CBT for Eating Disorders
Oxford CBT have treatments that are helpful for the following eating disorders:
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
What is Bulimia Nervosa?Many people turn to food when feeling lonely, bored, tired, or stressed but for people struggling with Bulimia, overeating becomes a compulsion, this can feel out of control.
Following a period of binge eating, people with bulimia tend to feel guilty and punish themselves by purging (making themselves sick or using laxatives), fasting or exercise to get rid of the calories.
“Very thoughtful and sensible sessions with creation of an eating plan and building on self esteem ” Sept 2015
What is Binge Eating Disorder?Binge Eating Disorder is when someone eats large quantities of food, perhaps alone and not necessarily at mealtimes, until they feel bloated and uncomfortable, but unlike Bulimia they do not purge the food afterwards. Eating is used as a way of dealing with difficult feelings or situations, compulsively over eating or binge eating can lead to other unpleasant feelings possibly linked to appearance which can lead to more binge eating, creating an unhealthy cycle.
The Common FactorsThese eating disorders are often associated with periods of low mood, anxiety and underlying low self-esteem. People may cope with these feelings by using unhelpful strategies which could include self-harming, alcohol misuse and other unhelpful behaviours.
How will Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help with an Eating Disorder?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) is therapy which helps individuals develop a healthy relationship with food and feel more confident with the way they look and feel. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for bulimia and binge eating in numerous clinical trials and is the recommended treatment by the National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE).
To book your session of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for an eating disorder contact us to book an appointment.