Do you find yourself criticizing your appearance? Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food? Are you eating to cope with emotions, filling a bottomless void? Have you been engaging in unhealthy or risky behaviors to maintain or lose weight (such as using drastically restricting calories or foods, using laxatives, taking weight-loss or water pills, vomiting, etc.)?
If you've found this page, you recognize something isn't quite right. You've been struggling with something and your searching for answers. It's time something changes.
Consider for a second that there is a continuum representing a wide range of feeling, attitudes, and behaviors related to food and body image. While some folks might meet the criteria for a specific eating disorder, many others may not.
You don't have to meet the criteria for a specific eating disorder to seek treatment. Don't continue suffering or allow your behavior to spiral into an eating disorder.
Whether you're struggling with weight loss, body image, disordered eating, or a diagnosed eating disorder, I can help you!
I believe addressing your unhealthy attitudes, and behaviors surrounding food and body image is necessary at any stage.
Are you still on the fence of seeking treatment?
You've probably talked yourself out of seeking help in the past or even now. A running commentary of self-sabotaging questions or statements are running through your head.
"What's the big deal anyway? Everyone has little self-esteem issues or insecurity about their body, don't they? Everyone does unhealthy things to cope sometimes. So maybe I'm a little consumed lately, or picking up bad habits to lose or control my weight. Okay, yes it sucks and takes its toll, but it's not going to kill me! Right? Maybe I should suck it up already? My problem is silly compared to other peoples issues."
It's time to start challenging those false statements. It's time to get the help you need and deserve. It's time you honor your pain and begin the healing process.
Regardless of how severe your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have become, you can begin to recover!
Contact me today. Let's talk about how I can help you!
As a counselor, I utilize evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, to help you recover. Treatment can vary depending on a number of factors. A few elements of treatment could include:
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Simply put, body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror.
Growing up we internalize messages which either foster a positive or negative body image. But where did these messages come from?
Having a healthy body image is an important part of mental well-being and eating disorders prevention. It's vital to our self-perception and self-esteem, which keep us happy, healthy, and functioning in all areas of our life!
Emotional Eating is when you use food as an attempt to control and cope with negative or unwanted feelings or thoughts. Shame, guilt, embarrassment, hurt, anxiety, fear, and depression. These are all emotions we'd prefer to avoid or sooth. Unfortunately, Emotional Eating often results in overeating, leading to poor self-esteem, unwanted weight gain, and obesity.
As a therapist, I help you identify the underlying internal and external triggers, and learn healthy coping techniques and emotional regulation skills. Changing the way you cope with undesirable or uncomfortable emotions is empowering. Break the cycle.
You may be wondering what the difference is between disordered eating vs. eating disorders. Essentially, the difference comes down to the frequency (how often), the severity of behaviors (how unhealthy or dangerous are these behaviors) and the level of distress you experience. From a clinical perspective, you have an opportunity to heal unhealthy relationships with food and body image.
Breaking disordered eating habits before they lead to an eating disorder can be done.
According to The National Eating Disorder Association, the list below is common signs and symptoms of an Eating Disorder. There are emotional, behavioral and physical signs of being aware of when you're considering if you should seek help. If you find you have these symptoms or engage in these behaviors, seek help today. Talk with health care professionals such as your primary care physician and a mental health professional (Licensed Professional Counselor). Here at Elizabeth Hocker Counseling, I help people recover from disordered eating.
By The National Eating Disorder Association