• Do you find yourself endlessly cycling between diets and restriction, then feeling out of control?
  • Do you find yourself eating until you’re in physical pain?
  • Do you experience shame and guilt about your eating?
  • Do you find yourself eating in secret and hiding evidence of binges from your loved ones?
  • Does binge eating rule your life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you likely struggle with binge eating. You’re not alone. Binge eating disorder is one of the most common, yet least talked about eating disorders. Due to the silence around this, people can go years not realising that this is something they can get help with, and those that do seek help are often unable to access ED services and instead given harmful weight loss advice that just drives the problem further. I want you to know that no-one needs to struggle with binge eating alone. You can overcome this and find freedom from the devastating effects bingeing can have on your life.

After years of ‘failed’ attempts, it’s natural to question how therapy can help. You might be asking, ‘why would it be any different this time?’, so I thought I’d share some thoughts about the ways therapy can help you to overcome binge eating.

  1. Sharing relevant and accurate information They say knowledge is power for a reason and this is a biggie for disordered eating of any kind. You have likely been bombarded with inaccurate, harmful info for years around diets and eating behaviour, which are like rocket fuel for eating disorders. For example, when you appreciate that the majority of diets fail, then it is easier to see that it’s the diet industry that’s failed you, rather than you failing at diets. A therapist can help you counter the bullsh*t by sharing evidence based info to empower you to make choices for your body and mind which can help to calm the chaos and set you up for success.
  1. Making meaning Therapy can help you to make sense of how binge eating started, what keeps you stuck in the cycle, and how you can do things differently to change the story. There is no one cause of disordered eating; it’s a complex interplay of many different factors. Similarly, there’s no one strategy or technique to overcome it. However, therapy can support you to make sense of your story and figure out how you can move forward.
  1. Learn new skills Therapy can support you to learn new life skills like problem solving, managing emotions, self compassion and stress management which can help you to transform your relationship with food. More often than not your therapist will empower you to tap into the skills and resources you already have, but might not have realised yet.
  1. New perspectives Another way you can use therapy to help is by looking at things through a different lens which can really transform the way you think about binge eating and yourself. A common example is looking at binges as a failure. When you think a binge means you’ve failed, you’re likely to feel ashamed, guilty and frustrated with yourself. You might then restrict your food to compensate, or punish yourself in other ways which actually makes further binges inevitable and drives the cycle. By seeing binges in a new light, as an opportunity for learning and growth, the guilt and shame are often reduced. From here it is easier to take a more compassionate approach, get back on track and use this new knowledge to make binges less likely next time you’re in a similar situation. 
  1. Receive support and have your voice heard Ultimately, therapy is a relationship. While self-help can be a big piece of the puzzle in overcoming binge eating, having someone in your corner to listen empathically, offer reassurance, and to be there without judgement through the challenges as well as the successes, can be so helpful. 

If you’d like to find out more about me and my approach, please get in touch.

Email: hello@jendaviesowen.co.uk

Phone: 07725077374