Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Overeating
Probably the worst part of suffering from an eating disorder is the shame that usually accompanies it. The reason a person adopts this coping mechanism in the first place is due to many things, and most of them are extremely painful, so the feelings of shame associated with this way of coping only make the person who’s suffering from them feel even worse about themselves. It can create an ongoing and deeply painful cycle that feels almost impossible to stop. I know. I had one myself, and it almost killed me.
I’ve been working with women with eating disorders for many years, both young women and older women. Over the years, I’ve seen that eating disorders aren’t necessarily easy to recover from, but one of the very first, and important, parts of your recovery is to find the kind of compassion for yourself that you no doubt sorely lack. It rarely matters what the particular type of eating disorder is that you’re suffering from – anorexia, bulimia, or overeating – it’s likely that you experience a great deal of self-hate, hopelessness, shame, and isolation as a result.
As your therapist, I will help you find that compassion for yourself, and in doing so, I will help you build a stronger sense of self so that, in time, you’ll feel more willing to let go of this way of coping and instead grab hold of much healthier and more loving ways to deal with the pain and stress that brought you to this way of coping in the first place.
Let me know a bit about the struggle you’re having with your disordered eating patterns, and I’ll let you know how I might be able to help.
“I can’t thank Suzanne enough for the support, kindness, patience, understanding, and guidance she gave me while in her care. I thought I would never get out of the cycle of my eating disorder, but she showed me that it was possible. I now think of myself as finally ‘free’ of food as my way of coping. Thank you, Suzanne.” R.W.
“I had an eating disorder for 5 terrible years, and I almost died from it. I was so hard on myself, expected perfection from myself at every turn, and hated myself for not achieving it. With Suzanne as my therapist, I slowly learned to care more for myself, and today I can accept the imperfection that comes with being a human being, although I have to admit that from time to time I still struggle a bit with that part!” C.R.
“One day at a time, I’m free from the clutches of my eating disorder, and I owe so much of that to Suzanne for the loving care she gave me during the most painful time of my life.” L.K.