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Here are some links to professional and national eating disorder organizations along with some personal story sites.*** 

  • ANAD (National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders)
    Founded in 1976, ANAD is the oldest national non-profit organization helping eating disorder victims and their families. In addition to its free hotline counseling, ANAD operates an international network of support groups for sufferers and families, and offers referrals to health care professionals, who treat eating disorders, across the U.S. and in fifteen other countries.  ANAD also publishes a national quarterly newsletter, and will mail information packets customized to individual needs upon request.

  • Anna - Anna is a phenomenal lady who recovered from anorexia after 14 years of struggling with the illness.  She has written two books about her experiences.  Graphic in nature, they do not promote anorexia as you can truly feel her pain.  You are left with an amazing sense of hope and belief that taking steps one at a time while believing in the self is the only way to find health and happiness. 

  • APA (American Psychological Association)
    Source for finding therapists, groups and general info 
    on mental health.

  • Caringonline 
    Comprehensive information and resources such as nutrition, paths to recovery, treatment center referrals etc.  Great site!

  • Dads and Daughters
    The national, nonprofit membership organization of fathers and daughters. DADs provides tools to strengthen father-daughter relationships and to transform the pervasive cultural messages that value daughters more for how they look than for who they are. This site has got it goin on! I love this site and this organization. It's a really important one. We need more sites out there for prevention. Check this out!

  • Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
    Based on the 12 Step plans, this organization is dedicated to actively supporting recovery.  They stay away from the weight issue as primary focus and work on solving every individuals problem. They seem very sincere and offer outreach sources nationwide for help in the form of support meetings.  Please be aware that EDA is very spiritually based by nature (as are all the 12 Step programs).  They also focus on behaviors rather than connection with thoughts and feelings - that may work for you.  And may not. If you're looking for a first-step offline support group they are worth investigating. 

  • Eating Disorder Coalition
    This is an important group folks. They are going after the big fish and really trying to spread the word on a federal level.  The coalition is supported by people who really care - mother's who have lost children to eating disorders as well as many concerned members of the medical community who see the desperate need for increasing funding.  They have a prestigious board of directors who are dedicated to furthering advancement and research for recovery of eating disorders.  Jeanine Cogan, PhD, a former lobbyist for Mental Health and the Coalition's Executive Director, has Washington's ear.  Jeanine brings heart to DC, something she believes, as do we, is crucial in this uphill battle of building awareness by changing policy.  Jeanine and her team are really making a difference.  Join their coalition today! 

  • Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture
    Stories and historical information on eating disorders - very interesting.

  • Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
    A crucial site for getting the help you need - providing  information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders. They will refer you to specialists in your area - eating disorder practitioners, treatment facilities, and support groups. Referrals are offered at no charge as a community service.  ED Referrals is one of the few organizations like Payson Road that is absolutely dedicated wholeheartedly to spreading awareness of eating disorders and to helping people recover. I've been a fan of theirs for a long time. They were very helpful to me initially when I was building Payson Road. They put out a comprehensive monthly newsletter that gives info on meetings and events across the country.  

    Christine Hartline, from ED Referrals has been a wonderful supporter of Payson Road. Take a minute to read her informative and caring  message Learning to Love our Bodies and OurselvesWe also have a link on this page to ED Referrals treatment referral network page.  Please take advantage of this great and free resource.

  • EDRIL  - Eating Disorder Recovery and Information Links
    This site was created by Joanna Poppink, a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles.  She's very sincere and dedicated to helping the cause.  Her recovery philosophy includes the importance of inspiration through creative arts, educational programs, opportunities for political involvement and social action, etc. The EDRIL website is a great resources for such inspirations.  It also has great info on the process of psychotherapy and eating disorder treatment philosophies.  Great work!  I highly recommend checking out this site. 

    Mary Anne Cohen, is the Director of the New York Center for Eating Disorders. Her book, French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating, explores her philosophy of recovery, "I believe everyone's eating problem is as unique as a fingerprint, and this book helps each reader to find their own path to peace and healing."  The website has more information about her book, her psychotherapy practice, tapes and a Q&A section, "Ask Mary Anne". 

