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Eating Disorders Counseling

Eating Disorder Counseling to Help You Live Healthy

Our eating disorder therapists work towards helping you with strategies to change your unwanted behavior associated with an eating disorder.

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Signs and symptoms

Are You Experiencing These Eating Disorder Symptoms?

If you are experiencing these symptoms, speaking to an eating disorder counselor can be a helpful first step.
  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Distorted body image

  • Dramatic weight loss

  • Dizziness

  • Mood Fluctuations

  • Binge eating and purging

  • Disturbed sleeping cycles

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

It is an eating disorder that can be fatal and involves stringent dietary restrictions and purging habits. The signs include:

  • Excess fear of gaining weight
  • Persistent weight loss
  • Neglecting low body weight and its adverse effects
  • Amenorrhea—Menstruation stopped as a result of low-fat content
  • Stresses the heart and causes potentially fatal situations
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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

When a person frequently overeats and then purges all of it, this condition develops. These are typical signs of bulimia nervosa:

  • Over-exercising
  • Using laxatives and diet pills
  • Force vomit to get rid of the calories
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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

It is a common condition among adolescents presenting as regularly overeating and lack control over eating habits. The symptoms are:

  • Binging when not hungry
  • Eating more than intended
  • Unusual rapid consumption of a huge quantity of food
  • Increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
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Rumination Disorder

Rumination Disorder

It refers to a condition when a person regurgitates food that they have already digested and swallowed, re-chews it, and then either re-swallows it or spits it out. The signs of this condition are:

  • Malnutrition
  • Less intake of food to avoid the condition
  • Effortless regurgitation within 10 minutes of eating
  • Abdominal pain
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Pica

Pica

Pica causes compulsive eating of substances that aren't food and don't provide nutritional value or advantages. Some items that you may have consumed are chalk, talcum, ash, clay, soil, etc.; if this eating disorder is left untreated, it may cause ringworm infection, irregular heart rhythms, low iron, intestine blockages, etc.; Pica is usually a result of:

  • Cultural/learned behaviors
  • Socio-economic conditions
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Mental Health Conditions
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Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)

People with OSFED frequently exhibit severely disordered eating patterns, a warped perception of their bodies, an exaggerated value placed on their size and shape, and a crippling dread of gaining weight. OSFED is the most common dietary disorder that affects men and women and is diagnosed in adults and adolescents.

  • Anxiety, depression, and irritability
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Low self-esteem
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Eating Disorder Counseling & Process

Our eating disorder therapy addresses every aspect affecting the person physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Eating Disorder

CBT helps to discover the thoughts, behaviors, and convictions that fuel your eating habits. These could involve ideas or attitudes related to food, body shape, appearance, and weight. While undergoing CBT for eating disorders, you will experience improvements in other linked symptoms like depression and anxiety. Once we uncover the reasons, we'll give you techniques to manage and change these attitudes and beliefs.

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Eating Disorder

Treatment for eating disorders such as binge eating disorder and bulimia involves IPT. IPT examines your eating disorder regarding social and interpersonal interactions. IPT aims to resolve interpersonal deficits, role conflicts, transitions, and grief. Your counselors specializing in eating disorders will work with you to examine how issues in these areas affect your eating disorder. They'll work with you to improve your communication and interpersonal skills to lessen your symptoms.

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Family-based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorder

FBT, also referred to as the Maudsley Method, is a popular methodology for treating children or adolescents with eating disorders. Eating disorder counselors use FBT to maintain healthy eating habits, get back to and keep a healthy weight, and stop unhealthy habits like purging or binge eating. Family members play a vital role in FBT throughout the healing process.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is your gateway for managing your emotional health. DBT seeks to increase abilities like communication, emotional expressiveness, flexibility, openness, overcoming distress, and promoting mindfulness. DBT has been investigated and proven effective for bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. You'll learn to change the behaviors relating to your eating disorders with DBT.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Rather than concentrating on altering your thoughts or feelings, ACT asks you to change your behavior. According to an ACT principle, behaviors linked to eating disorders occur due to emotional reactions to unpleasant emotions like pain or anxiety. During ACT, you will focus on your basic values and create goals to realize these values.

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Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)

The primary goal of CRT is to encourage mental flexibility and big-picture thinking. CRT is mainly used to treat anorexia nervosa. It involves varied exercises and tasks to address the anorexia nervosa-related rigid thought processes.

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Treatment & Process

Nutritional Counseling For Eating Disorders Is For You

Together, we can succeed. Your eating disorder therapist helps you develop healthier thoughts and maintain motivation for positive change throughout your treatment.

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Our tailored processes focus on your unique needs to offer the services you deserve.

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In-Person Counseling

Get matched with a qualified eating disorder therapist to get a personalized care plan to fit your needs. Our expert counselors work to identify the causes fueling eating disorders and assist you on your path to recovery.

