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Navigating the Journey to Recovery: A Therapist's Guide to Treating Eating Disorders

Healthy Lifestyles, PLLC, knows that eating disorders are deeply personal and tend to be complex in nature. Our therapists are trained to address underlying issues through a compassionate, multifaceted approach and use evidence-based methods during care to help individuals navigate the journey to recovery from eating disorders. 

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are rooted in a combination of environmental, psychological, and genetic factors. Some common eating disorders include bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and anorexia nervosa. These conditions can severely affect an individual’s quality of life, lead to anxiety and depression, and harm their physical health. There is a path to recovery, however; Healthy Lifestyles, PLLC, emphasizes creating a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can express their fears and past struggles surrounding food and eating.  

How Eating Disorders Are Treated

To effectively treat eating disorders, a therapist must build a foundation of trust and encourage open dialogue to understand the factors contributing to a client’s disordered eating patterns. Various therapeutic techniques can be helpful for eating disorders, including: 

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 

  • Family-based treatment (FBT) 

For a holistic approach to recovery, it’s also essential to implement a multidisciplinary strategy to help clients build a healthy relationship with food. This includes working with nutritionists and other medical professionals and emphasizing the importance of physical health and balanced nutrition. We also educate the families of those with eating disorders to encourage support and prevent relapses. 

Contact Our Office

If you’re seeking treatment for an eating disorder, the compassionate therapists at Healthy Lifestyles, PLLC, can provide professional support during your recovery. We’re a culturally sensitive team serving the Dallas, TX, area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start on the path to a healthier, happier you.