Joseph Contorer LMFT provides virtual/telehealth therapy sessions. This may include use of programs like Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or telephonic appointments.

For more information and appointment scheduling please contact the office at any time at:

310-486-0087 or you may also email directly:

Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues and

This office can provide post-rehabilitative/follow-up and out-patient counseling-treatment for more complex eating disorders. For example, if you have been through an in-patient program and are in need of follow up treatment after discharge.
Treatment is available for compulsive overeating and body image disorders, and also for what I refer to as
“Eating Disorder Related Complex." (EDRC)™

Compulsive Overeating

COMPULSIVE OVEREATING/ Which frequently includes obesity and sometimes morbid obesity:

Perhaps the most commonly seen form of disordered eating is what is referred to as compulsive overeating. This describes a set of behaviors and actions that results in a style of eating and consuming food(s) beyond the point of satiety (fullness) or physiological hunger. Sometimes also known as "emotional-eating" or "stress-eating," the short explanation of this term is the idea that there are underlying drives to this behavior. Obesity is considered a disease that is defined as a physical state of being where the patient is carrying about 20% more body weight (fat) than that of their normal/predicted weight range would call for, given their other body type and height statistics. Other times the term Morbid Obesity is diagnosed if there is an even more excessive amount of overweight/weight gain, usually more than 100 pounds overweight.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder that involves self-starvation. Anorexia is a complex psychological and physical disease and disorder that involves a pathological self-destructive irrational plight to restrict food intake and maintain a distorted abnormal weight. Despite the likely emaciated physical state that also includes cognitive deterioration, most Anorexics perceive themselves as being overweight, fat, ugly, weak, inadequate or unattractive.

Eating Disorder Related Complex (EDRC)™

EATING DISORDER RELATED COMPLEX (EDRC)™ is a conception that Joseph Contorer LMFT developed to describe a more generalized composite of descriptions of scenarios, thoughts, actions and behaviors that are summarily related to eating disorders. While a mild presence of the various separate traits may be common and connected with many of those who are overweight or obese, the combination of the traits of EDRC are definitely not normal.

General treatment approach to Eating Disorders
and EDRC™ in this office

**This office provides psychotherapy for most clinical problems (like depression, anxiety or addictions for common examples,) including disordered eating/Eating Disorder-Related Complex (EDRC™.) Follow up treatment for patients discharged from various in-patient programs/adjunctive-out-patient treatment is offered. Referrals will be gladly be provided as relevant for other treatment needs, such as in-patient programs/treatment for serious Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, for registered dieticians, physicians, psychiatry and other allied health professionals where appropriate.

"TOMORROW, I'LL BE GOOD": Compulsive Exercise/Conflict with Excessive Exercise


Using exercise in a similar capacity to purge (vomit) calories. This is sometimes referred to as Compensatory Exercise, which, by definition is a more extreme, less healthy use of exercise. The attitude and intention behind exercise in this capacity is typically to manage or control weight, counter-balance binging or perceived overeating, or a distortion of some weight problem.

Clients are invited to take an inventory of their exercise/activity behaviors and routines. This self-assessment is relative to the frequency, and length of exercise, number of days per week, number of times per day and how long each period is. The issue is about how much emphasis is placed on exercise and “weight management” or “staying in shape,” vs. a real persistent drive to get rid of something… like food/calories consumed and implied feared weight-gain.

Do you like to stay fit and receive the energy boost and stress release of exercise so you do it almost every single day? Is the common cliché goal of 3-4 times per week not good enough? Is one time per day not enough, so you need to have some designated exercise/gym or fitness location visit up to 2-3 times per day? Do you “allow” yourself to eat more when you have the additional exercise days/”double-exercise,” etc? Do you sometimes tell yourself: “Well, I was ‘bad” today (like binging/or eating something threatening or feeling fat etc.,) so I will just have to do an extra hour of cardio tomorrow to make up for that (get rid of the fat etc.) These are all various parameters and examples of how exercise and working out efforts can become a sometimes sugar-coated version of eating disorder behavior or (EDRC™).

Why RU Fat? Under 2K a Day

“Realistic” Weight Management
Scientifically speaking, it is rather simple: energy-in vs. energy-out = weight maintenance, gain or loss. Psychologically-speaking, this is much more complex. One useful tool here is called Intuitive Eating, as reflected in the 2020 4th edition book titled Intuitive Eating, by Tribole and Resch.

The book is authored by MSRD clinincians who work with various eating disorder patients. Their book promotes a self-care approach that is based on logically, constructively responding to the body's hunger and fullness (minus restriction, binging, purging and other old-school, gimmicky, trendy diets and eating disorder-thinking and quackery).