Online Counseling

Virtual therapy for your eating disorder can be effective even from the comfort of your home. Our counselors provide holistic support for overcoming the stress and anxiety associated with eating disorders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The American Psychiatric Association states that eating disorders are behavioral conditions marked by an extreme and continual disturbance in eating habits and related intrusive thoughts and emotions. These disorders are diagnosable psychological conditions that can acutely damage someone’s standard of living. These disorders are associated with medical complexities such as osteopenia and psychiatry. These mental health illnesses can hamper work, school, and relationships.

These mental illnesses can interfere with work, school, goals, and relationships. They’re associated with medical complications like osteopenia and comorbid psychiatric conditions, i.e., co-existing conditions such as major depression and anxiety disorders.

A professional physician or mental health expert could diagnose an eating disorder. Some of the common signs and symptoms that might indicate that someone has eating disorder includes -

  • Negative body language
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Extreme fear of weight gain
  • Loose-fitting or layered clothes
  • Continual self-deprecation related to body parts, appearance, or weight
  • Compulsive exercise or working out rather than spending time with others
  • Fascination with dieting
  • Food stocking
  • Avoiding places or social situations where food is present
  • Discomfort with eating around other people
  • Frequent excuses for skipping meals

If you have been suffering from the symptoms above. We suggest you seek help, you can contact Lifebulb at any point of time with our 24x7 active helpline. You can also find us online, simply search ‘eating disorder counseling near me’ or ‘food addiction counseling near me’ or ‘food addiction therapist near me’ or ‘Find an Eating Disorders therapist.’

Psychiatrists and eating disorders counselors break down feeding and eating disorders (FEDs) as per the clinical guidelines mentioned in the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. It lists the diagnostic criteria for the disorders discussed below -
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge-eating disorder (BED)
  • Avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
  • Pica
  • Rumination disorder
  • Other specified FED
  • Unspecified FED

There are no specific causes for eating disorders. Still, many attribute it to society’s pressure around a person’s weight, particularly unrealistic ideals regarding women’s body shapes, for anorexia and bulimia. Social and environmental concerns undoubtedly play a vital role in how a person grasps them.

Along with these pressures, other psychological and biological elements may also lead to eating disorders. For instance, eating disorders are related to psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety. A few personality attributes, such as perfectionism, utmost compliance, and mental instability, are associated with anorexia nervosa. Neurochemicals can also affect hunger and appetite. The genetic component can also lead to eating disorders.

If you have been or know somebody who is suffering from eating disorders. We suggest you seek help, you can contact Lifebulb at any point of time with our 24x7 active helpline. You can also find us online, simply search ‘eating disorder therapist near me’ or ‘food therapist near me’ or ‘Find an Eating Disorders counselor’ or ‘eating disorder counseling online.’

Using practical, evidence-informed treatments and counseling for overeating can help overcome eating disorders. Psychotherapy with a licensed expert is usually the initial treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy can successfully treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, or BED.

Family support is also essential to recover from eating disorders, specifically for teenagers and adolescents. In severe cases, a clinician can help build together a multidisciplinary team of experts to assist in treatment. This team may contain a family physician, a dietician, a family therapist, etc.

Lifebulb therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online eating disorder therapy or therapy for overeating, counseling, care, and treatment for a wide variety of mental healthcare needs and issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, bipolar, treatment, family therapy, panic attack, phobias, substance abuse, virtual therapy, online counseling, EMDR, EFT, and many more.

Your first session with a Lifebulb eating disorder therapist or eating disorders counselors won't simply be a background or demographic information-gathering session - We know deciding to get help is a big deal and a difficult step. That's why our first offline or online therapy session with you will be about providing you with the service you're seeking and proving that the therapy process can work with the right effort and commitment from both sides.

We believe getting access to an eating disorder specialist or counselor should be quick and easy. So our process is straightforward. Simply browse our eating therapists' bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a virtual counseling or in-person counseling session online. Or call our office, and a team member can help make sure you're matched with the right eating disorder therapist or counselor for you and your goals. Whether online eating disorder treatment therapy or offline therapy for food addiction, your counselors specializing in eating disorders will help you with an individualized eating disorder treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away.While Lifebulb is not a crisis eating disorders treatment center and Lifebulb eating disorder therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your eating therapist or eating disorder treatment center, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific eating disorder treatment plan, your eating disorder therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online therapy for food addiction or offline therapy for food addiction.

When you book a session with your eating therapist or counselor, our team will email you a confirmation of your appointment date and time with a link to the virtual eating disorder therapy room. Click the link and log in to the virtual therapy room a few minutes before your session, and your eating disorder specialists will meet you there.

Yes. All of our eating therapists can provide the best online eating disorder therapy and eating disorder treatment services to our clients.

