Eating Disorders Therapists in San Antonio, TX

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Veronica Benavidez Mejia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78253  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety related disorders, depression, grief, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, difficulty coping with change or just doing daily life.
Creating an environment where one feels comfortable and safe is essential during the therapeutic process. It is important to me to teach and empower you to be your own agent of change as well as be an anchor for yourself when presented with difficulties in life. I am eager to work with clients of all populations, including the LGBTQ Community and other minorities.
I have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety related disorders, depression, grief, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, difficulty coping with change or just doing daily life.
Creating an environment where one feels comfortable and safe is essential during the therapeutic process. It is important to me to teach and empower you to be your own agent of change as well as be an anchor for yourself when presented with difficulties in life. I am eager to work with clients of all populations, including the LGBTQ Community and other minorities.
(830) 623-6172 View (830) 623-6172
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Brianna Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78240  (Online Only)
I have experience working with those who have Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders.
Are you noticing that you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and unmotivated? You may be wanting to change jobs, improve your relationships, or set boundaries because the ones you've got are not working. You may need help processing the mess of the past 2+ years and you don't know how to get started with what next steps to take in healing. If you are feeling stuck, then therapy is a great next step to move forward. Therapy is a chance for you to try something different.
I have experience working with those who have Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders.
Are you noticing that you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and unmotivated? You may be wanting to change jobs, improve your relationships, or set boundaries because the ones you've got are not working. You may need help processing the mess of the past 2+ years and you don't know how to get started with what next steps to take in healing. If you are feeling stuck, then therapy is a great next step to move forward. Therapy is a chance for you to try something different.
(210) 879-7552 View (210) 879-7552
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Papaya Counseling by Maya Ontiveros
LPC Intern, MA
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a therapist who specializes in treating eating disorders in teens and young adults? What about someone who has worked extensively in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more? Through evidence-based techniques, I help clients unlock their emotions, face their fears, build confidence, and renew their sense of identity. Together, we will discover your motivation and strength to effect real, long-term change.
Are you looking for a therapist who specializes in treating eating disorders in teens and young adults? What about someone who has worked extensively in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more? Through evidence-based techniques, I help clients unlock their emotions, face their fears, build confidence, and renew their sense of identity. Together, we will discover your motivation and strength to effect real, long-term change.
(210) 864-1605 View (210) 864-1605
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Online Virtual Therapy With Shaudi Adel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78250
I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image issues, life transitions, and trauma who want to build a better future.
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life. My goal is to help you find compassion for yourself, develop skills to help you navigate life stressors, and be confident in the resilient person you are.
I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image issues, life transitions, and trauma who want to build a better future.
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life. My goal is to help you find compassion for yourself, develop skills to help you navigate life stressors, and be confident in the resilient person you are.
(858) 736-9964 View (858) 736-9964
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Jessie Mae Estrada
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78213  (Online Only)
We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders: anorexia, ARFID, binge eating disorder, bulimia, compulsive overeating, emotional eating.
Are you or a loved one struggling with an eating disorder? Do you feel no one understands or do you feel too much shame to talk about it? Let us help. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, confidential and understanding environment that allows you to explore these struggles through our therapeutic relationship. With valuable feedback and gentle guidance you can be empowered to reach your potential. Whether you are experiencing current struggles, are having trouble letting go of the past or are seeking a change in your life overall; we look forward to helping you find the inner strength to navigate your own path to recovery.
We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders: anorexia, ARFID, binge eating disorder, bulimia, compulsive overeating, emotional eating.
Are you or a loved one struggling with an eating disorder? Do you feel no one understands or do you feel too much shame to talk about it? Let us help. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, confidential and understanding environment that allows you to explore these struggles through our therapeutic relationship. With valuable feedback and gentle guidance you can be empowered to reach your potential. Whether you are experiencing current struggles, are having trouble letting go of the past or are seeking a change in your life overall; we look forward to helping you find the inner strength to navigate your own path to recovery.
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Becca Allen Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CEDS, PMH-C, LMHC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
Issues addressed-Eating Disorders, Depression, General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Perfectionism, Self Harm, Grief, Suicidal Ideation, and Perinatal (pregnant and postpartum) mood disorders.
