psychotherapy
counselling

Therapy for People with an Eating Disorder such as Compulsive Overeating, Binging, Bulimia, Anorexia

My Experience

I work with many people living with eating disorders such as bulimia, compulsive overeating and anorexia.    Having an eating disorder is extremely painful day to day and will affect how you feel about yourself.  It can lead to low self-esteem as well as relationship difficulties, body image concerns and general unhappiness.

In order to recover it is necessary to learn to respond to yourself and recognise when you are hungry and what you are hungry for and to respond appropriately. Our hunger is not always about food; it can be for company, sleep, fun, freedom from anxiety or the need to express our feelings such as anger or sadness.

My approach is practical and pragmatic. As well as working therapeutically with you I will offer straightforward and sensible ideas and strategies to support you to find a comfortable relationship with food, your body and yourself.

Therapy with me could help you to make lasting and life-changing changes to the way you eat and relate to yourself and food for ever.   I work from a self-referencing perspective.

It’s Not about the Food…….

The problem is not about the food or the size or shape of your body, it’s about how you respond to your feelings and treat yourself day to day.  Maybe you use food:

  • as a comfort, a quick fix or treat when you are tired, cold, bored, sad, angry, anxious, afraid….
  • to stuff down feelings that are so uncomfortable that it is simpler, quicker, less attention seeking, less inconvenient to shut up and eat.
  • instead of saying ‘no’ to other people or to yourself.
  • secretly, on the move, whilst reading – so fast you don’t notice that you are eating…. let alone what.

Maybe you diet, use laxatives or vomit so as to lose the weight that society tells you is unacceptable or to avoid gaining it;  to make your body conform to an ideal that is created in the media using adolescent models and photoshop ….. and then you find yourself binging because you feel so deprived that you can’t help yourself.

Dieting Doesn’t Work for Most People

It is not surprising that binging follows dieting – the more we restrict particular foods the more we think about those foods and the more likely we are to eventually eat them in an uncontrolled and compulsive fashion……. and then to diet and restrict them again in an attempt to get back on the ‘straight and narrow’.  Dieting doesn’t work; in fact it causes or compounds the very problem we use it to solve.

 

Maybe you tell yourself you need to find more willpower?   That just isn’t’ the case; it is restricting and deprivation that don’t work in the long run;  this research analysed 31 studies into weight loss and diet effectiveness and found that diets just don’t work long term.  One study they examined showed that in up to two years 23 percent of people studied gained back more than they had lost while of those who were followed for at least two years, 83 percent gained back more weight than they had lost.  One study found that 50 percent of dieters weighed more than 11 pounds over their starting weight five years after the diet.

Stop the Madness…..

I will help you learn to listen to yourself and respond appropriately to the feelings you are having so that you no longer need to use food in a way that doesn’t work for you.  It is possible to stop the madness that is eating disorder.  Recovery really is possible.

Working with Me….

I offer daytime sessions in Finsbury Park, London N4.    Sessions cost £60 and last 50 minutes.

Find out more….

If you would like to book a session or discuss your situation with me first please contact me on 07973 783742 for an obligation free conversation or email me at northlondontherapistSL@gmail.com.  I will be happy to speak with you.

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