If it were as simple as “having some self-control” or having more “willpower,” binge eating wouldn’t be an issue.
But it is not that simple.
Binge eating is a symptom
Binge eating and emotional eating aren’t about food. Rather they are behaviours that are symptoms of a variety of complex underlying issues:
- The role food played in your childhood
- Conventional ideals of what our bodies should look like
- Eating habits
- Feeling out of control
- Stress management and feeling overwhelmed
- Not having a good way to self-care or self-nurture
- Needing to escape or to “numb”
- Mental health issues such as depression or anxiety
- Food sensitivities and addiction
- Nutritional needs not being met by the right foods and/or supplements
What does therapy for binge eating disorder look like?
Binge eating therapy differs for every person. We will explore your current behaviours and how they impact you. We will look at ways to make changes to habits, identify triggering situations, and consider your overall lifestyle. We will shift the automatic reaction of reaching for food, and instead examine what you really need in those moments.
Because food is often a symptom of a deeper problem, most of our work will not be focused on behaviours; rather, together we will explore the underlying issues that are driving your behaviours and how your needs can be met in other ways. Shame, in particular, often lies at the core of our issues. By processing this difficult emotion we will remove much of the power it holds in your life.
A Holistic Approach
Disordered eating is not exclusively a mental health issue. My holistic approach, based on the work of Dr. James Greenblatt, helps each person heal as a whole. I often advise clients to meet with their GP for a full physical exam and consultation, work with a naturopath for supplement support, and see a holistic nutritionist to help make dietary changes when necessary.
Change is possible.
Please be in touch any time. I would be very happy to chat with you in a personal, non-judgmental phone consultation to see if psychotherapy is the right path for you.