You’re a smart, high functioning adult. You do SO many things well in your life. But your eating feels totally out of control. Sometimes you eat so fast you can’t even taste the food, and you only stop when you’re too sick to keep going. Sometimes you overeat when you’re hungry, but most of the time you’re not hungry at all. You just can’t stop, as if you’re in a trance. You can’t believe how much you’ve eaten.
You’ve always felt a little out of control around food, but it’s happening more often.
You’ve started eating alone because you’re too embarrassed for others to see how you eat. You often find yourself secretly binge eating at night. You feel the shame almost immediately afterward, and it’s so intense that you feel helpless and broken. You’re plagued by thoughts like: What’s WRONG with me? It shouldn’t be this hard! Everyone else seems to be able to control themselves around food.
You wonder if you have Binge Eating Disorder.
You’ve heard about it, and started to do some research online. For a long time, you thought you just had weak willpower. You thought you were just an emotional eater or that you just love food. You’re starting to worry about your weight more than ever, as you’ve gained a lot as a result of the binge eating lately. You know you have a problem. You want to change. You’re ready to get help.
How eating disorder counseling can help
I have 20 years of experience as a therapist helping people figure out how to improve their lives. As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, I also have a deep understanding of the counseling methods supported by research to best treat Binge Eating Disorder, other eating and body image problems, and anxiety and depression. I won’t be pushy about you changing too quickly and I won’t judge you for resisting change.
I guide you toward looking at your binge eating behaviors from a different perspective. Your body is not the problem, and it’s not something that needs to be fixed. The commonly recommended advice (count calories, limit food groups, exercise more, or engage in the fad diets like fasting or keto) is part of the problem, not a solution. These old approaches just cause self-blame, despair, and more intense urges to turn to food to cope.
Instead, we will explore your triggers for using and abusing food– it is most likely a combination of genetics and the stressors life has piled on you. If you want to stop binge eating, you must learn to trust your body’s signals again, and develop practical tools to manage uncomfortable emotions you have been avoiding and numbing with food.
You CAN recover from Binge Eating Disorder!
Clients who work with me begin to feel empowered when they understand how binge eating has helped them cope with stress over time. They find new coping strategies that are more effective, longer lasting, and more rewarding. Strategies that make them feel in charge of their life, not controlled by food. The best part about this is the impact it has on ALL areas of your life, not just your relationship with food and your body.
Don’t let Binge Eating Disorder destroy your life, steal your joy and keeping you feeling like a failure. This just ends in more shame, depression, anxiety, and a nagging sense of a life unlived.
If you are ready to explore how therapy or counseling for binge eating can help you rediscover confidence and satisfaction in your life, contact me at (469) 850-2420 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation. My office is in Plano, Texas, and conveniently located near Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Little Elm, Addison, North Dallas, and Richardson.