Eating Disorder Therapists in Rhode Island

Find the best eating disorder therapists, dietitians, and psychiatrists in Providence and other areas of Rhode Island.

The following therapists specialize in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorder and body image concerns.

While eating disorder therapists can be found throughout the state, most are concentrated in Providence. In Rhode Island, you can find highly trained eating disorder therapists who are in-network with health insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Unite Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, and Neighborhood Health.

Finding a psychiatrist for medication management is more costly; most private practice psychiatrists are not in-network with insurances and typically charge $300+ per session.

Eating disorders have the highest risk of death among any psychiatric illness; however, full recovery is possible and early treatment is the best first step.

Find eating disorder therapists as well as local support groups and eating disorder treatment centers in Rhode Island below.

Eating Disorder Therapists in Rhode Island

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How to find an eating disorder therapist in Rhode Island

Do eating disorder therapists in Rhode Island accept insurances?

While therapists who are highly trained in the treatment of eating disorders tend to be out-of-network with insurances, In Rhode Island, it is possible to find providers who are in-network with health insurances. These include insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Unite Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, and Neighborhood Health. Psychiatrists, who prescribe medications tend to charge higher fees of $300+ per session and not be in-network with health insurances. You can, however, seek reimbursement from your health insurance company.

How long are therapy sessions for eating disorders?

Therapy sessions for eating disorders are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour long.

Do eating disorder therapists see all ages?

While many therapists only see adults over the age of 18, some also offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Check each therapist's profile to see what age groups they see in their practice.

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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 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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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.

Treatment options for eating disorders

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. In addition to therapists, 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. Group therapy can also be helpful in eating disorder recovery. Some therapists who specialize in eating disorders offer group therapy, such as Be Collaborative Care and Natalie Monaghan of Hawk & Hummingbird Holistic Healing in Providence.

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What eating disorder treatment centers are available in Rhode Island?

Be Collaborative Care
Be Collaborative Care is a center for eating recovery located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is conveniently located a 5 - 20 minute walk from neighboring universities, such as Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Johnson and Wales University.

Be Collaborative Care takes a holistic approach to eating disorder treatment, addressing challenges such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, emotional eating disorder, adolescent eating disorder, midlife eating disorder, and weight management. Be Collaborative Care provides a multitude of services, including psychotherapy, nutrition, yoga, expressive arts, and meditation.They also offer outpatient groups such as parent groups, eating disorder support groups, existential therapy groups, therapeutic yoga, fun in the kitchen, shame resilience groups, and experiential groups. Therapy groups typically last for 75 - 120 minutes, and contain 6 - 10 people. Be Collaborative Care is unique in accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield for their Intensive Outpatient Program, outpatient groups, and all individual therapies. If an insurance company is not contracted with Be Collaborative Care, they will attempt to set up an individual case agreement with the insurance company for the client. In the past, they have been able to make Single Case Agreements with United Health Care, Tufts Health Plans, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Aetna Health Insurance. Find out more about Be Collaborative Care. The founder Be Collaborative Care is Randi Beranbaum, RD, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in treating eating disorders, specifically binge eating, weight loss, and nutrition management for athletes.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital has an Eating Disorder Program that provides services to children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eating Disorder Program includes both inpatient and outpatient medical, nutritional, and mental health services, as well as close collaboration with the Medical Psychiatric Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The Hospital’s Eating Disorder Program includes a partial hospital program that is offered during the school day for children and adolescents, as well as an inpatient program, for a more intensive psychiatric care. They also provide nutritional evaluation, counseling, mental health support, psychiatric evaluation, education services, coordination of inpatient and outpatient services, and communication with therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians. Hasbro Children’s Hospital also conducts research, and is currently investigating the cause of bone loss in patients with eating disorders. They are also conducting a clinical trial looking into the effects of a new oral therapy to prevent bone loss in patients with anorexia nervosa.

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What binge eating disorder treatment centers are in Rhode Island? 

Center for Weight and Wellness
The Center for Weight and Wellness is located in Providence and East Greenwich. They offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment approach for adults with obesity, including support groups for binge eating and emotional eating. Their goal is to help patients lose weight and develop healthy habits.

They tailor their treatment programs to their patient's needs based on weight, medical conditions, lifestyle, psychological factors, and personal goals. Services provided include dietary counseling, on-site psychological evaluations and screenings, comprehensive evaluations of medical, dietary, and behavioral risks for weight gain, maintenance programs for long-term support and success, special treatment groups for emotional eating and diabetes management.

They provide a free orientation session for those interested. Learn more about the Center for Weight and Wellness here.

What eating disorder support group resources are available in Rhode Island?

Be Collaborative Care offers an Intensive Outpatient Program and support groups for eating disorder recovery in Providence, Rhode Island.

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What other resources are available for eating disorders?

Rhode Islanders can also access eating disorders resources in nearby Boston, which is an hour drive or train ride away. These resources include treatment centers such as Walden Behavioral Health, the Renfrew Center, and Monte Nido.

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