Some include restriction of calories while others involve uncontrollable binge eating. Excessive exercise, laxative abuse, self-induced vomiting, and obsessional thoughts about food and weight are features of the most lethal form of mental illness that we face. Eating disorders often attack a person’s view of themselves, including distortions about their physical bodies. They create obsessional thoughts about food, exercise, body image and unrealistic expectations/standards (also known as perfectionism).
Eating disorders have become far too prevalent in our culture that has become obsessed with thinness and external appearance. The most dangerous issue being that eating disorders are lethal! They kill more people each year than suicide related to major depression.
If you’re not sure about whether you have a problem, here’s a quick assessment tool. Take this short test:
If you answered “yes” to more than one of these questions, you may have issues with food that effect your quality of life.
At Fresh Hope Counselling, we believe in 100% recovery from eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, EDNOS and orthorexia). This is an important distinction because therapy is approached with a firm belief that recovery and healing is not only possible but essential. This is not a “condition” you need to live with or learn how to manage. If you could control it, you would already be able to do so. Thankfully there is hope! If you are ready to do what it takes to get better we can help you get there. We expect that you may be scared as you start counselling and enter into recovery. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from taking the first steps. You need only be willing to consider that you have a problem and open to working on it.
Beth Murray has successfully worked with many eating disorder clients who now experience freedom from their eating disorder pasts — walking firmly in recovery and no longer meeting the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. She has worked inpatient at an eating disorder treatment facility in Arizona (2000-2003) where she gained a wealth of experience, education and hands-on training in understanding and treating eating disorders. Since then she has become highly specialized and experienced in working with eating disorders on an outpatient basis. Trust the experience that Beth Murray brings to the counselling role. She is a major advocate for seeing her clients through to success and freedom in recovery.
Kathleen McDavid has recently joined our Fresh Hope Counselling team as a Registered Dietitian. She is an eating disorders specialist and has almost 20 years experience in working with disruptions in peoples’ relationships with food, weight, exercise and body image. Kathleen and Beth now have the ability to work with clients as a more complete and fortified treatment team. Together with medical doctors and psychiatrists (when needed), they bring a wealth of experience, in-depth training and wisdom to the treatment of eating disorders. Kathleen has worked in specialized hospital settings, private practice, teaching through Athabasca University and other projects throughout the province. She has literally written the book/manuals on eating disorder treatment in Alberta. Kathleen has a sensitive and specialized approach to the care and support of her clients. Her wealth of experience and expertise in the eating disorder field provides her with an effective approach to helping clients find their way into the freedom and hope of recovery. She draws on behavioural change techniques which include cognitive behavioural therapy and intuitive eating/mindful eating. Contact the office for more information about booking an initial intake with Kathleen and/or Beth.