I have specialized in eating disorders since 2002.
While I have treated all forms of eating disorders, my focus is on helping clients with emotional eating, compulsive overeating and/or binge eating.
Do you tend to go to extremes with food, either eating too little and/or too much?
Do you beat yourself up when you feel like you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t have?
Do you feel like you need to compensate in some way for what you’ve eaten?
Do you find yourself constantly thinking about food and weight related topics?
If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may have some disordered eating patterns.
As with most things in life, unhealthy relationships with food run on a spectrum ranging from some disordered eating habits through to diagnosable eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder.
One of the most important things, in my opinion, to know about eating disorders is that they are not about food or weight. They are actually a coping skill that many people use to avoid dealing with their emotions and life’s stressors.
It’s also important to know that if you are struggling with any type of disordered eating that it is not your fault! Nobody would consciously choose to struggle this way, but the good news is that there is help for it!
Relationship With Food
My approach in treating eating disorders is to help people understand their relationship with food, to separate their stressors and emotions from their eating and to learn moderation.
Those with food issues tend to go from one extreme to another with food and view the relationship as all or nothing. I help people find the middle ground and to end the vicious cycle of unhealthy habits.
I don’t believe in restrictive diets because they are not a realistic way of life for most people.
Eating disorders are a coping skill and part of the treatment process is developing other positive ways of dealing with stress and emotions. Often a team approach can be helpful so as needed, I work in conjunction with a nutritionist and/or doctor that specialize in eating disorders as well, when appropriate and needed.