When thoughts of food consume you – what you are going to eat, how you will avoid eating, what you already ate, how you are going to burn off or otherwise get rid of what you ate – it can become seemingly impossible to live your life. You might feel as though you are moving through your world, only as a shell of yourself, disconnected from the people and experiences around you, and hating the body you can’t escape from.
Recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating allows you to make peace with food and with yourself so that you can live life more fully. Though symptom reduction is a focus of treatment, we will also explore the roots of your eating disorder and work on healing the parts of you that turned to disordered eating patterns in order to tolerate painful emotions and experiences. I will approach our work together with compassion, curiosity, creativity, and connection while creating a safe, non-judgmental working environment.
Whether you have suffered from a poor body image your whole life, or your relationship with your body has become more adversarial with time, treating your body as the enemy can have a damaging impact on your mental health and ability to experience satisfaction in life. Making peace with your body brings with it a desire to provide it with the love and care it deserves, bringing with it better mental and physical health.
“Self-esteem is a realistic, appreciative opinion of oneself. Realistic means accurate and honest. Appreciative implies positive feelings and liking.” – Glenn Schiraldi, Ph.D. Impaired self-esteem can impact all areas of our life and keep us from living life to our fullest, and we become our own biggest adversaries. The way we talk to ourselves can be much like speaking our native language: it is learned organically, shaped by those around us, and eventually becomes second nature. The words we choose to use convey powerful messages about us and to us. We believe the words we tell ourselves about ourselves. Improving self-esteem can start with listening to our language and beginning to shift our internal responses.