Find An Eating Disorder Therapist in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Experienced counselors in Pleasant Hill, CA for anorexia, bulimia, food aversion, orthorexia nervosa and other food issues.


Elena Gardella, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Elena Gardella, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94611 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

I use mindfulness techniques and sometimes EMDR to help clients who are struggling with disordered eating. The goal in working this way is to contact the moment when a decision is being made - either to eat too much, or to restrict food, or to purge - and work toward being able to tolerate the feelings that lead to the action. In working this way, we create space for making a choice, deciding to respond differently. For each client it is important to understand why the disordered eating came into being. I believe there are good reasons why eating disorders are developed, and it is important that this is addressed in the therapy.

Charis Khoury, MA, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Charis Khoury, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94609 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

As a woman, I know all too well the ways that you may find yourself in a painful relationship to food and to your body. Society's unrealistic standards and preoccupation with women's external beauty can challenge a woman's self worth at various stages of life. Perhaps this is old news to you but you don't know how to free yourself from it. In our work, we begin by listening to your body and cultivating a relationship with it. Getting to know your body on a deeper level and your full range of feelings, is getting to know you and what really matters to you. It may feel daunting or strange, but I assure you it is one of the most rewarding processes towards truly enjoying your body and food.

Mina Skoutelakis, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Eating Disorder Counselor

Mina Skoutelakis, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94566 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

I use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing to help those with compulsive eating patterns. This new way of using EMDR helps to disconnect the link between food and the feeling you may be chasing when you turn to food for things it cannot provide - love, comfort, safety, etc. Contact me for more information to see if this is the right treatment for you.

Sara Denman, Psy.D.
Eating Disorder Counselor

Sara Denman, Psy.D.

Dr. Sara Denman

In 94526 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

Eating disorders and body image issues can be overwhelming, causing people to isolate and not live the life she/he would like. Treatment can be tricky because sometimes people are caught between wanting to recover and not wanting to let the eating disorder go. When working with someone who has this struggle, it is important to help them uncover what the eating disorder is providing for them. From there, strategies can be developed to fill the same needs but in a healthy way so clients are able to reach their potential.

Mey Saephan, MS, LMFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Mey Saephan, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94501 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

You don't have to have to be emaciated or eating all the time to know you have a problem with eating. You might have a problem identifying what you need and your default way to self-soothe is controlling food intake or eating too much. The time to get help is when you notice your eating habits are not healthy. Get therapy to figure out what you are feeling and needing so you can take care of your eating habits in a healthy way and have control over your life again.

Rae Mountz, MA
Eating Disorder Counselor

Rae Mountz, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94602 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

Eating disorders are pervasive in the United States and it is a misconception and cultural myth that women are the only people that suffer from them. I work with all genders struggling with eating disorders to understand their relationship to their bodies and the beliefs they hold about their bodies. At the onset of therapy, I will assess if immediate medical attention and/or hospitalization is necessary before talk therapy can begin.

Kristina Schasker, M.A., MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Kristina Schasker, M.A., MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94583 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

When someone is suffering with an eating disorder the best treatment will be a comprehensive program consisting of a medical evaluation, nutrition and exercise counseling, psychotherapy for the individual and perhaps the family as well, support groups and possibly a referral to a psychiatrist. The client may have access to all these through an inpatient treatment program or may be seeking to piece these together in outpatient treatment. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be an important part of effective treatment for eating disorders. CBT can help support the individual and the family in understanding the dynamics of an eating disorder and working to overcome it.

Lisa Bograd, MA, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Lisa Bograd, MA, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94563 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

I help my clients to understand how their eating disorder symptoms are attempts to communicate internal conflicts and get unmet relational needs met in a safe way. I help them express these hidden struggles and conflicts and the emotions connected to them and get their emotional needs met so that they can learn to let go of these behaviors that are on longer serving them.

Elizabeth Hayes, Psy.D, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Elizabeth Hayes, Psy.D, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94110 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

Eating should be one of life's pleasures but it can become a nightmare if you suffer from an eating disorder. If food has become your enemy or you find that you are obsessing about food and/or body issues almost constantly, I can work with you to relieve some of your suffering. By deeply listening to your history we can explore and make meaningful links between your past and present history generating a better understanding of your emotions, ideas, and behaviors around food, body, and mind. By increasing awareness we can open up space for something new to happen. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative and I will work hard to help you create change!

Jeff Cohen, MA, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Jeff Cohen, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 94563 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

Even if a person with an eating disorder recognizes that their behavior is self-destructive, they often feel powerfulness to change it, because of the temporary relief that it brings. Seen, in this way, as a form of addiction, there is almost always an underlying relational component to the compulsive behavior. The problematic behavior is a very meaningful expression of some tension or conflict which has been internalized as a way of managing difficult feelings. Though we may employ specific behavioral strategies, my primary goal will be to help you identify and understand what your behavior is trying to communicate, and to resolve it so that you may have a healthy relationship to food.

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Eating Disorder Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 94563 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

While most eating disorder issues are treated by cognitive behavioral methodologies or specialized outpatient/inpatient programs, Grey Matters International and the work of Kevin J. Fleming, PhD provide relief first and foremost for the brain of one suffering from an eating disorder----without giving them medication. We believe that the neural circuitries responsible for the compulsive behaviors with eating are not necessarily only a neurotransmitter issue but of overused neural networks that affect the harmonization, balance, and decisions of the whole brain. Contact kevin@kevinfleminphd.com or 877-606-6161 to learn more about this safe and effective alternative.

Zak Forrest, LMFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Zak Forrest, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist

In 94102 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

I work with people who have previously received treatment for eating disorders and want to maintain or further their recovery. Because we need to eat to survive, we are confronted with our relationship to food every day. Deeper work on how our thoughts and emotions become represented in our bodies and food can bring an understanding of the reasons behind an eating disorder, as well as help discover new ways to manage it. I believe the way we relate to our bodies, our sustenance, and ourselves can be understood more deeply in order to live with greater compassion, acceptance, and confidence.

Neal Winblad, MFT
Eating Disorder Counselor

Neal Winblad, MFT

Marriage, Family Therapist

In 94588 - Nearby to Pleasant Hill.

Most eating disorders are experienced by people whose lives feel out of control. This often comes from having an autonomic nervous system that does not regulate the body well. This dysregulation is based in both shock trauma (single episode overwhelming events) and developmental trauma (repeated lower grade trauma and attachment/neglect problems). I use Somatic Experiencing to help individuals to gain mastery over their autonomic nervous system and feel like they are once again back in control of their body and their life.



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Pleasant Hill is located in Contra Costa County, California. It has a land area of 7.07 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Pleasant Hill is 34,810 people with 13,730 households and a median annual income of $81,226. .


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Establishing weekly sessions with a professional therapist is considered affordable in Pleasant Hill for the average family. While sustaining a commitment to therapy is usually not an issue, if mental health treatment feels like a burden please ask your counselor about accepted insurance plans or sliding scale fees. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Pleasant Hill public health department.