Food Addiction Problems
Food Addiction Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
In almost evey 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’.
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’.
Alternative therapies for food addiction
Joan offers a range of evidence based hypnotherapy sessions and courses to help you lose weight. You may want to consider her Positive Mindset Course which is designed to help you change your unconscious thought patterns and develop a much more positive attitude to problem solving.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Food Addiction
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome food addiction and eating related problems then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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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.
Thinking Errors Associated with Food Addiction
Food Addiction problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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