We live in a society that is obsessed about contrasting things: food and weight. Eating disorders prey upon these concerns and train us to, instead of nourishing our bodies, restrict calories in a way that is not only physically but also psychologically harmful. It can be hard to hold onto hope. I promise, however, that help is out there. Food doesn’t have to be a burden: with eating disorder therapy, you can enjoy food again in an emotionally healthy way and feel better about who you are.
Supportive and Safe
Eating disorder therapy offers a safe place to talk about eating disorders and brainstorm ways of overcoming them. It may be hard to reach out to a friend or loved one about these things. Therapy offers a professional, confidential perspective and a nonjudgmental listener.
Get in Touch With Your Emotions, Goals, and Values
Often painful emotions are at the heart of eating disorders, and with therapy, we can get to the heart of them and provide a safe space to understand them for what they are. This can help you know why you feel the way you do when it comes to food and clear up any harmful thoughts that might be blocking the way to recovery.
Tackling eating disorders allows you to set and be held accountable for goals to achieve treatment at your own pace.
Kick Harmful Habits
Eating disorders often begin from learned behaviors that become habits. When treating anorexia and bulimia, you may need to “un-learn” certain habits or find healthier alternatives. Therapy can help you find tools to change your habits on a day-by-day basis so that you can find better ways of dealing with food.
Love Yourself Again
At the heart of eating disorders is often low self-worth. Sometimes we feel so unloved on the inside that we try to hurt or restrict ourselves on the outside. This doesn’t have to be your reality, and you can love yourself for who you are. Eating disorder therapy can help you discover your own self-worth and detach it from harmful ideas of body image. It will also help you trust yourself and listen to your body to know how to stay healthy and happy.
If you live in the St. Paul MN area and are struggling with an eating disorder, please get in touch. I am an experienced eating disorder therapist and would be happy to journey with you on the road to recovery. To set up an appointment, please do not hesitate to give us a call.