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Food Addiction Counselling Wolverhampton

Psychological Therapy for Food Addiction & Emotional Eating Problems

In almost every case of food addiction there is an underlying psychological or emotional cause. While food is necessary for health and life, many of us have built an emotional dependence on eating. Because of this dependence, the boundaries between healthy eating and addictive behaviour can become blurred.

Indeed whether or not a person can truly be addicted to food is a matter of ‘hot debate’.

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Overcoming a food addiction is about changing the way you think and your attitude towards food, rather than changing your diet. Psychology & Psychotherapy can help teach you how to cope when times get tough. If something in your life goes wrong or you experience a stressful, upsetting event, we can teach you how to manage your thoughts and emotions without turning to food.

The crux of food addiction is control. We know we need food to maintain strength and energy. It is when we lose control of our intake and eat too much or too little, that a problem can arise. ‘Food addiction’ therefore, may not be so much an addiction to food, but more of an addiction to eating.

Psychology & Psychotherapy for Food Addiction

Many people with a food addiction will feel a lack of control around food. Sufferers may berate themselves for their problem. They may hide it from friends and family and let it spiral out of control.

Living with an eating problem can be a difficult, lonely experience, but it is important to understand that you are not alone. Eating problems aren’t just about food – often they are about difficult feelings or situations that you are unable to cope with. For many people, focusing on food can act as a coping mechanism for other life problems.

Food addiction is defined as a compulsive disorder that can, in some circumstances, lead to overeating, low self-esteem and eating disorders. It may be anxiety or stress related and if left untreated, the disorder can break down a person’s self-esteem. Psychology & Psychotherapy can work to overcome the addiction. It can rebuild the client’s relationship with food by changing the associated behaviours and negative thought patterns. It can enable clients to recognise the problem.

As with overcoming any other form of addiction, the individual must be ready to make a change.

What causes a food addiction?

While there is no known cause of food addiction, there are many factors that should be considered. Some studies suggest addiction is genetic, although environmental and emotional factors are also thought to increase the risk. For some people, an addiction is a way of coping with difficult issues. This may include stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and unemployment. Therapy aims to identify the triggers and work with the client to overcome the issue using scientifically based tools and techniques. Together, the sufferer and therapist can begin to rebuild their self-esteem and improve well-being.

Counselling for food addiction

We believe that addiction is more about the individuals way of thinking and internal psychology than about the ‘addictive’ properties of the food itself. At the most basic level, we do need food to survive, but food addiction seems to be about a relationship with food that has very little to do with ‘need’ and much more to do with what we ‘want’. By learning how to take control of our ‘desires’ (wants) the task becomes mush easier than trying to identify some sort of ‘need’.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Food Addiction

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If you’re committed to overcoming your eating problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.

Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

FREE Initial Consultations for Food Addiction

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your food addiction problems. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

Page Author - Paul Lee BSc. Honours

Page Author - Paul Lee BSc. Honours

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This page was authored by Paul Lee Bachelor of Science (honours) Psychology and Social Psychology. All content is cross-edited by Dr. Justina Somal PhD (British Psychological Society) for accuracy and operational validity.

Is Addiction Real?

Many scientists now question whether or not an ‘Addiction’ is a ‘real’ phenomenon created by a ‘hook’ or is actually more to do with what a person ‘believes’. Some research suggests that addiction is related to the degree of social connection that a person has or has not.

Read about our perspective on Addiction here.

For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page - don't forget we offer a FREE initial consultation to all prospective clients.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

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