Therapists for Eating disorders & disordered eating in Boston Area

Find the best eating disorder therapists, dietitians, and psychiatrists in the Greater Boston Area. The following therapists specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, and have practices in Boston, Brookline, Waltham, and Newton.

Eating disorders are severe disturbance in eating patterns that involve restricting, avoiding, and/or binge eating. Eating disorders can occur at any age, with the typical onset in adolescence. Eating disorders have the highest risk of death among any psychiatric illness; however, full recovery is possible and early treatment with talk therapy, nutrition counseling, and medical care is the best first step.

In Boston, most therapists with advanced training in the treatment of eating disorders are not in-network with health insurances, and out-of-network therapy sessions typically cost between $150 - $200 per session; however, it may be possible to receive reimbursement from your health insurance. The most commonly accepted health insurance is Blue Cross Blue Shield. While many therapists only see adults over the age of 18, some also offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Find eating disorder therapists below, as well as local resources for eating disorder treatment around Boston.


Lenna  Salbashian

Lenna Salbashian

Boston, MA, 02115

Out-of-pocket-fees: $55 - $150 per session

I offer a space to be heard, seen, and safe within therapeutic boundaries. This is a space of freedom to be who you are, as you are now, and feel held in order to explore the depths and possibilities within you. Within this space, talking is only one of the many forms of communication and expression. I am currently accepting new clients through video-based services and am willing to offer a sliding fee scale for students or adults in need.


Brie  Shelly

Brie Shelly

100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114

Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $275 per session

I believe that therapy is one of the best investments and gifts that you can give yourself. Whether you are contemplating a life change, pondering ways to improve your mental health and wellness, or already in the midst of your next adventure, I am excited to help you process, explore, and energize you during every step of your journey.
I use an integrative approach that combines Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques to ensure that clients have countless resources while exploring personal growth. I also enjoy incorporating animal therapy, mindful movement, traveling, and the outdoors during sessions to inspire individuals.


Chiké  Nwankwo

Chiké Nwankwo

1842 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445

Out-of-pocket-fees: $400 per session

I try to be really respectful of people. It’s no small thing to come into therapy, nobody ever comes into therapy on their best day, its often their worst. I really try to keep that in mind. I really try to meet people where they’re at. I want to help people get the most out of their lives.


Emily  Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales

30 Bartlett Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476

Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Our image-driven photo-shopping culture has created an epidemic of eating disorders and body image problems that continues to drain our energy and self-esteem, disempowering us in an endless pursuit of slenderness. I have dedicated my career as a clinical psychologist, university teacher and writer on popular media to liberating my clients from self-destructive relationships to food and weight, freeing them to ‘embody’ their authentic selves.


Brian  Orr

Brian Orr

319 Littleton Road, Westford, MA, 01886

Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I am a big believer that, when we are able to feel more at peace with ourselves, we find greater joy in life. The journey to feeling peaceful and satisfied is not always smooth–it can feel so personal that we may avoid talking about the “bumps” with our loved ones. Talking with (and thinking together with) someone who is objective & private can be so useful. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over seven years of clinical experience. I have worked with patients who have felt down, worried about every day stressors, dealt with burnout, struggled with a work/life balance, and wanted to find more satisfaction out of life.

I have also worked with people who wanted to make changes but did not know where to begin. I have worked with those clients to help them identify their individual needs, and I collaborate with them to help find ways to move forward. My goal as a therapist is to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you are able to express yourself.

Together, we can help you further develop self-compassion. This will lead you to feel more present at work, with family and friends, and things you feel passionate about in life. I am also skilled in working with people who have struggled with substances in the past and are looking to continue in recovery, as well as family/friends of those using substances.


Sarah  Karytko

Sarah Karytko

8 Grove Street, Wellesley, MA, 02482

Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

Seeking help is always difficult, but finding the right person to help you can often be just as hard. While solid credentials, accredited education, and clinical training are essential, it’s also just as crucial to find a therapist you can trust. I take a collaborative, empowering, and in-depth approach. I believe that a supportive relationship between therapist and patient is where lasting change begins, and eventually leads to a deeper understanding of yourself. Together, we will work toward making changes and reaching your personal health and well-being milestones. I facilitate a warm, accepting environment that offers understanding and care, coupled with supportive challenges to help you grow.


Erica  Eckman

Erica Eckman

112 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109

Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I have had the privilege of working as a Clinical Social Worker in the Boston area for over 20 years. I currently have a private practice in Boston, MA. I take a collaborative, practical and caring approach to psychotherapy.

I have extensive experience helping people with eating disorders among many other areas of mental health. Some other areas of expertise of mine are working with individuals and couples dealing with depression/mood disorders, anxiety, stress management, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, trauma, and life transitions. I also enjoy providing supervision/consultation for therapists in training.

My approach to therapy is rooted in relational & experiential therapy.I want my clients to know that they are not alone and that when working with me they have a place where they can be authentically themselves with no judgment. I use a sense of humor and bring to the session my true self and realness which makes space for transformation and lasting change.

Fluent in Spanish, I have traveled extensively my entire life. I have lived in Caracas, Venezuela, Spain and England, and have traveled and lived in different parts of the United States. Having a world view has shaped me not only as an individual but as a psychotherapist and as someone who helps guide, motivate and encourage those I work with.


