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Katie Osgood Young Adults Teens Anxiety Disordered Eating Brainspotting
LPC Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77056
Are you a teenager or young adult struggling with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, or eating disorders? Do you want to learn how to set healthy boundaries and overcome obstacles that prevent you from living a full life? If this sounds like you, I would love to join you on your therapy journey. I believe that every individual is unique and deserves to be heard and understood. Together, we can work toward understanding your emotions, identifying triggers, and developing coping strategies that will help you manage them effectively. Just remember, you are never alone. With the right support, you can overcome these challenges.
Are you a teenager or young adult struggling with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, or eating disorders? Do you want to learn how to set healthy boundaries and overcome obstacles that prevent you from living a full life? If this sounds like you, I would love to join you on your therapy journey. I believe that every individual is unique and deserves to be heard and understood. Together, we can work toward understanding your emotions, identifying triggers, and developing coping strategies that will help you manage them effectively. Just remember, you are never alone. With the right support, you can overcome these challenges.
(832) 937-9030 View (832) 937-9030
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Katie Ewell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
Eating disorders are complicated, and I do not follow a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treatment.
Maybe you are dealing with new issues, or maybe you have been struggling for a long time. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I understand that taking that first step can be scary. Let's talk and see how we can work together to get you to feeling like yourself again. Everyone has a unique story, and through our work, we will discover what is currently keeping you feeling "stuck." In order to change your unwanted behaviors, we must first uncover what is driving these behaviors. The answer might feel obvious to you, or you might feel completely unsure. No matter the case, we will work together to create sustainable change.
Eating disorders are complicated, and I do not follow a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treatment.
Maybe you are dealing with new issues, or maybe you have been struggling for a long time. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I understand that taking that first step can be scary. Let's talk and see how we can work together to get you to feeling like yourself again. Everyone has a unique story, and through our work, we will discover what is currently keeping you feeling "stuck." In order to change your unwanted behaviors, we must first uncover what is driving these behaviors. The answer might feel obvious to you, or you might feel completely unsure. No matter the case, we will work together to create sustainable change.
(832) 479-2664 View (832) 479-2664
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Gabriella Mahan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
While my primary specialty is Eating Disorders, I also help individuals better cope with anxiety, manage life transitions, and develop a healthier sense of self.
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you are unable to see yourself as more than a body? That diet culture is so deeply ingrained in our society that it feels impossible to escape? You are not alone. We live in a world that has convinced us that pursuing an unrealistic thin ideal is the key to happiness. That if we "work hard enough," that void we constantly feel, will eventually go away. That's why my goal is to help you reach a place of acceptance so that you can experience a more fulfilling life, free from diet culture and the toxicity that ensues.
While my primary specialty is Eating Disorders, I also help individuals better cope with anxiety, manage life transitions, and develop a healthier sense of self.
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you are unable to see yourself as more than a body? That diet culture is so deeply ingrained in our society that it feels impossible to escape? You are not alone. We live in a world that has convinced us that pursuing an unrealistic thin ideal is the key to happiness. That if we "work hard enough," that void we constantly feel, will eventually go away. That's why my goal is to help you reach a place of acceptance so that you can experience a more fulfilling life, free from diet culture and the toxicity that ensues.
(832) 345-3407 View (832) 345-3407
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Erika Bryant
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77095
My experience is in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Hey and welcome! I have a strong belief in the power of the individual. I have a passion for creating a safe environment to empower my clients with skills and tools to craft their own path. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Texas Tech University and my Master of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. Through my education and professional experiences, I discovered a passion for supporting individuals, couples, and families going through different phases of life.
My experience is in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Hey and welcome! I have a strong belief in the power of the individual. I have a passion for creating a safe environment to empower my clients with skills and tools to craft their own path. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Texas Tech University and my Master of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. Through my education and professional experiences, I discovered a passion for supporting individuals, couples, and families going through different phases of life.
