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Eating Disorder Counselling

Eating disorders are the outward manifestation of an unhealthy relationship with food and body. Their route is normally in deeply ingrained emotional perceptions about fat, body shape and life in general. Millions of people are living with eating disorders untreated.

Both men and women suffer from eating disorders. If you are suffering it can seem like there is no way back. Eating disorder counselling or psychotherapy  can help sufferers to understand their behavioural issues so they can lead a happier, healthier life. They can help you to identify the thoughts, triggers, habits and beliefs that are influencing your behaviour.

Eating disorder characteristics

Sometimes all it takes to take charge of your life is a supportive, objective counsellor. You are not alone; far from it. Identifying that you need some help is a massive step towards health, sometimes you will need a lot more support and a therapist can direct you to different services available to you.

If you, or anyone you know, display any of the following characteristics it may be time to seek some professional help.

  • Purging or starving regularly. People with eating disorders may not eat when they are hungry, or may binge on food and then purge.
  • A dislike of your appearance and general self-image issues. You can be your worst critic or your best friend.
  • Obsession about weight. Being afraid of gaining weight and thinking that the only way to be happy is by being thin. Deeply ingrained beliefs can be damaging.
  • Never being satisfied with one’s appearance. Even if weight is lost, it is not good enough; and not even recognised as a success. This means constant disappointment and dissatisfaction.
  • Obsession with exercise to the extent that others notice. Too much time in the gym combined with eating problems can be dangerous.

Eating disorder counselling can help you step your way to balance

Eating disorder counselling can help you to understand why you do what you do; whether you suffer bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or emotional eating problems. Disorders are a continuum. There are different grades of severity. Everyone has a relationship with food. If you feel that you no longer have control of that relationship it could be time for some help.

Counselling can help you re-assess damaging eating patterns and develop healthier habits. If you did not deliberately choose the thoughts and beliefs that control your eating behaviours, then a counsellor can listen to you and help you try to get a measure of control back. Counselling provides a safe place to talk, and a mirror for self-analysis. It is a stepping stone back to balance; both physically and mentally.

How Can Eating Disorder Counselling or Psychotherapy Help?

Eating disorder counselling can help in many ways. Experienced therapists can provide you with the guidance and support you need to improve your view of and your relationship with food. A therapist can support you as you:

  • Make peace with your body, yourself and your food.
  • Understand the emotionality of the decisions that you make, so that you can put some solid logic around them.
  • Understand how to maintain a healthy and balanced workout schedule instead of going overboard.
  • Learn to eat purposefully.
  • Improve self-esteem, feel good about your body and focus on enjoying your life; instead of being obsessed with your relationship with food.