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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?

Food can be a wonderful thing. It gives us pleasure, nourishes our bodies, and brings us together with our friends and family. But food can also become an obsession. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S., and only 1 in 10 receive treatment. If you need treatment, reach out to an eating disorder therapist or psychologist at Thriveworks in Westborough in Worcester.

What are the different types of eating disorders?

There are three main types of eating disorders, each with their own unique symptoms and challenges.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is characterized by frequent bouts of binge eating, followed by attempts to compensate by purging or excessive exercise in order to prevent weight gain.
Symptoms of bulimia include:

  • Compulsive eating
  • Obsession with weight and body image
  • Eating until you become sick
  • Feeling guilty after eating

When you’re struggling with bulimia, you may feel like you’re stuck in a vicious cycle where you’re constantly trying to compensate for your overeating.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by taking extreme measures to avoid gaining weight, such as starving oneself and exercising excessively. Left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of anorexia?

Symptoms of anorexia include:

  • Obsession with body image
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Drastic weight loss
  • Compulsive exercising

Anorexia can have a severe impact on your mental and physical health. It’s important to seek help as soon as possible.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Most people are familiar with the term “comfort food.” Food can be comforting when you’re feeling sad or lonely. It can be a seductive way to put off dealing with difficult emotions. For example, after a stressful day at work, you come home and eat an entire package of chocolate chip cookies. You feel better — but for how long? It’s only a matter of time before the guilt and shame set in.

What are the symptoms of binge eating disorder?

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

  • Compulsive eating
  • Hiding food to eat later
  • Feeling guilty after overeating
  • Using food as a way to cope with stress

BED sounds similar to bulimia, but one important difference is that people with BED don’t try to undo the bingeing through exercise or purging.

What causes eating disorders?

Eating disorders can be triggered by a variety of factors, including:

  • Poor body image
  • Low self-esteem
  • Abuse
  • Depression

Cultural norms can also play a role in eating disorders. For example, today the media constantly bombards us with images depicting the “ideal” male and female bodies. These images are often unrealistic, and in some cases are literally physically unattainable.

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

If you are struggling with a serious eating disorder, there’s little we can write here that’s likely to result in significant and lasting change.

With that said, here are some tips that clients have found helpful for managing their relationships with food:

Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Instead of eating two or three large meals, eat five to six smaller ones spread throughout the day.

Just Choose healthy foods. Avoid fads or extreme diets. Focus on following sensible diet that includes lean meats and is rich in fruits and vegetables. For a nutritious snack, eat nuts, which contain protein, fiber, and good fats. They also contain fiber which will fill you up.

Drink plenty of water. Water not only keeps you hydrated; it also helps to curb food cravings by making you feel full.

Minimize stress. The more stressed out you are, the more likely you are to use food as a coping mechanism.

Exercise. Exercise boosts your mood and keeps stress in check.

Learn what your triggers are. Uncover what habits trigger your unhealthy food behaviors. If seeing commercials for fast food triggers cravings, scale back on TV time and read a book. If your daily commute is littered with fast food restaurants, choose a different route to reduce temptation.

Talk to a therapist. This is where we come in. At Thriveworks Westborough in Worcester County, our goal is to help you develop a healthier relationship with food.

Sample all the flavors life has to offer

Food is an essential part of life, but it’s not everything. It doesn’t have to be the first and last thing you think about each day. You can learn to live in harmony with food. Once you do, you’ll feel better physically and emotionally. More importantly, you’ll be able to once again focus on the things that bring you happiness — your hobbies, your family, your friends.

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 Westborough therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Westborough
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

4.8 Thriveworks Westborough reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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Hello all, I just want to tell everyone at thriveworks in Westboro mass office and future customers that I have had the pleasure of a 5 star counselor in donna hayes. Donna helped me when I was at the lowest point in my life. A law enforcement life, with lots of issues. She has helped me immensely. God bless you donna. Hopefully I will see you in fall when I return home. Thanks for your help and sorry for quitting exit today on my last appointment. Best regards always. Brian
Read more Hello all, I just want to tell everyone at thriveworks in Westboro mass office and future customers that I have had the pleasure of a 5 star counselor in donna hayes. Donna helped me when I was at the lowest point in my life. A law enforcement life, with lots of issues. She has helped me immensely. God bless you donna. Hopefully I will see you in fall when I return home. Thanks for your help and sorry for quitting exit today on my last appointment. Best regards always. Brian
Westborough Apr 2019
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I’ve had a wonderful experience. The staff is punctual and kind.
Westborough Jan 2019
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Thriveworks has been wonderful so far. My therapist is very supportive and communicative. The appointment reminders are very helpful, too.
Read more Thriveworks has been wonderful so far. My therapist is very supportive and communicative. The appointment reminders are very helpful, too.
Westborough Jan 2019
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I love my therapist and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
Read more I love my therapist and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
Westborough Jan 2019
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My therapist is thoughtful, compassionate, incisive in a good way, understands complex trauma, and is full of good humor.
Read more My therapist is thoughtful, compassionate, incisive in a good way, understands complex trauma, and is full of good humor.
Westborough Aug 2018
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For a first visit, this place set a very good example for what is ahead. Attentive, note-taking, observant I am pleased with the initial visit.
Read more For a first visit, this place set a very good example for what is ahead. Attentive, note-taking, observant I am pleased with the initial visit.
Westborough Jun 2018
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Just met Greg today so far everything went well.
Westborough Apr 2018
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Good chat with Stephanie
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Westborough is located at 5 E Main St Suite 3, Westborough, MA 01581, in the same building as Berkshire Bank.

Phone number

(774) 252-7733

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