Binge Eating in South Florida

Emotional & Binge Eating Therapy

Do you relate to this? You avoid social events with food, because to eat in public is embarrassing for you. If you do go out, you limit yourself to only “approved” foods. After the networking event, you finally get to unwind and let go.  Finally, it’s the end of the day. You go through the drive-thru on your way home or maybe a couple of them. Some of the food is consumed in your car and the rest you stash into your briefcase or work bag. You don’t want anyone to see you. Sneak eating in the car or late at night feels like a special ritual, rebellion, permission, or escape. Unfortunately, the next day you wake up with shame and an unrelenting internal critic. You criticize yourself for your perceived lack of willpower . . . What a way to start your day! Binge eating, chronic emotional overeating and yo-yo dieting is a way of life for many, but it’s exhausting and only temporarily satisfying. It’s ultimately not the answer.

Often people who range from chronic emotional overeating to binge eating disorder blame themselves for their struggles. I don’t believe that blame-game is effective or creates change. I actually believe that self-blame keeps you stuck.

Having worked over a decade in outpatient therapy and residential eating disorder treatment, I get that the development of a disordered relationship with food and body is the way people have survived life. It is a coping strategy. While it may not be the most effective coping strategy in the long run, it did the job in the short term.

How can therapy help me change my relationship with food?

Most of my South Florida clients have tried a lot of different strategies over the years to limit their calories, change their nutrition, and finally get off the diet roller coaster. It seems almost impossible that something as simple as sitting down to do talk therapy could really be the answer to changing this habit that impacts so many areas of your life.

Therapy with me is interactive, directive, and will help you get to the bottom of what to do different. We will create a thorough plan to shift your dynamic with food long-term. Our strategy won’t be about will-power, shaming you, or all-or-nothing strategies. We work together to:

  • Collaborate with you on creating meaningful change in how you perceive yourself and your body.
  • Acquaint you with shame resilience.
  • Explain the binge-restriction cycle, so that you can see it happening and intervene.
  • Introduce you to a team of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in South Florida that will not reprimand you, but support you.
  • Counsel on emotional awareness, how emotions can show up physically in the body and how to tolerate, soothe and work through those feelings without using food as your default strategy.

People Eating and DrinkingYou can have a different relationship with food. Your relationship with your body can be less consuming. By working to let go of the stress, shame, and cycles that are stealing joy, life will shift. Check out my related blog post for more information.

Give me a call at (954) 336-4049 for your free 15-minute phone consultation today about therapy for chronic emotional overeating or binge eating in Broward.

 

Karin Lawson

150 S. Pine Island Road Suite 300
Plantation, FL 33324

7300 Biscayne Blvd Suite 200
Miami, FL 33138

karin@drkarinlawson.com
954-336-4049