Eating Disorder Therapist
Barrie Isaac (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Social Worker who provides specialized care for eating disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders. Barrie treats adult and adolescent clients online and in-person at the Chicago Loop office.
Education and Training
Barrie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked as a coordinator with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) on the Body Project, an initiative to promote positive body consciousness and self-esteem for college aged women. Barrie attained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed internships at Symphony of Buffalo Grove and the Kenneth Young Center where she provided outpatient clinical services to children.
Barrie has worked at various levels of care in eating disorder treatment. She has worked in residential eating disorder treatment at Center for Discovery in Chicago. At Center for Discovery, Barrie provided Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – informed treatment to adults struggling with eating disorders as well as depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, relationship issues, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Barrie collaborated with a team of Registered Dietitians and medical personnel to deliver comprehensive and compassionate care.
Within an anti-diet, body-liberation lens, Barrie integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to find the eclectic approach that works best for each client. Barrie works to guide patients on their recovery journey using a client centered, open, and non-judgmental approach in therapy. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and is passionate about using a collaborative approach to help individuals achieve their goals and create lasting change.
Barrie is currently a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and regularly attends meetings and conferences.
Current Clinical Interests
Barrie’s practice is grounded in a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach which emphasizes body neutrality, intuitive eating, and self-acceptance. Her practice focuses on radically deprogramming the diet-culture that is all around us within a safe and supportive space.
Throughout her career, she has been committed to providing gender-affirming care. She has experience working with clients of all genders, including trans and non-binary individuals, and recognizes the unique challenges they may face in seeking treatment for eating disorders. She strongly believes that every individual deserves access to compassionate, respectful, and effective treatment that recognizes the diversity of human experiences.