Benefits of Working with an Eating Disorder Specialist

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Why Choose a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist?

When it comes to serious mental health issues such as eating disorders, it is important to choose the right treatment team for you or your loved one. Because of the nature of eating disorders, a treatment team can be made up of several types of professionals:

  • A mental health professional, such as a psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or social worker
  • A dietitian
  • A primary care provider, such as a physician or nurse practitioner
  • A psychiatric provider, such as a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner

Finding a mental health professional that is a good fit for you and knowledgeable about what you are struggling with can be challenging. If you are seeking help for an eating disorder, it is important to choose someone with the experience and training necessary to guide you through treatment. The International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) has created an advanced Certification Program in order to set standards of competency for mental health and medical professionals who work with eating disorders.

The Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) credential is for mental health professionals or medical doctors who have met multiple requirements that establish them as specialists in the field of eating disorders. These professionals have thousands of hours of direct patient experience and have taken coursework specifically on eating disorders. Their work has been supervised by iaedp-approved supervisors, and many of them have made significant contributions in the field of eating disorders. Professionals with the CEDS credential are required to have ongoing education in the field, in order to ensure that they are up-to-date on best practices for the treatment of eating disorders. The decision to obtain the CEDS credential reflects a commitment to professional growth and a high level of professional standards.

When you choose a CEDS as your mental health professional, you can be certain that a third party has verified that your therapist has demonstrated competency and expertise with eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Referrals | *Denotes teletherapy options


Kathleen Geiger, LPC |

Erin McGinty Fort, LPC, CEDS-S* |

Calm Counseling Austin * |

Kierstin Rapstine, LPC, CEDS-S* |


Michael Lutter, MD* |

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