Services for Individuals with Eating or Body Image Concerns
Service Update: We are providing nutrition counseling by phone or Zoom video call. Email us to request an appointment. The UNF Community is invited to enroll in our Canvas Resource Page for access to our Zoom Groups and other information.
What types of eating and body images 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 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. When you arrive for this appointment you will be asked to complete paperwork before meeting with a counselor for a 45 to 50 minutes to discuss your concerns. Following your consultation, your counselor will then meet with the Eating Disorders Management Team (EDMT) to review your case and make recommendations.
Treatment for eating and body image concerns typically consists of three main components: psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, and medical monitoring.
What is the Eating Disorders Management Team (EDMT)?
The EDMT is a group of specialized clinicians at the Counseling Center who meet weekly to discuss students identified with eating or body image concerns. These clinicians have clinical experience and competency in the area of eating disorders. The EDMT's role is to provide oversight to students who have eating or body image concerns, discuss progress, and make recommendations.
Meet the team:
- Melissa LaManna, M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator
- Liz Lagasse, MHS, RDN, LDN, Registered and Licensed Dietician
- Jane Sander, D.N.P., ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Leslie Rosenberg, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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 scheduled an initial consultation by calling or walking into the Counseling Center between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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. The EDMT 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.
If you need help finding a provider or treatment center outside of UNF, please visit findedhelp.com.
*Please note, the eating concerns page symbol is the National Eating Disorders Association's (NEDA) trademarked symbol and is not property of the UNF Counseling Center.