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Eating disorder support

Online Support for eating disorders

can offer (at any stage) some help in understanding and support for individuals suffering from an eating disorder and for the family and friends involved, I have extensive experience of helping people cope at this time. I can understand the complex issues that can arise and will be able to provide valuable support.

trying to understand why the problem

It’s not about pressurising people to eat or not eat but trying to understand why the problem is there to start with and allow them the space to untangle the complex issues they have to work through with compassion and respect. I think that just trying to get them to eat will not often solve the problem, that approach may actually alienate the person from the start and make them feel threatened or distressed and therapy may have failed before it’s even started. Therapy needs to be supportive and the client needs to feel respected and not judged. They are more than just a disorder but also people who are trying to cope with a difficult emo- tional issue.

Even if helping you is only a possibility then it may be possible

For me the key to working with any eating disorder is to uncover the fears, and the thoughts while try to understand the emotional turmoil driving the self-harming behaviour. Trying to help bring the unconscious into conscious, not why you under or over eat?, but what is behind the need to do so. Hopefully helping you towards recovery. Obviously any therapy you experience must be seen from what is possible for you to achieve. Understanding your support network and present situation is important regarding how you feel, before looking at any hopeful expectation or improvements. We must allow for change within you as a unique person in your own right and not just offer ideas towards that change. Ultimately we are working toward giving you the tools and abilities to cope with new problems or cope with old issues ef- fectively by yourself, this is the true goal of any therapy, to help you achieve a level of autonomy away from the thera- peutic relationship, this is in itself an end of needing to be helped.

Online therapy only with voice communication

When this way of providing online counselling and psychotherapy using sound only for people who are having diffi- culties in this area is used I find that it can help remove some of the issues around being judged or feeling exposed and anxious when talking to a therapist, it can be used for therapy or as a step towards building confidence before continu- ing on to video sessions or even face to face sessions in the future. Using this type of online therapy service has another added benefit it’s more flexible as it only needs an Internet connec- tion so you can   use the service from home or anywhere you feel there is sufficient privacy for you to talk openly to find the help and support you need on your terms. In some cases just the action of seeking help and finding it will raise confidence and make it easier to cope in what may be a short term problem, the ability to talk to someone who is impartial and non-judgemental can lead to a different in- sight or prospective.

Sound Only Sessions

There are advantages of using the sound only option for providing therapy with no video if you are trying to cope with an eating disorder. Remaining hidden and unseen could allow you to feel less judged and it becomes more about your thoughts and feel- ings rather than how you look. Therapy is not easy, but this way you have more control and can feel less stressed, it does not matter if you dress smart or scruffy you cannot be seen so you can just be how you want to be.

Early help and support

If therapy is offered at an early stage when the problem first starts to become noticed there is a good chance that ther- apy will have a better prospect of being successful.   An eating disorder can for some people be a life long problem that can resurface in times of acute stress and anxiety, but it can be managed effectively over time and does not have to stop a person from living an enjoyable life.

Some recognized eating disorders

Anorexia

Anorexic people starve themselves with the aim of losing weight to a point which others would consider to be very thin, although the sufferer is unlikely to see themselves as such. The longer the condition continues, the more difficult it can be to tackle, and in severe cases can require hospitalisation and can even prove fatal. Sufferers are typically in their teens or twenties and most are women, although around 10% are male. Symptoms are often seen as distorted percep- tions of one's weight, size and shape, behaviour which results in a marked weight loss, a morbid fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, excessive exercising, cessation of periods in women.

Bulimia

Bulimic people may well maintain their normal weight. The condition is characterized by: bouts of eating followed by purging, distorted perception of own weight, size and shape, a powerful urge to overeat, leading to binge eating and a resultant feeling of being out of control, compensatory behaviour such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, di- uretics or other medication, fasting, or excessive exercise, a morbid fear of gaining weight or becoming fat.

Binge eating disorder

Constant binge eating and consequent feeling of being out of control, marked distress about binge eating and the at- tempts to control it, during a binge they may eat more quickly than normal, eat until they feel over-full, eating large amounts when not hungry, will normally eat alone in secret, they will feel disgusted and guilty with themselves, they may eat for emotional reasons: to find comfort for themselves, body weight may vary from being normal to, moderate, or severe obesity. The sufferer will have problems with obsessive thoughts and behaviours; this is their only way of dealing with emotional distress, which for them cannot be expressed in any other appropriate way. This behaviour is used as a way of trying to control the inner pain they feel. This emotional distress is often to do with a negative perception of self, owing to low self-esteem and self-worth, and a feeling of being unable to change their belief about unachievable ideas or distressing and unrealistic ideals. Some media influences like magazines or some TV programs may help influence what to them constitutes perfection, but this is not always the case, some people often feel a strong need to be thinner as a way of solving their inner confusion.

“when I am thin everything will be OK "

For me the key to working with any eating disorder is to uncover the fears, thoughts and emotional turmoil driving the self-harming behaviour, trying to bring the unconscious into conscious, not why does the client under or over eat?, but what is behind the need to do so, the answer towards a recovery can be seemingly obvious like a past trauma or abusive relationship, but helping the client towards that recovery must be seen from what is possible for the person to achieve, the support network and present situation is important regarding any hopeful expectation or improvements.

An end of needing to be helped.

We must allow for change within the person and not just offer ideas towards that change, Ultimately we are working to- ward giving them the tools and abilities to cope with new problems or cope with old issues effectively by themselves, this is the true goal of any therapy, to help the client achieve a level of autonomy away from the therapeutic relationship, is in itself an end of needing to be helped.

The forgotten family

The family can think that they are often forgotten, pushed into the back ground, seemingly thought of as not needing help, the person suffering from the disorder takes all the focus and this can leave the family and friends feeling helpless or frustrated or even secretly angry at the person suffering with this problem. The family can suffer in several ways, the stress placed on the relationships can lead to in fighting as each person struggles to cope with the anxiety and frustration, it’s not the family’s fault but a symptom of the stress and fear that loved ones feels in times of need when faced with a long term problem. Find family Support with online counselling. I can offer at any stage some help in understanding and support for the family, I have extensive experience of family suf- fering at this time. I can understand the complex issues that can arise and will be able to provide valuable support. This can help release the pent up emotions and allow for a better understanding of your own needs at this time. This will en- able the family to be in a better position to offer the right help and at the same time allows for their own important needs to be met.
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Eating disorder support

Online Support for eating disorders

can offer (at any stage) some help in understanding and sup- port for individuals suffering from an eating disorder and for the family and friends involved, I have extensive experience of helping people cope at this time. I can understand the complex issues that can arise and will be able to provide valu- able support.

trying to understand why the problem

It’s not about pressurising people to eat or not eat but trying to understand why the problem is there to start with and allow them the space to untangle the complex issues they have to work through with compassion and respect. I think that just trying to get them to eat will not often solve the problem, that approach may actually alienate the person from the start and make them feel threatened or distressed and therapy may have failed before it’s even started. Therapy needs to be supportive and the client needs to feel respected and not judged. They are more than just a disorder but also people who are trying to cope with a difficult emotional issue.

Even if helping you is only a possibility

then it may be possible

For me the key to working with any eating disorder is to uncover the fears, and the thoughts while try to under- stand the emotional turmoil driving the self-harming be- haviour. Trying to help bring the unconscious into conscious, not why you under or over eat?, but what is be- hind the need to do so. Hopefully helping you towards re- covery. Obviously any therapy you experience must be seen from what is possible for you to achieve. Understanding your support network and present situ- ation is important regarding how you feel, before looking at any hopeful expectation or improvements. We must allow for change within you as a unique person in your own right and not just offer ideas towards that change. Ultimately we are working toward giving you the tools and abilities to cope with new problems or cope with old issues effectively by yourself, this is the true goal of any therapy, to help you achieve a level of autonomy away from the therapeutic relationship, this is in itself an end of needing to be helped.

Online therapy only with voice

communication

When this way of providing online counselling and psycho- therapy using sound only for people who are having diffi- culties in this area is used I find that it can help remove some of the issues around being judged or feeling ex- posed and anxious when talking to a therapist, it can be used for therapy or as a step towards building confidence before continuing on to video sessions or even face to face sessions in the future. Using this type of online therapy service has another added benefit it’s more flexible as it only needs an Internet connection so you can   use the service from home or any- where you feel there is sufficient privacy for you to talk openly to find the help and support you need on your terms. In some cases just the action of seeking help and finding it will raise confidence and make it easier to cope in what may be a short term problem, the ability to talk to someone who is impartial and non-judgemental can lead to a different insight or prospective.