(832) 602-2952 View (832) 602-2952
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Jana Rosenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
Since 1993 I have genuinely enjoyed helping hundreds of individuals change their lives for the better. I approach my work with a heart of compassion and courage, and am well grounded in extensive experience and advanced professional training in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, mindfulness, mind/body work, systems theory, trauma recovery, and group psychotherapy. My style is eclectic and creative, and my commitment is to collaborate with each individual client as they discover their own unique path to healing. My specialties include eating disorders, couples work, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Since 1993 I have genuinely enjoyed helping hundreds of individuals change their lives for the better. I approach my work with a heart of compassion and courage, and am well grounded in extensive experience and advanced professional training in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, mindfulness, mind/body work, systems theory, trauma recovery, and group psychotherapy. My style is eclectic and creative, and my commitment is to collaborate with each individual client as they discover their own unique path to healing. My specialties include eating disorders, couples work, trauma, anxiety and depression.
(832) 304-2364 View (832) 304-2364
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Hannah Jackson Robb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
My clinical interests include psychodynamic and attachment theory, somatic based trauma therapy, and eating disorders. I hold a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work Practice from Columbia University, and a Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. I aim to work within an anti-oppressive and anti-carceral psychotherapy framework, holding in mind the dynamics of power, race, oppression, and privilege in the therapeutic dyad, in communities, and in larger sociocultural and political systems.
My clinical interests include psychodynamic and attachment theory, somatic based trauma therapy, and eating disorders. I hold a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work Practice from Columbia University, and a Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. I aim to work within an anti-oppressive and anti-carceral psychotherapy framework, holding in mind the dynamics of power, race, oppression, and privilege in the therapeutic dyad, in communities, and in larger sociocultural and political systems.
(520) 445-3929 View (520) 445-3929
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Quin'tara Spencer Vallaire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77058
My ability to connect with individuals works with a variety of issues, including substance abuse, trauma, victims of trafficking and abuse, eating disorders, family dynamics, anger management, and suicidal ideation.
I have dedicated my life to working with individuals who experience trauma and seek profound change. Life can be filled with many challenges and obstacles along the way. "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful. "-Joshua J Marine. The goal is to empower clients to break barriers and create a purposeful life through Growth, Healing, and Self-reliance. Each individual has a past that tells a valuable story. "You are the storyteller of your own life and can create your own legend, or not"- Isabel Allende . Using evidence-based therapy practices to further influence change in those I encounter.
My ability to connect with individuals works with a variety of issues, including substance abuse, trauma, victims of trafficking and abuse, eating disorders, family dynamics, anger management, and suicidal ideation.
I have dedicated my life to working with individuals who experience trauma and seek profound change. Life can be filled with many challenges and obstacles along the way. "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful. "-Joshua J Marine. The goal is to empower clients to break barriers and create a purposeful life through Growth, Healing, and Self-reliance. Each individual has a past that tells a valuable story. "You are the storyteller of your own life and can create your own legend, or not"- Isabel Allende . Using evidence-based therapy practices to further influence change in those I encounter.
(281) 609-6010 View (281) 609-6010
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Danae Patterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Danae is a licensed therapist and a member of the clinical team at Rappore. She is passionate about creating a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. She is committed to helping her clients identify and navigate their feelings, learn healthier coping skills, and ultimately find hope and heal. She has worked with adults and adolescence with eating disorders, substance and behavioral addictions, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, co-dependency, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Danae is a licensed therapist and a member of the clinical team at Rappore. She is passionate about creating a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. She is committed to helping her clients identify and navigate their feelings, learn healthier coping skills, and ultimately find hope and heal. She has worked with adults and adolescence with eating disorders, substance and behavioral addictions, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, co-dependency, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
(212) 564-0480 View (212) 564-0480
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Kelsie Valle
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057
In our practice, we work with individuals and families to create treatment plans to meet their goals. Our holistic approach integrates play therapy techniques and EMDR to heal from past trauma, allowing for the building of brighter futures. We work with all ages, ranging from toddlers to seniors. Our practice is experienced in supporting families from diverse backgrounds, including families with adopted children. Within our practice, we offer music therapy and Yoga services. I personally specialize in working with families and individuals suffering from eating disorders, trauma, and self-harm.