Hi! Welcome to Becca Allen Counseling. Are you struggling finding it hard to relax, being overly cautious, hyper detail focused or perfectionistic? Do you often have chronic treatment resistant anxiety and or depression? You might be over controlled. What is overcontrol you ask? Overcontrol or OC is having too much self control. Too much of anything can be problematic. Self-control is the ability to inhibit urges, impulses, behaviors, or desires to delay gratification in order to pursue a long term goal. Self control is often associated with success and happiness.
Issues addressed-Eating Disorders, Depression, General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Perfectionism, Self Harm, Grief, Suicidal Ideation, and Perinatal (pregnant and postpartum) mood disorders.
Hi! Welcome to Becca Allen Counseling. Are you struggling finding it hard to relax, being overly cautious, hyper detail focused or perfectionistic? Do you often have chronic treatment resistant anxiety and or depression? You might be over controlled. What is overcontrol you ask? Overcontrol or OC is having too much self control. Too much of anything can be problematic. Self-control is the ability to inhibit urges, impulses, behaviors, or desires to delay gratification in order to pursue a long term goal. Self control is often associated with success and happiness.
(210) 934-0137 View (210) 934-0137
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Heather Ingram
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78216
Ingram has training and experience working with a range of mental health concerns including eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, and domestic violence.
Dr. Heather Ingram, originally from Chicago, obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois. Throughout her training, Dr. Ingram worked in a variety of settings around Chicago including Elgin Mental Health Center on the Unfit to Stand Trial Unit, Bridge View-Challenger Therapeutic Day School, Women In Need Growing Stronger domestic violence shelter, and Gateway Foundation residential substance abuse treatment center. During her work in Boston, Dr. Ingram worked at Walden Behavioral Care eating disorder clinic, where she worked in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
Ingram has training and experience working with a range of mental health concerns including eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, and domestic violence.
Dr. Heather Ingram, originally from Chicago, obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois. Throughout her training, Dr. Ingram worked in a variety of settings around Chicago including Elgin Mental Health Center on the Unfit to Stand Trial Unit, Bridge View-Challenger Therapeutic Day School, Women In Need Growing Stronger domestic violence shelter, and Gateway Foundation residential substance abuse treatment center. During her work in Boston, Dr. Ingram worked at Walden Behavioral Care eating disorder clinic, where she worked in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
(830) 469-4884 View (830) 469-4884
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Center for Dialectical & Cognitive Behav Therapies
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC-S, LCSW, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
The CDCBT specializes in evidence-based treatment of mental health issues. We treat a wide variety of disorders including: chronic depression and anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, grief, and eating disorders.
The CDCBT specializes in evidence-based treatment of mental health issues. We treat a wide variety of disorders including: chronic depression and anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, grief, and eating disorders.
(210) 742-4282 View (210) 742-4282
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Migdalia Sosa Pierce
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78228
However, I also see clients with more specialized issues such as infertility, postpartum depression, high-risk pregnancies, and eating disorders.
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a therapist. I truly enjoy working with my clients and am passionate about helping others through tough times in their lives. The therapeutic relationship is a unique relationship in itself that alone can be healing. I have worked with a great variety of problems and would be honored to work with you.
However, I also see clients with more specialized issues such as infertility, postpartum depression, high-risk pregnancies, and eating disorders.
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a therapist. I truly enjoy working with my clients and am passionate about helping others through tough times in their lives. The therapeutic relationship is a unique relationship in itself that alone can be healing. I have worked with a great variety of problems and would be honored to work with you.
(210) 348-3850 View (210) 348-3850
Photo of Alyssa Booth, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Alyssa Booth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78260  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and ARFID.
If you are looking for a therapist who will hold a safe, compassionate space for you to process difficult thoughts, feelings, and events in your life, while simultaneously helping you make the changes necessary to live a more fulfilling life, I am your gal! Life can be hard… Trust me when I say, I get it. With extensive training in several therapeutic modalities, I can help facilitate the healing process necessary to overcome stressors and trauma you might be facing today. Whether these stressors are from old wounds, or have recently popped up, let's work together to get you the healing you deserve.
I specialize in working with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and ARFID.
