Emotional Eating Treatment
Emotional eating, compulsive over-eating, and binge-eating are different ways of saying your eating patterns have become unbalanced. You may alternate between periods of eating little to no food and periods of loss of control over your eating. Food serves some alternative function for you beyond nourishment and basic enjoyment – a comfort, a tool for control, a source of escape, a way to punish yourself. Thoughts about food may take over – how to control your eating, how to hide your eating, how to lose weight and still satisfy your appetite.
You may or may not have experienced a fluctuation in your weight. You may have tried diet after diet. You may lose a bit of weight, but struggle to maintain the diets long term or struggle to keep the weight off after the diet has ended. You may have given up and feel like you inhabit a body that is no longer yours. Diets don’t work because they don’t address the underlying issues – your relationships with food, your body, and your emotions.
I offer individual and family therapy for people who struggle with emotional eating and binge eating. In emotional eating treatment, we will start by working behaviorally to get your nutrition on track, with concrete, obtainable goals. Together, we will examine and change thought and behavior patterns related to food, your body, your emotions, and your life that maintain the problem. You and I will work on developing a more adaptive way of managing emotions and situations so that food becomes food again. The final result is that you feel more at peace with yourself and your body, finally able to use food as an enjoyable tool for nourishment rather than a source of suffering and shame.
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