Do I need additional care other than counseling?
Depending on your diagnosis or type of eating disorder, your counselor may require you to have a care team that also includes a Primary Care Physician and a Registered Dietitian. This will be determined after your initial visit.
Do you find your eating patterns and relationship to food interfering with your daily life?
Do you sometimes find yourself overly concerned with the way your body looks, or how much you weigh? Are you struggling with irregular eating patterns? Are you going through cycles of excessive overeating? Do you sometimes go long periods of time, sometimes days, without eating? Are you go through cycles of excessive overeating, or periods of intense overeating followed by purging?
Mind -Body Approach
Eating disorders are complicated and influenced by a number of different factors. Biological factors can include irregularities in hormones, genetics and nutritional deficiencies. Psychological factors include poor self-esteem or self-worth, as well as poor body image. Environmental factors can include an unhealthy family dynamic, peer pressure, social pressures or trauma, like physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
There is no one thing that influences the development of an eating disorder, which is why at West Hartford Holistic Counseling we take a holistic, mind-body approach to your overall wellness. By tailoring your counseling experience to focus on your unique needs, your counselor can help you reframe your thinking and change your perspective. You will have the opportunity to address your concerns about body image and food, while learning to nurture your relationship with yourself. As you build a connection with your counselor, you will have an opportunity to reaffirm your value, and establish an acceptance of who you are as a person who deserves to be both happy and healthy. Our environments have an impact on us as well and family educational therapy is helpful in the treatment of eating disorders. This will be offered to you and your family to assist in the process and provide you with the best support system possible.
In a safe, non-judgmental setting, you and your counselor will explore how expectations and perceptions can impact your self-acceptance. You will learn strategies to help you better manage negative self-talk, creating a positive shift in those expectations and perceptions. Through a program of body-focused psychotherapy, you will have the opportunity to reframe your thinking around body image and self-acceptance. You will also explore approaches to self-care that support and strengthen your mind-body connection.
Eating Disorder Recovery After Care
Eating disorders can be very disruptive to your health, as well as your life. Sometimes, you may need support beyond counseling to address your issues, stay focused on your recovery and get your back on track. This might include a stay at a dedicated facility or even hospitalization.
When you return from that program, you will likely need ongoing support to continue addressing the issues you’ve learned to recognize and better manage through your inpatient experience. The counselors at West Hartford Holistic Counseling can support your progress and potentially even continue the work you started before coming home. Our counselor’s holistic approach to wellness provides a complement to your previous inpatient treatment, addressing all of your concerns—mind, body and spirit—in a progressive and productive way.
Many clients have questions about what to expect from counseling and how the counselors at West Hartford Holistic Counseling can help you on your journey to wellness.
Is Outpatient Care Right For Me?
The level of care that is best for you will be determined after your initial visit. Your counselor can help guide you towards the best next step. Depending on your diagnosis or type of eating disorder, your counselor at West Hartford Holistic Counseling may require you to have a care team in addition to counseling that also includes a Primary Care Physician and a Registered Dietitian. Since eating disorders can be more complex and impactful both physically and psychologically, this means that sometimes their treatment requires higher levels of care including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization treatment or hospitalization. If you have recently returned from a program like those above, outpatient care may be great to help you continue on your journey to recovery with support. Your counselor will complete a thorough initial assessment with you to determine the best next step.
How can I change the way I think about myself?
Just like almost everything we do, thinking is a habit. Once we decide on a particular pattern of thinking—positive or negative—we tend to stick with it, unless we make a conscious effort to change. Working with a seasoned counselor, you will examine the habits you’ve developed that lead you to stay stuck in negative ways of thinking about yourself. Once you’ve identified those patterns, you can work with your counselor to find new, more productive ways of thinking about yourself that will replace your old ways of thinking.
How do I regain the trust of the people around me?
Someone once said, “Wisdom is in the doing.” What that means is actions speak louder than words. Once you begin to accept yourself and can stay focused on your positive self-perception, the people in your life will begin to recognize that your efforts are sincere and you are not only changing the way you are doing things, but you are changing yourself for the better.
Will it be possible for me to stay clear of the people and situations that make me feel the way I do?
We can’t live in a bubble, so those people, places and things that trigger us into negative ways of thinking about ourselves will always be there. One of the keys to developing a healthy outlook about ourselves and the world around us is to set good boundaries. Working with your counselor, you will learn to identify those triggers and better manage them by setting good boundaries. Part of learning to set good boundaries is learning to respond, rather than react, to your triggers. Once you have a deep understanding of what triggers you, you will be better able to respond and stay on course.
What kind of therapy do you offer for eating disorders?
Here at West Hartford Holistic Counseling we use CBT, body image therapy and creative expressive therapy. We provide:
- Initial Assessments
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Educational Therapy
For more information or to make an appointment call us at 860-258-4171 or contact us here.We are accepting new clients and will see you online in the comfort of your own home. We are here to support you in these trying and uncertain times and continuing to offer all of our services, through our secure online connection. Contact us today!