Illinois Eating Disorder Therapists, Counselors & Specialists

Eating Disorder Hope has put together a list of Illinois eating disorder therapists into a single directory.

Specialists who treat bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, orthorexia, or other forms of disordered eating in their practice include:

  • Eating disorder therapists (also known as eating disorder counselors, or eating disorder psychologists) : Provide regular therapy sessions and may practice more specific forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), family-based therapy, or other proven treatments for eating disorders. An eating disorder therapist may also treat co-occurring disorders in their practice.
  • Registered dietitians : Create and maintain a balanced meal plan, and take part in Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Eating disorder psychiatrists : Prescribe medications and manage drug therapy
  • Physicians who specialize in treating eating disorders : Oversee core medical complications that arise from eating disorders (such as heart palpitations, muscle atrophy, chronic migraines, etc.)

Men and women with eating disorders typically create a dedicated treatment team made of an eating disorder counselor, a dietitian, psychiatrist, and physician. This level of comprehensive treatment has been proven to be the most successful method of fighting and recovering from an eating disorder.

Our specialist directory of eating disorder counselors is organized to quickly tell you:

  • Name, Location & Contact Information
  • Treatment Setting : Whether the therapist or counselor conducts individual, couples, family, or group therapy sessions
  • Types of Patients Served : Adolescents and / or Adults, Men and / or Women
  • Therapies available : The core eating disorder therapies the practitioner uses; CBT, Medical Nutrition Therapy, DBT, etc.


Eating Disorder Therapists & Specialists in IL

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Premier Eating Disorder Therapists

Laura Jaramillo, LCPC

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Laura Jaramillo (she/her) is a Self Love Wellness Advocate, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Registered Hatha and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She has been working in the field of counseling since graduating from Purdue University with a degree in psychology in 2006. After completing her master’s in community counseling she worked inpatient, outpatient, and residential.

Specialized areas of focus are eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, borderline personality disorder, body image issues, self-injurious behaviors, areas of self-esteem, stress management, difficulty adjusting to change, and communication issues.

Laura’s therapeutic approach is warm, accepting, interactive, and collaborative. She tailors treatment to meet a client’s individual needs through a variety of treatment modalities; some of which include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic/Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Behavioral Modifications.

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Rita Ekelman, MBA, RDN, LDN

Rita Ekelman HeadshotMy passion and nutrition-related experience are in treating people who suffer from various types of eating disorders, addictions, and other co-occurring disorders. I want to help clients establish a healthy relationship with food and their body in order to maintain long-term success in their recovery and how they view themselves.

I can help clients find their triggers, acknowledge and pinpoint cycles of harmful food behaviors, and establish goals in how to decrease/abstain from disordered eating patterns. Depending on the client’s needs, I can prepare meal plans, grocery lists, and assist with establishing food plans that will help structure the client’s day.

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