Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders and Relationships

Family members often struggle with understanding eating disorders. With best intentions, misunderstanding and difficulty accepting seeing a family member starve or hurt themself often contributes to family power struggles. This often contributes to the individual with the eating disorder viewing family members as controlling, intrusive.

According to the AAMFT (The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), "Eating disorders may develop if a person has no other way to speak or represent feelings. Frequently family dynamics, problematic communication patterns, losses, or stresses like abuse have contributed to negative feelings the person could not deal with directly. It is never a simple matter that can be solved by just telling the person to eat. The symptoms have become the individual’s way to avoid facing problems more directly or are an attempt to feel in control when the rest of life feels out of control."

Feed Your Relationship by Getting Help

Eating disorders can exist on a spectrum from mild to life-threatening. Without proper treatment, they rarely go away on their own. As with many mental health conditions, getting help is often viewed as a stigma; a weakness and many resist coming to therapy for many years after the initial symptoms arise. Family member involvement in treatment is key to building long term solutions that result in changing systemic, behavioral patterns that inadvertently contribute to and maintain the eating disordered behavior.

If you or your family members are dealing with eating disorder, please don't hesitate to schedule a consultation today!


Contact Oregon Counseling

To request an appointment please complete the form below. Next, an intake coordinator will email you a link with a questionnaire for you to complete regarding your goals for treatment. After that questionnaire is completed, you will be contacted via phone to schedule an appointment. Please note we do not accept Trillium/OHP, Medicare or Tricare/Triwest insurance.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please consider these emergency options:

  • Call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Text HOME to 741741
  • call 911
  • Go to your nearest emergency room.
  • To request an appointment please complete the form below.
  • Next, an intake coordinator will email you a link with a questionnaire for you to complete regarding your goals for treatment.
  • After that questionnaire is completed, you will be contacted via phone to schedule.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please consider the following resources:

  • Call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Text HOME to 741741
  • Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

Please note we do not accept Trillium/OHP, Medicare or Tricare/Triwest insurance.

  • To request an appointment please complete the form below.
  • Next, an intake coordinator will email you a link with a questionnaire for you to complete regarding your goals for treatment.
  • After that questionnaire is completed, you will be contacted via phone to schedule.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please consider the following resources:

  • Call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Text HOME to 741741
  • Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

Please note we do not accept Trillium/OHP, Medicare or Tricare/Triwest insurance.

  • To request an appointment please complete the form below.
  • Next, an intake coordinator will email you a link with a questionnaire for you to complete regarding your goals for treatment.
  • After that questionnaire is completed, you will be contacted via phone to schedule.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please consider the following resources:

  • Call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Text HOME to 741741
  • Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

Please note we do not accept Trillium/OHP, Medicare or Tricare/Triwest insurance.

Contact Information

SE Portland Location

10011 SE Division Street,
Suite 202
Portland, OR 97266

503-928-3998

Monday to Friday: 7:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Corvallis Location

887 NW Grant Ave
Corvallis, OR 97330

541-714-5620

Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Eugene Location

401 E 10th Ave,
Suite 330
Eugene, OR 97401

541-868-2004

Monday to Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

https://www.eugenetherapy.com/