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Eating Disorders

Any and all eating behaviors that cause a clinically significant impact on one’s life deserve support and attention. Eating disorders are classified in the DSM-5 as:

Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Rumination Disorder, Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder, and Pica. Within these disorders, behaviors include restricting, purging, exercise abuse, overeating, and obsession with healthy eating, to name a few.

Often people — men and women — feel alone and isolated in their struggle, sometimes for years or even what feels like a lifetime. In therapy, we slowly explore how these behaviors are actually coping mechanisms and signs that deeper hungers reside within. It’s absolutely possible to find relief and new ways to cope. It’s a blessing and birthright to come home to your body and find peace with food.

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Disordered Eating, Overexercise & Body Image Issues

Food and movement should both be pleasurable and energizing, but our culture and many times underlying trauma both have a way of shape-shifting these natural daily experiences into struggle and angst. I love helping people discover what lies underneath the surface and realize the peace and freedom that are absolutely possible. Common disordered eating symptoms are:

  • chronic dieting or clean eating - food fads, bathroom scales, diet clubs

  • exercise struggles - compulsive or avoidant

  • rigidity, rituals, feelings of guilt/shame, loss of control

  • any “subclinical” eating disorder behaviors, which, absolutely warrant the need for help & support sooner than later

 
 

P.S. You are Not Alone

If you’re reading this and questioning if your food, exercise or body image issues are a problem, or if you feel embarrassed or shameful for tendencies you can’t seem to shake, I want you to know you are not alone. There is a way to untangle yourself from the body and food wars; It first takes courage to ask for help, and then it takes a lot of compassion for yourself as you change, but it’s totally possible and I would love to help you find the support you need whether that’s individual therapy with me, a higher level of care, or more support through nutrition counseling, etc. I love helping to connect the dots and am happy to provide a 15-minute phone conversation to see what support would help you the best. Contact me here.