Eating Disorder Counselling
Individuals who suffer from an eating disorder often feel trapped by the cycle of their thoughts. A loss of control over diet, obsession with food and calories, or engaging in compensatory behaviours like over exercising or binge eating are not uncommon symptoms. Eating disorders are often reactions to underlying issues such as past trauma; the successful treatment of eating disorders may be built around any combination of nutritional counselling, family based treatment, examining triggers for eating patterns, cognitive behavioural therapy, body image counselling, working with a mental health professional, connecting you with an intensive inpatient treatment centre or outpatient programs, support groups, and working with your primary care doctor. Eating disorder recovery is a long path, unique to each individual. It takes time to unlearn unhealthy eating behaviours. Our team of online therapists can help you to start this journey and offer further insight to other methods of care which may be best suited for you in overcoming this mental illness.
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Is therapy an effective treatment for eating disorders?
Eating disorders are mental disorders which manifest as unhealthy relationships with food. Various forms of dietary struggles occur such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, pica, or rumination disorder. With all disordered eating patterns, failing to connect with a treatment team could lead to life-changing consequences, medical emergency, and medical consequences. The healing of an eating disorder can be accomplished through treatment, both therapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy, and/or with a medical monitoring team.
A treatment plan may vary from working with one therapist to requiring an in-treatment program. Inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs can support you with your physical health and mental health, and help identify other possible mental health conditions that could be associated disorders (co-morbid with an eating disorder). A common occurring disorder with eating disorders is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. According to National Eating Disorders (NEDA), OCD was much more common in women who developed eating disorders than women who didn't. Anxiety is also another common occurring disorder with eating disorder behaviours. Two-thirds of people with anorexia also show signs of an anxiety disorder.
Develop a balanced relationship with food
Food is a necessity to life and thus is unavoidable. Building healthier habits will help you heal, lead to healthy living, better quality of life, and improved mental health. People with eating disorders often label certain foods "good" and "bad", restricting their diet to foods they perceive are acceptable or not acceptable. Your online counselling for disordered eating will be about finding balance. Stop following restrictive food habits and destructive behaviours. Our team of online therapists will support you with improving your mental health problems and your every day life. You may also consider working with a nutritionist to receive nutritional counselling to better understand how you can nourish your body, learn how to shift eating habits, understand healthy, balanced, meal planning, and consider other treatment resources. Start building a healthier relationship with food, focusing less on body weight, weight gain and weight loss, and instead, creating more enjoyment and satisfaction in your everyday life by building healthy ways of coping!
Often, people who struggle with eating disorder behaviours struggle to understand what healthy eating habits look like. Our team of online therapists are trained in effective methods for helping clients work through eating disorders. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) are both proven approaches for successful counselling with eating disorder patients. Whether treating anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, treating eating disorders successfully with our counsellors will focus on healing underlying painful emotions, challenging destructive behaviours, and develop healthy habits to support you in your recovery process.
How do I begin recovery from an eating disorder?
Inner voices from anorexia and bulimia make you feel that you won't be happy unless you lose fat. Your entire self confidence becomes rooted in physical attributes and day to day emotions, mood, and depression become dependent on how you feel about your appearance. In fact, happiness and self-esteem come from loving ourselves. Although this sounds simple, it is a long process to change habitual thought patterns who hold about ourselves. Truly loving and respecting our body and eradicating eating disorder symptoms is only possible through recovery. It is important to recognize your eating disorder symptoms, speak with a therapist to help put a name to your habits, and then begin to work through family, personal, and relationship issues which may be contributing to your eating disorder. You may find you in fact have very unhelpful coping mechanisms in place for daily stress, anxiety, and fears. Our therapists will work on establishing healthy patterns and options to implement in your life.
Reach out for support
When looking to get help for your eating disorder, it can feel frightening to seek professional help. Know that you are making a huge change for the better simply by reaching out. If asking for therapy with a counsellor seems too overwhelming, try reaching out to a friend, loved one, or family members that feel safe and tell them you are struggling with your relationship with food. It is important to have a network of support. You may also choose to start with support from your primary care provider/medical doctor. When you are ready, our team of mental health professionals will be ready.