Maria  Mellano

Maria Mellano

112 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109

Insurances: Medicare, Tufts Health Plan
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

If you are suffering and not sure how to make sense of things or feeling alone and overwhelmed with life’s changes and challenges and not sure what to do, we can help. If you’re yearning for change, seeking to live feeling happier, more balanced and empowered as your true Self. If you’re ready to unearth a deeply buried dream that aligns your wellness and worth purposefully... we can help.


Kendall Psychological Associates

Kendall Psychological Associates

234 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02139

10 Federal Street, Salem, MA, 01970

Boston, MA, 02215

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 - $180 per session

Kendall Psychological Associates was founded by its director Ethan L. Seidman, Ph.D., who has been in practice for over 15 years, and was previously a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School for 10 years.

With convenient locations in Kendall Square and Salem, MA, Kendall Psychological Associates provides warm, attentive, interactive therapy that aims to help clients deepen their self-understanding, break out of hurtful patterns, and develop new modes of thinking, feeling, and relating to others.


Nicole  Issa

Nicole Issa

Boston, MA, 02118

Insurances: FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Aetna Student Health Insurance, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

In my work as a therapist, I focus on understanding early experiences and how psychological well-being can be fostered through relationships. I believe change and healing come through relationships: our relationships with ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. I view therapy as a collaborative process that allows both therapist and client to grow and change.
I practice primarily from a relational-dynamic perspective, though I incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative approaches to tailor treatment to the unique and individual needs of each client.
My clients describe me as an empathetic, active listener who approaches their concerns with caring, respect, pragmatism, and sometimes, humor. I'm honored that you're considering working with me and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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What to know about treating eating disorders in Boston

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.

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.

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.

Eating disorder treatment in Boston

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.

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.

Eating disorder resources in Boston

What eating disorder treatment centers and research studies are available in the Greater Boston Area?

Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA): MEDA is a professional network and support group service for those with eating disorders, located in Newton, Massachusetts. MEDA’s mission is to heal, educate, and empower individuals with eating disorders, along with the families and community members that are also impacted. They promote acceptance of all body types and  early detection and education. In addition to the support they offer eating disorder professionals, they also provide direct services to individuals, such as helping find treatment centers nearby, and support groups for patients, parents, and families.

Walden Behavioral Health: Walden Behavioral Health provides a whole health treatment approach for people with eating disorders. They treat different types of eating disorders, including, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), orthorexia, and diabulimia. Walden Behavioral Health is in-network with major insurance companies and also accepts out-of-network insurance arrangements. All plans have co-payments and deductibles that the patient or guarantor is responsible for paying. If the insurance company does not cover Walden’s services, Walden’s staff will work on options for appeal or private pay. They are one of the first hospitals in the United States to provide a full continuum of care for their patients with eating disorders to help them make a full recovery. This continuum of care includes inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, and outpatient treatment. They have various locations in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. In Massachusetts, they are located in Waltham, Braintree, Peabody, Milford, Worcester, and Amherst; in Connecticut, they are located in Vernon, South Windsor, and Guilford.

The Renfrew Center: The Renfrew Center is an outpatient treatment center. They are designed to help treat eating disorders among adolescent girls and women. Their treatment model for eating disorders include providing evidence-based, emotion-focused treatment interventions. The Renfrew Center accepts more than 430 insurance plans across the country. If the insurance company does not cover Renfrew’s services, Renfrew’s staff will work on options for appeal or private pay. Renfrew also encourages patients who are in school to contact their university about their tuition refund insurance policy in order for protection of loss of tuition for medical reasons, such as treatment for an eating disorder.

Monte Nido: Monte Nido Eating Disorder of Boston provides care for male and female adolescents and adults. They provide individual therapeutic sessions, group therapy, and family therapy that run weekly, on weekends, or once a month. They also have a program for adolescents, called Adolescent Day Treatment Programming. Monte Nido is in network with Beacon Health Options. Their admission specialists work with patients and families to determine the level of coverage one’s insurance company is likely to provide. In addition, if the insurance company is not in network with Monte Nido, they can coordinate single case agreements with providers in order to help with costs. They have their day treatment center for eating disorders in Downtown Boston, and their residential program is located in Medford, Massachusetts.

What eating disorder support groups are available in Boston?

Group therapy sessions and support groups can be another great resource for those with eating disorders. The Cambridge Eating Disorder Center offers a free support group for those with eating disorders that meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:00pm. They also offer a support group for family members of those with an eating disorder that meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

What other resources are available for eating disorders in Boston?

Project HEAL: Project HEAL is a non-profit organization that advocates for everyone who is seeking treatment for eating disorders, regardless of their race, income, insurance plan, age, education level, sex, or sexual orientation. They provide financial assistance in accessing treatment for highly motivated applicants who want to recover from an eating disorder but cannot afford to pay for treatment. They also have a peer mentorship program called Communities for HEALing, in which they offer one-on-one support and local weekly support groups. Communities for HEALing is undergoing a research study that will demonstrate whether different kinds of mentorship can help people recover from an eating disorder, whether that is through peer mentorship or social support mentorship.

Professional associations: The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) of Metro Boston is a great resource for professionals seeking peer consultation and collegial support from fellow therapists specializing in eating disorder.