Eating Disorder

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

Heleen Woest, MA, NCC

Professional Counselor

I have 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups who struggle with eating disorders. I have had particular success working with clients who deal with binge eating disorder or food addiction.

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Aimee Polzin

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Lily Davis LCSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lewis and Clark College certificate

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Amanda Engracia Ayala (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

M.A.

I have experience at a local higher level of care partial hospitalization treatment facility. I have experience facilitating recovery groups, meal support, and conducting both individual and family therapy sessions. Additionally, I provided family support at Clementine in West Linn during Family Fridays. I am currently in the progress of becoming a Body Trust Provider ® with Be Nourished.

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Jacob Curtis (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA CADCI NCC LPC

I have experience and training working with people experiencing restrictive eating, body image distress, purging, rumination, and ARFID.

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Suzanne Sanchez (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have much experience working in treatment for eating disorders. I know the individual struggles someone with an eating disorder faces, and I can provide education to family members, parents, partners, and friends on how to support their loved ones. I additionally have experience working with specialized populations: adolescents, orthorexia, high-functioning autism, and co-occurring disorders.

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Marena Passarelli

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been passionate about helping clients with eating disorders throughout my career and schooling, and I have worked in various treatment settings in different roles. My hope is to help you identify and understand the function of your eating disorder, and to repair your relationship with food and your body.

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Marie Miller

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Mary Diorio

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have many years working experience with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, weight management and exercise balance.

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Sarabeth Casey, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NBCC

I have several years experience working at as an individual, group, and family therapist in an eating disorder specific clinic with adolescents and their supports.

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Ursula Hurley

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, over-exercise, restriction, purging, dieting, body image, self-esteem, health at every size, body trust, intuitive eating

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Allison Amo MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Eating disorders are complex as they directly impact our physical and emotional well-being. I believe that full recovery is possible and I am passionate about helping individuals regain balance and hope in all areas of their life. Through therapy, we can work towards understanding the function that the eating disorder has in your life and explore the emotions and patterns that contribute to it.

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Azhar Sultanova

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC C5924

I have an extensive experience treating Eating Disorders. In the beginning of my career, I worked at the Eating Disorders treatment center along with the best professionals in the field. I understand and appreciate the power of the multidisciplinary team and will actively collaborate with other members of your team and/or provide additional referrals.

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