Has your obsession with food and weight taken over your life? Are you sick and tired of feeling out of control regarding food, and wonder if you have an eating disorder?
Do you think about food from the minute you wake up to the moment you fall asleep at night?
Are you constantly stressed about what you will eat, when you will eat, how much you will eat, or if you should eat?
Perhaps you're obsessed with your weight, your body image, and what others think about you, especially with regard to eating.
Maybe you've tried countless diets over the years, joined programs and membership groups, gone to weight loss meetings, hired personal trainers, counted calories, fasted, and read what seems like every diet and weight loss book ever written. Sound familiar?
Have you avoided social gatherings, weddings, graduations, parties, celebrations, having your picture taken, or just avoided friends and family for weight and food related reasons?
Do you eat “sensible” meals when you are with other people, but secretly hide food or binge once you are alone?
Perhaps you have stashes of candy, cookies, crackers, pastry, snacks, and junk food in your car, your secret hiding spots at home and at work, and you purchase large quantities at a time (think Costco size) to make sure your stash never runs out!
Do you get angry or upset if your kids or spouse eat the food you were saving for yourself?
Are you depressed, anxious, guilty, ashamed, embarrassed, hopeless or feeling out of control because of your inability to manage your food intake?
If You Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder, You are Not Alone!
Many people struggle with their relationship to food over the course of their lifetime. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the most common type of eating disorder in the U.S. is Binge Eating Disorder, (BED).
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge Eating Disorder was fully recognized in the DSM 5 in 2013. The DSM is the manual mental health professionals use to diagnose disorders. BED affects 3.5% of women, 2% of men and 1.6% of adolescents. Sixty percent of binge eaters are women. Sadly, approximately 57% of people never receive treatment for their binge eating disorder. Some symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and despite not being physically hungry. Or you may find that you feel a loss of control during the binge, and experience shame, distress and guilt after the binge.
Eating Disorder Counseling Can Help You Regain Control Over Your Symptoms
Binge eating may also include emotional symptoms, including depression, anxiety, social isolation, low self-esteem and difficulty expressing feelings, needs and wants. Physical symptoms may also occur as a result of binge eating, and may include high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, joint pain and sleep apnea, to name a few. Eating disorder counseling can help you regain control over your life.
Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Offers Support, Guidance and Tools
Many people report that Binge Eating Disorder is a stigmatized and frequently misunderstood disease, even by doctors and health professionals. However, this is a real disease as recognized by the DSM 5, and is not the same as occasional overeating. Effective evidence based treatments are available for Binge Eating Disorders, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Therapy (DBT), Intuitive Eating, and medications. I use a combination of customized techniques to help you overcome Binge Eating Disorder. You may want a specific therapeutic approach, or you may not understand the difference between the various approaches. We will work together to find the most effective treatment for you. What’s important is to find a licensed professional who has experience and is up to date regarding the most effective techniques to treat binge eating disorder.
Eating Disorder Therapy Can Help You Find Freedom And Relief From The Pain
I will help you overcome the sadness, anxiety, shame and guilt that is associated with your binge eating disorder and food addiction. I will also help you increase your awareness and your intuition regarding the messages that your body is trying to send. We'll use a combination of education, effective techniques, resources, support and guidance in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
Can't I just overcome my binge eating without eating disorder therapy?
It’s possible that you can do this on your own. However, it is more likely that you have tried for years, unsuccessfully, to do this by yourself. Perhaps you made some progress, but it was not consistent or lasting. Sometimes we just need extra help and support, or a new perspective. Once you are feeling relief and more in control of your life, we work toward your graduation, with the option to return as needed for a “tune up.” Many of my former clients return months or even years later for a "tune up."
How long will Binge Eating Disorder therapy take?
It depends on the severity of the problem and the pain you feel. Please don’t wait until the pain gets worse. The sooner you get help, the sooner you may feel relief. Don’t wait until you are in crisis, or after you have spent years or decades suffering and feeling hopeless.
Why should I choose to work with you to help me with Binge Eating Disorder?
I am a Certified Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist (EDIT). I have helped many people over the last 25 years to find real life solutions to real life problems. Imagine the freedom and relief you will feel to have this burden lifted. My solution focused treatment combines education, resources, and a tool box filled with practical and effective strategies to address your Binge Eating Disorder. I provide a very safe and supportive environment in my Irvine office locations where we work as a team to accomplish your goals. Or if you live outside of Irvine or Orange County, you may choose to work with me by phone. I offer you consistent feedback, empathy, compassion, humor, and HOPE!
Are You Ready To Take Control Of Your Life?
You can decide you don’t want to live this way any longer. You can take control of your life once and for all. Sometimes you may need extra help, guidance and support to guide you through the rough times in life. Even if you’re feeling hopeless, overwhelmed or out of control, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We work together to create a customized plan to address your specific needs and concerns.
How To Contact Me for Eating Disorder Treatment:
If you are ready to regain control and improve your overall health and well-being with a step by step plan, please contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation or to schedule an appointment in my Irvine office.
Phone: (949) 261-8299
Shellee Moore, LMFT
20 Corporate Park, Suite 215
Irvine, CA 92606