Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)


There are many ways that symptoms of ARFID show up. Some people with the disorder have fears about eating, while some are simply not interested in food. Still others are sensitive to the sensory aspects of food. As a result of their aversion or fear, those with ARFID often do not eat enough and may, therefore, have a low body weight. In addition, people with ARFID tend to be limited in the foods they are willing to eat. Whether because of under eating or a lack of variety in food, people with the disorder may become nutrient deficient. In fact, by the time people seek therapy for ARFID, some may be dependent on supplements or feeding tubes.

In addition to the physical symptoms of the disorder, ARFID can impair a person’s psychosocial functioning. For example, someone with ARFID might find their lack of food choices embarassing. Moreover, some will not not eat at restaurants because of their limited diets.


Research supports the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-AR) in the treatment of ARFID. CBT-AR includes a specific type of behavioral therapy known as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). In treatment, those with ARFID learn to slowly but surely face the foods that they’ve been avoiding. While facing these experiences, individuals with ARFID learn to refrain from safety behaviors. That is to say, people with ARFID practice eating without asking for reassurance or over chewing foods.


Are you or a loved one struggling with extreme picky eating and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support individuals with ARFID. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.


Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in

several states. Learn more about where

Lauren sees Clients, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where Lauren helps people with ARFID.


When she is offering face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online therapy for ARFID throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where Lauren offers counseling for ARFID.


Lauren provides treatment for ARFID in the state of Utah. Since she provides teletherapy, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where Lauren offers online treatment for ARFID in Florida.


Lauren also offers treatment for ARFID online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.

The iconic red rock and lush greenery of Sedona, one part of Arizona where Lauren offers therapy for ARFID online.


Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized therapy for ARFID online across the Grand Canyon State.

The lavender fields of Provence, France, one international locale where  Lauren provides counseling for ARFID.


In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers teletherapy for ARFID to a number of countries internationally.

Cozy couch and computer: all you need for teletherapy and what your treatment for ARFID with Lauren could look like.


Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.


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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information