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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?

When Nancy Kerrigan took the ice, most people saw a graceful athlete. She was America’s figure skating champion who overcame an assault to win a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. What Americans did not see was that while Nancy was competing, she was also fighting an eating disorder. Recently, she spoke out about her struggle, and she has now producing a documentary called, Why Don’t You Lose Five Pounds? that looks at athletes who have an eating disorder. “There is a lot of shame in eating disorders so that people do not want to admit they have a problem, but in reality, it is killing them inside,” explained one athlete in the documentary. Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia affect more than just elite athletes. Here is a picture of what eating disorders can look like:

  • In the United States, approximately 30 million people have an eating disorder.
  • They affect both men and women of all ages, races, and ethnicities.
  • Eating disorders claim the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
  • Sixteen percent of transgender college students are fighting an eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders come in many forms: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, and diabulimia are a few examples.

Eating disorders are not picky phases of eating. They are serious mental illnesses that can have devastating effects on an individual’s life and health. They are also mental illnesses that have treatments, but as few as 10 percent of those who have an eating disorder receive the help they need. That is why Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs offers therapy for eating disorders. Our counselors, therapists, and psychologists have worked with many clients, helping them fight the eating disorder and find the holistic recovery they deserve.

Signs and Symptoms

All eating disorders are defined by intense worry about one’s body size and weight accompanied with abnormal eating practices. Sometimes, the eating disorder involves too much food intake. Sometimes, it involves too little food intake. Sometimes, it involves a swing between the two. Other psychological disorders, such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression, often accompany eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two of the most well-known types of eating disorders. Their symptoms are outlined in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and give a deeper picture of what it is like to live with an eating disorder.

According to the DSM-5, anorexia is characterized by…

  • Hatred for one’s own body shape or weight.
  • The inability to perceive one’s body shape and weight accurately.
  • Illogical and severe horror at the thought of gaining weight.
  • Interference with healthy weight maintenance or gain.
  • Purposefully restricting energy intake to achieve a substantially lower body weight (as compared to normal standards for one’s sex, developmental trajectory, age, and physical health).

According to the DSM-5, bulimia is characterized by…

  • Recurring incidents of binge eating, as defined by:
    • In a period of time, eating more food than most people could eat during the same time and under similar circumstances.
    • Lost control over eating during the binge.
  • Repeated attempts to prevent weight gain in an attempt to compensate for the binge. Examples include misusing laxative or diuretics, forcing oneself to vomit, fasting excessively, exercising excessively.
  • A self-image that downplays intellect, personality, and other traits and emphasizes body shape and weight.

Causes and Effects of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have many different causes. When and how they develop is often a very unique and personal experience. The causes of eating disorders could never be listed in full, but mental health professionals generally recognize at least two types of causes: biological and environmental.

  1. Environmental causes include factors such as a culture fixated upon thinness, certain body types, and particular ideals of beauty; childhood or family trauma; and peer pressure.
  2. Biological causes may include irregular hormone functions, nutritional deficiencies, and genetics.

“Paradoxically, the thing that they think is going to help them is actually the thing that is going to end them.” —Erin Savas, Eating Disorder Therapist

All eating disorders come with a host of negative health effects. They are the deadliest psychiatric disorder. Anorexia can cause low heart rate, abnormal heart beat, low blood pressure, risk of heart failure and disease, infertility, disruptions in the endocrine system, disruptions in menstrual cycle, anemia, kidney damage, premature osteoporosis, low white blood cell counts, and ultimately death.

Bulimia may cause tooth decay, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, electrolyte imbalance, kidney damage, gastric rupture, constipation, and heart failure.

Treatment for Eating Disorders and Appointments at Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs

Reading through the symptoms, causes, and effects of eating disorders, did anything stand out to you? Is there someone in your life who may be fighting an eating disorder? Know that you are not alone. Many others are struggling. Many others are finding the treatment options they need. Help is available. The Therapists and Psychologists at Thriveworks Atlanta understand how eating disorders function and the many options people have for treatment. We are committed to providing holistic care for our clients.

When you contact our office, know that a scheduling specialist will answer your call. You may be meeting with your therapist the following day. We offer evening and weekend appointments, but we do not put our clients on a waitlist. We also accept many different forms of insurance and work with many different insurance companies. Call Thriveworks Atlanta today for an appointment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Sandy Springs therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
Read more My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
Atlanta Jun 2021
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My therapist Claudia is wonderful! I’m incredibly grateful for the tools that I have learned to use in my life.
Read more My therapist Claudia is wonderful! I’m incredibly grateful for the tools that I have learned to use in my life.
Atlanta Jun 2021
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Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
Read more Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
Atlanta Sep 2020
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Ingrid is an exceptional social worker. She is understanding, compassionate, flexible and an excellent listener.
Read more Ingrid is an exceptional social worker. She is understanding, compassionate, flexible and an excellent listener.
Atlanta Jun 2020
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I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
Read more I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
Atlanta Mar 2020
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I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
Read more I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
Atlanta Feb 2020
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Atlanta is located at 8800 Roswell Road a135, A-245, Atlanta, GA 30350, across from the North River Village Shopping Center.

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(404) 737-2670

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