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I offer individual and group treatment for those who suffer with Binge Eating, Emotional Eating, Bulimia, Poor Body Image, and/or have a history of abuse as a child.
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Binge Eating (Compulsive Overeating) / Emotional Eating:
If you suffer with Compulsive Overeating 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 binging/purging as a way to forget the pain and the desire for affection.
Do you experience some or all of the following?
• Fear of not being able to control eating, and while eating, not being able to stop
• Chronic dieting on a variety of popular diet plans
• Holding the belief that life will be better if you can just lose weight
• Thinking that food is your only friend
• Weight gain
• Loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relationships
• Obsession with calories and fat content of foods
• Obsession with continuous exercise
• Use or hiding use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup or enemas
• Isolation and fear of eating around and with others
• Hiding food in strange places to eat at a later time
• Pre-occupied thoughts of food, weight and cooking
• Self-defeating statements after food consumption
• Low self-esteem. Feeling worthless. Often putting yourself down
• Complaining of being “too stupid” or “too fat” and saying you don’t matter.
• Perfectionist personality
Do you find yourself in one bad relationship after another?
Are you tired of feeling hurt over and over again?
Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders:
Although not all of those with an eating disorder were abused sexually as a child, studies show that it is common for those who were molested as children to develop an eating disorder.
Gaining weight may be a way to protect yourself from emotional attachment, purging may be a way to get rid of the emotions associated with childhood trauma.
Whether or not you have an eating disorder, if you have been sexually abused or had other traumas, seeking treatment is a good start to self care and healing.
You can confront the feelings associated with trauma that effects your relationships now. If you have experienced childhood trauma, whether it was sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, or neglect, this can negatively impact the relationships you choose today.
- Your past experiences tell you who you are and determine how you feel about yourself. You choose who is in your life based on how you feel and what you think you deserve. This is often unconscious.
- 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.