- Are you tired of food, exercise, and body image dissatisfaction ruining your life and keeping you from living a life you can fully enjoy?
- Do you find that you have issues around controlling your weight and appearance such that it is affecting your closest relationships?
- Do you feel out of control with food or exercising?
Eating disorders affect at least 30 million people in the United States. Even more are affected by disordered eating where an individual may not meet full criteria for an eating disorder in the DSM-V, but still struggle with psychologically unhealthy eating, exercise, or body image related thoughts and behaviors.
Eating disorders do not discriminate amongst body size, type, ethnicity, race, gender, or sexuality. Eating disorders affect individuals of all ages as well.
Eating disorders have classically been thought of as a disorder that affects females. There are also many stereotypes out there that make individuals feel like the only way they would qualify for eating disorder treatment is to look like someone who is very thin.
Today we know that everyone can be affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders vary in presentation and the ways in which they manifest within an individual can be very complex.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
Our eating disorder therapists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders. This is the gold standard, evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and disordered eating.
Quite common amongst clients who struggle with eating disorders, we often find that thought patterns become quite rigid and inflexible. Body image perception and thoughts about food and weight become quite distorted as well. Many individuals also struggle with emotion regulation issues where food becomes a way to escape their emotions or a way to give an individual a sense of control.
In CBT treatment, we help clients build mindfulness skills to become more aware of thoughts, feelings, and emotions to more effectively manage them. We help clients identify distorted thought patterns, help them restructure their thought patterns, and help them create experiments in their day to day lives that challenge the pattern of living according to their existing thought patterns. Through this process, clients can begin to feel empowered getting unstuck, knowing that they can overcome hardships, and begin living a healthier life instead of walking through life influenced by their eating disorder thoughts all the time.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders
Very similar to CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has an added piece to address individual's values. Through ACT, we help clients struggling with eating disorders to better understand what's important to them in their lives, or in other words, we help clients clarify their values. We then assess how the eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image symptoms stand in the way of living a life that is consistent with their values. In ACT therapy, we help clients align their behaviors with their values to again feel empowered that they are living life by their rules vs. the rules of the eating disorder mind.
Overcoming an eating disorder on your own is very difficult. It is not easy work. We are here to help, providing you with compassionate care every step of the way!
Call us today or email us to schedule an appointment with an eating disorder therapist on our staff. We have plenty of psychologists who have been highly specialized and trained in evidence based treatments for eating disorders.
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