Eating Disorder Counselling
Eating Disorder Counselling in Calgary
If you are here, chances are that you or a loved one recognize a problem with food, eating, and/or body image. Taking this step of considering support is a tremendous one, so congratulations on making it here and starting to explore eating disorder counselling.
What is Disordered Eating?
It can be difficult to sort out what exactly is going on in one’s relationship with food and how unhealthy or problematic it has become. Typically if people are starting to question their relationship with food and body, this is a red flag that it has become problematic and may be disordered.
Here is an informal checklist to help you get a general idea of the extent of your food-related issues. Read through the following list and see how many have applied to you within the past 3 months:
Read through the following list and see how many have applied to you within the past 3 months:
Types of Eating Disorders
Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders
What eating disorders of all manifestations have in common are symptoms of:
- Emotional distress
- External consequences
People may think they are hiding their eating disorder but typically friends, family, loved ones, and others will often become concerned far before the person is willing to get help. This is an important reason why loved ones seek out support for themselves too as waiting for someone you care about to accept that they need help is a very stressful and trying time.
Causes of Eating Disorders
Several types of eating disorders are shaped by a complex combination of genetic/hereditary and environmental influences. These may include:
- Adverse childhood events (ACE’s)
- Modeling from authority figures
- Peer pressure
- Societal messages
- Perceived lack of control over one’s life and environment, and/or high external pressure
It is important to note that eating disorders cut across all demographic lines and do not discriminate.
Our Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders
Our clinicians have been trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Twelve Step Facilitation and trauma treatment. Treatment is holistic and focuses on all aspects of health.
Treatment for Those Suffering from an Eating Disorder
During the initial appointments, information is gathered to know about all parts of you, including relationships, feelings processing, physical health, self-esteem, and more.
Eating disorder counselling can be short or long-term, depending on your needs. We prefer to meet with people over a longer period of time (6+ months) to ensure sustainability and maintenance of progress as eating disorder recovery tends to ebb and flow. If this does not work for your needs, that is okay too. We will customize services within your boundaries and needs.
Support for Loved Ones
If you are a family member reading this and hoping your loved one will change but you are not sure if they are ready, I would encourage you to come in for yourself to look at your own health and recovery plan. Change in any member of a relational unit creates change for the whole unit, so perhaps change can start with you. Sessions will provide you with the strength, resources, and ability to cope with an extremely challenging situation.
Why Choose Sana Psychological?
It is an honor and a privilege to support you at any point in your journey. Sana Psychological offers an experienced perspective with an eating disorder therapist who is informed on the nature of compulsive and problem behaviours, which many people have found useful in helping them understand what is happening within them. Sana Psychological aims to help people understand the full context in which their eating disorder exists and to provide healthy ways and strategies to address this.
Appointments can be scheduled online at anytime. If the ‘New Client’ option is not available, please check our About Page to see when new client sessions are being scheduled. You can email us indicating your interest and we will go from there!
If you have questions about the services offered, do not hesitate to reach out. Email will be the quickest way to get in touch. We aim to respond to emails and phone calls within 1 business day.