Binge Eating in South Florida

Emotional & Binge Eating Treatment

Do you avoid social events with food, because to eat in public is embarrassing for you? If you do go out, do you limit yourself to only “approved” foods? After the networking event, are you finally able 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 chastise yourself for your perceived lack of willpower . . . Nice 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 adaptive strategy. While it may not be the most effective 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 then 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 act that impacts so many areas of your life.

Our work won’t be about will-power, shaming you, or all-or-nothing strategies. We work together to:

  • Explore your experiences of food and body and where you’ve been hearing those strong rules and prohibitions
  • Witness your pain and the ways that this adaptation provided relief from the pain
  • Explore seeing yourself and being seen, not as a body, but as a person
  • Understanding what your relationship with food represents . . . what is it saying?

People Eating and DrinkingYou can have a different relationship with food and with yourself and with others.

Give me a call for your free 15-minute phone consultation if the description above speaks to you.

 

Karin Lawson

2312 Wilton Drive, Suite 22
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

karin@drkarinlawson.com
954-336-4049