Counselling for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be devastating for sufferers and can destroy the kind of life clients want to live, affecting work, relationships, friendships and family. For many people an eating disorder is something they suffer with in secret, ashamed of their relationship with food. However, this need not be the case. By exploring an eating disorder in the counselling environment and looking at the different areas that might be maintaining the disorder, huge changes can be made.
Bulimia and Binge Eating

People use food in many ways. It can be a comfort - people turn to food when they are let down, hurt, angry or stressed. However those feelings and the associated eating patterns can become a habit that is difficult to break. Once a habit is formed there is a physiological impact on our metabolism, our blood sugar and serotonin levels that can lead to depression and diabetes. I will help you to break those habits. Together, in a calm and confidential environment, with no weighing scales or competitiveness, I will give you all the information available about how the body reacts to bingeing, purging and dieting and how by making small but achievable changes, you can move forward and have a much more comfortable relationship with food.

Anorexia is a distorted idea of body size and shape combined with an obsessive desire to avoid being fat. Anorexia can lead to people losing years of their lives, caught up in a cycle which may include excessive exercise, cutting out entire food groups, stomach complaints, aching limbs, tiredness, ritualistic behaviour and depression.

People can and do recover from Anorexia but it is sometimes a long, slow process and engagement with the therapist is crucial. I offer therapy and support to both sufferers and their families. My approach is gentle but methodical and includes motivational work alongside counselling.
Obesity and Weight Management

For many people being obese brings feelings of guilt and shame. Sometimes it can cause isolation, depression, anxiety and anger. It may be that you have tried every kind of diet without success and are now feeling as if you have no will power and are a failure.

Together, we will look at the cause of your weight problem and not just the symptoms. We will examine your lifestyle, eating habits and thoughts around food. Through therapy you will come to an understanding of why food is so important to you and find other ways that you can nurture, comfort or reward yourself without turning to food.