  • Find A Therapist 
    Find a therapist is a great resource for doing exactly that. They have referrals for all 50 States and info about therapy, book referrals, chats, directories of professional services.  Treatment centers and programs, online therapy and much more. It's incredibly comprehensive. Also offers online, e-therapy.

  • Montreux Counseling Centers
    Founded by Peggy Claude-Pierre, the author of
    The Secret Language of Eating Disorders a great resource book. Their clinic takes a very cutting edge approach to recovery and rumor has it is very successful.

  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
    Formerly, EDAP, a Non-Profit Organization with a lot of information and great resources on eating disorders.  Very involved with the media and bringing more media attention to the cause. They have all the info. on what media outlets are doing spots on eating disorders and a national conference.  

  • National Mental Health Awareness Campaign - Nostigma
    The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign is a new organization dedicated to attacking the fear and shame that is very strongly associated with mental illnesses in America. They are a public/private partnership formed in response to a challenge issued by Mrs. Tipper Gore for the formation of a nationwide anti-stigma campaign. Mrs. Gore issued her challenge at the White House Conference on Mental Health held in June 1999.  Payson Road is proud to be affiliated with this campaign.  It is an important organization that is helping to spread the world on a national level.  They are dedicated and passionate about this cause.  

  • Not My Kid!
    Not My Kid, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of youth and families who are at-risk for drug abuse, delinquency, early school withdrawal, family dysfunction, teen pregnancy, and other behavioral health problems. Although this sounds like its not directly related to eating disorders. It is.  Believe me this is very important to check out especially if you're a parent.  It's a wonderful site.

  • Something Fishy  
    Something Fishy is probably the most comprehensive and certainly widely known site for eating disorders online.  They've got amazing resources and information.  

  • Voices Not Bodies - Millie Plotkin, Founder of Voices Not Bodies created the annual Candlelight Vigil for Eating Disorders held every year in Washington D.C.  Voices Not Bodies also puts out an ED Calendar.  This is an important organization doing incredibly good work for the cause! Get on board with Voices Not Bodies and support the Vigil and the calendar!

***PLEASE BE ADVISED: While Payson Road includes articles and links to sites which provide additional information on eating disorders and related topics, Payson Road does not endorse or recommend any site, product or service provided on these links.


Treatment Centers  
New Centers/Announcements
Center List

Payson Road takes the business of referrals very seriously.  Therefore all of the therapist and treatment centers listed have been chosen with care.  ***PLEASE BE ADVISED

New Centers/Announcements: 

Agoura Hills, CA - Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP). Carolyn Costin will be opening a new Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP) in Agoura Hills, CA. This program is for females struggling with an eating disorder who need additional support to their individual therapy, but do not need full day treatment or inpatient care. The group will meet three nights a week and will include a supervised meal. Groups will be co-facilitated by therapists specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. The program will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach including cognitive-behavioral, dialectal-behavioral, psycho-educational, solution-focused, art therapy, attachment theory and process group modalities.  In addition, the group facilitators will introduce and practice specific relaxation techniques useful in reducing anxiety and processing emotion. The group will be open-ended in length and remain open to new members. The program will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. If you are interested in learning more about this Intensive Outpatient Program, please call 310-457-9958 or email  

Los Olivos (Central Coast) - CA: The Central Coast Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center, headed by Francie White MS, RD, and Terry White MFT offers 9 hour weekly group processes include meals, nutrition rehabilitation and eating normalization, psychodynamic evening, yoga and dance therapy, body image intensive work, cognitive behavioral processes, Jungian feminine soul work combined with many relaxation techniques, art therapy, life skills and multifamily group. Central Coast treats all forms of eating disorders; males and females, adolescents, children, and adults. Francie and Terry White bring a fantastic combination of intensive psychotherapeutic techniques alongside deeply healing Jungian soul work. Both give trainings nationally through their company INNER ESCAPES ( training therapists, MDs, dietitians and other professionals with Carolyn Costin MFT and Anita Johnston PhD. Keeping abreast of the latest in effective modalities to heal tough eating disorders. For more information on the Central Coast Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center visit the website at or call 805-688-5057. 

