Find the Best Eating Disorder Therapists around Boston

Find the best eating disorder therapists, dietitians, and psychiatrists in the Greater Boston Area. The following therapists specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, and have practices in Boston, Brookline, Waltham, and Newton. Eating disorders are severe disturbance in eating patterns that involve restricting, avoiding, and/or binge eating. Eating disorders can occur at any age, with the typical onset in adolescence. Eating disorders have the highest risk of death among any psychiatric illness; however, full recovery is possible and early treatment with talk therapy, nutrition counseling, and medical care is the best first step. In Boston, most therapists with advanced training in the treatment of eating disorders are not in-network with health insurances, and out-of-network therapy sessions typically cost between $150 - $200 per session; however, it may be possible to receive reimbursement from your health insurance. The most commonly accepted health insurance is Blue Cross Blue Shield. While many therapists only see adults over the age of 18, some also offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Find eating disorder therapists below, as well as local resources for eating disorder treatment around Boston.

Eating Disorder Therapists in Boston

Rebecca Shingleton, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Shingleton is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Boston, MA. Her specialty lies in supporting clients with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and stress management. Having previously trained at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, she particularly enjoys working with college students and young adults and helping them navigate career or academic difficulties, adjustment concerns, relationships, and life transitions. 

Brie Shelly, LMHC

Brie Shelly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in downtown Boston. Brie specializes in eating disorders, body image, substance use, life transitions, career development, and life design coaching, and offers both traditional talk therapy and coaching services. She has worked in various treatment programs, including Veritas Collaborative and McLean Hospital, and has particular expertise in holistic care for eating disorder and addiction clients. 

Erica Eckman, LICSW

Erica Eckman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in downtown Boston. Erica has deep expertise in college-related challenges, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, and couples issues. Prior to starting her private practice, Erica worked at the Emerson College Counseling Center and the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. Erica continues to see college students and clients with eating disorders in her private practice as well as couples and adults, taking a collaborative approach to care.


Eating Disorder Therapists in Brookline

Alexis Beck, RD, LDN

Alexis Beck is a Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist in private practice in Brookline, MA. A seasoned clinician and leader in the field of disordered eating, her goal is to help clients form healthy relationships with food, eating, and their bodies. Alexis specializes in disordered eating, eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), bariatric nutrition counseling (pre- and post-surgery), prenatal nutrition, Type 2 Diabetes, as well as coaching pre/post Bariatric surgery.  She works with children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and parents. By offering evidence-based Medical Nutritional Therapy, Alexis helps her patients find relief, recovery, and results.  

Brandon Erdos, MD

Dr. Brandon Erdos is a psychiatrist with an office in Brookline, MA. He offers integrated and highly personalized care for mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety. Both medication management and talk therapy are offered to form a powerful, evidence based, effective approach to treatment. Dr. Erdos offers the added convenience of telepsychiatry sessions for busy students and professionals seeking care outside of traditional office hours.

Sarah Karytko, PsyD

Dr. Sarah Karytko is a psychologist in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on treating clients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, and trauma. She especially enjoys seeing college students and adults as they navigate life transitions, individuate away from their family of origin, and develop their self-identity.


Eating Disorder Therapists in Cambridge

Jessica Slavin Connelly, LICSW

Jessica Slavin Connelly is a therapist near Davis Square in Cambridge, MA. As an alumna of the Post-Graduate Behavioral Health Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, she is dedicated to helping local students and professionals navigate life transitions. Jessica sees individuals for body image and eating concerns, including compulsive eating, body dysmorphic disorder, body image, and self esteem issues. Jessica sees many highly motivated students and professionals in high-stress careers, and provides support around stress and anger management, communication, conflict resolution, and social anxiety. She also works with entrepreneurs, and focuses on building skills to navigate the stresses of pitching, building a team, and managing a business.


Eating Disorder Therapists in Waltham

Jessica Foley, LMHC

Jessica Foley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Waltham, MA specializing in women’s mental health. She sees women navigating life transitions, including pregnancy and postpartum, as well as anxiety, depression, and eating and body image. Her clientele includes college students, young professionals, moms, and women working in STEM-related fields.


Eating Disorder Therapists in Newton

Cathryn Freid, PhD

Dr. Cathryn Freid is a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA. She specializes in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, family issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and relationships, and sees adolescents (age 12 and older) and adults. Dr. Freid provides evidence-based assessments and treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which she has over 10 years of training and experience. She uses a collaborative approach to help clients understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and to develop skills for increasing cognitive flexibility and distress tolerance, improving symptoms and changing targeted behaviors.


Eating disorder diagnosis

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are severe disturbance in eating patterns that involve restricting, avoiding, and/or binge eating. Individuals with eating disorders may focus excessively on their weight, body shape, and/or food intake, and distress caused by this behavior can impair daily functioning as well as mental and physical wellbeing. Eating disorders have the highest risk of death among any psychiatric illness, and they often co-occur with other disorders such as depression or anxiety. However, full recovery is possible and early treatment is the best first step. Treatment includes individual talk therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nutritional counseling and education, and in some cases medication for mood and anxiety management.

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How common are eating disorders?

Eating disorders affect at least 30 million people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnic groups in the U.S., according to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. At least one person dies every 62 minutes as a direct result of an eating disorder.

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What age groups do eating disorders occur in?

Eating disorders can occur at any age, but often develop during the teen and adolescent years. 13% of women over the age of 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors.

