Eating Disorders Counselling

Eating Disorders Counselling

Eating disorders treatment saves lives!

Eating disorders (including disordered eating) is a serious mental health challenge that can even become life threatening. Eating disorders are always about feelings not food. Making counselling feel like a daunting process for clients who find it difficult to discuss deep, painful, self-critical  feelings.  This is why so many people affected by eating disorders remain silent about their problems.

We understand how hard it is to open up and talk about what drives food behaviours.  Our counselling approach helps you or your loved one create a toolkit of cognitive, behavioural and lifestyle strategies to deal with both food behaviours and the feelings that underpin them – allowing  the silence to be broken.

Eating Disorders Counselling

We offer a warm, comfortable, non-judgemental environment for individuals suffering from eating disorders by using a combination of therapeutic methods. We use CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), meditation and deep relaxation.

Have you ever attended an inpatient program and left? Either because you did not like the way the program is run or because you wanted to be closer to family, career, friends etc.?

If yes, we also offer a daily counselling program. This would consist of the counselling plan mentioned above but on a daily basis. When doing daily sessions it is importmant that the individual is also working with your doctor at this time as well. Attending daily sessions gives more freedom to go about regular life, while also getting the necessary support that is needed.

 

Do you ever experience any of the below:

  • Go through your day worrying about food/weight?
  • Feel out of control when it comes to eating?
  • Live in fear of gaining weight?
  • Eat in secrecy?
  • Feel angry when someone comments on your eating habits or weight?
  • Feel anxious if you have not worked out?
  • Plan your daily life around how much and when you can exercise?

Whether in adults, teens, or children; using food as a way of managing feelings:

  • becomes tiring
  • can be frightening
  • compromises physical health
  • proves ineffective over time

These ineffective coping attempts can become compulsive and spin out of control. Eventually using up much of the time in life that would otherwise be devoted to enjoying oneself. The first step in eating disorder counselling is to come to truly understand how “eating because of” a feeling (bingeing, over eating, comfort eating), “throwing up” a feeling (purging), “denying feelings” (starving) or running away from feelings (exercise anorexia) do little to resolve those same feelings 

As mentioned earlier, eating disorders are about feelings, not food. After they have started the re-nourishment process the counselling for mental health healing begins. Some eating disorders stem from other mental health concerns in your life, some of these concerns may be:

Types of Eating Disorders

Even though the different types of eating disorders have different traits and symptoms, it is not uncommon for them to overlap. Sometimes people can suffer from multiple symptoms from multiple types of eating disorders. The common forms of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa:

    • Is when an individual is at a low weight and is in fear of gaining weight resulting in restricting food. People with anorexia tend to deem themselves overweight even if they are not (body dysmorphic disorder)
  • Bulimia Nervosa:

    • Are recurring behaviours of restricting food, purging and bingeing. Purging can be throwing up, using enemas and taking laxatives. 
  • Binge-Purge:

    • Is when an individual consumes an unusually large portion of food followed by self-induced purging (vomitting) to ‘reverse’ their binge.
  • Orthorexia:

    • This means that the individual restricts food intake to eating only foods that are deemed as ‘health foods’ and relying on eating ‘correctly’ to satisfy themselves. This leads to an obsessive focus on food. If weight loss starts to effect health it turns into anorexia nervosa.
  • Compulsive Exercising:

    • Also known as “Anorexia athletica” the individual over-exercises to the point of prioritizing their workouts over everything else, including their physical health.

 

Our clinic is registered with the National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

Eating disorders aren’t as easy as eating less or eating more. Above all, it’s about the mental aspect of it. To better understand eating disorders, picture your biggest fear. Then picture whatever that fear is, consuming your whole life.

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