The Root of Eating Disorders
We all want to look our best,and developing new eating habits is an important component in changing one’s appearance and building self esteem. However, sometimes efforts to change one’s appearance become extreme as the result of underlying issues or obsessive compulsive behaviors. Anorexia, bulimia, purging and an unhealthy obsession with food can be the result. When one’s perception of food becomes unhealthy, there are often underlying feelings and unmet needs that must be addressed in order to return to a healthier way of life. Individual therapy is an effective solution when you need to cope with the past and present, come to terms with unhealthy feelings and get back on track to a healthier you.
The Effective Approach of Individual Therapy
In individual therapy, a licensed therapist assists as you dig deep and uncover the hidden reasons behind your current actions. Beliefs about food, attitudes surrounding weight gain and expectations with regards to exercise are also discussed to help you explore the entire path that has led to your current challenges. Sessions are comfortable and judgement-free, and they provide you with opportunities to explore your self-relationship and make improvements to it.
In individual therapy sessions, you will discover strengths and learn new ways to use them to make healthier, more effective lifestyle and eating choices. Your therapist will empower you to examine your current lifestyle and provide you with tools to make the necessary changes that will lead to a healthier mental outlook and physical body. You will learn how to implement tools such as eating in moderation, intuitive eating, and letting go of thinking that is considered black and white. Finding the grey areas in between what you view as right and wrong will help you to build moderation into your lifestyle and overcome your eating disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
One effective form of therapy that is often used when eating disorders are present is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When this therapeutic method is utilized, a licensed therapist will provide you with unique tools and assist you in using them to change the level of importance you are currently placing on your body’s shape, size and weight. This approach to therapy also addresses some of the physical ramifications of your negative thought patterns, such as vomiting, under eating, binge eating or hiding food. Discovering the connection between your emotions and your actions allows you to feel empowered and make necessary positive changes in your eating habits.
What to Look for in a Therapist
When seeking a licensed therapist to assist with your eating disorders, look for someone with experience. Also consider working with a therapist who uses different therapeutic approaches and will provide you with a multitude of tools to help you work through your challenges. Your therapist should be open to answering questions and making you feel comfortable in her office, and she should truly cares about you and the challenges you are facing.
Sue Brazee, MA, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Yorba Linda, CA. She has extensive experience in the area of eating disorders and provides individual and family sessions in the comfort of her conveniently located office. Sue has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a certified Life Coach. Sue helps individuals to build on their strengths and overcome obstacles in a caring, compassionate way. She listens to her clients, customizes therapy sessions to meet their individual needs and takes a holistic view when it comes to the recovery process. Sue believes the psychotherapeutic relationship must be a respectful and nurturing in order to see effective results, and her clients have seen huge improvements in their lives as a result of her professionalism, experience and efforts.