Howard  Farkas
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Howard Farkas

Psychologist, PhD
Illinois Accepting Online
Millennium Park Not Accepting In-person

Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorders
  • Compulsive behavior

Professional statement

Dr. Howard Farkas is the founder and President of Chicago Behavioral Health, LLC, specializing in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. He is a licensed clinical health psychologist who has been working and teaching in the field for over 25 years.

Dr. Farkas is the author of the book 8 Keys to End Emotional Eating (Norton, 2019), in which he describes his unique and highly effective approach to the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. His approach emphasizes the importance of self-determination in motivating behavior change.

Dr. Farkas serves on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he teaches in the Division of Clinical Psychology.


Message to clients

I specialize in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. People who struggle with this problem usually feel a deep sense of shame about their unwanted eating and their struggle to overcome it. They often feel that the problem is due to their own lack of self-control or the willpower to just stop.

I believe that emotional eating is not a passive failure of control, but an active, defiant response against external control: namely, the perceived pressure to lose weight. When people diet to please others, they eventually feel that it’s unfair and rebel against it. That feeling of being controlled is what triggers emotional eating, not the tempting food. When anxiety about  the uncontrolled eating takes over, the diet pressure returns and the cycle continues. 

If you recognize this pattern in your own behavior, therapy can help you break the binge-diet cycle and establish a more positive relationship with food, and with yourself.


Specialties

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Bulimia - Support around distorted body image and beliefs around food; counseling to reshape problematic behaviors and thought patterns; coping strategies for safely reducing or eliminating episodes of binging and purging and/fasting

Binge eating disorders - Support around distorted body image and beliefs around food; counseling to reshape problematic behaviors and thought patterns; coping strategies for reducing or eliminating episodes of binge eating

Compulsive behavior - Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min-50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $175
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Millennium Park practice
155 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Private Practice, 1991 - Present
Northwestern Medicine, 2004 - 2007

Northwestern University, PhD, 1991
New York University, BA, 1980


Languages

English