Treatment Centers:

  • Castlewood Treatment Center, St. Louis, MO
    Another wonderful group of compassionate and dedicated professionals.  

  • Clarus Center,  Illinois  
    Clarus Center is a smaller private center. They believe in treating the whole person and specialize in using a variety of techniques including creative expression.  They are strictly outpatient and have individual, family, and group therapy.  

  • Eating Disorder Center of California, Beverly Hills, CA
    An intensive day treatment and outpatient program for men and women, adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders.
  • Healthy Within - Outpatient Treatment Center, San Diego, CA
    Healthy Within is a unique outpatient program for eating disorders. Our program provides treatment for adolescent males, adolescent females, adult males and adult females suffering from eating disorders.  Solid program, more affordable. 

  • The Monte Nido Treatment Center, Malibu, CA
    Carolyn Costin and her staff are incredible - passionate and dedicated to helping each individual heal. Carolyn herself recovered from an eating disorder as did many of the members of her staff. They are very compassionate and really understand.  I highly recommend this program.  Check out Carolyn's Books at the Payson Road Bookstore.

  • The Renfrew Center - Philadelphia, PA New York, NYCoconut Creek, Southern FL,
    Allendale, Northern NJ, Bryn Mawr, PA,  Southern Connecticut,  Miami, FL

  • Milestones in Recovery, Miami Beach, Florida
    Highly recommended by Mindi Rold, a Congressional Guest Speaker on behalf of Mental Health Parity.  Mindi was a patient at Milestones which helped her recover.  Mindi's story

  • Puente de Vida Residential Treatment Center, San Diego, CA
    This center was recommended to us by Christine Hartline of ED Referrals. Services are offered to those ages 15 years and older with eating disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use and other disorders.

  • Rader Programs, Oxnard, CA and Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Rader Programs is an inpatient treatment program for eating disorders. They have been in the business of eating disorder treatment for 17 years and have a highly qualified and diverse group of professionals working together. They utilize many different components in their program including body work and they too believe in healing through the arts.  Check out their client gallery.  We do not have direct client referrals but have researched the program and company and feel that it is worth checking out.  They also have extensive and comprehensive information and resources on and about eating disorders. 

  • Rogers Hospital, Okonomowac, WI
    This is one of the only treatment facilities that specializes in eating disorders in the midwest region.  It comes highly recommended and also has a program specifically for men.  They believe in treating the whole person. They have a variety of levels of support from outpatient, to IOP, to partial, to residential, to IP.  

For more referrals check out the ED Referral Network to search in your area.


Online Groups for Professionals

Eating Disorder Online Action Committee (EDOAC)

The Eating Disorder Online Action Committee (EDOAC)  is made up of professionals and members of the Eating Disorder Community working together, sharing experiences and knowledge for the common goals; gaining deeper understanding of eating disorders, developing prevention strategies, bringing large scale awareness to the problem.

If you are a professional working with eating disorder patients or working for the cause of eating disorders, take this opportunity to join something truly special.  We're all in this together.


***PLEASE BE ADVISED Payson Road does not give medical advice or treatment.  We cannot diagnose or treat eating disorders by e-mail, but we can provide you with information and resources.  Information provided by the Payson Road Organization is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological care.  It is vital that you talk with your physician and a qualified mental health professional regarding eating disorder symptoms and treatment.  It is important to realize that the information that appears on the Payson Road website is not meant as replacement for proper care from a doctor, therapists, nutritionist, support group, etc.  Minors should consult with a legal guardian or other adult when considering treatment and providers.  Children under 13 years of age must have parental consent to use the resources on this site.

Furthermore, these services are not intended for individuals who are actively contemplating suicide or are suffering from a severe eating disorder or  mental/emotional disorder.  If this describes you, please contact your local crisis hotline and/or seek treatment from a  mental health professional. 

You are responsible for interviewing and selecting your mental health care provider. By requesting resources and referrals you understand and agree that Payson Road and it's affiliates are not responsible for the services, or lack thereof, of any of the providers listed.


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