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3,805 people sought eating disorder therapy help in Texas in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a eating disorder can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

How does eating disorder therapy work?

At Thriveworks, Eating disorders 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 disorders 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?

I don’t stop eating when I’m full. The meal isn’t over when I’m full. It’s over when I hate myself.”
— Louis CK, comedian, writer, actor, director

Food sustains us. Food also provides enjoyment, gets people to share an experience together and gives a rich variety of new flavors to discover and try. The risk of any good thing, however, is when it becomes more than fuel, more than moderated pleasure and crosses over into the dangerous territory of addiction.

Food, which should provide us with energy and increased cognitive function, becomes a detriment to someone with an eating disorder — through overindulgence (or the opposite) and many other forms of unhealthy interaction. The sad truth is that out of the nearly 24 million people who suffer from some type of eating disorder, only 10 percent of those people seek and receive treatment.

Eating Disorders: Types and Definitions

The three major types of eating disorder — anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating — each carry their own distinct set of symptoms and problems.

Bulimia

The eating disorder bulimia is defined as frequent expressions of excessive eating followed by intense feelings of guilt and embarrassment, at which point the person suffering from bulimia tries to prevent weight gain through self-induced vomiting and/or obsessive exercise (also known as binging and purging).

Characteristic signs and symptoms of bulimia include:

  • Periods of overeating
  • Infertility
  • Chronic gastric reflux
  • Constipation
  • Constant fluctuations in weight
  • Obsessive attention to external appearance
  • Fixation with caloric intake
  • Eating until the point of feeling sick
  • Dental erosion from vomiting
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Poor self esteem and depression

Bulimia is a vicious cycle. You seek fulfillment and pleasure from food, overdo it, and take extreme measures to try to offset the overeating, but those measures bring their own health complications, leaving you feel even worse than before. Then it starts over again from the beginning.

This doesn’t have to be your life. You can overcome bulimia, just as many other have done before you, with the help of a trained mental health professional. Austin eating disorder therapists are here to help.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where people implement harmful techniques in order to achieve a perceived ideal body shape. Many times, this is manifested by extreme restriction of food intake, self-imposed starvation and obsessive exercise. People suffering from anorexia nervosa risk death, if the eating disorder goes untreated.

Characteristic signs and symptoms of anorexia include:

  • Obsession with body image
  • Obsessing over calories and fat content in food
  • Crippling fear of weight gain
  • Dramatic loss of weight
  • Compulsive exercising
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Swollen joints
  • False perception of physical appearance
  • Depression
  • Chronic lethargy
  • Mood swings
  • For women, an absence of menses
  • Heart disease
  • Seizures

Anorexia nervosas effect on your physical and mental health is incredibly serious. No idealized body type is worth the debilitating, if not fatal, nature of the disorder.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Food can bring immense feelings of enjoyment — instant gratification. We refer to our go-to snacks as “comfort food,” but that comfort soon turns to overwhelming shame once that entire pack of Oreos or oversized fast food meal and soda reaches the bottom of your stomach. It’s a quick fix to what was maybe a bummer of a day, but that “fix” is only intensifying your problems, relieving you of your self-confidence and replacing it with shame.

This is called Binge Eating Disorder (BED). People suffering from BED will repeatedly consume, in a short period of time, more food than people would normally eat under similar circumstances, sometimes taking in as much as 15,000 calories in a single sitting.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

  • Over eating at least twice a week for several months
  • Stashing food for secret snacking
  • Guilt after eating too much
  • Eating food as a means to relieve stress
  • Eating alone
  • Eating to combat depression or boredom
  • Feeling nauseated of physically uncomfortable after eating
  • Excessive worry over eating habits

Although many of BED symptoms sound similar to those of bulimia, the main difference is the lack of excessive measures taken to counteract the overeating, resulting in obesity.

Eating Disorder Causes

Numerous factors can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, including:

  • Unhappiness with body image
  • Perceived societal pressures
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • Depression and other emotional disorders

It’s no secret that popular media can play a significant role in the development of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia and BED. These often unrealistic expectations for what the human physique should look like can be a source of demoralization for anyone who doesn’t fit the mold.

