STABILIZING AND NORMALIZING EATING HABITS
People who over-eat, under-eat, who gorge or binge or purge, and who are referred to as anorexic or bulimic, as well as others who are otherwise unable to maintain healthy eating habits, seek therapy in order to stabilize and normalize their relationship with food. Eating Disorder treatment helps a patient to do exactly this: to regulate his or her need to over-eat, and/or the need to forego eating.
Help with eating disorders such as binge eating, over-eating, Anorexia Nervosa, compulsive eating and Bulimia nervosa, is, in large part, help with stabilizing and normalizing eating habits, but it can also provide help with self-care, sustaining relationships, finding and using one’s voice, and learning how to create and maintain healthy boundaries. Eating Disorder therapy, like treatment for addictions, addresses these two important areas: the symptoms of the disease and the underlying causes. Importantly, one can’t be resolved without the other; healthy eating is made possible by general, overall mental health.
A trained eating disorder therapist provides treatment for eating disorders by working both behaviorally and psychoanalytically. Eating disorder counseling aims to teach and support new behaviors and habits while also aiming to help the patient understand and come to terms with the often painful underlying causes for the eating disorder. In a slow and measured way, analyst and patient build an alliance of trust and safety.