If you are looking for a therapist who will hold a safe, compassionate space for you to process difficult thoughts, feelings, and events in your life, while simultaneously helping you make the changes necessary to live a more fulfilling life, I am your gal! Life can be hard… Trust me when I say, I get it. With extensive training in several therapeutic modalities, I can help facilitate the healing process necessary to overcome stressors and trauma you might be facing today. Whether these stressors are from old wounds, or have recently popped up, let's work together to get you the healing you deserve.
(210) 791-0414 View (210) 791-0414
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Milton Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
My name is Milton Hernandez. I am a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate, supervised by Christia Rogers, MEd, LPC-S, NCC. I hold an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am skilled in working with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression in adults. I also have capabilities in working with a variety of other conditions.
My name is Milton Hernandez. I am a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate, supervised by Christia Rogers, MEd, LPC-S, NCC. I hold an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am skilled in working with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression in adults. I also have capabilities in working with a variety of other conditions.
(210) 817-5165 View (210) 817-5165
Foresight Mental Health Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor, PC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78249  (Online Only)
Our clinicians use different therapies and approaches to help our clients with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and more.
Foresight Mental Health’s integrated team of professionals includes licensed therapists and nutrition providers in Texas dedicated to working with clients to provide individualized and personal care. We believe in providing care that is accessible and affordable, which is why we are in network with most major insurers and provide both telehealth and in-person services.
Our clinicians use different therapies and approaches to help our clients with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and more.
Foresight Mental Health’s integrated team of professionals includes licensed therapists and nutrition providers in Texas dedicated to working with clients to provide individualized and personal care. We believe in providing care that is accessible and affordable, which is why we are in network with most major insurers and provide both telehealth and in-person services.
(210) 985-8405 View (210) 985-8405
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Kris Ramos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78240
My specialty areas are eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and LGBTQIA+ issues.
Are difficult times leading you to engage in ineffective coping strategies? Do you find yourself struggling to find kind words for yourself? Does it seem impossible to believe in the light at the end of the tunnel that everyone talks about? If so, you are NOT alone. You absolutely deserve relief and a life worth living. Therapy can be a great way to help get you there!
My specialty areas are eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and LGBTQIA+ issues.
Are difficult times leading you to engage in ineffective coping strategies? Do you find yourself struggling to find kind words for yourself? Does it seem impossible to believe in the light at the end of the tunnel that everyone talks about? If so, you are NOT alone. You absolutely deserve relief and a life worth living. Therapy can be a great way to help get you there!
(726) 207-9693 View (726) 207-9693
Photo of Meredith Woolsey, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Meredith Woolsey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
I have worked with clients with eating disorders, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder.
My approach to counseling closely mirrors my view of life: there is no one-size-fits-all answer. I use a multifaceted approach to counseling, pulling from the core theoretical approaches of CBT, Person-Centered, and DBT. I believe that as humans, we were created for connection with others. We all experience unexpected circumstances that make life challenging, and attempting to balance life's challenges on our own can be confusing and frustrating. I focus on helping my clients discover their self-worth and core values in order to help them build a life they are proud of.
I have worked with clients with eating disorders, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder.
My approach to counseling closely mirrors my view of life: there is no one-size-fits-all answer. I use a multifaceted approach to counseling, pulling from the core theoretical approaches of CBT, Person-Centered, and DBT. I believe that as humans, we were created for connection with others. We all experience unexpected circumstances that make life challenging, and attempting to balance life's challenges on our own can be confusing and frustrating. I focus on helping my clients discover their self-worth and core values in order to help them build a life they are proud of.
(361) 239-5246 View (361) 239-5246
Photo of Amanda Koplin, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Amanda Koplin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78248
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders, addictions, and behavioral issues.
Many of my clients tried finding help in treatment centers and in the offices of outpatient therapists but they didn't get the results they were looking for in their lives. As someone who struggled with an eating disorder personally, I understand the necessary components it takes to be successful in overcoming obstacles related to addictions, eating disorders, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and many other obstacles which prevent you from being happy. If you're ready to try a customized, unique approach which is tailored to your needs, I'm ready to help you!
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders, addictions, and behavioral issues.
Many of my clients tried finding help in treatment centers and in the offices of outpatient therapists but they didn't get the results they were looking for in their lives. As someone who struggled with an eating disorder personally, I understand the necessary components it takes to be successful in overcoming obstacles related to addictions, eating disorders, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and many other obstacles which prevent you from being happy. If you're ready to try a customized, unique approach which is tailored to your needs, I'm ready to help you!
