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Eating Disorders Therapy

Don’t Let a Number on Scale Define You. Adapt a Healthy Lifestyle With Eating Disorder Therapy

Bring your eating disorder issue under control and lead a healthy life with support and guidance from professional eating disorder therapists.

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Are You Experiencing These Eating Disorder Symptoms?

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

Distorted body image

Low self-esteem

Low self-esteem

Use of Laxatives or Diet Pills

Use of Laxatives or Diet Pills

Distressing thoughts and emotions

Distressing thoughts and emotions

Disruptions in Eating Patterns

Disruptions in Eating Patterns

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by avoiding food, severely restricting or eating minimal quantities of only certain foods. People may also weigh themselves overly-frequently. Even when dangerously underweight, they may see themselves as overweight.

Symptoms include
  • Limited eating
  • Extreme thinness
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Distorted body image
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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging, or other methods to prevent weight gain, such as using laxatives, excessive exercise, or extreme fasting.

Symptoms include

  • Chronically inflamed and sore throat
  • Acid reflux disorder & gastrointestinal problems
  • Intestinal distress from laxative abuse
  • Electrolyte imbalance & severe dehydration
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Binge Eating Disorder

People with binge eating disorders compulsively overeat, rapidly consuming excessive calories in a brief period.

Symptoms include

  • Excessive eating
  • Feeling distressed or guilty about eating
  • Frequent dieting
  • Hiding binge eating from close ones
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Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Restrictive food intake disorder makes an individual strongly prefer a narrow range of foods and often refuse to eat any food outside these parameters. Unlike other eating disorders, people do not fear weight gain.

Symptoms include

  • Dramatic restriction on the amount of food eaten
  • Lack of appetite or interest in food
  • Weight loss, upset stomach & abdominal pain
  • Limited range of preferred foods
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

People who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder obsess over the body part they perceive to be flawed and what others think about it. Worrying about their imperfections makes them feel depressed, anxious, ashamed, or ugly.

Symptoms include

  • Isolation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Adhering to a rigid meal schedule
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"Living with an eating disorder takes extraordinary fortitude. And when that energy can be circumvented in a different way, incredible things happen."

— Anna Sweeney

Our Personalized Approach to Eating Disorder treatment

Our eating disorder therapy addresses every aspect affecting the person physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Your therapist will create a treatment plan to help you on your way toward recovery.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders

Interpersonal psychotherapy is a eating disorder therapy used to treat eating disorders like bulimia or binge eating. During the process, the person’s eating disorder is examined in the context of social and interpersonal relationships.

Your therapist will work with you to analyze how issues in these critical areas contribute to your eating disorder. They’ll then assist you in developing strategies to improve your communication and interpersonal skills to overcome these symptoms.

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Evidence-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy manages destructive or disturbing beliefs and behaviors while incorporating treatment methods such as emotional regulation and mindfulness.

For example, when undergoing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, your therapist will work with you so that you accept yourself as you are and are also motivated to transform.

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Attain Psychological Flexibility with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is another present and problem-focused talk treatment used for eating disorders. The objective is to ease the struggle to control anxious thoughts or painful sensations and increase involvement in meaningful actions that align with desired life goals.

It highlights acceptance as a way to deal with harmful thoughts, emotions, signs, or circumstances & also encourages increased commitment to a healthy & healing journey.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Eating Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for eating disorders enables people to learn to identify and control negative thinking and behavior patterns contributing to their eating disorders.

The aim is to develop self-esteem, modify behaviors that might worsen the eating disorder, and assist in interacting in speaking up about the issues.

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Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Eating Disorder

People with eating disorders often experience specific cognitive deficits in their condition. Cognitive Remediation Therapy is a type of treatment that teaches people thinking skills. It uses mind exercises and how they can be used in everyday life.

Some examples are drawing shapes or performing motions with your dominant and nondominant hand, asking you to switch your attention between two topics repeatedly, finding different ways to navigate a map, etc.

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Peer Support Programs to Assist Faster Recovery

Peer support programs deliver an opportunity for people who have achieved considerable recovery to assist others in their healing journeys. Peer specialists encourage recovery, enhance hope and network through role modeling and activation, and supplement existing treatment with teaching and empowerment.

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Your eating disorder therapist helps you develop healthier thoughts and maintain motivation throughout the treatment.

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

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Delve into virtual therapy for your adjustment disorder issue from the comfort of your home. Our therapists provide holistic support for overcoming the stress and anxiety associated with eating disorders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Eating disorders are significant conditions caused by persistent eating patterns that adversely affect your health, emotions, and capacity to carry out essential life functions. Bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder are the three most prevalent eating disorders.

An unhealthy obsession with food, body image, and weight characterizes most eating disorders. These actions can have a severe negative effect on your body's capacity to absorb the proper nutrients. Eating disorders can cause various ailments and affect the heart, gastrointestinal tract, bones, teeth, and mouth. Even though they can happen at other times, eating disorders frequently start in the teen and young adult years.

It is unclear what specifically causes eating problems. There may be a variety of causes, similar to other mental conditions, including:

Both biology and genetics - Genes in some people may put them at higher risk of having eating problems. Biological factors, such as alterations in brain chemistry, may influence eating disorders.

Mental and emotional well-being - Psychological and emotional issues may factor in eating disorders in those with them. They might struggle with relationships, perfectionism, impulsivity, and low self-esteem.

Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, frequently starting in their teens and early 20s. The likelihood of developing an eating disorder may be influenced by several factors, including:

Family background - People with parents or siblings who have eating disorders are much more likely to have eating problems.

