Eating Disorder Therapy for Women

- Voltaire

Are you tired of feeling controlled by food and weight?

 

Recovery is possible!

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Food and Weight at Center Stage

For someone suffering from an eating disorder or with symptoms of disordered eating, food and weight becomes a primary focus.  This focus can dominate our thinking and behavior, causing us to feel worthless, out of control, or like we never get it right.  In this context, we often enter a cycle of striving for impossible ideals and thus feel terrible when they are not attained.

 

But eating disorders are not really about food and weight.  Food and the focus on weight and body image can become coping mechanisms to deal with uncomfortable or painful emotions or to help us feel more in control when feelings or situations seem over-whelming.

Eating Disorder Symptoms

  > Depression, shame, or guilt about food or weight

  > Adopting an overly restrictive diet

  > Excessive focus on healthy eating

  > Withdrawing from social activities

  > Persistent worry about weight

  > Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws

  > Skipping meals or making excuses for not eating

  > Binging and/or purging

  > Skewed view of weight and body image

  > Eating in secret

Eating Disorders within a Trauma Context

As a women's trauma specialist, over time I have learned that for some clients, there are indeed specific traumas or painful events at the root of disordered eating; in this example, disordered eating becomes a way to cope with the painful emotions that result from the traumatic event.  In order to address the eating disorder, it is vital also to utilize a trauma-informed approach to transform and heal from the traumatic event at its root. 

 

In other cases, eating disorders can arise out of a deep unmet need or void in one's life.  These needs are so painful that the eating disorder behavior is again used to cope with and prevent the exposure to painful emotions.  This pain is so fundamental, often kept a secret, and usually involves self-blame, guilt, and shame -- these unmet needs and emotions are often experienced in a traumatic way, at least with regard to their intensity.  With these strategies, we treat anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, binge eating, sub-clinical issues with disordered eating, along with issues of body image and body dysmorphia.

How therapy can help

The goal of therapy for an eating disorder is to help you get back in touch with what you need in order to feel healthy, nourished, and fulfilled.  Therapy from a trauma-informed approach will help you get to the root cause of the disordered eating behavior; this new found awareness often jumpstarts the behavior change and can begin to help alleviate symptoms.  You will also identify new coping skills that will help you change eating disordered thoughts and behaviors in the present moment, helping to reduce symptoms and increase fulfillment as you work to restore the necessary balance in your life. 

 

Kimberley Hoxie, LCSW

7955 E. Arapahoe Ct.

Suite 1425

Centennial, CO 80112

 (720) 900-6000

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© 2019 by Kimberley Hoxie, LCSW

Kimberley Hoxie, LCSW has more than 14 years of experience helping women remove the barriers holding them back from the life they want.  As a trauma specialist and specialist in women's issues, Kimberley has extensive training and experience in resolving PTSD, anxiety, eating disorders, the challenges of pregnancy (including infertility and postpartum issues), and other concerns particular to women.  Over the years, she has helped hundreds of women reach their goals and change their lives.

Kimberley holds an MSW from Tulane University and has worked as a therapist in hospitals and counseling centers, supervised teams of counselors, and has been invited as a subject-matter expert to give talks and trainings in areas including anxiety, complex trauma, EMDR, mindfulness, DBT, and the treatment of eating disorders.