(210) 960-9232 View (210) 960-9232
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Leah M Evans
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78217
My strength and passion in counseling lay in child and adolescent therapy working on body image issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral issues. I have experience in working collaboratively with clients, their medication management team, parents, teachers, dietitians, and pediatricians to ensure the circle of care is complete and my clients have the support of their community in their treatment journey.
My strength and passion in counseling lay in child and adolescent therapy working on body image issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral issues. I have experience in working collaboratively with clients, their medication management team, parents, teachers, dietitians, and pediatricians to ensure the circle of care is complete and my clients have the support of their community in their treatment journey.
(210) 794-9952 View (210) 794-9952
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Mayra Cano
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have experience with anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders/disordered eating.
I aim to establish warm, collaborative therapeutic relationships with my clients. It is important to me to create a comfortable and safe environment for each client or family. I strive to empower my clients to use their own strengths and individualized capabilities to reach their goals and find balance. I deem it important to consider individuals to be part of a family unit when working with families. I think it's beneficial to remain creative with each person/family.
Additionally, I have experience with anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders/disordered eating.
I aim to establish warm, collaborative therapeutic relationships with my clients. It is important to me to create a comfortable and safe environment for each client or family. I strive to empower my clients to use their own strengths and individualized capabilities to reach their goals and find balance. I deem it important to consider individuals to be part of a family unit when working with families. I think it's beneficial to remain creative with each person/family.
(210) 871-8781 View (210) 871-8781
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Nancy Albus
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC , NCC, CEDS-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240
My general approach with working with clients for over 20 years is highly individualized, relational and strengthen based. I believe most clients simply need an environment to communicate, process feelings and gain insight in order to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I offer individual therapy for adolescents, adults and family therapy. My passion has always been treating eating disorders and the underlying causes such as depression and anxiety. Another clinical passion and area of focus has been assisting women and mothers with identity development and navigating life transitions.
My general approach with working with clients for over 20 years is highly individualized, relational and strengthen based. I believe most clients simply need an environment to communicate, process feelings and gain insight in order to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I offer individual therapy for adolescents, adults and family therapy. My passion has always been treating eating disorders and the underlying causes such as depression and anxiety. Another clinical passion and area of focus has been assisting women and mothers with identity development and navigating life transitions.
(314) 526-2550 View (314) 526-2550
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Dr. Tracy A Protti
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
Life can become overwhelming at the drop of a hat. Managing mood disorders (anxiety, depression), eating disorders, chronic pain (musculoskeletal, headache disorders, fibromyalgia), cancer, and chronic illness are just a few areas of life that bring about distress, discomfort, and overall malaise. Search my Alma profile to schedule a free consultation.
Life can become overwhelming at the drop of a hat. Managing mood disorders (anxiety, depression), eating disorders, chronic pain (musculoskeletal, headache disorders, fibromyalgia), cancer, and chronic illness are just a few areas of life that bring about distress, discomfort, and overall malaise. Search my Alma profile to schedule a free consultation.
(469) 972-7139 View (469) 972-7139
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Franny Haag Morar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
I have experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, family issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Offering Video Sessions for Texas and in person sessions for Califonia. We are usually afraid of our feelings. We try to avoid them, mask them, hide them. We live in a world that tells us to be happy. We try, but we can't, the feelings catch up with us. So we feel even worse. We feel lost, afraid, and guilty for feeling our feelings. In my practice, I provide a safe environment where you can start exploring your feelings, accept them, and work through them. I will help you get in touch with your inner/true self, accepting yourself for who you are, moving away from shame, guilt and fear, and starting the process of change.
I have experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, family issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Offering Video Sessions for Texas and in person sessions for Califonia. We are usually afraid of our feelings. We try to avoid them, mask them, hide them. We live in a world that tells us to be happy. We try, but we can't, the feelings catch up with us. So we feel even worse. We feel lost, afraid, and guilty for feeling our feelings. In my practice, I provide a safe environment where you can start exploring your feelings, accept them, and work through them. I will help you get in touch with your inner/true self, accepting yourself for who you are, moving away from shame, guilt and fear, and starting the process of change.
(323) 370-4863 View (323) 370-4863


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.