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How does CBT help with eating disorders?

Located in Armadale, Melbourne, Peaceful Mind Psychology offers CBT for eating disorders, specifically called CBT-E (Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Enhanced). CBT-E is the gold standard treatment for eating disorders in adults.

CBT-E for eating disorders initially focuses on empowering the individual to understand the nature of their eating disorder, which includes understanding reinforcing factors to the eating disorder. Following such knowledge, you and your psychologist will take informed steps towards changing the pattern of your eating disorder, while simultaneously addressing any unhelpful thoughts and distressing emotions. As you progress through therapy, your psychologist may address obstacles to recovery, including: low self-esteem, unhelpful perfectionism and difficult relationships.

At the end of therapy, you should expect to be maintaining fairly normal eating patterns, including being able to eat a variety of foods and eat socially. While you may experience a degree of anxiety eating certain meals, this anxiety is not overwhelming and continues to dissipate as you naturally continue to progress post-treatment.

So, how can we help you with CBT for eating disorders?

At Peaceful Mind Psychology, we are well trained in CBT-E for eating disorders. Our whole clinic has a special interest in eating disorders: Our psychologists undertake regular training and supervision in the field, to ensure we provide our clients with the best possible treatment. We will also match you with one of our psychologists because we understand how important the therapeutic relationship is. Some of our treatment options include the following:

  • Individual treatment with an eating disorder trained psychologist. This is the most common method of eating disorder treatment. Individual treatment proves useful for people suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, as well as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).
  • Support for families: This will help your family better understand what you’re going through as you start the process of recovery. It will equip them with knowledge about the process of CBT for eating disorders as a method of treatment, and teach them how best to support you at home.
  • Group therapy sessions: We also offer group therapy sessions for our clients who are recovering from their eating disorder. Group therapy has been scientifically proven to benefit an individual’s recovery process while they undertake CBT for the treatment of their eating disorder. Group therapy provides a safety net and allows clients to find their voice alongside others who are in a similar position.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Binge Eating

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is one of the most well-researched therapies in the field of psychology. CBT is highly effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, addictions and eating disorders.

CBT takes a holistic approach to the treatment of mental health difficulties by addressing different aspects of an individualโ€™s behaviours, thoughts and feelings. The CBT framework is based on the principle that our behaviours, thoughts and feelings are all interconnected and bidirectionally influence each other.

At Peaceful Mind Psychology, our psychologists are well trained and experienced in the delivery of CBT therapy. We commonly use CBT to treat individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and addiction. We are also specially trained in CBT-E for treating eating disorders.

Binge eating disorder is surprisingly common โ€“ in fact, it is the most common eating disorder. Despite being so common, very few people reach out for help. The disorder causes great distress in the lives of sufferers, including causing: health issues, weight gain and poor body image, shame and guilt, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it may be time to consider undertaking cognitive behavioural therapy for binge eating or CBT-E for short.

Before exploring what CBT-E involves, it is worth discussing why CBT-E is the preferred treatment for binge eating. First, CBT-E has been researched and proven to effective in treating binge eating disorder. It is also a practical therapy, which involves clear stages in treatment and suitable strategies at each point in recovery.

If you suffer from binge eating, and your daily life is impacted upon, it might be time to consider help. CBT-E for binge eating is an effective therapy proven by research to improve symptoms. At Peaceful Mind Psychology our psychologists take a special interest in eating disorders, and are skilled and trained in CBT-E for binge eating.

Book your first session with a CBT eating disorder therapist today

If you are ready to undertake CBT for your eating disorder, then we are here for you. To get started on your pathway to recovery, or if you have any questions, give us a call on 1300 766 870.

We’re located in Armadale, which is just 10km from the Melbourne CBD. We are conveniently located opposite Malvern Central, and a 5-minute walk from Malvern Station with tram stops at our doorstep.

To book an appointment, you can call us directly or you can contact us via our online enquiry form. We are open from 8am-8p, and offer Saturday appointments.

Start recovery today and take the first step towards freedom and peace.

It can be difficult to Find a Psychologist that is right for you. However, our Melbourne Psychology Clinic makes it easy for you: We personally match you with with one of our lovely and professional Melbourne Psychologists based on your needs and personality. We also offer psychologists who are professionally trained in Clinical Psychology Melbourne patients trust, and Child and Adolescents.

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