Eating Disorders Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Sonya Couch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I enjoy working with individuals as well as couples and families. I have a special focus on working with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues. I also see many clients for anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation as a chance for us to get to know each other and determine if we'll be a good fit to work together. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is very important and therefore I encourage this as a first step!
I enjoy working with individuals as well as couples and families. I have a special focus on working with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues. I also see many clients for anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation as a chance for us to get to know each other and determine if we'll be a good fit to work together. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is very important and therefore I encourage this as a first step!
(206) 673-5332 View (206) 673-5332
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Abby Behar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSWA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Our bodies hold deep wisdom, but for many, as the result of trauma, relationship wounds, and oppression, that connection gets interrupted. This means we learn to ignore our needs, wants, and feelings, and turn to strategies such as perfectionism, eating disorders, and dissociation to help manage. You might notice you have difficulty connecting to your feelings or feel overwhelmed by them, and while people might think you are “ok” on the outside, it feels much different on the inside. I believe that healing this disconnection can happen in the context of a safe, supportive relationship, like therapy.
Our bodies hold deep wisdom, but for many, as the result of trauma, relationship wounds, and oppression, that connection gets interrupted. This means we learn to ignore our needs, wants, and feelings, and turn to strategies such as perfectionism, eating disorders, and dissociation to help manage. You might notice you have difficulty connecting to your feelings or feel overwhelmed by them, and while people might think you are “ok” on the outside, it feels much different on the inside. I believe that healing this disconnection can happen in the context of a safe, supportive relationship, like therapy.
(206) 558-0953 View (206) 558-0953
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Katie Morse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
I have an extensive background in the field of addiction, particularly eating disorders and drug and alcohol.
My approach to therapy is supportive and empathetic.I believe the most important element of therapy is the genuine connection between the client and therapist. Each client has unique needs and my goal is to meet each client where they are in their process of self awareness and healing. Therefore I utilize a variety of modalities such as CBT, ACT and Mindfulness. I see psychotherapy as a joint collaboration between therapist and client and strive to empower each client in their journey of inner exploration, mental, spiritual and physical healing.
I have an extensive background in the field of addiction, particularly eating disorders and drug and alcohol.
My approach to therapy is supportive and empathetic.I believe the most important element of therapy is the genuine connection between the client and therapist. Each client has unique needs and my goal is to meet each client where they are in their process of self awareness and healing. Therefore I utilize a variety of modalities such as CBT, ACT and Mindfulness. I see psychotherapy as a joint collaboration between therapist and client and strive to empower each client in their journey of inner exploration, mental, spiritual and physical healing.
(206) 504-3196 View (206) 504-3196
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Derynne Samson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
I treat adults with eating disorders and body image distress, attachment and complex trauma, and dissociative disorders.
Are you thrown off balance by unresolved fears, shame, anxiety or distress? Is your relationship with food and your body a source of stress that interrupts your ability to fully immerse yourself in the present moment, robbing you of connection with yourself and others? For many of us, our past collides with the present and we struggle to make sense of our lived experience. I am of the mind that the only way out is in. I welcome you to embark on a journey into yourself, where you may discover abandoned and rejected parts of yourself, and a wellspring of insight and self-compassion for your most difficult challenges.
I treat adults with eating disorders and body image distress, attachment and complex trauma, and dissociative disorders.
Are you thrown off balance by unresolved fears, shame, anxiety or distress? Is your relationship with food and your body a source of stress that interrupts your ability to fully immerse yourself in the present moment, robbing you of connection with yourself and others? For many of us, our past collides with the present and we struggle to make sense of our lived experience. I am of the mind that the only way out is in. I welcome you to embark on a journey into yourself, where you may discover abandoned and rejected parts of yourself, and a wellspring of insight and self-compassion for your most difficult challenges.
(206) 222-4168 View (206) 222-4168
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Amy Hammett
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I also work with parents of adults with eating disorders.
As a licensed mental health counselor, I work to provide a safe place for my clients to explore their stories, learn about themselves, and progress towards their goals. When therapy concludes, my hope is my clients have a stronger sense of self, more authentic relationships, and a greater understanding of their life's potential and impact. In order to do this, I utilize psychodynamic and existential psychotherapies in collaboration with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
I also work with parents of adults with eating disorders.
As a licensed mental health counselor, I work to provide a safe place for my clients to explore their stories, learn about themselves, and progress towards their goals. When therapy concludes, my hope is my clients have a stronger sense of self, more authentic relationships, and a greater understanding of their life's potential and impact. In order to do this, I utilize psychodynamic and existential psychotherapies in collaboration with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
(206) 350-8039 View (206) 350-8039
Jessica C. Morgan Integrative Therapies LLC
Counselor, MD, LMHC, NBC-HWC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
Though I treat all mood disorders, including the many faces of anxiety, I have had specialized training treating patient’s struggling with eating disorders, young adults transitioning their gender, and in helping patients work on stress-reduction, insomnia, focus on self-care, and re-design lifestyles to prevent or improve chronic illness.
