Overcome Your Struggle with Food and Your Body
Are you consumed with thoughts of
food and weight?
Are you constantly obsessing about your body?
If you have problems with food or have an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, you are also probably having difficulties with your relationship with yourself and others.
|Do you resonate with any of the following?
If you can relate to any of the above eating or body image
problems therapy can help…
Poor eating habits can be a way of coping with difficult emotions. However, poor eating habits come with a price. They prevent you from feeling good about yourself and from finding ways to fulfill your deepest needs. They dominate your life and wreak havoc in your relationships.
Eating disorders and poor eating habits become a vicious cycle:
The worse you feel, the more you engage in bad eating patterns, the more you eat or starve yourself, the worse you feel.
Oftentimes therapy is the only solution to helping you overcome your eating disorder or unhealthy ways of eating.
You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone Any Longer
Therapy Can Help You Overcome Destructive Eating
Behaviors and Feel Good About Yourself
Benefits of therapy for problems with weight and eating disorders:
Therapy can help you develop healthier ways of eating and coping with your feelings. You can discover how to feel good about your life and your body. Through therapy, you can better meet your unique needs for safety and security in ways that are life-affirming. You can replace shame with dignity, self-blame with affirmation, self-criticism with self-respect. You can face your “Internal Critic”, and develop a “Nurturing Inner Parent” to care for your authentic self. These are essential tools for recovering from issues related to eating.
Why Am I the Eating Disorder Therapist For You?
As a therapist, I have specialized in eating disorders and disordered eating for over 20 years. My Master’s thesis in counselling psychology addressed overeating, anorexia and bulimia and how these develop in families with problems.
In addition, I know what you’re going through. I have recovered from my own problems with eating through counselling and 12 Step Programs. My personal experience helps me understand how deeply eating problems can affect you. It also allows me to help you find your way to overcoming them.
With my specialized therapy skills and your willingness to overcome your problems, you can heal from your unhealthy patterns of eating and preoccupation with body shape. You can get past weight problems once and for all.
As a therapist, I use a full range of proven and researched therapy approaches for eating disorders and issues around weight and body image including:
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – works to help you resolve old trauma, build new skills and end the diet-binge cycle.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy – works to reshape your unhelpful, irrational thoughts and to make more realistic and rational ones.
Relationship Therapy/Family of Origin/System Dynamics – looks at the roles, rules and dynamics in your family that may be hampering your wellbeing.
Harm Reduction and Body Image Healing – works with where you are now and helps you love and appreciate the body that you have.
Couples Counselling – helps develop supportive, authentic, fulfilling relationships during and after eating disorder recovery.
Mindful Eating – learn to eat when your stomach is hungry and stop when you are full. Eat what your body wants and end the “good food”/ “bad food” debate. Be aware of eye hunger, mouth hunger and return to your natural eating instincts. Treat yourself with loving-kindness.
“…employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing;
it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep.” – Taoist Saying
Respect, compassion, authentic connections with yourself and others, as well as active self-care are the cornerstones of recovery from eating problems. My counselling approach includes care and attention to biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects important to healing.
If you or someone you care about is suffering in this way, the right therapy can allow you to come out from under the “weight” of secrecy and shame into a new sense of optimism, self-worth and fulfillment.
Call me in Vancouver, BC at 604.733.7428 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment for a free consultation to see how I can help.