If you wake up every morning promising yourself to be “good” or hoping that "today will be better," it may surprise you to learn that you may inadvertently be perpetuating your eating disorder. Eating disorders, in fact, have little to do with food and everything to do with thought—with the way you have learned to think and process your emotions.
If you have an eating disorder, you have learned to think alone—with your body, rather than your mind. It is as if your body and mind work interchangeably rather than interactively. Emotional experiences—whether they are bad or good, conscious or unconscious—may consistently trigger physical responses—‘food’ thoughts’, cravings, urges to binge, purge, starve or diet, and faulty body images—rather than the emotional solutions you really need.
Recovering from an eating disorder is about uncovering the thinking patterns that have kept you caught in this ‘closed circuit loop’ of reaching for comfort, soothing, and connection in food. Working together, we can help you find words for your feelings, expression for your tension and anxiety, and the emotional connection that will help you learn to think about your experiences, rather than feel shame for eating about them.
We will help you develop the tools that don’t just temporarily mask the symptoms of your eating disorder, but that help you anticipate and intervene in the patterns that perpetuate them.
These are the keys to genuine and lasting recovery.