Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, & binge eating disorder

Eating disorders can be successfully treated: recovery is possible in Louisville, Kentucky

Eating disorders are defined by several terms, including anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and feeding and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). Regardless of the type of eating disorder, if you struggle with poor body image, restrictive eating, bingeing, purging, appearance concerns, eating anxiety, or other disordered eating behaviors, there is treatment that can alleviate your suffering.

Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, KY, offers effective help with highly experienced clinicians for the best care possible for eating disorders. Professor Cheri Levinson, Ph.D., faculty at the University of Louisville, is an expert on eating disorders, having published research in top journals, and is available for consultation and treatment of severe cases of anorexia, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?

  • Excessive concern with weight, shape, or body image
  • Inadequate food intake
  • Self-esteem overly related to body image
  • Eating a large amount of food in a short period of time while feeling out of control
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Using diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives to control weight
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, and dieting
  • Anxiety about gaining weight and/or food
  • Excessive exercise
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Isolation
  • Significant weight loss, even if still at a healthy weight (significant weight loss is not required for a diagnosis of an eating disorder)
  • Excessive guilt
  • Extreme restriction
  • Excessive night time eating
  • Extreme appearance concerns or appearance anxiety

If you or someone you loves is showing any of these symptoms, please contact us for help.

Who is affected by eating disorders?

Eating disorders can affect anyone. However, young women are at high risk to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders generally develop during early adolescence (ages 12-14) and/or during late adolescence (ages 18-19, often during the transition to college). Though young women are at higher risk, anyone can develop an eating disorder. Women, men, young adults, older adults, and individuals of all ethnicities and cultures may develop an eating disorder.

What type of treatment do I need if I have an eating disorder?

Dependent on the severity of your eating disorder, it may be recommended that you complete outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, or residential/inpatient treatment. Determining what level of care is needed is a crucial first step for getting the help you need. If you need outpatient treatment, or are transitioning out of an intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, or inpatient/residential setting, we can treat you at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. If you need a higher level of care, we will provide recommendations for centers that can specialize in the treatment of eating disorders.

How do we treat eating disorders?

Help for eating disorders in Louisville, Kentucky

Eating disorders are often treated with cognitive-behavioral treatments. Depending on the disorder, there are several empirically-validated treatments for eating disorders. Some of the treatments we specialize in are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other related disorders
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy foranorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other related disorders
  • Family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy for all eating disorders
  • Targeted exposure therapies for fears around food, weight gain, and body image
  • Perfectionism therapy
  • Therapies that target an eating disorder, as well as co-occurring anxiety and depression

Dependent on the type of eating disorder, your treatment history, and treatment preferences, we will work with you to develop an individualized, empirically-supported treatment plan. Most treatments are best performed with the support of a professional team that includes a dietician, physician, and psychiatrist. We will work closely with you to help you develop an effective treatment team.

What is my first step to get help?

Your first step is to participate in a comprehensive eating disorder assessment that identifies what level of care is needed and what type of treatment would be best suited for your individual needs.

No one deserves to suffer from an eating disorder, please call us now to begin working towards recovery.

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Behavioral Wellness Clinic
912 Lily Creek Road
Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40243

Office: (502) 338-0608
OCD Clinic: (502) 403-7818
Fax: (502) 245-1888
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Clinical Director: Monnica Williams, PhD
Office Manager: Jasmine Terwilliger
Business Manager: Matthew Jahn