Eating Disorder Counselling – Anorexia and Bulimia
Our psychologists provide eating disorder treatment for those with disorders such as anorexia or bulimia in Perth from our Applecross location.
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is an illness that causes significant disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating or binge eating. In their more severe forms you can feel all consumed by thoughts about weight, food, trying to gain control yet struggling against feeling out of control. Often this occurs in silence as you hide your struggles from others.
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or body image issues can be linked to experience of depression, anxiety, confusion and emotional torment. Often with eating disorders there can be an internal battle between the part of you that wants to recover and the part that doesn’t.
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia is characterised by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight that manifests itself through depriving the body of food. It often coincides with increased levels of exercise and vomiting.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by repeated episodes of binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting; using laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; and/or excessive exercise. These behaviours may typically occur perhaps twice a week for months at a time. Self-evaluation is influenced by body shape and weight
Is therapy an effective eating disorder treatment?
Therapy can help you with the following eating disorders:
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Body Image Issues
Therapy for eating disorders can help you to trust your better self, so you can create a meaningful, joyful life that isn’t controlled by food. People with eating disorders will benefit from help from a psychologist experienced in eating disorders. If weight loss is severe then a stay in hospital may be needed. We can help you decide on the best way forward.