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4,080 people sought eating disorder therapy help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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Starting Eating disorder therapy

What is eating disorder therapy?

Eating disorder therapy is a specialized approach aimed at assisting those who are grappling with a range of eating disorders. These disorders are significant mental health conditions characterized by irregular or unhealthy eating patterns and an intense focus on body weight and shape. Common conditions addressed in Eating disorder therapy include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

How does eating disorder therapy work?

At Thriveworks, Eating disorder therapy begins with a thorough assessment and personalized treatment plan. Central to eating disorder therapy is psychotherapy, often employing cognitive behavioral therapy and other specialized techniques to target negative thought patterns.

Signs of an eating disorder

The signs of an eating disorder can include:

  • Drastic weight changes
  • Preoccupation with food and body image
  • Binge eating or extreme dieting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Social withdrawal and secrecy around eating
  • Physical and emotional symptoms like fatigue and anxiety

What is the success rate of CBT for eating disorders?

CBT’s remission rate, according to some research, is generally between 50-30% for those seeking assistance for eating disorder symptoms.

What is the recovery rate for people with eating disorders?

The recovery rate for those seeking assistance with eating disorders depends entirely on the individual’s involvement in sessions, the severity of their symptoms, and their willingness to change their eating habits and relationship with food.

Is eating disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Eating disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does eating disorder therapy last?

The length of Eating disorder therapy will vary from one person to the next, dependent on their specific needs. Your therapist can help to determine what might be most beneficial for you.

Need more help deciding?

Celebrity culture has long been associated with unhealthy concepts of beauty and eating disorders. Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Shawn Johnson, Russell Brand, Zayn Malik, Lily Collins, Elton John, Zoe Kravitz, Kesha, and Jane Fonda are just a handful of the stars who have opened up about their struggle with anorexia or bulimia. Hollywood may be leading a cultural dialogue about eating disorders, but it is not the only place plagued by them. Approximately 30 million people fight disordered eating habits and overwhelming, negative feelings about their weight and size.

Bulimia and anorexia are not simply picky phases that angst-filled teenagers grow out of. No, they are serious psychiatric disorders that have serious health consequences. Without treatment, they can be deadly. In particular, anorexia has the highest rate of death for any psychiatric disorder.

However, only approximately 10 percent of percent receive the treatment they need for bulimia and anorexia, even though effective treatments are available. Nutritional, medical, and psychological professionals often lend their expertise to provide holistic and personalized care.

If you or someone you love is fighting bulimia or anorexia, know that you are not alone. Thriveworks Allentown offers therapy that provides our clients with the professional, holistic care they deserve.

What Are Bulimia and Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two of many eating disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). They may be the most well known forms of disordered eating and are often spoken of together. However, they are distinct, separate afflictions with distinct, separate diagnoses.

The DSM-5 gives the following diagnostics for anorexia:

  • Experiencing terror at the thought of being fat or gaining weight.
  • Consuming less food than one’s body needs (as based upon sex, weight, age, physical health, and developmental trajectory) so that a substantially and dangerously low body weight occurs.
  • Perceiving one’s body shape and weight inaccurately and as larger and heavier than reality.

The DSM-5 gives the following diagnostics for bulimia:

  • Trying to impede weight gain through repeated, unhealthy behaviors such as extreme exercising; misusing diuretics or laxatives; inducing vomiting; fasting too long or too often.
  • Binge eating repeatedly and compulsively, including…
    • Consuming significantly more food during a time period than most people would eat during a similar time period and under similar circumstances.
    • Losing control of eating during binges.
  • A self-image that is dominated by body size and weight.

Bulimia and anorexia also share some characteristics: Depression or anxiety disorders may cause or accompany them. Anorexia and bulimia can surface in both men and women. While they frequently occur during early adulthood or adolescence, anorexia and bulimia afflict people of all ages, including young children and older adults.

The details of when, where, and how bulimia or anorexia develop in each person are often unique and intimate. But in general terms, therapists categorize their causes into two types: biological and environment.

  1. Biological causes include, for example, genetics, irregular hormone functions, and nutritional deficiencies.
  2. Environmental causes include, for example, experiencing childhood trauma or abuse; feeling peer pressure to look a certain way; and living in a culture obsessed with skinny body types and unrealistic concepts of beauty.

Interconnected Health Challenges

Well meaning friends and family may compliment someone who is fighting anorexia or bulimia on how small or skinny they are becoming. No doubt, they mean well, but these compliments are ill informed at best and exacerbate a life-threatening disorder at worst. Unfortunately, many people associate skinny with healthy, but the concepts are not the same. Bulimia and anorexia almost always result in severe health challenges.

Anorexia is interconnected with many health challenges, including disrupted menstrual cycles, infertility, premature osteoporosis, anemia, disrupted endocrine system, low blood pressure, abnormal heart beat, low heart rate, low white blood cell count, increased risk of heart disease and failure, kidney damage, and ultimately, death.

Bulimia is interconnected with many health challenges, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, kidney damage, tooth decay, ulcers, gastric rupture, electrolyte imbalance, constipation, and heart failure.

Counseling for Bulimia or Anorexia

Bulimia and anorexia are serious disorders, and finding professional treatment for them is important. Thriveworks Allentown has helped many clients find the holistic and individualized treatment they need to regain an accurate, positive self-perception and healthy eating habits.

Reaching out for help takes courage, and our office wants to make the process as convenient as possible. Here is some information that may be helpful to know about Thriveworks Allentown, PA:

  • Many people see their therapist within 24 hours.
  • A person will answer your calls and help your appointments.
  • Weekend and evening sessions are available.
  • Our office works with many insurance providers.

If you are fighting bulimia or anorexia, know that you are not alone. Thriveworks Allentown is here to support you and can create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Allentown therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Allentown
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Read more I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Donna Feb 2024
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Top notch service! Excellent 1-on-1 counseling. Very pleased with her help so far!
Paul Feb 2024
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Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Read more Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Kristen Jan 2024
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Allentown is located off of Hausman Rd., in a building with several other businesses. These include Integrity Personnel, Inova Technologies, and GPI/Greenman-Pederson, Inc. There is a small lake behind our building.

Phone number

(484) 246-8451

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