Eating disorders include emotional eating, a pre-occupation with food intake or restriction, and/or an obsession with weight or appearance. Eating disorders often exist on a continuum of severity, and typically have distressing emotional, physical, and psychological impacts.
People living with emotional over eating, food restriction, or general disordered eating patterns, develop elaborate coping strategies that provide temporary relief from the emotional discomfort underlying disordered eating behaviours.
It is essential, when seeking counselling for an eating disorder, that you see a therapist with specialized training and experience in eating disorders. Viewpoint Calgary Psychological Services has counsellors with the required unique combination of skills, background, and expertise needed for working with Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. Coordination with other health care providers and an awareness of common and serious medical and relationship factors is often required in accompaniment to counselling for eating disorders.
Through counselling, your therapist will help you explore, understand, and heal the issues contributing to your eating disorder. You will also learn and implement new coping strategies to address the strong emotions, triggers, relationship and social influences contributing to the maintenance of your eating behaviour. In therapy the power of the destructive behaviours accompanying a eating disorder can be minimalized and managed, resulting in hope and a better and healthier life.