What types of eating disorders are there?

There are many types of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa,  binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) (previously called eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS)). Anorexia nervosa is the restriction of food intake leading to reduction of body weight to below what is deemed acceptable and normal for the individual’s age and height. Bulimia nervosa includes episodes of eating large quantities of food (binging) and then purging through compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting, inappropriate use of laxatives, fasting, and/or over-exercising. It often involves the individual feeling a lack of control over their eating. Binge eating also includes episodes of eating large quantities of food (binging) to the point of discomfort, most of the time very quickly, without any self-induced vomiting or other compensatory behaviors found in bulimia. It’s important to seek help if experiencing symptoms of an eating disorder in order to improve one’s physical and mental wellbeing.

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Eating disorder treatment

What is the treatment for eating disorders?

Most eating disorder treatment includes a team approach with a therapist, nutritionist, physician, and psychiatrist. There are different levels of care depending on the severity of the eating disorder. The best approach to treatment is holistic and encompasses all of the different aspects and complexities of an eating disorder.

Dietitians can play an important role in eating disorder recovery. They can help meal plan, offer nutritional evaluation, counseling, and education in order to help individuals experience more mindful and nourished meals.

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What types of eating disorders are there?

There are many types of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa,  binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) (previously called eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS)). Anorexia nervosa is the restriction of food intake leading to reduction of body weight to below what is deemed acceptable and normal for the individual’s age and height. Bulimia nervosa includes episodes of eating large quantities of food (binging) and then purging through compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting, inappropriate use of laxatives, fasting, and/or over-exercising. It often involves the individual feeling a lack of control over their eating. Binge eating also includes episodes of eating large quantities of food (binging) to the point of discomfort, most of the time very quickly, without any self-induced vomiting or other compensatory behaviors found in bulimia. It’s important to seek help if experiencing symptoms of an eating disorder in order to improve one’s physical and mental wellbeing.


Eating disorder resources in the Greater Boston Area

What eating disorder treatment centers and research studies are available in the Greater Boston Area?

Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA): MEDA is a professional network and support group service for those with eating disorders, located in Newton, Massachusetts. MEDA’s mission is to heal, educate, and empower individuals with eating disorders, along with the families and community members that are also impacted. They promote acceptance of all body types and  early detection and education. In addition to the support they offer eating disorder professionals, they also provide direct services to individuals, such as helping find treatment centers nearby, and support groups for patients, parents, and families.

Walden Behavioral Health: Walden Behavioral Health provides a whole health treatment approach for people with eating disorders. They treat different types of eating disorders, including, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), orthorexia, and diabulimia. Walden Behavioral Health is in-network with major insurance companies and also accepts out-of-network insurance arrangements. All plans have co-payments and deductibles that the patient or guarantor is responsible for paying. If the insurance company does not cover Walden’s services, Walden’s staff will work on options for appeal or private pay. They are one of the first hospitals in the United States to provide a full continuum of care for their patients with eating disorders to help them make a full recovery. This continuum of care includes inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, and outpatient treatment. They have various locations in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. In Massachusetts, they are located in Waltham, Braintree, Peabody, Milford, Worcester, and Amherst; in Connecticut, they are located in Vernon, South Windsor, and Guilford.

The Renfrew Center: The Renfrew Center is an outpatient treatment center. They are designed to help treat eating disorders among adolescent girls and women. Their treatment model for eating disorders include providing evidence-based, emotion-focused treatment interventions. The Renfrew Center accepts more than 430 insurance plans across the country. If the insurance company does not cover Renfrew’s services, Renfrew’s staff will work on options for appeal or private pay. Renfrew also encourages patients who are in school to contact their university about their tuition refund insurance policy in order for protection of loss of tuition for medical reasons, such as treatment for an eating disorder.

Monte Nido: Monte Nido Eating Disorder of Boston provides care for male and female adolescents and adults. They provide individual therapeutic sessions, group therapy, and family therapy that run weekly, on weekends, or once a month. They also have a program for adolescents, called Adolescent Day Treatment Programming. Monte Nido is in network with Beacon Health Options. Their admission specialists work with patients and families to determine the level of coverage one’s insurance company is likely to provide. In addition, if the insurance company is not in network with Monte Nido, they can coordinate single case agreements with providers in order to help with costs. They have their day treatment center for eating disorders in Downtown Boston, and their residential program is located in Medford, Massachusetts.

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What eating disorder support groups are available in Boston?

Group therapy sessions and support groups can be another great resource for those with eating disorders. The Cambridge Eating Disorder Center offers a free support group for those with eating disorders that meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:00pm. They also offer a support group for family members of those with an eating disorder that meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:00pm. 

What other resources are available for eating disorders in Boston?

Project HEAL: Project HEAL is a non-profit organization that advocates for everyone who is seeking treatment for eating disorders, regardless of their race, income, insurance plan, age, education level, sex, or sexual orientation. They provide financial assistance in accessing treatment for highly motivated applicants who want to recover from an eating disorder but cannot afford to pay for treatment. They also have a peer mentorship program called Communities for HEALing, in which they offer one-on-one support and local weekly support groups. Communities for HEALing is undergoing a research study that will demonstrate whether different kinds of mentorship can help people recover from an eating disorder, whether that is through peer mentorship or social support mentorship.

Professional associations: The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) of Metro Boston is a great resource for professionals seeking peer consultation and collegial support from fellow therapists specializing in eating disorders

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