Find the Best 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.
Matt Wofsy, LCSW
Matt Wofsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Union Square, New York specializing in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, he has considerable expertise in providing individual and couples counseling to young adults navigating the difficulties of mood disorders, relationships, family of origin issues, and work stress. He has advanced trainings in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and utilizes these to help clients confront their anxiety and obsessions in a purposeful, structured way. Matt is passionate about working collaboratively with his clients to foster strengths and transform the way they respond to life’s challenges.
Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Consolidated Health Plans, NYU Student Health Insurance
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Stefanie Robison, LMHC
Stefanie Robison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY with expertise in providing support to young adults with anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), eating disorders, relationship issues, and depression. She guides emerging adults through times of uncertainty, such as the transitions into college and the working world, when concerns around body image, perfectionism, and obsessive thinking often arise. Her goal is to help clients build the sustainable coping skills to navigate shifting life circumstances throughout adulthood.
Fees: $225/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $225 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Joanna Rosenblatt, LCSW
Joanna Rosenblatt is a therapist with offices in Union Square and Midtown, Manhattan specializing in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), postpartum depression and anxiety, infertility counseling, and eating disorders. She also sees individuals struggling with grief and loss and sex and intimacy concerns. Joanna emphasizes a holistic, acceptance-based approach, which is primarily informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness.
Insurances: Consolidated Health Plans (through Multiplan), NYU Student Insurance
Fees: $200/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Rachel Light, LCSW, CASAC
Rachel Light is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in the Flatiron district. She specializes in anxiety, depression, work stress, substance use, and relationships. Having accrued considerable experience in an outpatient addiction clinic, Rachel has deep expertise in supporting individuals with substance use challenges, while also paying close attention to the difficult thoughts and emotions that lie beneath the surface. She works collaboratively with each client to build alternative coping skills and make gentle progress towards recovery. Rachel sees teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and parents. She also has a special interest in supporting women navigating the transition to parenthood, particularly those experiencing peripartum mood and anxiety challenges. Her office is conveniently accessible by the East 23rd Street and 28th Street subway stations.
Fees: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Sofia DiSanti, LCSW
Sofia DiSanti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown East, New York, next to Grand Central station. She specializes in career-related anxiety, women’s relationship challenges, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. Sofia particularly enjoys working with young professionals and women exploring their career paths, assessing or trying to enter into romantic relationships, and trying to discover what makes them happy overall. For clients with eating related challenges, Sofia works to help clients change their thought patterns and develop a healthier relationship with food. She sees clients who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and body image concerns. Having had extensive clinical experience working with survivors of 9/11 at Bellevue Hospital Center, Sofia is also well-versed in helping clients recover from trauma. She takes a trauma-informed approach to guide each client toward a safe place to heal.
Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fees: $175/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Nicoletta Skoufalos, PhD
Dr. Nicoletta Skoufalos is a licensed psychologist in Midtown West specializing in chronic illnesses, women's counseling, and couples counseling. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and completed her doctoral training at hospitals in New York City, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Eating Disorder’s Program. Dr. Skoufalos is passionate about women's counseling, and has particular training and research experience in the areas of maternal mental health and eating disorders. She supports women in balancing work and family, managing postpartum stress, self-image and body issues, female sexuality, pregnancy, and workplace discrimination.
Fees: $275/session (45min)
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.
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.
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.
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.
What eating disorder treatment centers and research studies are available in NYC?
There are many eating disorder treatment centers and hospitals in NYC, mostly located in Manhattan.
BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center
BALANCE is located in Manhattan and offers evidence-based treatment for women, men, LGBTQAI folks, and adolescents. They are a self-pay program and are not in-network with health insurances, but have partnered with Prosper HealthCare Lending to provide more affordable payment options for their clients. BALANCE has a variety of different treatment strategies, including relationship psychotherapy, behavioral therapies (CBT, DBT), expressive therapies (art, drama, movement), yoga and mindfulness, experiential therapy, meal support, family group therapies, and individual treatment. They focus on treating the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit, and to help clients develop a peaceful relationship with food, body acceptance, and positive self-esteem. They believe in limiting group sizes to 8 people to allow for more individualized attention, leading to more effective treatment. BALANCE provides all levels of outpatient care and have several different programs to help coordinate with their clients schedules. The Day Program meets Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00AM - 2:15PM. This is available for women and LGBTQAI, 18 and older to help treat their eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and disordered eating. The Intensive Outpatient Program meets in the evenings, three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), from 6:00PM - 9:00PM, with a Saturday option from 8:30AM - 1:30PM, which allows patients to seek treatment, without missing work or school. The Saturday Program meets from 8:30AM - 1:30PM on Saturdays, and treatment is for 6 weeks. The Adolescent Program is for girls and LGBTQAI ages 12 - 17. In addition, BALANCE offers outpatient support groups, including men’s groups, body image groups, therapy groups for pregnant women, emotional eating groups, and family groups. For those contemplating whether to seek treatment, BALANCE offers a free Saturday support group. BALANCE also provides nutritional and meal support, and individual nutrition counseling.
Columbus Park is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center located in Central Park South, in NYC. They provide a variety of evidence-based services for treating anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating. Services provided include individual therapy, group therapy, supported dining, adolescent intensive outpatient program, and an intensive outpatient program for adults. Therapy approaches include enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (CBT), and family based treatment (FBT). Treatment typically ranges from 20 - 40 weeks. Columbus Park accepts Aetna and Consolidated Health Plans (CHP) health insurances. They also provide services for children and adolescents ages 5 - 18.
Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program
Mount Sinai is located in Manhattan. They have an Eating and Weight Disorders Program to help treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder, and obesity. They provide cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. They have an outpatient program that meets 1 - 2 times per week for individual or family sessions. Treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mirror exposure treatment, Maudsley family-based therapy (FBT), and medication management. Treatments are customized by clinicians based on patients’ age, severity of eating disorder, and comorbidities. Mount Sinai also has an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets 3 days a week, for 3 hours a day. This program is typically for patients who have been recently discharged from residential or inpatient hospitalization. One meal and one snack designed by a registered dietitian are provided during the IOP. Core treatment approaches include CBT, DBT, FBT, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) otherwise known as, flexible thinking group. Additional treatment approaches include individual psychotherapy, parent skills training group, mirror exposure treatment, and nutritional counseling services. They offer an evening IOP, where a combination of evidence-based treatment is used. The staff at Mount Sinai will also continue to work with patients’ outside providers throughout one’s stay and upon discharge. In addition, Mount Sinai continues to conduct research about eating disorders, and conduct research studies that patients can participate in at no cost. Their two main areas of focus including understanding the biological and psychological factors for the development and maintenance of eating disorders, and to develop novel interventions to help treat eating disorders, in order to find the most effective therapy for patients.
What eating disorder support group resources are available in NYC?
Group therapy sessions and support groups can be another great resource for those with eating disorders. 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?
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 are affordable eating disorder treatment options in NYC?
Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB)
The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy consists of over 150 therapists who provide individual and group sessions at reduced cost according to income needs. They provide services for children, adolescents, LGBTQ, eating disorders, trauma, family / couples therapy. Their Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) is the oldest non-profit eating disorders clinic in NYC, and their staff includes social workers, psychologists, registered nurses, and nutritionists who all specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. They also offer a free support group for friends and family impacted by a loved one's eating disorder. Support groups meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
Location: 1841 Broadway (at 60th St), 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023
Contact: (212) 333-3444
Fees: The initial intake appointment is a $60 flat fee and the intake committee reviews income-verification documents to provide clients with a fair fee; the intake fee falls at about the middle of their scale. Low income individuals and students pay lower fees; higher income individuals pay higher fees.
The White Institute provides low-cost therapy for adults, children and families, as well as providing special services for artists, LGBTQ people and those dealing with eating disorders, addiction and trauma. Its approach is mainly influenced by Freud’s contemporary Sandor Ferenczi, who played a role in stressing the importance of therapists expressing empathy and being actively involved during sessions. For eating disorders, the White Institute offers referral services for individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, group therapy, family/couples therapy, and child/adolescent therapy. Their staff include clinicians with doctoral degrees and psychiatrists who trained and specialize in eating disorder therapy.
Location: 20 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023
Contact: (212) 873-0725
Fees: The White Institute offers therapy based on their sliding scale guidelines. They accept many insurance plans, but do not accept Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, they can provide referrals for those who have Medicaid or SSI coverage.
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