Eating Disorder Treatment
Are you considering eating disorder treatment?
Do you feel your life is falling apart around you and you are helpless to make a change?
Has this loss of control caused you to center your life around food, exercise, mirrors, counting calories or the number on the scale?
Do you feel you have done something wrong and somehow you are not worth other people’s love and attention?
Maybe you fear that you are a burden to others and could never be accepted despite your imperfections?
Do you think, “If only I could reach my diet goals, then I would be able to trust people and have the close friendships I have always pictured”?
Do you wonder what life might be like if you were free from shame and self-hatred?
Whether you struggle with body image issues, binging, restricting, purging, over exercising or a combination of these, eating disorder treatment can help.
Many People Feel Dissatisfied With Their Bodies
Focusing excessively on diet and weight is more common than you might think especially in Boulder where fitness standards are set high. Both men and women struggle with body image issues and eating disorders. It is virtually impossible to live in our society without being flooded with messages about how our bodies should look. These messages may come from family, friends or the media. These societal messages can contribute to the development of eating disorders.
Often, an eating disorder is a symptom of something else that is happening within the individual. You may have recently gone through a loss, a major life transition, or an emotionally intense experience. You may feel unable to express your feelings. Therapy can help you uncover buried emotions and find healthy ways to move through your pain.
You Can Have Control Over Your Life Again
Eating disorder treatment can be extremely effective in helping you experience more freedom, joy, creativity and satisfaction in your daily life. I understand how life-consuming an eating disorder can be. I want you to know, there is help available. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist (EDIT™). I have helped people for many years find better ways to cope. In therapy, I will help you gain a sense of confidence and well-being in the midst of what ever might be going on.
What Does Eating Disorder Treatment Look Like?
I provide a safe and welcoming environment for discussing and processing any issues. You will be accepted regardless of sexual, gender, cultural or spiritual orientation. You can feel free to share honestly and openly, without any fear of judgment.
You will be given support, education, and practical strategies. The body has all the answers, but many therapists overlook this wealth of knowledge. My body-centered approach can help you develop the ability to listen to your body in order to understand the core issues that are causing your weight and dieting issues. Over time, you can begin to pay more attention to the messages your body is trying to signal. As a result, you can feel more peace with your body and live a life of freedom.
In sessions, you will begin to develop a new relationship to your thoughts, emotions and body. This can be accomplished through the therapeutic relationship itself. Most of our core issues and struggles arise in relationship. Therefore, a secure supportive relationship built in therapy will help you develop a healthy relationship with yourself and with others.
You may believe that eating disorder treatment can help you, but still have concerns or questions…
I’m not sure I have a “full-blown” eating disorder, so maybe I don’t need eating disorder treatment.
You don’t have to be sick and dying to “deserve” help! Even if you feel your eating disorder is not severe, it is probably preventing you from having a satisfying life. You may be using it to numb out or to cope with stress. This can keep you from reaching out to others. As a result of feeling numb, you could be missing out on the wonderful range of emotions life has to offer – including joy. It is possible to find non-harmful ways to relate to your mind and body, no matter how big or small you feel your issues are.
I think I can manage this on my own without having to spend money on therapy.
No one wants to spend money if they do not have to. You may have already tried many things to help you stop disordered behaviors and feel frustrated and fed-up. Professional eating disorder treatment and support can give you a new outlook on your situation. This will result in a better understand of what is happening underneath. Not only that, but investing in your emotional health may be the best decision you can make for you long-term wellbeing.
I’m worried that if I seek out eating disorder treatment and stop thinking about my weight all the time, I will gain weight.
This is a common worry, and many clients are surprised to learn that once you start listening to your body, you can improve your overall nutrition, and health. The good news is that many people are able to feel healthy and comfortable at their natural weight. This allows them more time and energy to move on to important things such as pursuing pleasure and enjoyment in life. When you learn to deeply listen to your body’s intuition, you may be surprised at how energized and enthusiastic you feel.
A client once told me, “You have a presence without attempting to control any outcomes or draw attention to yourself. I found myself trusting you as a human immediately, and you felt very safe to be around.” ~Anonymous*
What do I do next?
When you are ready to begin treatment, simply contact me for a free 30-minute consultation by clicking here to connect.
It is time that you experience freedom from weight and food issues! I invite you to download my free report to learn how to get off the weight loss roller coaster.
*The above is an unsolicited testimonial from a client
April Lyons, MA, LPC is a somatic psychotherapist and currently owns a private practice in Boulder, CO. She specializes in PTSD, eating disorders and child counseling. April is trained in TRAUMA INFORMED CARE and is certified as a Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist. To find out more about April click here: Psychotherapy Boulder.