I work alongside my clients, as they bravely take the risks involved in introspection. I believe in meeting each client where they are and moving at a pace that each person feels comfortable with. I want to guide you as you explore and overcome the obstacles disrupting your functioning or behavior; I want to support you as you explore feelings of stress, trauma, sadness, confusion, worry, anger, pressure… I don’t see clients as diagnoses: I see them as complex people experiencing emotional crises who will show me how to give them the help they need getting through it.
Though I treat all mood disorders, including the many faces of anxiety, I have had specialized training treating patient’s struggling with eating disorders, young adults transitioning their gender, and in helping patients work on stress-reduction, insomnia, focus on self-care, and re-design lifestyles to prevent or improve chronic illness.
I work alongside my clients, as they bravely take the risks involved in introspection. I believe in meeting each client where they are and moving at a pace that each person feels comfortable with. I want to guide you as you explore and overcome the obstacles disrupting your functioning or behavior; I want to support you as you explore feelings of stress, trauma, sadness, confusion, worry, anger, pressure… I don’t see clients as diagnoses: I see them as complex people experiencing emotional crises who will show me how to give them the help they need getting through it.
(206) 736-3922 View (206) 736-3922
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Julie DeBoer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
I also have a significant background in working with individuals with eating disorders and general food and body issues, and I am passionate about helping all of my clients come to feel more at home in their bodies.
I believe that often, our deepest experiences of harm and trauma take place within relationships, and the ways that others relate to us has an enormous impact on the ways we learn to relate to ourselves. My work with clients often centers around exploring and integrating past experiences of harm, and through this, inviting clients to new ways of relating to themselves in the present. I am passionate about helping clients grow in self-awareness, courage, and self-compassion.
I also have a significant background in working with individuals with eating disorders and general food and body issues, and I am passionate about helping all of my clients come to feel more at home in their bodies.
I believe that often, our deepest experiences of harm and trauma take place within relationships, and the ways that others relate to us has an enormous impact on the ways we learn to relate to ourselves. My work with clients often centers around exploring and integrating past experiences of harm, and through this, inviting clients to new ways of relating to themselves in the present. I am passionate about helping clients grow in self-awareness, courage, and self-compassion.
(206) 737-0935 View (206) 737-0935
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Christina Adams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSWA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Let’s be real, having a body is complicated. Given the context of the world we live in, it makes sense to feel a wide range of emotions about your body, food, movement, and the list goes on. Eating disorders, disordered eating, body image concerns, and low self-worth can so often feel like they come part and parcel with our society and the traumas so many of us endure throughout our lives. Thank goodness you don’t have to figure it all out alone! I believe that healing comes through gentle curiosity about ourselves and answering the question of “Why am I like this?” with nonjudgmental compassion.
Let’s be real, having a body is complicated. Given the context of the world we live in, it makes sense to feel a wide range of emotions about your body, food, movement, and the list goes on. Eating disorders, disordered eating, body image concerns, and low self-worth can so often feel like they come part and parcel with our society and the traumas so many of us endure throughout our lives. Thank goodness you don’t have to figure it all out alone! I believe that healing comes through gentle curiosity about ourselves and answering the question of “Why am I like this?” with nonjudgmental compassion.
(206) 222-4171 View (206) 222-4171
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Shannon Wittevrongel
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
I specialize in eating disorders, dissociative disorders & complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Our bodies hold deep wisdom but for many, as a result of trauma, emotional and physical distress, and systemic oppression, to name a few, the connection to this wisdom has been disrupted and damaged. I will meet you where ever you are at in the process as we learn to listen to what your body and story hold.
I specialize in eating disorders, dissociative disorders & complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Our bodies hold deep wisdom but for many, as a result of trauma, emotional and physical distress, and systemic oppression, to name a few, the connection to this wisdom has been disrupted and damaged. I will meet you where ever you are at in the process as we learn to listen to what your body and story hold.
(206) 203-9799 View (206) 203-9799
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Katherine Perrow
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
Therapy is a unique and personal journey that can lead to tremendous healing. Using your personal goals and values as a guiding force in our work together, we will create a safe space for you to feel known and empowered. My therapeutic approach focuses on amplifying your strengths and helping you live your purpose each and every day. My background includes work with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, grief and loss, eating disorders, trauma, and the perinatal time period. I love working with individuals who find themselves navigating changing seasons of life, as well.
