Therapy for Disordered Eating

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Disordered eating behaviours refer to  problematic behaviors such as purging, bingeing, food restriction, and other dysfunctional methods to lose or control weight; at the higher end of the spectrum of such behaviours are eating disorders, which involve the practice of weight control methods that are significantly detrimental to health. I provide counselling services for binge eating disorder only.


You may be experiencing

difficulties with body image and

maintaining a healthy relationship

with food, without meeting the

criteria of a diagnosed eating disorder.

If you are not sure whether you have

an eating disorder, you should contact

your medical practitioner

for assessment.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is characterised by frequently eating excessive amounts of food, often when not hungry. This is not the same as occasionally overeating, as it is a recurrent and more serious condition. Feelings of guilt, disgust and depression often follow a bingeing episode. This behaviour and the resulting emotional distress create a distraction that results in avoiding the real root of problems.

Binge eating disorder has some similarities with bulimia nervosa, however binge eating disorder is characterised by an absence of purging after binges. A person experiencing this disorder will go through cycles of fasting and dieting, followed by binges characterised by feelings of compulsion or lack of control.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Bingeing is triggered by both physiological factors, such as hunger, and emotional factors, such as stress, depression or anxiety. Often compounding these issues is the influence of environmental factors, such as family, culture, relationships, and social norms and values.

 

Effective treatment for Binge Eating Disorder needs to target both the physiological and the emotional triggers as well as the underlying causes. I have had training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Focal Psychodynamic Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy, which are all recognised as being effective treatments.

CBT -
Cognitive
Behavioural
Therapy:

  • Recognise unhelpful or negative thinking, and patterns of behaviour.
     

  • Develop skills to challenge and change unhealthy patterns.
     

  • Learn strategies for coping with triggers.
     

  • Improve life skills, e.g. communication, problem-solving.

Focal
Psychodynamic
Therapy:

  • Address the way negative experiences and associations affect the way you process emotions.
     

  • Gain insight into how patterns of relationship affect your habits.
     

  • Explore how your eating habits are related to your thoughts, beliefs and self-esteem.
     

  • Identify feelings you have about yourself and others in your life, and how these influence eating behaviour.
     

IPT -
Interpersonal Psychotherapy:

  • Explore how interpersonal difficulties influence the development and maintenance of the eating disorder.
     

  • Identify changes for improving relationships.
     

  • Support to take the lead in making change in the interpersonal realm.
     

  • Maintain interpersonal gains and relapse prevention.