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Food Addiction

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’.

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.

Many people with a food addiction will feel a lack of control around food. Sufferers may berate themselves for their problem.

They may also hide it from friends and family and let it spiral out of control.

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Food Addictions Are Not All About Food

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.

Psychological Therapy for Food Addiction

Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for food addictions which you can read about below.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Food Addictions

If you’re committed to overcoming your Food Addiction problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed programme.

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, 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 Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

Teach Yourself CBT and Overcome Your Problems for only £149!

Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.

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Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your mental health problems without having to visit a therapist.

Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.

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Alternative Therapy Options for Food Addiction

Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Food Addiction is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.

These include:

Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.

General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.

Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

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Free Initial Consultations for Food Addictions

We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Food Addiction prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.

At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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Overcome Your Mental Health difficulties with Our Online CBT Programme - From Only £299!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective for a range of mental health problems and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our advanced CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to spend a fortune.

The course is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support in-clinic or using Zoom.

Click Tranceformental CBT to find out more.

Also available as a self-directed course that you manage yourself without interacting with a therapist for only £149.

Get in touch with us.

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