What is Eating Disorders Therapy?
“Eating disorder” is an umbrella term for any form of “abnormal or disturbed eating habits” and also includes disordered or distorted body image and addiction to exercise. Eating disorders effect both men and women. They are estimated to affect one in 20 people at some point in their lives, and are rising particularly fast among adolescent boys and young men.
Some types of eating disorder include:
- Anorexia nervosa (eating very little and becoming underweight).
- Bulimia (bingeing and purging).
- Binge eating (eating compulsively).
- Orthorexia nervosa (obsession with eating healthily).
Other eating disorders can also include behaviours such as the compulsion to exercise excessively, a negative or distorted body image, as well as obsessive thoughts, habits and behaviours around food.
Eating disorders therapy can give you the opportunity to examine and explore the deep-seated emotional reasons that have led to these issues around food, exercise and body image. Eating disorders counselling is a chance to explore these sensitive areas and begin to change troubling, obsessive or destructive behaviours in a supported and safe space.
If you have difficulties around food, exercise or body image, our specialist therapists can provide a guided and structured approach – including cognitive interventions and practical strategies – to support you as you begin to create a healthier relationship with food and your body.