What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating can be caused by a variety of factors, including biological, psychological, and social influences. Biological factors may include genetic predisposition, hormones, or other medical conditions. Psychological factors may include depression, anxiety, or an unhealthy relationship with food. Social influences may include peer pressure, cultural expectations, or dieting. You can recover from binge eating disorder on your own but it is recommended that you seek help from an eating disorder therapist in Dublin.
Symptoms of binge eating
Symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, feeling out of control during the binge, feeling ashamed, guilty, or embarrassed afterward, eating alone due to shame, eating when not hungry, and feeling depressed or stressed. Physical symptoms may include weight gain, feeling bloated, fatigue, and digestive issues.
Can I recover from binge eating disorder myself??
Yes, it is possible to recover from binge eating disorder on your own. However, it is important to note that recovery is not a linear process and can be difficult. It is recommended to reach out to a mental health professional for support in order to ensure that you have access to the necessary resources and skills to overcome this disorder.
Self-help strategies for binge eating recovery
1. Practice mindful eating. Eating mindfully means paying attention to the sensations and emotions associated with eating, such as taste, texture, hunger, and fullness. This can help to reduce binge eating episodes by increasing awareness of what and why you are eating.
2. Track your eating patterns. Keeping a food journal is a great way to become aware of your eating habits and identify triggers that lead to binge eating.
3. Develop a regular eating schedule. Eating at regular times throughout the day can help to control hunger and prevent excessive snacking or binging.
4. Find alternative coping strategies. Identifying healthier ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. Better coping strategies can help to reduce the urge to turn to food for comfort.
5. Seek professional help. If you find that you are struggling to manage your binge eating, it may be beneficial to seek out professional help from a mental health provider.
How do I find an eating disorder therapist in Dublin?
You can search online for therapists in the Dublin area who specialise in treating eating disorders, try searching for ‘eating disorder therapist near me’ – you will likely get the best results for your local area. Additionally, you can contact your local mental health association or check with a local university to see if they offer counseling services for eating disorders.
Food Freedom Therapy
If you recognise that you have a lot of the signs and symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder, then seeking support from an expert in this area would be helpful. As an experienced Eating Disorder Therapist, I like to integrate traditional psychotherapy (CBT) with more energy based techniques (such as emotional freedom technique) to offer a more holistic approach to recovery. I offer this through my bespoke Food Freedom framework, which is a 3 to 6 month experience to guide you through binge eating recovery and to heal your relationship with food.
The framework has three distinct phases: Rebalance, Reprogram, Renew
What to expect from an eating disorder therapist in Dublin
Follow a comprehensive assessment our time together will begin with the rebalance phase. During this time we will be focusing on nourishing the body to take it out of restriction and restore nutritional balance. We’ll also be exploring a holistic approach to health to reduce stress on the mind and body
In the reprogram phase we are learning to let go of a dieters mindset and all the self-imposed restrictions and guilt that comes with it. We’ll begin to address your unhelpful thoughts and feelings which maintain your emotional and binge eating. You’ll learn how to begin gaining trust in your body’s own intuitive hunger and fullness signals.
Finally, in the renew phase we are working to uproot and clear your limiting beliefs, as they are what cause us to self-sabotage and rail road recovery. This phase of the program involves more deeper healing work using my skills as an EFT practitioner and Certified Hypnotherapist and will support you to gain the trust and belief in yourself to help you succeed.
We’ll meet together (online or face to face) for one hour each week at a pre agreed day and time. Outside of our appointment time you can access direct support via email or voice notes. I will get back to you as soon as I can (Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm).
Where appropriate throughout our time together I’ll offer EFT/RTT sessions and personalised guided meditation recordings to reprogram your mindset around food.
Whilst there is structure in my Food Freedom Framework, the therapy will be very much tailored to your needs.
Binge Eating Disorder is a very serious issue and one that can be managed through developing more supportive eating habits, finding alternative coping strategies, and seeking professional help when needed. Food Freedom Therapy in Dublin provides a unique 3-6 month programme to help individuals learn how to manage their binge eating and heal their relationship with food. If you are struggling with binge eating, take the first step towards recovery and make an appointment with a qualified eating disorder therapist in Dublin today. If you are looking for an eating disorder therapist in Ireland or the UK, my sessions are completed remotely via video call so get in contact to see how I can help you.