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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?

Eating disorders can never be taken for granted. With around 30 million of the United States population affected by anorexia and bulimia, these disorders have posed a serious risk to the health of many. The good news is that eating disorders may still be treated and prevented by a provider at Thriveworks in Johnson City, TN.

One of the biggest challenges faced by the country today is that only 10 percent of those with disorders are not able to receive treatment, thus a significant number of patients are still suffering from the effects of the disorder. This is an alarming concern.

What are the common causes of anorexia and bulimia?

Anorexia and bulimia seem like simple cases of people who are obsessed to shred off their body fats to look like the models they see in magazines, but the truth is, these disorders can be more complex. There are other important factors that cause these disorders:

1. Genetics play an important role in the development of anorexia and bulimia. It accounts for the heightened risk of a person acquiring these disorders. A person is more likely to suffer from these disorders when their family members are also sufferers. The person’s genes also play a huge influence on his/her behavior towards food.

2. Other mental health issues can also cause the development of anorexia and bulimia. A person with depression shows symptoms of abhorrence or obsession with food. On the other hand, a person who suffers from these eating disorders can also display depressive symptoms.

3. The person’s experiences can strongly contribute to his/her total well-being and perception of food. Those traumatic events that may have caused the destruction of his/her self-confidence can lead to these eating disorders.

4. The person’s exposure to various weight-loss programs or diets can also influence his/her eating patterns.

5. Peer pressure highly affects the person as well.

What are the common symptoms of eating disorders?

  • Obsession over one’s body image.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Clear intent to avoid eating at all.
  • Episodes of binge eating which is usually alternated with vomiting of food.
  • Obsession over body weight.
  • Indulging in a highly restrictive diet, which is known to reduce essential nutrients for a certain period. This is done so the person can quickly lose a significant amount of weight.

What are the negative effects of bulimia and how to overcome this eating disorder?

These eating disorders are very concerning, and people who are suffering from any of these disorders should realize its negative effects on their body. Nutrition imbalance due to wrong diet and food intake can cause nutrient-related deficiencies and make them more susceptible to serious health illnesses such as hypertension, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.

Apart from these physical health consequences, the person can also experience depression, guilt, and shame, which can affect his/her mental stability. What is even more alarming is that studies have shown a strong association between eating disorders and suicide.

Treating bulimia and anorexia is not an easy task. The first important step is anorexia and bulimia counseling in Johnson City. This is where trained and experienced counselors can provide professional and emotional support to guide you in the next steps you should take to get over these disorders.

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 Johnson City therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • 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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Self-pay costs at Johnson City
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

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Johnson City reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have met with MJ ( Marissa) Jordan at the Johnson City,TN location for 5-6 sessions. My main issue is gaining understanding and knowledge of how and why I act the way I do, and what changes I need to make. Her ability to help me understand and change without feeling bad about myself is amazing! She uses enlightening personal examples that make it easy for me to comprehend. I am learning so much about how making a few positive changes will allow me to become a better person. I highly suggest MJ if you're looking for help with personal issues!
Read more I have met with MJ ( Marissa) Jordan at the Johnson City,TN location for 5-6 sessions. My main issue is gaining understanding and knowledge of how and why I act the way I do, and what changes I need to make. Her ability to help me understand and change without feeling bad about myself is amazing! She uses enlightening personal examples that make it easy for me to comprehend. I am learning so much about how making a few positive changes will allow me to become a better person. I highly suggest MJ if you're looking for help with personal issues!
Johnson Apr 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Johnson City, TN is located off of W Springbrook Dr, right before the intersection of Mimosa and Springbrook. We also share a building with several other businesses, including Sylvan Learning and Addus HomeCare. Our neighbors are Talbot’s, Peerless Properties and Development, and Holiday Inn Johnson City. Parking is available directly in front of our office, and the closest bus stop is Springbrook - Holiday Inn.

Phone number

(423) 556-4554

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