OTHER SPECIFIED OR UNSPECIFIED EATING DISORDER
Not all people who have an eating disorder fit neatly under one label. Some may restrict and still have a “normal” weight. Others purge without bingeing. Either way, people who experience distress and impairment as a result of how they relate to food may be dealing with Other Specified or Unspecified Eating Disorder.
Keep in mind that just because your symptoms do not fit into one of the better known Eating Disorders (like Anorexia or Bulimia) does not mean that you should not seek out support or treatment. If your issue has an impact on your life, you might find treatment to be helpful. You deserve support. Besides, you might save yourself from having more severe symptoms by facing your problems at this stage. you..
TREATMENT FOR DISORDERED EATING
Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
CBT-E is a very effective therapy designed to support those who have struggles around eating. It begins by teach people about how their eating disorder began and what keeps it going. Next, Therapists support their Clients in practicing regular eating. This is true for all eating disorders, whether the person primarily restricts, binges or purges. That’s because restriction leads people to binge and purge.
CBT-E helps people to reflect on the way they see the world rather than taking all their thoughts at face value. Those in treatment learn about biases so that they can spot suspicious thoughts and reflect on them in a more measured way. In CBT-E, people are also taught to think about what matters to them. This is very important given that those with eating disorders often focus on food and body image to the exclusion of other things that they care about. As a result of this, their lives become smaller and their bodies and eating become even more central to them.
Intuitive Eating is an evidence-based model. In a meta-analysis conducted by Linardon, Tylka, & Fuller-Tyszkiewicz (2021), this approach is linked with:
- Lower levels of:
- Bingeing and Purging
- Dietary restraint
- Concerns around weight & shape
- Emotional Eating
- Higher levels of:
- Positive body image
- Well being
There are a twelve principles that support people in building a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. To start, people learn about the problems with the diet mentality. From there they are taught to listen to both hunger and fullness and to focus on overall satisfaction rather than food rules. You can learn more about Intuitive Eating here.
Linardon, J., Tylka, T. L., & Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M. (2021). Intuitive eating and its psychological correlates: A meta-analysis. The International journal of eating disorders, 54(7), 1073–1098. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23509
INTERESTED IN TREATMENT FOR DISORDERED EATING?
Are you or a loved one struggling with disordered eating and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Intuitive Eating, Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support those struggling in relation to food. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.
Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in
several states. Learn more about where
Lauren sees Clients, below.
When she offers face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online treatment for disordered eating throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.
Lauren provides therapy for disordered eating in the state of Utah. Since she provides online treatment, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.
Lauren also offers treatment for disordered eating online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide counseling remotely in your area.
Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized treatment for disordered eating online across the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers teletherapy for disordered eating to a number of countries internationally. You can learn
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.
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