Therapy is a unique and personal journey that can lead to tremendous healing. Using your personal goals and values as a guiding force in our work together, we will create a safe space for you to feel known and empowered. My therapeutic approach focuses on amplifying your strengths and helping you live your purpose each and every day. My background includes work with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, grief and loss, eating disorders, trauma, and the perinatal time period. I love working with individuals who find themselves navigating changing seasons of life, as well.
(206) 312-5346 View (206) 312-5346
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Rebecca Suess
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Areas of expertise include treating eating disorders, disordered eating, poor body image, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation and conflict.
The complex experience of being human can leave us feeling exhausted, numb, discouraged, fearful and hopeless at times. I work with my clients to find clarity and hope by helping them connect to their values to take steps towards meaningful change. Therapy can be a space to explore different parts of yourself and cultivate a tool box of skills to help you effectively cope with the challenges life can bring. I approach therapy with openness, compassion, and utilize evidence based practices to guide my work. I provide individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults.
Areas of expertise include treating eating disorders, disordered eating, poor body image, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation and conflict.
The complex experience of being human can leave us feeling exhausted, numb, discouraged, fearful and hopeless at times. I work with my clients to find clarity and hope by helping them connect to their values to take steps towards meaningful change. Therapy can be a space to explore different parts of yourself and cultivate a tool box of skills to help you effectively cope with the challenges life can bring. I approach therapy with openness, compassion, and utilize evidence based practices to guide my work. I provide individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults.
(206) 558-0179 View (206) 558-0179
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Nicole Podell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98144  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and symptoms of PTSD, particularly resulting from interpersonal trauma.
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where people feel seen, challenged and supported. Therapy is an invaluable space where you can investigate all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and thrive.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and symptoms of PTSD, particularly resulting from interpersonal trauma.
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where people feel seen, challenged and supported. Therapy is an invaluable space where you can investigate all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and thrive.
(206) 739-0112 View (206) 739-0112
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Virginia Alcalde
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RDN, CD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Virginia (Gigi) a psychotherapist, registered dietitian, yoga and mindfulness teacher. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in deepening self-exploration, looking to improve their relationship with themselves and others, and navigate diverse mental health challenges such as developmental and adult trauma, post traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. I also specialize and enjoy working with individuals that are challenged with disordered eating/eating disorders and who desire to improve and heal their relationship with food and body.
Hello, I am Virginia (Gigi) a psychotherapist, registered dietitian, yoga and mindfulness teacher. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in deepening self-exploration, looking to improve their relationship with themselves and others, and navigate diverse mental health challenges such as developmental and adult trauma, post traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. I also specialize and enjoy working with individuals that are challenged with disordered eating/eating disorders and who desire to improve and heal their relationship with food and body.
(206) 590-6266 View (206) 590-6266
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Bonnie Deopp Clinical Supervisor
Counselor, LMHC, CN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! And Welcome. We would be a good fit if you are interested in exploring the impact of past experiences on your here and now responses of body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors through a mind-body approach. My areas of clinical focus are: 1).Complex Trauma and resulting Panic/Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Coping, and Chronic Illness. 2).Loss of control when eating in adults and adolescents including Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, and Emotional Eating. 3). LGBTQ+ including gender affirming transitions 4). Addiction Recovery and Chronic Relapses 5). Fertility Issues and PCOS.
Hello! And Welcome. We would be a good fit if you are interested in exploring the impact of past experiences on your here and now responses of body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors through a mind-body approach. My areas of clinical focus are: 1).Complex Trauma and resulting Panic/Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Coping, and Chronic Illness. 2).Loss of control when eating in adults and adolescents including Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, and Emotional Eating. 3). LGBTQ+ including gender affirming transitions 4). Addiction Recovery and Chronic Relapses 5). Fertility Issues and PCOS.
(206) 202-7076 View (206) 202-7076
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Alison Fasolino
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
Hi! The first step is acknowledging that you need more support & I am proud of your bravery. Are you looking for a therapist that will treat you with respect, listen with compassion, & always have your back? I will do this for you every time! I offer a safe & non-judgmental space that will allow you to feel secure, heard, & supported. I will not shy away from asking you the tough questions & being honest with what I observe. You deserve to heal & I promise to help you do just that. I specialize in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and pregnancy but I work with a variety of concerns! I support children, adolescents, and adults.
Hi! The first step is acknowledging that you need more support & I am proud of your bravery. Are you looking for a therapist that will treat you with respect, listen with compassion, & always have your back? I will do this for you every time! I offer a safe & non-judgmental space that will allow you to feel secure, heard, & supported. I will not shy away from asking you the tough questions & being honest with what I observe. You deserve to heal & I promise to help you do just that. I specialize in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and pregnancy but I work with a variety of concerns! I support children, adolescents, and adults.
