Managing Binge Episodes and Emotional Eating
People who are signficantly overweight often struggle with low self-esteem, depression, social withdrawal and feelings of guilt and shame, which in turn makes it harder to maintain a healthy approach to diet and activity.
I have a specialist interest in working with people who struggle to manage their weight or who experience emotional eating (often called comfort eating) or binge eating. Emotional eating is usually triggered by emotional or interpersonal events, such as arguments, criticism, loneliness, sadness and anger. Binge eating is when people have a loss of control over their eating and overeat excessively. Binge eating often occurs in secret and may be associated with feelings of pleasure or numbness while the binge is happening, but is generally followed by guilt or shame. Both emotional eating and binge episodes are linked with depression and lowered self-esteem.
Therapy focuses on identifying triggers for emotional/binge eating and developing strategies to manage them. This may include techniques for coping with painful emotions, building skills in problem-solving or assertive communication, and mindful eating.
I have specialist knowledge of the psychological aspects of bariatric (weight loss) surgery. You can check out my book “Cut Down to Size: Achieving Success with Weight Loss Surgery” here. For those people who fit the criteria for bariatric surgery and who have been unable to maintain weight loss through diet alone, I am able to carry out a specialist assessment of their suitability for weight loss surgery. I also offer pre- and post-surgery support.
Please note that I am not able to work with people who are suffering from anorexia or bulimia.