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What We Treat
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is marked by rapid losses in weight/low body weight and restrictive eating habits. Individuals with AN often report a fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. Many people with AN describe feeling isolated from other people and some will also engage in binge eating and/or purging.
Bulimia nervosa (BN) is characterized by a recurrent pattern of binge eating (eating a large amount of food while feeling a loss of control) followed by a behavior intended to compensate for the extra food, such as self-induced vomiting, driven exercise, or the use of laxatives/diuretics. Individuals with BN feel dissatisfied with their body and may also experience problems with depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating (eating a large amount of food accompanied by a feeling of loss of control) and a feeling of shame or self-disgust as a result of the binge eating. Emotional eating and compulsive eating share many similar traits to binge eating, such as eating when not hungry or eating in secret. The research on BED points clearly to the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the first-line treatment.
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is characterized by a difficulty eating that results in significant nutritional problems, low weight, or a failure to gain weight in children. These difficulties can be due to the person’s sensitivity to certain types or textures of foods, a fear choking or vomiting, or a general lack of interest in food. Unlike with other eating disorders, people with ARFID are less likely to have body image concerns related to wanting to weigh less or look thinner. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family-Based Treatment (FBT; Maudsley Method) are the treatments with most promise.
We specialize in comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, and comorbid concerns. We also implement cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders (CBT-E) and avoidance and restrictive food intake disorder (CBT-AR). Family Based Treatment (FBT) is offered for children and adolescents with disordered eating. Integrated care (therapy and medication management) is available when appropriate.
About Our Team
The Eating Disorders Team provides evidence-based treatment for a wide range of eating and food related problems that integrate current research and flexibly adapt protocols based on individual factors. The EDC works with folks with disordered eating and body image concerns throughout the lifespan and with many diverse identities. We welcome folks solely with eating problems, as well as those with multiple high-risk, difficult to treat problems including depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, self-harm, suicidality, and substance abuse. All therapists operate within a multicultural framework and are skilled in providing LGTBQIA+ affirming care.