In our practice, we work with individuals and families to create treatment plans to meet their goals. Our holistic approach integrates play therapy techniques and EMDR to heal from past trauma, allowing for the building of brighter futures. We work with all ages, ranging from toddlers to seniors. Our practice is experienced in supporting families from diverse backgrounds, including families with adopted children. Within our practice, we offer music therapy and Yoga services. I personally specialize in working with families and individuals suffering from eating disorders, trauma, and self-harm.
(832) 952-1857 View (832) 952-1857
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Chelsea MacCaughelty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027
My areas of expertise include relationship problems, career/work stressors, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, complicated grief and loss, family dynamics, and eating disorders.
Healing and recovery take place in the context of relationships, both with ourselves and others. I seek to help my clients understand how past experiences have shaped their approach to their life, values, and interpersonal relationships. I offer individual psychotherapy to adults and young adults, including but not not limited to: business executives, medical and law professionals, work-from-home/stay-at-homecaregivers, and students. I also offer support to parents and caregivers of loved ones with mental health concerns.
My areas of expertise include relationship problems, career/work stressors, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, complicated grief and loss, family dynamics, and eating disorders.
Healing and recovery take place in the context of relationships, both with ourselves and others. I seek to help my clients understand how past experiences have shaped their approach to their life, values, and interpersonal relationships. I offer individual psychotherapy to adults and young adults, including but not not limited to: business executives, medical and law professionals, work-from-home/stay-at-homecaregivers, and students. I also offer support to parents and caregivers of loved ones with mental health concerns.
(832) 365-4634 View (832) 365-4634
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Avanti Bande
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with young adults who struggle with life transitions, relationships, work/life stress, mood concerns, body image concerns, disordered eating, and/or eating disorders.
Adulthood can generally mean transitions, complex relationships, self-doubt, and uncertainty. Unfortunately, nobody told us how to navigate all of this and it can feel really challenging to balance all of the responsibilities. If things in your life feel really overwhelming or you notice that your life feels stagnant and you want to keep growing, you don’t have to go through it alone. I meet you where you’re at and we work to add tools to your toolbox in a safe and non-judgmental space. I want to work with you to help you discover a peaceful relationship with yourself.
I specialize in working with young adults who struggle with life transitions, relationships, work/life stress, mood concerns, body image concerns, disordered eating, and/or eating disorders.
Adulthood can generally mean transitions, complex relationships, self-doubt, and uncertainty. Unfortunately, nobody told us how to navigate all of this and it can feel really challenging to balance all of the responsibilities. If things in your life feel really overwhelming or you notice that your life feels stagnant and you want to keep growing, you don’t have to go through it alone. I meet you where you’re at and we work to add tools to your toolbox in a safe and non-judgmental space. I want to work with you to help you discover a peaceful relationship with yourself.
(281) 519-6512 View (281) 519-6512
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Theresa C Fassihi
Psychologist, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027
Many people with eating disorders have a history of traumatic experiences, but I also believe that the eating disorder is a traumatic experience itself. When we treat eating disorders, we are treating trauma. People with eating disorders are often very accomplished because they are so hard-working and caring, but I always find myself wondering, what more could their life hold for them in recovery? How much more could they enjoy their accomplishments and their lives? In addition to working with patients individually, I specialize in family based treatment, which helps families learn to support their loved ones' recovery at home.
Many people with eating disorders have a history of traumatic experiences, but I also believe that the eating disorder is a traumatic experience itself. When we treat eating disorders, we are treating trauma. People with eating disorders are often very accomplished because they are so hard-working and caring, but I always find myself wondering, what more could their life hold for them in recovery? How much more could they enjoy their accomplishments and their lives? In addition to working with patients individually, I specialize in family based treatment, which helps families learn to support their loved ones' recovery at home.
