Disordered Eating Therapy in Toronto

The support you need to regain a healthy relationship with food – your journey starts here.

Therapy for disordered eating can help you:

regain your physical health

enjoy food without guilt

live with more confidence

Food morality is a toxic idea that needs to stop.
What can’t be fixed is society’s never ending love affair with perfection. What can be helped is finding a way to live your life with a sense of peace, control and happiness. When you are struggling with disorder eating – it can feel like your whole world is out of sync. We can help you take the steps you need to reclaim your body, your sense of self and rediscover your joy of eating.
With therapy, we can help you regain a healthy relationship with food and your body.

Disordered eating can leave you feeling isolated and unsure of where to turn for help.

You may find yourself:

  • Constantly thinking about food and planning your next meal or snack, only to feel guilty afterward.
  • Obsessively counting calories and tracking every morsel of food you eat.
  • Eating very little during the day, then binging at night.
  • Avoiding social events because of how you feel about your body.
  • Eating in secret, and binging on large quantities of food, resulting in an overwhelming sense of shame.
  • Exercising obsessively and restricting your food intake to the point of starvation.
  • Turning to food for comfort, even when you are not hungry.
  • Constantly comparing yourself to others.

Disordered eating therapy can help you reframe your relationship with food and start enjoying the experience again!

Disordered Eating Therapy

Our Approach

1. We listen to your story

We listen to your challenges and feelings surrounding your relationship with food to gain insight into the factors contributing to your struggles.

2. We develop a plan

We do a thorough assessment to understand your individual needs, and develop a personalized treatment plan that works for you.

3. We help you heal

We will provide the support, guidance, and connection you need to navigate challenges and setbacks and achieve lasting change.

Therapy for disordered eating

What You Can Expect

  • Improved Physical Health: As you learn to establish healthier eating habits, you should feel better overall and experience improvements including better digestion, more energy, and a decreased risk of nutrition-related health issues.
  • Better Emotional Well-Being: Therapy can help you develop healthier coping strategies for managing stress and emotions, leading to reduced anxiety, depression, and mood swings associated with disordered eating.
  • Better Body Image & Self-Esteem: We will help you work on developing a more positive and realistic view of your body, leading to increased self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence.
  • Healthier Relationship With Food: Your mindset around food may shift, moving away from rigid rules and restrictions, and helping you embrace a more balanced, intuitive, and enjoyable approach to eating.
  • Stronger Interpersonal Relationships: As you learn to better manage your disordered eating behaviours, you may experience improvements in your relationships with friends and family, as well as better communication skills and increased emotional intimacy.
  • Greater Coping Skills: Through therapy, you will learn a variety of tools and techniques to help you navigate challenges and setbacks in your recovery journey, fostering resilience and long-term success.
  • Personal Growth & Development: The process of recovery from disordered eating can promote personal growth and self-discovery, as you learn more about yourself, your values, and your goals for the future.

Disordered eating therapy can help you reframe your relationship with food and start enjoying the experience again!

EMDR & Trauma Therapy In Toronto

Why choose EMDR & Trauma Therapy Centre?

We understand that working through trauma can be a vulnerable and emotional process.
  • We strive to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for our clients.
  • We use an integrative approach to trauma therapy so clients can experience more complete healing.
  • We are committed to providing personalized care and support, meeting each client where they are in their healing journey.
  • We are attuned to your needs and we work at a therapy pace you can handle.
We strive to help people better understand themselves and show up in the world in a way they were meant to live.
Eliza Fernandes, Founder of EMDR & Trauma Therapy Centre, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Approved EMDRIA Consultant

Eliza Fernandes, MSW, RSW
Founder, Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Approved EMDRIA Consultant

Frequently Asked Questions About Disordered Eating

The main differences between disordered eating and eating disorders are the severity of symptoms, the presence of diagnostic criteria, and the potential consequences.

Disordered eating involves a range of unhealthy eating behaviours and attitudes that do not necessarily meet the criteria for an eating disorder but can still negatively impact one’s well-being.

Eating disorders are diagnosable mental health conditions with specific criteria and often require a more structured and intensive treatment approach. In our first couple of sessions together, we will work with you to help determine which category your struggles fall under and what the best course of treatment will be for you.

Disordered eating can stem from a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental influences, societal pressures, psychological issues, and personal experiences. It is important to note that the causes of disordered eating can vary significantly between individuals, and often, multiple factors interact to contribute to the development of these behaviours. In therapy, your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual situation and needs.

Recognizing the signs that you may need therapy for disordered eating is a crucial step in addressing the issue and seeking appropriate help.

Here are some indications that you might benefit from professional support:

  • You find yourself constantly thinking about food, calories, weight, or your appearance, to the point where it interferes with your daily life, work, or relationships
  • Engaging in unhealthy eating patterns, such as restricting food intake, binge eating, purging, over-exercising, or using laxatives or diet pills for weight control
  • You feel like you’ve lost control over your eating behaviours, have difficulty stopping once you’ve started eating, or find yourself eating in secret
  • You are experiencing negative consequences on your physical health due to disordered eating, such as fatigue, dizziness, digestive issues, or fluctuations in weight

If you struggle with any of these, know that there is hope, and we are here to help!

Every person and situation is unique, and so is the time it takes to heal along your personal journey. We work to develop a strategy that addresses your unique needs, fosters personal growth, and empowers you to establish a healthier relationship with food and your body.

The length of your treatment can be affected by factors such as:

  • The severity of disordered eating
  • Co-occurring mental health issues
  • Individual needs and goals
  • Progress and motivation
  • Your personal support system

 

It is essential to approach therapy with an open mind, understanding that the process may take time and that progress can be nonlinear. Know that we will support and guide you through your journey.

Supporting a loved one who is struggling with disordered eating can be a challenge. It’s hard to watch someone you love struggle in that way, and while you can’t fix it for them, there are some things you can do to help them know they are not alone. You can offer non-judgmental support, encourage open communication, educate yourself about disordered eating, and encourage them to seek professional help. Avoid making comments about their weight, appearance, or food choices, as these can be triggering.

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With disordered eating therapy, we can help you find the joy in food.