Therapists Specializing in Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating in Chicago

Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are serious mental health conditions involving a severe disturbance in eating patterns, such as restricting, avoiding, purging, and/or binge eating. Other eating patterns that do not meet formal diagnostic criteria might be described as disordered eating behaviors and are equally important to treat.

Eating disorders require specialized and knowledgeable care by therapists who take a team approach, which may include partnering with a dietician, primary care physician, and psychiatrist. In therapy, individuals who struggle with disordered eating might focus on understanding where the beliefs that drive disordered eating behaviors come from, learn new coping skills, and gradually replace disordered behaviors with other self-soothing strategies.

Find vetted therapists in Chicago who specialize in eating disorders & disordered eating below. Visit each provider profile to watch their introductory video and book a free call to find a good fit!


Howard  Farkas

Howard Farkas

155 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

I specialize in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. People who struggle with this problem usually feel a deep sense of shame about their unwanted eating and their struggle to overcome it. They often feel that the problem is due to their own lack of self-control or the willpower to just stop.

I believe that emotional eating is not a passive failure of control, but an active, defiant response against external control: namely, the perceived pressure to lose weight. When people diet to please others, they eventually feel that it’s unfair and rebel against it. That feeling of being controlled is what triggers emotional eating, not the tempting food. When anxiety about  the uncontrolled eating takes over, the diet pressure returns and the cycle continues. 

If you recognize this pattern in your own behavior, therapy can help you break the binge-diet cycle and establish a more positive relationship with food, and with yourself.


Lynn  Zakeri

Lynn Zakeri

4254 Emerson Street, Skokie, IL, 60076

778 West Frontage Road, Northfield, IL, 60093

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I know the first call is the hardest. I am really responsive, warm, and genuine while also smart, practical and insightful.


Karen  Trevithick

Karen Trevithick

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

In these demanding and rapidly changing times, we can easily start to feel lost, overwhelmed, and unsure. Finding moments to breathe, (re)connect, and recharge can seem like a luxury. In choosing to start therapy, you are creating that precious time to slow down and take care of yourself. I hope to provide you that safe space to explore your goals, hopes, and fears. Through therapy, you may discover what feels missing as well as how to celebrate your strengths. We will work together to determine the path forward and find the tools that best help you reconnect with your life.


Greater Chicago Counseling Center

Greater Chicago Counseling Center

480 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL, 60611

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $130 per session

Greater Chicago Counseling Center is a psychotherapy practice in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. They specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families navigate topics including anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and communication issues. 
The providers at Greater Chicago Counseling Center view therapy as a collaborative, engaging process, and take a strengths-based approach that empowers clients to understand their challenges and themselves on a deeper level.


Simrin  Jaglan

Simrin Jaglan

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Whatever brought you here, it shows acknowledgement that we are human and awareness of our ability to work through our pains. It takes courage to recognize that additional help is needed and to try something different than you may be used to. Take a moment and appreciate your bravery; this is you trying something new, something you may not have thought about before! I believe we all experience pain in life; what’s important is to identify the healthiest ways to manage it and how to stay present. We can learn to channel our energy into valued living and be productive with our pain. I hope to encourage you to embrace life’s challenges, using your own strengths and internal resources, to move in the direction of growth and valued living. My intention is to provide a safe and motivating space to nurture insight, confidence, and readiness to take action in your life; to build a life you are proud and inspired to live.

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Uncertain of what the future holds? Seemingly you have it all together, but deep down you’re filled with worry. You feel out of control and try everything possible to regain control, but it’s not working! Whether you feel pressured by societal expectations or are your own worst critic; life’s ups & downs can feel like a never-ending ride. Maybe it's self-esteem; maybe it's body image; maybe it's relationships or just overwhelming stress... Imagine if you felt balanced again; comfortable in your own skin. Imagine feeling confident and ready to embrace life’s chaos in the healthiest of ways. I can help.

I believe that you can live the life you desire. It starts with awareness that something is ‘stuck’, not working in the way we hoped it would, and willingness to acknowledge the need to reassess and try something different. Yes, it may be easier said than done; however, when you expand awareness of how your inner world is impacting your outer world (and vice versa) it opens up countless directions to choose from, creating opportunities for change and to build the life you truly want to live. When we learn to embrace the rollercoaster of life and to navigate its challenges in healthy ways, we have more energy to act in ways we value and to move in directions of our choice. When we are present, confident to take on the good and the bad, we have the ability, power, and space to create a life that is meaningful, joyful, and genuine. I hope to support you in your journey, providing you with the skills and insight needed, to grow and achieve your goals!


Hillary  Schoninger

Hillary Schoninger

321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60654

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Hi there, I believe that everyone has their own inner ‘garden,’ which has the potential to be bountiful, beautiful, and serene. If we want to maintain our gardens and have them represent the most beautiful aspects of our lives, we need to nourish them and water them regularly. Keeping our gardens beautiful and vibrant does take work, but it is work that makes life more joyous and manageable. I view psychotherapy as a practice that can help you to support your garden so that it, and you, can flourish. Helping individuals and families tend to their gardens, remove weeds, and plant new seeds: this is my greatest purpose.

I look forward to helping you manifest your garden.


Erinn  Williams

Erinn Williams

30 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

Often clients reach out when things have piled up in their lives, and they need a place to sort things out. Together we will figure out what is getting in the way of living the life you want. I love working with people who are either looking for love or are trying to navigate their current relationship. I believe that the quality of people’s relationships have an enormous impact on their overall satisfaction in life. I’m grateful that I get to make my livelihood from helping people get what they want out of life and relationships. It’s energizing work.
Some of the most exciting parts are figuring out what is getting people stuck. Maybe there is a longing to connect, but self-sabotage keeps coming up. Or perhaps it is hard to handle intense emotions within a relationship. Sometimes there are unresolved issues from the past that keep popping up. Or maybe a combo of all three. Once we can figure what’s getting in the way, we can work on moving forward to the goal. It's cool stuff.


Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

25 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $175 per session

Center and Room to Breathe (Center) is a group practice in Millennium Park, Chicago. Each provider at Center offers a unique skillset formed by experience and training in different modalities and techniques.

Center welcomes individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as those grappling with general life transitions and relationship issues.


Mary Claire  Schibelka

Mary Claire Schibelka

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

Whether you're down in the dumps or on top of the world, therapy can help you take your life to the next level.

Fifty years ago, therapy was seen as something only "crazy" people needed. Oh, how times have changed. Now, therapy is a tool used by the most successful people in the world! Therapy and life coaching are about specifically identifying the life you want to live and the person you want to be, setting goals, and crushing the barriers getting in the way of accomplishment.

Maybe your goal is to improve the quality of your relationship or take a new step at work. Therapy/life coaching can help you fine-tune the skills you already have while learning new skills and strategies to replace the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are no longer working for you.

Interested in learning more? What are you waiting for?! Take the next step and schedule a free 10-minute phone consultation today.


Self Design

Self Design

30 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603

1569 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Self Design was born out of a desire to help people who feel lost, find themselves again. Our mission is to help you be your authentic self on your own and in relationships.  Life’s challenges often cause us to disconnect from who we are and what is important to us. Find yourself. Be yourself. Be who you want to be.

Our focus is self-awareness and self-discovery, which leads to improved self-esteem and better judgment about what decisions are right for you.  It is difficult to figure out next steps in life.  Psychotherapy with a non-judgmental, down to earth therapist can help.


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