Eating Disorders: Therapy Approach

buddah webMaking the commitment to seek therapy for an eating disorder is an act of courage. It can take years to make that first call and sometimes just the thought of discussing your experience can seem overwhelming. Feelings of intense shame are common. In my work with clients struggling with eating disorders, creating an emotionally safe counselling environment is my first priority. Counselling progresses at a pace that is comfortable for you.

In my downtown Vancouver counselling office, I meet with clients struggling with:

I occasionally work with clients with anorexia, providing they are also under medical care for their eating disorder. Most of my practice is focused on working with adults.

Why seek help for disordered eating?

Many people turn to counselling when they feel that their life has been hijacked by obsessional thoughts about food, body size or feelings of profound worthlessness. These thoughts interfere with people’s ability to live their lives normally, and can range from “get me off of this emotional roller coaster” to “I want to die.” Yet, if there is the desire for emotional peace and an end to emotional pain, there is hope. This is what motivates recovery.

What can therapy do to help?

Counselling is an important pillar of recovery, helping to:

  • Understand the thoughts and feelings which fuel disordered eating
  • Trace unhealthy patterns of behaviour and how to free yourself from them
  • Create customized, practical coping strategies which speak to your experience and situation
  • Develop healthy goals and a plan for getting there
  • Transform how you feel about yourself
  • Restore hope. Change is always possible!

What counselling methods help?

There are a number of psychological approaches to treating disordered eating. In my practice, I primarily utilize: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and elements of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). As with any issue I help with, I always look for client’s strengths and seek to mobilize them in the face of adversity. While always listening deeply to clients’ emotional pain, also asking “What’s right with you?” is a question that should not be neglected!

Eating Disorders Treatment

Counselling is not a substitute for comprehensive eating disorders treatment. Rather, it is one key piece of the puzzle. Recovery is accelerated with a multidisciplinary team in your corner. For this reason, I always recommend that clients be under a physician’s care (or to find one if you don’t have one) and that people be assessed by a registered dietician (RD) with experience in eating disorders.

If you are ready to change and want to take a step forward, I welcome you to contact me today. I look forward to meeting you or addressing any questions you may have.