Having an eating disorder is different from being on a diet. An eating disorder is an illness defined by abnormal eating habits that harm an individual's physical and mental health. Eating disorders can involve consuming either too little or too much food. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating slightly smaller or larger amounts of food, but the urge to eat less or more becomes overpowering and spirals out of control. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are the most common types of eating disorders. Although most frequently diagnosed in women, men can also suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek treatment from a mental health professional as soon as possible.
Local Experts in Eating Disorder
Whether you struggle with bulimia, compulsive eating, emotional eating, obsessing about food and how you look, or anything in between, I can help you find freedom from thinking about food all the time that gets in your way of living your best life.
Experience working with clients in recovery from disordered eating, supporting their exploration and discovery of a more meaningful life in recovery.
Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other forms of disordered eating are my clinical passion, the reason I was prompted to become a therapist in the first place. I have worked in residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and general outpatient settings and therefore have some insight to process that is healing from an eating disorder.
Working with eating disorders is a strong passion of mine. I believe recovery is possible and that together we can improve relationship with body, mind, food and weight through a compassionate, team oriented exploration and examination of the disordered eating. I believe there are two selves: the eating disordered self and the healthy self. I work with people to strengthen the healthy self.
Often developing as a coping for stress, eating disorders can be helped with early on. I work with girls\' and their body image and eating habits (over-eating, food restriction, over-exercise) along with self-esteem.
Imagine you could find a way to reclaim love and trust for your body just as it is. I work with individuals with body dissatisfaction and eating disorders to help them develop a deeper trust in their body and with themselves. My work is framed by a body positive, intuitive eating approach that aims to help clients with and restore trust in their internal wisdom.
I have several years experience working at as an individual, group, and family therapist in an eating disorder specific clinic.
Along with supporting individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder in outpatient therapy, I have also worked in a partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment center. I continue to attend continuing education and seek out ongoing new research to offer individuals I work with the most effective treatment for overcoming an eating disorder.
I have supported clients with eating disorders throughout my career, in a variety of treatment settings. I also believe if you are coming to therapy for some other reason and are currently in recovery, it can be useful to see a therapist with eating disorder treatment background. I look forward to partnering with you in recovery, as you repair your relationship with food and your body.
I do this work because of the positive experience I had in counseling for my own eating disorder in my 20's. By exploring your feelings, learning how to tend to your emotions and caring for yourself and your body, you can recover, one step at a time, without ever dieting again, simply by discovering what it is you are really hungry for.
I enjoy helping you identify, slow down, and work through painful and debilitating patterns of internal emotional upheaval--toward self-regulation, connection, and relief. Together, in a safe space, we work toward self growth and acceptance--new choices and ways of being.
My practice includes working with the full spectrum of eating issues including body image concerns, weight management, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and obesity.
I have many years working experience with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, weight management and exercise balance.
Heather currently works as an on-call counselor with an eating disorder clinic in Tigard Oregon. Heather continually works on educating herself regarding eating disorders and how to support those around someone working toward recovery. As a counselor in the field, Heather\'s goal is to not only assist those in recovery, but those help family members understand the world of an eating disorder best
I work from a Health at Every Size, or HAES®, approach in providing support for clients working to find peace with their body and food. HAES encourages us to trust our body by listening to hunger and fullness cues, seeking joy and moderation in physical activity, celebrating body diversity, and rejecting diet culture, sizeism, and the thin ideal. I also incorporate intuitive eating techniques to a
Mary Cross and MacKensie Keiner are Masters level social workers with specialty in Eating Disorders