Eating Disorders

At Counseling Services, we offer specialized services for students who are struggling with negative body image and disordered eating. If you are concerned about the impact that your relationship with food, weight, eating, or body image is having on your life, you may schedule an initial appointment to meet with a counselor to talk about your options.  Your counselor will help you to determine the appropriate level of care based on what you are currently experiencing.

Counseling Services offers outpatient treatment for people struggling with disordered eating.  We work very closely with the staff at the Student Health Center in order to provide a multidisciplinary treatment team approach.  Usually this means that students meet with a counselor for individual therapy, with a physician for evaluation and monitoring of medical health, and with a registered dietician for nutritional counseling.

Many students who struggle with concerns related to eating and body image also attend group therapy at Counseling Services.  We have found that individuals with disordered eating often experience overwhelming feelings of secrecy, shame, and isolation from others.  Although it can sound intimidating and scary at first, group therapy offers hope and relief through a sense of community and connection with others who understand.

Sometimes students need long-term or more intensive care than we are able to provide.  When we feel that a higher level of care is needed, we will provide you with referral information to an outside treatment facility or agency.   Examples of more intensive care include intensive outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization treatment, or residential treatment; all of these treatment options are available in Reno, at the Center for Hope of the Sierras.

I am worried about a friend or loved one who might have an eating disorder

If you are worried about a friend or loved one who you think might have an eating disorder, please do not hesitate to call or walk-in to Counseling Services and ask to consult with a counselor.  We can provide you with support and help you think through how you might be able to support your friend or loved one. 

Here are some links with helpful tips about talking to a friend/family member:

If you want to learn more about eating disorders, you may find additional information at the following links: