Emotional Eating Therapy

Are you tired of constantly worrying about your weight and eating habits? Do you want to improve your body image and feel confident in your body?

Emotional eating is more than just a habit, often it is a coping mechanism for stress, sadness, or anxiety. Many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of dieting and overeating. At Chalk Hill Psychology, we provide emotional eating therapy to help people rediscover freedom with food.   

Understanding Emotional Eating

Emotional eating involves turning to food to manage difficult or intense emotions. Everyone comfort eats occasionally. Eating is linked to emotional eating even from birth when a baby bottle or breastfeeds. But if it leaves you feeling overwhelmed by guilt or becomes your primary coping mechanism, it can significantly impact your life.

Some people may also struggle with disordered eating, where their relationship with food and their body is distressing but doesn’t meet the threshold for an eating disorder.

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Eat when you're not physically hungry?

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Feel trapped in a cycle of dieting and overeating?

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Turn to food when you're feeling sad, stressed, bored, or anxious?

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Feel like you've lost control over your eating habits?

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Worry a lot about how you look?

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Worry you're eating habits are damaging your health?

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Want to pass on a healthy relationship with food to your children?

Impact of emotional eating

Emotional eating can have a huge impact on your physical and emotional health. Even if eating makes you feel better initially, it is usually temporary. Most people experience a lot of guilt afterwards. This leads to a vicious cycle of eating to cope with negative emotions, experiencing more negative emotions, and eating to cope again.

Physically, emotional eating can lead to weight gain, disruption to appetite systems, digestive problems, and may make existing health problems worse (e.g. diabetes, IBS). Poor physical health can further contribute to negative emotions and more emotional eating.

Treatment for emotional eating

Our focus in on providing a supportive and non-judgemental environment to allow people to explore the underlying reasons behind their emotional eating. We use a combination of therapy approaches to tailor therapy to meet everyone’s individual needs.

Cognitive Behaioural Therapy (CBT) is used to understand the link between our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical reactions. Recognising patterns helps us to develop new coping strategies. Often people with disordered eating or emotional eating struggle with poor self esteem. Compassion focussed therapy (CFT) helps us to build a better relationship with ourselves and treat ourselves with kindness.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focusses on the things in our lives that we value the most and how we can live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.

How do we work?

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Free Consultation

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Assessment

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Therapy

Ready to take the first step towards healing your relationship with food and yourself? Book your free consultation for emotional eating therapy today.