Portland Eating Disorder Counseling
I offer individual and group treatment for those who suffer with Compulsive Overeating, Emotional Eating, Bulimia. My office is located in the lovely SE / Ladd’s Addition area of Portland, OR.
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Binge Eating or Emotional Eating:
If you suffer with Binge Eating you have what is seen as an “addiction” to food, using food and eating as a way to hide from emotions, to fill a void you feel inside, and to cope with daily stresses and problems in your life. Additionally, there may be an added struggle because of society’s tendency to stereotype you as “overweight”.
If you live with Bulimia, you seek out binge and purge episodes — eating a large quantity of food in a relatively short period of time and then using behaviors such as taking laxatives or self-induced vomiting — because you feel overwhelmed in coping with your emotions, or to punish yourself for something you feel you should blame yourself for.
If any of the above sounds like you, perhaps you feel your not “good enough,” shame for being overweight, feelings of anger, depression, stress or anxiety.
You may use food and/or binging and purging (aka dieting) to cope with these feelings, which only leads into the cycle of feeling them ten-fold and trying to find a way to cope again.
With a low self esteem and often constant need for love and validation, you turn to obsessive eating and/or bingeing/purging as a way to forget the pain and the desire for affection.
Counseling can help you to learn more about yourself and can support you in healing your past and lead you to feel good about who you are. When you feel healthy on the inside, you will attract healthy people to be around you. In addition, relationships become easier and more fulfilling.