Eating Disorder Therapy

Eating Disorder Therapy

When we’re struggling with eating disorders, there’s a great deal going on beneath the surface.

Eating disorders are about much more than food.

Most of the time, eating disorders are about deeper, underlying issues with self-worth, shame, control, anxiety, and perfectionism.

Food is just the way we cope with those difficult feelings when we haven’t learned effective coping skills and or how to deal with these underlying issues in ways that help us grow and heal. 

That’s where we come in. 

At My LA Therapy, our eating disorder specialists will help you re-establish a sense of connection to yourself, discover a deep foundation of self-worth, and heal from the deeper trauma and pain that have led you to this point. 

We will help you learn to feel grounded and safe in your body and to find a sense of empowerment in the way you approach your life and emotions.

And we’ll remind you that you are not defined by your disease. 

That means your “Eating Disorder” is only a part of you. 

It’s the part that’s telling you that there is something inside of you that needs healing and care. 

When we understand that, we can see our symptoms as invitations to find greater freedom as we heal and grow. 

Your worth is not your weight or the number of calories you consume in a day.

Your value is not your body or how you look.

We are here to help you discover a sense of self-worth that is much deeper than that.

We are here to help you create a solid foundation of who you are at your core, to restore hope, and to discover new possibilities for your life. 

You are destined for a life much greater than your struggle, and by working together you will ultimately regain a trust in yourself that enables you to express exactly who you are without apology or fear.


OUR EATING DISORDER SPECIALIZATIONS

  • Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder marked by weight loss and, at times, distorted body image. Weight loss is normally characterized by difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature. Individuals usually restrict the number of calories and the types of food eaten. Anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities.
    • With Anorexia Nervosa, there can be a couple of symptoms as well as long-term effects to watch out for. Some of the symptoms can include:
      • Restricting your eating severely
      • Having a distorted image of your own body
      • Severe fear of gaining weight 
    • Most of the long-term effects are physical, and can include:
      • Low blood pressure
      • Damage to your brain or heart
      • Yellowing of the skin
      • Fragile and easily breakable nails and hair
      • Feeling cold all the time
      • Extreme fatigue
    • Please see our dedicated Anorexia Nervosa page to learn more. 
  • Bulimia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder characterized by a binge-and-purge cycle. This cycle consists of frequent episodes of binge eating followed by efforts to avoid gaining weight, often by extreme means such as vomiting or exercising to excess. If you suffer from Bulimia Nervosa, you may be normal weight, underweight, or overweight. Bulimia can cause damage to your digestive system and can create chemical imbalances in the body that harm the functioning of major organs, including the heart. It can even be fatal.
    • With Bulimia Nervosa, there can be a couple of symptoms as well as long-term effects to watch out for. Some of the symptoms can include:
      • Feeling a lack of control over the binge-and-purge episodes
      • Using laxatives or forcing yourself to vomit
      • Excessive fasting or exercise
    • Most of the long-term effects are also physical, and can include:
      • Having a chronically swollen sore throat
      • Tooth erosion due to stomach acids
      • Acid reflux
      • Extreme dehydration
      • Irritation of the intestines from using too many laxatives
      • An imbalance of electrolytes
    • Please see our dedicated Bulimia Nervosa page to learn more. 
  • Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is characterized by recurring episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort. This eating disorder is different from Bulimia Nervosa because with bulimia, your episodes of excessive eating are usually followed by attempts to rid your body of the food through purging, fasting, or exercising. With binge eating, however, there aren’t usually attempts to remove the food from your body, and you might be overweight or obese due to all the food consumption. At the same time, you may feel a loss of control during the binge. Individuals who binge eat experience shame, distress or guilt afterward.
    • With binge eating, there can be a couple of symptoms as well as long-term effects to watch out for. Some of the symptoms can include:
      • Feeling a lack of control whenever you eat, and eating within really small time frames
      • Eating really fast, and continuing to eat even when you’re full
      • Making sure that you are alone when you’re eating so that you don’t feel embarrassed
    • Binge eating can lead to physical effects as well as negative feelings, which can include:
      • Becoming overweight or obese
      • Feelings of guilt and shame surrounding your eating habits
    • Please see our dedicated Binge Eating page to learn more. 
  • Emotional eating happens when food is used to pacify emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. This emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Food may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. You often feel worse than you did before because of the guilt, shame, and physical lethargy caused by the unhealthy food consumed.
    • With emotional eating, there can be a couple of symptoms to watch out for. Some of the symptoms can include:
      • A sudden and urgent need to eat
      • Having cravings of very specific foods, which usually include unhealthy snacks and junk food
      • Not feeling satisfied with how much you ate even if you are physically full
      • Feelings of regret and shame because you know you shouldn’t be eating unhealthy food in excess
      • Feeling the hunger in your head rather than your stomach
    • Please see our dedicated Emotional Eating page to learn more. 


Please keep in mind, only a licensed mental health professional is qualified to make these diagnoses. If you feel as though you have symptoms of any of the eating disorders mentioned above, you can set up a free consult call with our eating disorder specialists by clicking
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We’re ready to help set you on the road to recovery, peace, and freedom.

To learn more in depth information about each of these eating disorders such as anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, and emotional eating, visit their specific dedicated pages.


OUR THERAPY METHODS FOR EATING DISORDERS

Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize your anxiety, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.

To experience true and lasting joy in our lives, we must face and conquer our pain by healing our underlying trauma and confronting our fears. 

Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in resolving eating disorders.

Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page. 


WANT TO TALK? SPEAK WITH AN EATING DISORDER EXPERT NOW

If you have any questions, contact one of our eating disorder specialists for a free consultation any time.


RESOURCES

  1. National Institute of Mental Health
  2. Help Guide

Eating Disorder Therapists

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