Eating Disorder Therapy Rod Solar 2019-06-03T22:25:44+01:00
Eating disorders explained
Eating disorders can be explained as a negative attitude towards food, severe enough to change the person’s eating habits. Someone suffering from an eating disorder may develop an obsessive habit to monitor their weight and body shape, gaining an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise which may cause damage to their health.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is when a person attempts to maintain a very low weight. This is achieved through lack of eating or over-exercising. Bulimia is diagnosed when a person attempts to control their weight by inducing vomiting after binge eating.
Our approach to Eating Disorders treatment
We offer help for people with different eating disorders.
An eating disorder is a sensitive subject and we take the utmost care with our clients. Mostly we will use talking therapies with you, such as cognitive behavioural therapy.
Recovery from eating disorders is a slow process, using CBT we can help you come to terms with your situation and set goals and positive outcomes.
If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.
Eating disorders case study
Rachel, aged 33, was concerned about her loss of appetite. Frequently, she would feel nauseous and she was also becoming increasingly anxious about the types of food that she would eat. This had led to a significant weight loss and loss of confidence.
She described the situation as being “like a vicious circle” whereby the less that she ate, the more weight that she lost and the more that she felt self-conscious about her eating habits with family and friends. The resulting anxiety prompted her to feel even more nauseous and less inclined to eat.
After an initial consultation session, we were able to identify that the symptoms had first emerged towards the end of a very difficult relationship with a former boyfriend. She described how he had often commented about her weight and been controlling of her eating. By processing this period in her life via counselling, Rachel was able to make greater sense of what had been happening to her over the course of the last two years. This understanding, coupled with the practical techniques which she learnt via the counselling, helped her to gradually regain control of her anxiety and to begin to experiment with food again.
What Clients Say
Everything is going very well. I’ve stopped drinking diet cola completely, I drink mainly water now, with the occasional fruit juice, and my teeth feel 100% better. I haven’t had any cravings for starchy foods, I’ve stopped eating bread and butter between meals, and I’m eating more fruit. All in all I’d say it’s been very successful. I make a point of not weighing myself, but I do feel a little thinner, and more importantly I feel a lot more positive.
Eating disorders case study
We recently helped a heterosexual man, aged 28, with bigorexia, or muscle dysmorphia. Also known as reverse anorexia, this is when a person has a distorted view of him or herself, believing he or she is inadequately muscular. This is common among bodybuilders and can lead to them cutting themselves off, afraid to be seen, or disguising their bodies in large clothes.
In our client’s case, his symptoms included continually feeling flabby, comparing himself to stronger men, working out obsessively at the gym, considering turning to steroids, erratic eating patterns and purging (making himself vomit after eating).
We recommended 10 sessions of counselling to focus on stabilising his eating and exercise patterns; identifying triggers for his behaviour; psycho-education; and improving his self-confidence.
He learned to eat a more-balanced diet at regular meal times and adapted his exercise routine. He developed relaxation techniques and other practical strategies to deal with challenging situations. We helped him recognise the true effects of his eating patterns on his thoughts, feelings and behaviour. His body image improved and the symptoms disappeared.