Eating Disorders Counsellors

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders comprise a range of attitudes and behaviors relating to food and body-image. The three main eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and ED NOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). These conditions manifest to different degrees in different people and can sometimes be mistakenly judged as poor eating habits, or a lack of willpower.

People with eating disorders don't eat in harmony with their bodies' needs, instead, people with Anorexia Nervosa eat much less than they need, while Bulimia sufferers binge and then induce vomiting. They may also do other things to compensate for overeating, including exercising or fasting. ED NOS combines any combination of the other two conditions.

Apart from the physical symptoms and behaviors above, someone with an eating disorder will generally also have poor self-esteem and obsessively research or talk about food, dieting or exercise. Poor body image will cause them to either wear clothes that cover up every inch of their bodies, or flaunt  in order to attract attention. They will find it hard to accept criticism and compliments.

Therapy for eating disorders depend on the patient. While some people respond well to short term outpatient treatment, others respond better to long-term inpatient treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy are long term treatments that have been proven to be effective, while group therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapies and feminist therapies work for people who will respond well to short term therapy.

Family therapy is often advised for children and adolescents who are experiencing eating disorders. Research has also shown dialectical behavioral therapy to be effective.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who addresses eating disorders, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

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Amie Anderson

M.S.W., RSW
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**RSW/RCC Currently Accepting New Clients** Amie Anderson received a Masters Degree in Social Work from UBC and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). She has worked with... Read more

Heather Whalen

M.S.W., RSW
Hi, I'm Heather ! I have been practicing as a mental health therapist for 13 years and I am passionate about supporting individuals on their journey of self-discovery and personal growth. First, I would like to... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... Read more

Susanne Leach

M.S.W., RSW
I have an office based in Port Moody and Vancouver and meet in person, I can also meet virtually with someone who lives outside the Lower Mainland. Do you want to build a life that is worth living, filled with... Read more

Marthe Lemire

M.S.W., RSW
Would you like to: Have a better understanding of the past. Clarify and work on acceptance in the present. Move towards a valued future. We are in a unique time, as advances in technology have created new... Read more

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is built on a foundation of trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. With over 20 years of clinical... Read more