What are the Eating Disorders?
By eating tendencies, we understand both eating disorders (ED) and any eating pattern that can be harmful and cause suffering. Even if it does not meet the criteria for a disorder.
Eating Disoredrs are groups of symptoms that describe a pathological relationship with food that seriously affects our health, daily life, behavior and emotional state. They are related to a constant rumination over food and an intense fear of gaining weight as well as idealization of weight loss.
According to the DSM-V manual, we can differentiate, among the most frequent, 3 types of eating disorders:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
But in addition to the EDs, we must also take into account overweight, obesity, body dissatisfaction and body dismorphia.
Although Eating Disorders are called behavioral problems and obesity has been considered a medical condition, they are also psychological and affective problems. A modification of behavior or weight, as difficult as that task is, only displaces the pathology. It does not solve it, if not accompanied by psychotherapy focued on working on emotional management.
Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders
Therapy for Eating Disorders should be multidisciplinary and focused, on the one hand, on the behavior and nutrition. On the other, on emotions, relationships and identity.
What are the goals of psychotherapy for Eating Disorders?
- Learn to accept oneself unconditionally
- Increase self-esteem
- Manage the eating habits
- Learn to relate differently
- Develop healthier tools for managing emotions
- Be more self-aware
In the end what we want to achieve is to get rid of the need to use food as a tool. Instead, to start using it for its primary purpose - which is nutrition and pleasure.
How do we work with Eating Disorders?
At our therapy clinic in Barcelona we offer complete and multidisciplinary treatments for people who suffer from eating disorders and/or a complicated relationship with food. We work according to pre-established protocols based on many years of experience that includes no only psychotherapeutic help, but also medical and nutritional support for patients that may benefit from it.
First of all, we offer individual therapy with highly qualified psychotherapists specialized in the treatments of Eating Disorders.
Además, la terapia individual la podemos complementar con la terapia de grupos. Nuestra terapia grupal para los TCA es un programa completo llamado “Me and My Eating”, dirigido por psicoterapeutas y médico.
Apart from the individual therapy, we can complement the treatment with a Group therapy. Our group therapy for Eating Disorders is a complete program called Me and My Eating led by psychotherapists and a medical doctor.
Moreover, we offer sessions with a nutritionist, specialized in treating Eating Disorders and obesity, who collaborates with the team of psychotherapists and medical and pharmacological support, for patients who might need it.