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Eating Disorder Counselling in Melbourne at Peaceful Mind Psychology

If you or a family member are struggling with an eating disorder, we can to help. At Peaceful Mind Psychology, we are an experienced team of skilled psychologists in the Armadale area of Melbourne, with a reputation for excellent support in eating disorder counselling.

Our team of psychologists provide personalised eating disorder counselling to support our clients to overcome their eating struggles.

So, what is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is a broad term for a category of psychological disorders characterised by an unhealthy attitude towards food, which includes abnormal eating habits accompanied by irrational thoughts and emotions towards food. The four most common eating disorders are;

  • Anorexia nervosa – people with anorexia tend to eat too little, exercise excessively and may actively go to effort to rid themselves of food consumed. They may binge, but overall their weight remains low and unhealthy.
  • Bulimia – people with bulimia tend to actively attempt to lose weight and gain control of their eating, however, they will experience episodes of binging (eating too much food in a short period of time), which is followed by deliberate attempts to rid themselves of food consumed – for example, using laxatives, self-induced vomiting or exercising excessively.
  • Binge eating disorder (BED) – reoccurring episodes of binging, typically followed by feelings of shame and guilt. People with BED often attempt to diet or live by certain food rules.
  • Other specified feeding disorder (OSFED) – showing disturbed eating habits that cannot be explained by the criteria of the other eating disorders. Patients may show symptoms of a range of eating disorders.

Eating disorders can affect anyone, but most sufferers tend to be young women.

What eating disorder counselling is available?

There are a few different psychological treatments for eating disorders. The mainstay therapy for eating disorder counselling is Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E), followed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Treatment plans typically consist of a combination of therapies, including nutrition education and management, medical monitoring, and eating disorder counselling.

In some cases, counselling may include medications combined with psychological therapy. Medications typically include antidepressants or medication for physical symptoms caused by the eating disorder.

So, how can we help you?

Here at Peaceful Mind Psychology, we understand how difficult the journey to good health can be. We understand how important it is to see a psychologist who is the right fit for your particular eating difficulty, as well as your personality and style of communication.

Therefore, when you phone our clinic we match you with one of our psychologists specially trained in eating disorder counselling and suited to your personality. We believe if you see a psychologist suited to you, you are more likely to achieve good outcomes, including improving your eating habits, feeling calm around food, and feeling confident in your own body.

We use counselling methods supported by research to help you gain the skills to overcome your eating disorder. We also offer to work closely with your family and loved ones, to ensure you receive the right support at home.

If you would like to get in touch with us, you can call us or send us an online enquiry. We can tell you more about our psychologists and treatment approach to eating disorders. Or, if you’d like to book an appointment, we can match you to one of our psychologists suited to your needs.

Book your first session with an eating disorder cousellor today

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