Forget what popular media has taught you to believe about what an attractive body looks like. Everyone has a unique shape. What’s important is that you are healthy, clear-minded and confident. Accept what you look like now, and address your physical health — don’t become disillusioned by seeking a particular shape. Live healthy, live long, live happily.

I need help. How can I deal with my eating disorder?

For those struggling with eating disorder, the problem is rarely lessened (in any positive, meaningful way, at least) after reading a few encouraging words. These issues are much more complicated than a gap in information.

We do however, want to share with you some pointers that our clients have found helpful in dealing with an eating disorder.

Here are some tips that clients have found helpful for managing their relationships with food:

Eat several small meals throughout the day. Spread your eating out into five or six smaller meals, occurring at regular intervals throughout the day, instead of concentrating your eating to two or three large meals.

Only eat things that provide actual nutritional benefit. Forget the complicated eating regimens and trendy diets. Eating well is not even remotely complicated. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean meats for protein. Instead of snacking on junk foods, consider a handful of almonds for their healthy fats, protein and filling fiber. Almond milk is also delicious and less fatty than cow milk — you may even like it better.

Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Water keeps you hydrated, yes, but it’s also great at taking the edge of your food cravings, which sometimes are just a signal that you’re dehydrated.

Reduce stress. When you’re stressed or anxious, it’s easy to reach for some chocolate for a quick rush of endorphins. Unfortunately, that quick burst of happiness you get from sugary snacks soon gives you a similar drop in mood and energy (sugar crash).

Get plenty of exercise. Don’t underestimate the strong connection between mind and body. It has been proven over and over again that even small (but regular) periods of exercise can work wonders when it comes to boosting your mood. A healthy, active body is a healthy, active mind.

Learn your triggers. Have you noticed a certain activity that makes you want to overindulge? If fast food TV commercials, for example, get you craving something unhealthy, consider turning off the television and getting to that book you’ve been meaning to read. Or go for a walk. Call a trusted friend.

Talk to a therapist. This is where we excel. At Thriveworks Austin Counseling and Coaching, our goal is to help you develop a healthier lifestyle, one based on your needs and not on what the media defines as beautiful. Our therapists have the training and experience you need in order to break free from your unhealthy relationship with food. Learn how to let your eating habits work for you, not against you.

Sample All the Flavors that Life can Offer

Food is important, but it shouldn’t consume your life. Learn to use food as a tool instead of as a weapon of self-harm. Learning to balance your diet and physical activity is paramount for living a happy, successful life. Sure, some people are “blessed” with genetics that seem to allow them to eat whatever they want with little to no adverse affects, but they’re probably doing more damage to their bodies than they realize.

When put in its proper place, food can give you the energy to achieve your goals. You can learn how. Let us show you.

Your eating disorder doesn’t have to control you. Contact us today, and begin the journey to change.

 

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 Austin therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Christus Health Plan Exchange

  • Christus Health Plan Medicare Advantage

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Talk therapy

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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3.7 Thriveworks Austin reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
Read more Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
West Lake Hills Sep 2018
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★★★★★
I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
Read more I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
West Lake Hills Sep 2017
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★★★★★
I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
Read more I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
West Lake Hills Apr 2017
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★★★★★
The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
Read more The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
West Lake Hills Mar 2017
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☆☆☆☆
Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
Read more Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
West Lake Hills Jun 2015
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☆☆☆☆
My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
Read more My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
West Lake Hills Apr 2015
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Austin is located in the same building as Detect Lab, Oakin Adams & Kilmer LLP, Actum Processing, MaQro Advisors, Cobalt Group Inc., Tribe Design Group, Virtus Financial Group, and Ecolab. Across the street is Hill Country Animal Hospital. We are near the intersection of Bee Cave Rd and St Stephens School Rd S, which has a Texaco nearby, as well as Rob Roy Chevron and Half Off Fireworks.

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