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Kate Heavey BA (Hons) FdSc BACP (Accredited) - Food addiction? Food misuse? Binge Eating? For individuals and couples impacted by binge eating in their relationships. Online binge eating addiction counselling offered via Zoom, Signal, WhatsApp and the phone.

The aim of this page is to provide you with information and support if you are currently suffering from binge eating disorder (BED) and you feel that it is out of control and want to recover and manage your relationship with food more effectively.

Like alcohol and other addictions, it is about identifying the root cause as, no matter what happens, you have to eat to live and so can not completely abstain.

The reason you are binge eating is probably due to it, at some point in your life, becoming a coping mechanism and it has kept you alive. You may have needed it to feel in control; to block out disturbing thoughts or feelings; to get attention or to take your mind off other issues.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that BED is the most common type of eating disorder and, of those with the condition, only about 30 percent will seek treatment. So if you are here, be one of the 30% seeking therapy and recovering and, together. lets help get you the life you want.

Binge eating disorder symptoms can include: -
  • Eating excessive amounts of food in a relatively short amount of time, i.e. binges, when not hungry
  • Not stopping when full, or eating past this point,or feeling like once you start you can not stop
  • Gradual weight gain due to bingeing
  • Self-harm by negatively judging yourself
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, disgust, embarrassment, etc. after a binge
  • Eating in secret or alone to avoid being noticed
  • Using food to cope with stress as opposed to satisfy hunger.

    The chances are that you will have had an unhealthy relationship with food since your early years, or you would have learnt to have an unhealthy relationship with food due to what was modelled to you.

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  • How we work together to relieve you of binge eating: -
    We work with binge eating disorder in an addiction cycle way and the symptoms we will look at could be: -

  • Pain - what emotions, feelings and fears you are currently using food to avoid
  • Control - you have learnt to overeat so as to exert control over one, or more, aspects of your life
  • Will-power - you do not eat because you have low will-power
  • Temporary oblivion – how 'hand to mouth’ provides a temporary dopamine hit
  • Trauma - numbing, supressing or repressing pain in a self-sabotaging way
  • Attention - how do you get/want it? is some better than none? do you eat not to be in relationship?
  • Unpleasant feelings - guilt, shame and feeling unlovable may continue to justify act outing
  • Lack of self-worth - you have been told by others that you are worthless and have low self-esteem
  • Low self-esteem / confidence - you are not pretty or handsome enough
  • Unrealistic expectations / perfectionism - how high unrealistic standards set yourself up to fail
  • Family attitudes - how does your family link to food? is it given as a comforter?

    We will explore all of this, plus more, to get you the recovery you want.

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    Benefits of therapy for binge eating disorder: -
  • Self-acceptance, self-love and self-compassion
  • Being aware of the back story of your eating disorder
  • Having a healthier relationship with food including choice of what you eat
  • Improved self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Feeling satisfied with your life
  • Effectively communicating your own wants and needs in life
  • Embracing pleasant and unpleasant feelings
  • Having the relationships you desire, both with yourself and others.

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    'A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety' Aesop.
    And it just may be that food has been an anxious time for you so let's work together on re-associating it in your life.


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