(425) 541-8575 View (425) 541-8575
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Jessica May Christie
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with eating disorders.
At times in life we all get stuck and come to places where change is necessary. I aim to create with my clients a space where we listen to what your thoughts, feelings and symptoms are telling you about your story. I believe that we are built for relationship, that both our greatest wounds and deepest healing occur within relationship. Together we will explore the patterns that emerge in therapy, and how old ways of relating are being recreated in present day. I believe therapy in a mutual work and that the answers to your healing are within you and the relationship we build.
I have extensive experience working with eating disorders.
At times in life we all get stuck and come to places where change is necessary. I aim to create with my clients a space where we listen to what your thoughts, feelings and symptoms are telling you about your story. I believe that we are built for relationship, that both our greatest wounds and deepest healing occur within relationship. Together we will explore the patterns that emerge in therapy, and how old ways of relating are being recreated in present day. I believe therapy in a mutual work and that the answers to your healing are within you and the relationship we build.
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Ashlee Knight Therapy Co.
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
I specialize in the following: women with ADHD, relationship issues, managing anxiety & depression, couples therapy, grief & loss, life transitions, eating disorders/disordered eating, and co-dependency.
Navigating the messy, painful, hopeful, and confusing parts of our life is so hard to do on our own. We may feel lost, alone, or like we will never have the kind of life we want to have. What seems to come easily for others may feel crushingly hard for us to get for ourselves. Therapy offers us the space to be witnessed in our pain and struggle while also digger deeper into the honest truths and hopes of our life. I deeply believe that we heal in community, and therapy is the perfect place to begin to allow ourself to be seen, heard, and understood in a totally safe and consistent environment.
I specialize in the following: women with ADHD, relationship issues, managing anxiety & depression, couples therapy, grief & loss, life transitions, eating disorders/disordered eating, and co-dependency.
Navigating the messy, painful, hopeful, and confusing parts of our life is so hard to do on our own. We may feel lost, alone, or like we will never have the kind of life we want to have. What seems to come easily for others may feel crushingly hard for us to get for ourselves. Therapy offers us the space to be witnessed in our pain and struggle while also digger deeper into the honest truths and hopes of our life. I deeply believe that we heal in community, and therapy is the perfect place to begin to allow ourself to be seen, heard, and understood in a totally safe and consistent environment.
(206) 408-1097 View (206) 408-1097
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Emily Rich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, MedFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families affected by trauma, relationship challenges, and/or eating disorders/food and body issues. Many of my clients are looking for healing around stressful or traumatic life experiences that have led to brilliant but sometimes "stuck" survival strategies. Others are seeking to find peace and freedom with food and body struggles. Some may be struggling with relationships, communication, and boundaries. Though these are my areas of expertise, I work with a wide variety of clients and needs and am happy to explore if I am the right fit for you.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families affected by trauma, relationship challenges, and/or eating disorders/food and body issues. Many of my clients are looking for healing around stressful or traumatic life experiences that have led to brilliant but sometimes "stuck" survival strategies. Others are seeking to find peace and freedom with food and body struggles. Some may be struggling with relationships, communication, and boundaries. Though these are my areas of expertise, I work with a wide variety of clients and needs and am happy to explore if I am the right fit for you.
(206) 488-0758 View (206) 488-0758
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Emily Ehrhart
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Throughout my career, I have worked with diverse populations in various treatment settings. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma. As a therapist, I strive to understand clients' unique needs and strengths. The therapeutic alliance I have with clients is foundational to our work together and in many ways guides the counseling process.
Throughout my career, I have worked with diverse populations in various treatment settings. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma. As a therapist, I strive to understand clients' unique needs and strengths. The therapeutic alliance I have with clients is foundational to our work together and in many ways guides the counseling process.
(425) 385-0589 View (425) 385-0589
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Stephanie A. Geiger
Counselor, MA, CN, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. I have a Masters in Clinical Health Psychology and a Masters in Nutrition/Dietetics, which helps lend to a holistic approach to my work with clients. I commonly work with health behavioral change, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, ADHD, and relationship change. My treatment approach utilizes a biopsychosocial lense in long-term therapy based in psychodynamic, strengths-based, and integrative work in overall health. I utilize coping skills from CBT, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. I incorporated life-skills such a assertiveness, boundaries, and career.
I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. I have a Masters in Clinical Health Psychology and a Masters in Nutrition/Dietetics, which helps lend to a holistic approach to my work with clients. I commonly work with health behavioral change, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, ADHD, and relationship change. My treatment approach utilizes a biopsychosocial lense in long-term therapy based in psychodynamic, strengths-based, and integrative work in overall health. I utilize coping skills from CBT, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. I incorporated life-skills such a assertiveness, boundaries, and career.
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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.