Do you secretly count calories? Do you find that you always compare yourself with other women? Are you obsessive about weighing yourself and adjust your eating habits that day in accordance with what the scale said? Eating Disorders take on many names including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, exercise addiction, food addiction, and emotional eating. Statistically speaking, seven million women and one million men have an eating disorder.
Woman and men face huge pressures to look perfect and stay trim. The outcome of this societal pressure is that people struggle with self-acceptance. Every day, we are getting messages from the media and other avenues of how we should look. People engage in a cycle of comparing oneself with the computer-generated images and then coming to the conclusion that one does not measure up. One may say, “If only I have bigger breasts, thinner waste lines, more muscle, whiter teeth, prettier skin, better clothes, and a different hair style then I’ll be O.K” Ironically, the more one toils to align themselves with the “perfect image”, the unhappier they become.
When we begin to love ourselves honestly for who we are, develop self-awareness into our emotions and our behavior, and commit to change and accountability, our disordered behaviors improve and recovery is possible. Sometimes our disordered eating may have nothing to do with wanting the perfect body, but may be more about control or wanting to not feel also called “numbing out”. We all want security in life, often times through food we try to get security.
Counseling helps clients develop self-awareness, combat distorted thinking, and have accountability with behavioral change. We also teach clients to recognize life situations that trigger negative thoughts and behaviors and develop insight to increase mastery over their disordered eating and thought patterns. Clients can begin to experience a healthy self-image and a life free from the disordered eating.
Counseling for body image issues and eating disorders start with an initial interview and assessment so the client and counselor can tailor a treatment program for the specific individual. If the Individual does not respond to outpatient therapy and needs a higher level of care, we will refer out to an inpatient program. Our approach may include the following components:
- Individualized Treatment Plans
- Individual Sessions with a Counselor
- Family Therapy
- Communication skills training
- Emotional intelligence training
- Coping tools training
- Nutrition skills Training
If you are a loved one in the Denver Colorado area is struggling with body image, eating disorders, Bulimia, or Anorexia, counseling can make a significant difference in your life. Call us today for an initial consultation at 720-204-8747.