(832) 769-4343 View (832) 769-4343
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Christina Kontos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I am a therapist with over 20 years of experience specializing in Eating Disorders. Through my experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I have developed my skills blending cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodynamic therapy to create a healthy, healing environment. My goal for therapy is to create a trusting relationship between the client and clinician, allowing for open dialogue, communication, and change. I feel this approach can effectively address the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, body image disorder, depression, anxiety, and weight management and create well-being.
I am a therapist with over 20 years of experience specializing in Eating Disorders. Through my experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I have developed my skills blending cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodynamic therapy to create a healthy, healing environment. My goal for therapy is to create a trusting relationship between the client and clinician, allowing for open dialogue, communication, and change. I feel this approach can effectively address the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, body image disorder, depression, anxiety, and weight management and create well-being.
(713) 766-1176 View (713) 766-1176
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Alexis Leeper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77007
Are you struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, or trauma-related symptoms? Dealing with these challenges can be tough, but it's important to know that you're not alone. If you're experiencing disordered eating or difficulty managing your emotions, there's hope for healing. You may need to learn new coping skills, work through trauma, or discover your true identity. I'm here to offer support and care. With extensive experience treating individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and more, I understand the importance of finding compassionate care from someone who not only can help, but also understands.
Are you struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, or trauma-related symptoms? Dealing with these challenges can be tough, but it's important to know that you're not alone. If you're experiencing disordered eating or difficulty managing your emotions, there's hope for healing. You may need to learn new coping skills, work through trauma, or discover your true identity. I'm here to offer support and care. With extensive experience treating individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and more, I understand the importance of finding compassionate care from someone who not only can help, but also understands.
(832) 956-1541 View (832) 956-1541
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Linda Chase
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CGP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I believe trust and compatibility are essential to a successful therapeutic relationship. My highest priority is creating a collaborative, safe and accepting environment for fostering change and growth. I work within a broad range of areas including depression, anxiety, life transitions and stressors, couples, parenting and family issues. My areas of specialty include eating disorders, grief and loss and relationship issues. As a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, I enjoy teaching and supervising Clinical Social Work trainees.
I believe trust and compatibility are essential to a successful therapeutic relationship. My highest priority is creating a collaborative, safe and accepting environment for fostering change and growth. I work within a broad range of areas including depression, anxiety, life transitions and stressors, couples, parenting and family issues. My areas of specialty include eating disorders, grief and loss and relationship issues. As a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, I enjoy teaching and supervising Clinical Social Work trainees.
(713) 533-9335 View (713) 533-9335
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Lisa Balick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77005
I give lectures on eating disorders to mental health practitioners & the public.
I am a clinical psychologist in private practice, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and have a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Preventive Medicine. I work with outpatient adolescents, adults, and couples doing individual/couples therapy. My areas of expertise include eating disorders, stress management, chronic illness (adjustment to one's own and other's), loss, and grief. I also treat depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, survivors of sexual abuse, relationship problems, and homosexual concerns and adjustments. My involvement with eating disorders is extensive. I work with many clients who are emotional overeaters,compulsive overeaters, binge eaters, bulimic, or anorexic.
I give lectures on eating disorders to mental health practitioners & the public.
I am a clinical psychologist in private practice, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and have a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Preventive Medicine. I work with outpatient adolescents, adults, and couples doing individual/couples therapy. My areas of expertise include eating disorders, stress management, chronic illness (adjustment to one's own and other's), loss, and grief. I also treat depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, survivors of sexual abuse, relationship problems, and homosexual concerns and adjustments. My involvement with eating disorders is extensive. I work with many clients who are emotional overeaters,compulsive overeaters, binge eaters, bulimic, or anorexic.
(713) 338-9176 View (713) 338-9176
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.