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Brooks College of Health

Services for Individuals with Eating or Body Image Concerns

What types of eating and body image issues does the Counseling Center treat?

The Counseling Center treats a wide range of eating and body image issues. Some of the most common concerns are:

  • Dieting, fasting and restricting food
  • Overeating and binge eating
  • Purging through the use of self-induced vomiting or laxatives
  • Compensatory behaviors, including over-exercising
  • Dissatisfaction with one's appearance, shape, or weight
  • Obsessive thoughts about food or one's body
  • Anxiety about eating in front of others

Due to the outpatient setting of the Counseling Center, we are only able to treat students with mild symptoms. Each case will be assessed on an individual basis in order to make recommendations that best fit each student's needs.

What does treatment look like?

All students seeking services at the Counseling Center must first complete an initial consultation by calling or walking into the Counseling Center to schedule an initial consultation. Following your consultation, your counselor will then consult with our staff to review your case and make recommendations.

How do I know if my eating or body image is a problem?

If you are uncertain if your eating or body image is unhealthy, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation through our office.

You may also complete a brief, anonymous screening online to gain more information.

What if my eating or body image concerns need more specialized treatment than what the Counseling Center can provide?

Each student is unique, and therefore, treatment will vary from person to person. Even two individuals with the same diagnosis may need different treatment approaches. Our staff does its best to assess each student's case and to provide recommendations that are consistent with current research and standards identified by the American Psychological Association.

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*Please note, the eating concerns page symbol is the National Eating Disorders Association's (NEDA) trademarked symbol and is not the property of the UNF Counseling Center.