Eating Disorder & Body Image


It is not an uncommon experience to struggle with body dissatisfaction and to use food as a way to navigate difficult feelings.

While eating disorders and disordered eating manifest in obsession with food, it is more often an underlying emotional, rather than physical hunger that individuals struggle with that must be addressed. People who engage in disordered eating or have eating disorders may eat compulsively or restrict their food intake as a way to manage their inner emotional life, which in turn, negatively impacts relationships with self and others. When feelings become overwhelming, food can become the primary relationship in one’s life.

Signs and symptoms of disordered eating & body image concerns:

  • Preoccupation with food, weight, calories, and/or dieting
  • Disturbance in the way in which one’s body, weight, or shape is experienced
  • Restriction of food intake
  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry)
  • Inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain (vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise)
  • Negative assessment of body image

Therapy for disordered eating & body image concerns

Our therapists will work with you to not only challenge and change your relationship with food, but help to uncover deeper root causes for how these patterns developed. We will help you develop more effective coping skills and emotion regulation strategies that don’t involve food and eating, in addition to creating a safe space for you to explore your feelings, address unmet needs, and improve your overall sense of self. We work with individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and disordered eating patterns.

Therapists who work with eating disorders & body image

Dr. Traci Bank Cohen

Dr. Candace Burnham

Dr. Savannah Hamilton

Meet the team

Westside Psych, a Group Psychology Practice, was co-founded in 2018 by a team of psychologists who saw a need for comprehensive and high-quality mental health care. We have since expanded our practice to include other mental health professionals and provide training and supervision to pre-licensed therapists. Each of our therapists have unique areas of specialization and expertise, which allows us to collaborate and provide a range of care to individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

Our Team


If you're a new client, we invite you to schedule a free consultation, so we can talk through the best path to meet your mental health goals and truly live a fulfilled life.

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