Emotional EATING / OVER- EATING:
Many people attempt dieting or vigorous exercise regimes, and while they may initially lose weight, the losses are often impossible to maintain long term. Some people struggle to lose any weight despite the best of intentions. In order to compensate people often throw more money, time, energy and resources into catching the next weight loss wave only for it to yield similar results. The personal, financial and medical tolls of this yo-yo’ing are often extensive. The reason that diets or vigorous regimes often don’t work long term is that people have not learned the psychological tools to manage emotional eating or overeating, and when faced with daily stressors such as juggling work, family, home, money and other hassles that are part and parcel of life, or even unusual pressing stressful situations, they turn to food as a way of coping with or escaping strong feelings. They do not have many tools for understanding, acknowledging, managing and accepting painful or overwhelming feelings or stressors. This is where many people benefit from psychotherapy.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan and was initially used in the treatment of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since then, it has been adapted, researched and even repackaged to help people cope with a range of disorders such as substance use disorder, anger management, eating disorders and emotional overeating. DBT employs interventions such as Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance Skills, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills (such as assertiveness skills and skills for buidling self esteem) that help teach people to be aware of their thoughts and feelings, understand how emotion is experienced, learn radical acceptance skills for tolerating strong emotions, develop healthy skills for distracting against painful feelings as well as tools for helping us in interpersonal situations. Learning these skills will greatly change a person’s relationship with food, and enhance both their weight loss regimes and overall wellbeing.
I offer individual DBT therapy sessions that span between 8-12 weeks but may be modified according to client’s needs. Group therapy will likely be available in the future depending on interest. These sessions will offer all the above interventions tailored to each person’s individual needs but following this well researched intervention. I hope you will let me help you learn lasting skills that will benefit not only your body and overall health, but your self esteem, your relationships and your spiritual health will likely greatly improve too.