Starvation and dieting - An eating disorder can arise from dieting. The brain is impacted by starvation, which results in mood swings, inflexible thinking, anxiety, and decreased appetite. In those more susceptible, starvation and weight loss may alter brain function, which could prolong restrictive eating patterns and make it challenging to resume regular eating habits. There is compelling evidence that numerous eating disorder symptoms are also signs of famine.

Stress - Going off to college, moving, getting a new job, or dealing with a family or relationship issue are all examples of how change can cause stress and raise your chance of developing an eating disorder. Other Mental Health Conditions- obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders are frequently present in eating disorder sufferers.

If you have been experiencing the following, we suggest you seek help. You can reach out to us simply by searching ‘food therapist near me’ or ‘food addiction therapist near me’. You can also call us to book your appointment for therapy for overeating, food addiction therapy, nutritional therapy for eating disorders, and more.

Since they may attempt to conceal it out of shame or guilt, it is not always simple to determine if someone has an eating issue. Yet, a few of the actions linked to eating disorders include:

  • Dieting could involve obsessive eating routines, fasting, skipping meals, avoiding specific food groups, or tracking calories (or kilojoules)
  • Binge eating includes keeping excessive quantities of food in the kitchen or hoarding food.
  • Purging: getting rid of food from the body by vomiting or using laxatives. Those who purge frequently visit the restroom during or after meals
  • Excessive exercise: a person may refuse to change their exercise program for any reason, insist on performing a specific number of monotonous routines, or grow upset if they cannot exercise
  • Social withdrawal: the person may stay away from social gatherings and eating-related settings, or they may prefer to eat by themselves
  • Body image: The subject could be preoccupied with weight and body type—modification in the person's wardrobe, such as the onset of baggy apparel

If you have been experiencing any of the following, we suggest you look for help. You can reach out to us simply by searching ‘eating disorder therapist near me’ or ‘find an eating disorders therapist’. You can also call us to book your appointment for therapy for overeating, food addiction therapy, nutritional therapy for eating disorders, and more.

Before determining whether you have an eating disorder, it's crucial to be aware of the warning indicators. Some symptoms could indicate that an eating issue is developing or is already present. Any eating issue frequently has behavioral, physical, and psychological symptoms. A person must get care immediately if they exhibit several symptoms.

  • Repetitive or ongoing dieting
  • Binge eating evidence
  • Evidence of laxative usage or vomiting
  • Exercise habits that are excessive or compulsive
  • Listing foods that are healthy and terrible
  • Avoiding all social gatherings where there will be food or family meals
  • Strong emphasis on weight and body shape

Physical indicators of an eating disorder could be:

  • Rapid or sudden weight loss
  • Feeling the cold easily
  • Loss or interference with menstrual cycles
  • Symptoms of regular vomiting include puffy cheeks, calluses on the knuckles, and chipped or Cracked teeth.
  • Weariness and vertigo

The following are some psychological indicators of an eating disorder:

  • Moodiness or worry
  • Anxiety or depression
  • A low sense of self
  • Increased concern with appearance, weight, and body type
  • Acute fear of putting on weight
  • Poor body image or extreme body dissatisfaction
  • A sense of not being able to manage one's eating habits

Eating problems come in a variety of forms. Some people may suffer from multiple eating disorders. Types consist of:

Anorexia nervosa: Sufferers of anorexia nervosa severely reduce their calorie intake and sometimes even starve themselves. It is characterized by an obsession with weight loss and a refusal to consume the recommended amounts of food for your body type and level of activity. Any size body can develop anorexia.

Binge eating disorder (BED): A person with a binge eating disorder has a loss of control over their eating. They consume a lot of food in a short length of time, or they think they have. However, they don't purge food or burn off calories through exercise after binging. Instead, they experience uncomfortable satiety and could battle despair, regret, or guilt.

Bulimia nervosa: Those with this disorder binge or overeat, or believe they did, in a short period. After that, they might force themselves to get rid of the calories in another way, like vomiting, using laxatives, or engaging in excessive exercise.

Your overall health may suffer from severely limiting your caloric intake, throwing up, or vigorous exercise. With an untreated eating disorder, you run the risk of developing major issues like:
  • Heart disorders such as arrhythmia, heart failure, and others
  • Problems with the digestive system
  • Reduced blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Tooth damage and osteoporosis
  • Brain injury and organ failure
  • Reflux of acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD)
  • Stroke
  • constipation and severe dehydration
  • Menstrual periods (amenorrhea) and infertility were stopped

The course of treatment may include a mix of several forms of eating disorders therapy, including:

The cognitive-behavioral approach - This psychotherapy focuses on your eating disorder-related actions, ideas, and emotions. Assisting you in developing healthy eating habits, it teaches you how to identify and alter faulty thinking that results in behaviors associated with eating disorders.

Family-centered counseling - Until you can do it on your own, family members will learn how to assist you in reestablishing appropriate eating habits and achieving a healthy weight during this therapy. Parents learning how to support a teen with an eating issue may find this form of counseling extremely helpful.

Cognitive behavioral treatment in a group - Meetings with a psychologist or other mental health specialist and individuals identified as having an eating issue are part of this therapy for food addiction. It can assist you in addressing your eating disorder-related thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, learning how to control your symptoms, and reestablishing good eating habits.

Lifebulb therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online eating disorder therapy, 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 counselor 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 therapist 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 disorder 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Tricare, Medicare, 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 therapy 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.

While the majority of our clients opt to have their insurance benefits to get therapy online, we offer a self-pay rate as low as $99, which may vary slightly by geography and therapist licensure.

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 disorder 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 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 disorder 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 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 eating disorder medication, therapy 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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