Eating Disorder Therapy

types of eating disorders we treat

other issues that are treated alongside eating disorders

Eating disorders are always accompanied by other mental health challenges, so know that we don’t focus only on food or body image. Our relationship with food and our bodies doesn’t develop in a vacuum, but are highly impacted by many things. Other issues we commonly treat in therapy alongside disordered eating include:

our eating disorder therapy philosophies

From a philosophical perspective, all of our therapists and coaches are anti-diet, Health At Every Size® (HAES)-friendly professionals. That means we do not encourage clients to go on any kind of diet nor do we encourage intentional weight loss. We feel that would unethical considering intentional weight loss fails long-term 95% of the time and has negative physical and emotional consequences, especially for those with eating disorders.

My goal is to help you break free from the bondage of diet culture and your own internal critic so you can finally—maybe for the first time in your life—call a truce with food and your body. Instead of dieting and restriction, you can eat intuitively and enjoy all kinds of foods without guilt and shame!

Eating Disorder Therapy

Below are some examples of common goals we might work on in eating disorder therapy, but this certainly not an exhaustive list.

food goals

  • Learning the principles of and scientific foundation for HAES® and intuitive eating
  • Recognizing and honoring hunger and fullness cues
  • Learning to eat and live life more mindfully (that is, with more awareness and joy)
  • Neutralizing food anxiety and getting rid of the good food/bad food mentality
  • Stopping the restriction/bingeing cycle
  • Stopping any compensatory behaviors, such as purging
  • Enjoying a wider variety of foods
  • Changing the mental obsession of thinking about food all the time

body goals

  • Accepting your body, whatever size or shape you are
  • Stopping any harmful behaviors against your body, such as self-harm, picking, not taking insulin as needed, abusing laxatives, etc.
  • Stopping body-checking behaviors, such as mirror checking and weighing
  • Incorporating intuitive movement into your life so you can move your body in ways that actually feel good 

emotional and psychological goals

  • Recognize and change problematic thinking patterns
  • Build emotional intelligence so you can understand your emotions
  • Learn healthy emotional regulation skills so emotions don’t overwhelm you or you don’t avoid them in destructive ways
  • Recognize positive traits about yourself
  • Develop more self-compassion for your imperfections and mistakes
  • Explore your values and life goals outside of your eating disorder
  • Improve relationships with others through interpersonal skills such as communication skills, boundary-setting, and more

Therapists who offer eating disorder therapy:

Ready to get started on your own goals?