We use a HIPAA-compliant video counseling service integrated into our Electronic Health Records System to provide a smooth process for our clients to engage in online therapy sessions. Booking a session with us is easy. Simply call our office or request a specific session time from our website, and a team member can book you with the best possible fit as a therapist or confirm your online session details. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual therapy.

Booking a session with us is easy and flexible, with several options. You can call our office, and a team member can book you with the best fit-in therapist. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual. Or you can select your ideal therapist from our website, select a session time that works for you, and we'll reach out to you to confirm your appointment details.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your counselor or therapist 24 hours or more before your online therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

Eating disorder treatment is often a long-term process that can help in improving overall mental health. It has been demonstrated that therapy can enhance feelings and behaviors and is associated with healthy adjustments to the brain and body. There is never a guaranteed "cure," but therapy helps make positive lifestyle changes.

We accept many major commercial insurance plans, including Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Optum Health, United Healthcare, Tricare, and others. If you don't see your insurance listed, we would be happy to verify your benefits to see if we can accept them, and if not, we offer you an affordable self-pay rate.

At Lifebulb, we operate without any ongoing membership or fees. We believe that everyone deserves to receive the best online therapy service experience. And we believe those benefits should come free of any ongoing out-of-pocket fees simply for engaging in therapy. With us, your only session costs will be those set by your insurance provider or our low self-pay rate.

While many practices accept only self-pay clients or out-of-network benefits, at Lifebulb, we aim to keep your costs low by accepting most major insurance plans. Often the out-of-pocket expense per online therapy session is a low copay determined by your specific insurance provider and plan. We also offer a self-pay rate lower than many practices for those without insurance or simply preferring not to use their healthcare benefits for in-person or virtual therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely picky about who we hire to help you achieve your food addiction counseling goals. But we understand that every eating disorder therapist may not be the perfect match for every client. If your therapy experience is less than you hoped, we will help you get set up to see someone you prefer.

We take the responsibility of maintaining your privacy seriously. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at privacy@lifebulb.com.

Therapists that don't enjoy their workplace are often, unfortunately, unable to provide their clients with the best possible level of counseling and therapy. That's why at Lifebulb, our eating disorder therapists are our top priority. This means that your counselor or therapist can provide you, their client, with the best eating disorders treatment because they enjoy the work they do in session with you, where they work, and who they work with.

Our online therapy sessions are all conducted by our therapist aid eating disorder in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at privacy@lifebulb.com.

At Lifebulb, our biggest difference lies in our therapists. Many practices, large and small, often put growing businesses before growing people. It may sound simple, but at Lifebulb, we treat our therapists like valuable people that provide a valuable food addiction therapy service. What does that mean for our clients? While we believe therapists and counselors, regardless of where they work, do their best for their clients, we've found that therapists who genuinely enjoy where they work are able to provide the best therapy for eating disorders to those they help. To that end, our primary goal at Lifebulb is to provide our therapists with the best possible environment in which to operate. In doing so, we believe Lifebulb clients are best positioned to accomplish their eating disorders treatment goals through in-person counseling or virtual therapy for eating disorders.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely selective about the therapists we hire because we know choosing the right therapist can make all the difference in our clients reaching their nutritional counseling for eating disorders goals. Our eating disorder therapists are all educated at the masters level and above and have received several years of hands-on training before becoming fully licensed clinicians. Even among the pool of highly trained therapists, we only work with those who align with our core values. That way, we know your eating disorder therapist will go the extra mile to help you and offer the best therapy for eating disorders online or in-person counseling.

Lifebulb’s clinics has several locations for providing in-person counseling and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online therapy session services for those who may live distant from our offices.

All our counselors are highly educated and trained and have received their full clinical licensure from practicing counseling. We also thoroughly interview each of our therapists, ensure that they pass a background check, and train them in-house to work with us. Additionally, we ensure that each of our counselors and therapists participates in ongoing education to continue to provide the best in-person and online therapy services possible.

It is important that our clients work with the best possible fit as an eating disorder therapist for their specific treatments for eating disorders. This is why we provide detailed bios of our therapists for our clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific eating disorder therapist in mind to work with, we would be happy to schedule you to see them. We also understand that our clients don't always match perfectly with their therapist, and in the case of a less-than-great fit, we will help you to find the right match among our team and, if necessary, provide the best referral we can to someone more suited to help you beyond our walls.

A professional counselor is a master- or PhD-level mental health professional approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The exact name of a professional counselor's license can vary by state, but some of the most common are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

We do employ licensed clinical psychologists, as psychologists can offer services, such as best online eating disorder therapy services and psychological testing, that many other license types are unable to offer. Many times, your counselor or therapist can work in tandem with a psychologist to provide medication, nutritional therapy for eating disorders and psychological testing when necessary to better provide for your specific needs or goals. In this way, we are able to better provide for a wider range of your needs.

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