Whether you've been diagnosed with an eating disorder or not, if you're struggling with difficult eating and body-related thoughts, feelings and behaviours, you're not alone.
Finding qualified and experienced help is an important step.
We're glad you're here.
At Blossom Psychotherapy, we specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for a wide range of eating disorders, as outlined in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). We understand that every individual's journey is unique, and our dedicated team is committed to supporting you on your path to recovery.
Types of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders encompass a spectrum of conditions, each with its own unique challenges. The DSM-5 recognizes several eating disorders, including:
1. Anorexia Nervosa: Characterized by extreme food restriction, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image.
2. Bulimia Nervosa: Involves recurrent episodes of overeating followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise.
3. Binge-Eating Disorder: Defined by frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food, often accompanied by feelings of guilt and distress. More about Binge-Eating Disorder Therapy at Blossom here.
4. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Involves limited food choices and avoidance of certain textures, colors, or smells.
5. Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED): Encompasses disordered eating behaviors that do not fit into the specific criteria of the aforementioned disorders but still cause significant distress.
Our Evidence-Based Approach
Our comprehensive approach may include:
1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A proven method for challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with eating disorders.
2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Focusing on emotional regulation and mindfulness to manage urges and impulsivity.
3. Nutritional Support: Working to develop balanced eating habits and promote a healthier relationship with food.
4. Family Discussion: Involving family members in the treatment process, particularly for adolescents, to provide a supportive environment for recovery.
5. Collaboration: When necessary, we collaborate with healthcare professionals to explore pharmacological and other options that can complement talk therapy.
Recognizing that you or a loved one need help is an important first step. But how do you know if you're truly ready for treatment? Here are some signs that may indicate readiness:
At Blossom, we understand that readiness for treatment can fluctuate, and we're here to meet you wherever you are on your journey. Our compassionate and experienced team is ready to provide the guidance, support, and evidence-based care you need to regain control of your life and develop a healthier relationship with food.
Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation and take the next step toward a brighter, healthier future. Recovery is possible, and we're here to help you achieve it.
Erin has over 10 years of experience working with eating disorders. With direct experience facilitating ED hospital programming in Ontario, she holds a deep and practical understanding of effective treatment for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, avoidant restrictive and non-specified eating disorders.
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If you'd prefer self-paced exploration at this time, here are several resources to support your reflection, healing and growth:
Dr. Rachel Goldstein at Stanford University:
Bonnie Brennan at Eating Recovery Centre:
The Radically Open DBT Workbook for Eating Disorders: From Overcontrol and Loneliness to Recovery and Connection, Karyn D. Hall, PhD, Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, and Mima Simic, MD
The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food, Evelyn Ribole and Elyse Resch https://www.cavershambooksellers.com/search/9781626256224
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