Eating Disorder Therapy LA
For people struggling with eating disorders, every day presents a fresh challenge in an ongoing struggle with their connection to food. This constant battle is rife with high tension, anxiety, and an ever-present sense of fear.
In response to these overwhelming emotions, the default coping mechanism centers around food. Whether it's through restricting intake to regain a semblance of control over the anxiety or resorting to binge eating as a means to temporarily numb those unwelcome feelings, food has become a go-to solace.
If you're facing the challenges of dealing with an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns, rest assured that assistance is within reach. In a world where messages promoting unrealistic beauty standards and diet culture abound, this issue is not unique to Los Angeles or West Hollywood. Many individuals find themselves ensnared in a cycle of self-doubt and unhealthy eating habits.
I have been a LIcensed Mar decade of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in helping people navigate and understand these very issues. In my role as a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director at a residential treatment center, I've not only aided clients in overcoming disordered eating but have also provided training to fellow therapists on effectively supporting individuals grappling with this debilitating disorder. At Oliver Drakeford Therapy, our commitment is unwavering – to accompany you on a journey towards self-love, intuitive eating, and compassion.
The Impact of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders and disordered eating can have severe physical and emotional consequences. Individuals struggling with these issues may experience reduced dopamine levels, distraction from trauma, diminished emotional capacity, and more. Healing is a complex process, and therapy plays a crucial role. If you are struggling right now, don't wait to call for your free consultation.
Types Of eating Disorder
Eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors, and body image issues can take a toll on both your physical and emotional well-being. These issues often stem from past traumas, anxiety, or feelings of low self-worth. It's crucial to understand that therapy can be a powerful tool for healing and recovery.
Involves cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors like purging or over-exercising.
Characterized by extreme food restriction and an intense fear of gaining weight.
Binge Eating Disorder
Marked by recurring episodes of consuming large quantities of food without control.
Obsession with healthy eating to the point of detriment.