Sound Only Sessions

There are advantages of using the sound only option for providing therapy with no video if you are trying to cope with an eating disorder. Remaining hidden and unseen could allow you to feel less judged and it becomes more about your thoughts and feelings rather than how you look. Therapy is not easy, but this way you have more control and can feel less stressed, it does not matter if you dress smart or scruffy you cannot be seen so you can just be how you want to be.

Early help and support

If therapy is offered at an early stage when the problem first starts to become noticed there is a good chance that therapy will have a better prospect of being successful.   An eating disorder can for some people be a life long problem that can resurface in times of acute stress and anxiety, but it can be managed effectively over time and does not have to stop a person from living an enjoyable life.

Some recognized eating disorders

Anorexia

Anorexic people starve themselves with the aim of losing weight to a point which others would consider to be very thin, although the sufferer is unlikely to see themselves as such. The longer the condition continues, the more diffi- cult it can be to tackle, and in severe cases can require hospitalisation and can even prove fatal. Sufferers are typ- ically in their teens or twenties and most are women, al- though around 10% are male. Symptoms are often seen as distorted perceptions of one's weight, size and shape, be- haviour which results in a marked weight loss, a morbid fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, excessive exer- cising, cessation of periods in women.

Bulimia

Bulimic people may well maintain their normal weight. The condition is characterized by: bouts of eating followed by purging, distorted perception of own weight, size and shape, a powerful urge to overeat, leading to binge eating and a resultant feeling of being out of control, compensat- ory behaviour such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics or other medication, fasting, or excess- ive exercise, a morbid fear of gaining weight or becoming fat.

Binge eating disorder

Constant binge eating and consequent feeling of being out of control, marked distress about binge eating and the at- tempts to control it, during a binge they may eat more quickly than normal, eat until they feel over-full, eating large amounts when not hungry, will normally eat alone in secret, they will feel disgusted and guilty with themselves, they may eat for emotional reasons: to find comfort for themselves, body weight may vary from being normal to, moderate, or severe obesity. The sufferer will have problems with obsessive thoughts and behaviours; this is their only way of dealing with emo- tional distress, which for them cannot be expressed in any other appropriate way. This behaviour is used as a way of trying to control the inner pain they feel. This emotional distress is often to do with a negative per- ception of self, owing to low self-esteem and self-worth, and a feeling of being unable to change their belief about unachievable ideas or distressing and unrealistic ideals. Some media influences like magazines or some TV pro- grams may help influence what to them constitutes per- fection, but this is not always the case, some people often feel a strong need to be thinner as a way of solving their inner confusion.

“when I am thin

everything will be OK "

For me the key to working with any eating disorder is to uncover the fears, thoughts and emo- tional turmoil driving the self-harming behaviour, trying to bring the unconscious into conscious, not why does the client under or over eat?, but what is behind the need to do so, the answer towards a recovery can be seemingly obvious like a past trauma or abusive relationship, but helping the client towards that recovery must be seen from what is possible for the person to achieve, the sup- port network and present situation is important regarding any hopeful expectation or improvements.

An end of needing to be helped.

We must allow for change within the person and not just offer ideas towards that change, Ultimately we are work- ing toward giving them the tools and abilities to cope with new problems or cope with old issues effectively by them- selves, this is the true goal of any therapy, to help the cli- ent achieve a level of autonomy away from the therapeutic relationship, is in itself an end of needing to be helped.

The forgotten family

The family can think that they are often forgotten, pushed into the back ground, seemingly thought of as not needing help, the person suffering from the disorder takes all the focus and this can leave the family and friends feeling helpless or frustrated or even secretly angry at the person suffering with this problem. The family can suffer in several ways, the stress placed on the relationships can lead to in fighting as each person struggles to cope with the anxiety and frustration, it’s not the family’s fault but a symptom of the stress and fear that loved ones feels in times of need when faced with a long term problem. Find family Support with online counselling. I can offer at any stage some help in understanding and support for the family, I have extensive experience of fam- ily suffering at this time. I can understand the complex is- sues that can arise and will be able to provide valuable support. This can help release the pent up emotions and allow for a better understanding of your own needs at this time. This will enable the family to be in a better position to offer the right help and at the same time allows for their own important needs to be met.
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