Binge Eating

Binge Eating, also referred to as compulsive overeating or the binge-diet cycle, is defined as eating large amounts of food in a short period of time until one is uncomfortably full. The client is often alone while binge eating, experiences feeling out of control during the binge, and deep shame shortly after the binge is over. A client who is a compulsive/binge over-eater will feel anxious, depressed, and filled with self-loathing because of their behavior. This self -loathing manifests as hate for their bodies which often results in feeling that dieting is the only answer. This perpetuates the binge-diet cycle, creates disordered eating patterns, and promotes body dissatisfaction.

My work with binge eaters and  yo-yo dieters includes:

Individual work

I work with individuals who are seeking help with binge/compulsive eating because they are tired of being caught in the pattern of yo-yo dieting and self-hate.

I use a non-diet approach where we focus on:

  • Mindful/Intuitive eating – a process of awareness in which an individual learns how to read physical cues in response to being “hungry” or “full”
  • Identification of the triggers and the underlying issues of “emotional eating”
  • Early experiences that have impacted body image
  • Social/Media pressures on attaining an unrealistic body
  • Acceptance and self-compassion

 

I have found that when an individual enters therapy in order to end the binge/diet cycle, she/he has decided to stop waiting to start life until the “weight is lost.” What may start with eating and body image dissatisfaction will uncover personal and social issues. This discovery will allow the individual to embrace life instead of postponing it.

Group workshops utilizing expressive arts and multimedia

I specialize in working with groups from a multimedia approach. I utilize Expressive Arts techniques used in developing the award winning show “Leftovers…..the Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater”.

As a group we will:

  • View the original theater piece on DVD as a catalyst to explore the pattern of binge eating and dieting
  • Use drama, writing, art therapy, and group process to explore this issue.
  • Encourage an honest discussion of these issues – while taking ourselves lightly
  • Learn mindful/intuitive eating techniques
  • Promote acceptance and self-compassion

In over 30 years working with this issue, I have found the most effective tool is the act of breaking the silence and sharing with others how painful this pattern is. This group is open to anyone who has the desire to try something different in their relationship to food and body image. In a circle of women we will work together to move toward more insight and have a great time doing it. This is NOT a weight loss program.

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