It is not an uncommon experience to struggle with body dissatisfaction and to use food as a way to navigate difficult feelings.
While eating disorders and disordered eating manifest in obsession with food, it is more often an underlying emotional, rather than physical hunger that individuals struggle with that must be addressed. People who engage in disordered eating or have eating disorders may eat compulsively or restrict their food intake as a way to manage their inner emotional life, which in turn, negatively impacts relationships with self and others. When feelings become overwhelming, food can become the primary relationship in one’s life.
Signs and Symptoms of Disordered Eating/Body Image Concerns:
Preoccupation with food, weight, calories, and/or dieting
Disturbance in the way in which one’s body, weight, or shape is experienced
Restriction of food intake
Recurrent episodes of binge eating (eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry)
Inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain (vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise)
Negative assessment of body image
Therapy for Disordered Eating/Body Image Concerns
Our psychologists will work with you to not only challenge and change your relationship with food, but help to uncover deeper root causes for how these patterns developed. We will help you develop more effective coping skills and emotion regulation strategies that don’t involve food and eating, in addition to creating a safe space for you to explore your feelings, address unmet needs, and improve your overall sense of self. We work with individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and disordered eating patterns.