Eating Disorder Therapists In NYC
Find the best eating disorder therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists in NYC. The following therapists are specialists in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, and have practices in Flatiron, Midtown East, Midtown West, and Union Square.
Eating disorders can occur when a person focuses excessively on their weight, body shape, and/or food. This can impact your daily activities, health, and emotions. There are different approaches to treating an eating disorder. Therapists help you adopt healthier behaviors and address the underlying emotions and causes of the eating disorder; dietitians help meal plan, offer nutritional evaluation, counseling, and education in order to help encourage more mindful and nourished meals.
While it can be difficult to find therapists who are in-network with your health insurance and have expertise in eating disorders, it is possible to find therapists who are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, CHP, and NYU Student Insurance. Therapy sessions for eating disorders are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour long. 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 in NYC.
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How to find treatment for an eating disorder in NYC
What are treatment options 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.
What eating disorder support group resources are available in NYC?
The New York Nutrition Group has an eating disorder support group that meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM at 136 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10016. The groups are conducted by a registered dietitian and licensed psychologist that specializes in eating disorders. Each group meeting costs $60, or $400 for an 8-week program. Some insurances may cover the costs of meetings.
The Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) has support groups in Brooklyn and NYC and does not charge any fees; they are self-supported through their own contributions. They adopted the 12-Step Program approach from Alcoholics Anonymous and tailored it specifically to anorexia and bulimia. Virtual meetings are also available.
What other resources are available for eating disorders in NYC?
Hotlines: Hotlines are a great resource for those contemplating whether to seek treatment or for those who simply want someone to talk to. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) helpline (1-800-931-2237) is available Monday - Thursday, from 9:00AM - 9:00PM, and Fridays from 9:00AM - 5:00PM. They can help provide additional treatment and resource options either for yourself or someone you know. You can also send a text message if you are in a crisis by texting NEDA to 741741, and a trained volunteer from their Crisis Text Line will respond. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders also provides a helpline (1-630-577-1330) Mondays - Fridays, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM, for those with questions about eating disorders, looking for referrals or resources for eating disorder treatment, and for encouragement and support.
Professional associations: The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) of New York is a great resource for professionals seeking peer consultation and collegial support from fellow therapists specializing in eating disorders.
What should I look for in an eating disorder therapist in NYC?
Look for someone who has experience helping clients overcome eating disorders. In particular, you may also want to look for a therapist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), since it has been proven through decades of research to be one of the most effective treatments for eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. For bulimia nervosa, CBT may also be effective, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt therapy, mindfulness approaches, and motivational interviewing. Look for a therapist who is trained in the approach that best suits your needs.