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EATING DISORDERS

UNDERSTANDING EATING DISORDERS

For many, understanding the complexities of eating disorders can feel overwhelming.

If you or someone you know is grappling with eating disorders, approaching the subject with kindness, understanding, and clarity is paramount.

 

So, what exactly are eating disorders? At their core, they're more than just patterns of eating or not eating. They encompass deep emotional and psychological struggles, often reflecting underlying issues or feelings. There are established medical guidelines that classify and define different types of eating disorders based on specific symptoms. However, every individual's experience with these disorders is unique.

Imagine an iceberg. What we see on the surface – behaviors like restricting food, binging, or purging – is only a small part of the entire picture. Beneath the surface lies a web of emotions, experiences, and challenges that contribute to these behaviors.

Now, the way many official classifications (like the DSM) define eating disorders is by categorizing them based on these observable behaviors. While helpful for diagnosis, this approach might not capture the deeper, more personal experiences of each individual.

Our Approach to Eating Disorder

This is where our approach seeks to make a difference. We believe in looking beyond the checklist of symptoms. Instead, we focus on understanding the whole person – their feelings, challenges, and goals.​

 

No matter where you are in California, our dedicated therapists are here to provide support, understanding, and guidance.

 

Facing the challenges of eating disorders can feel overwhelming and isolating, but you're not alone in this journey. Bulimia Nervosa, though familiar to many by name, can be difficult to truly understand. Here, we aim to offer clarity, empathy, and the compassionate support you deserve as we explore this condition together.

Decoding Anorexia Nervosa

If you've felt the weight of societal beauty standards or experienced a deep-seated fear of gaining weight, you might be familiar with the shadows of Anorexia Nervosa. Let’s journey through this condition together, unraveling its nuances:

  • More Than Just Weight Loss:

    • Anorexia Nervosa goes beyond the desire to slim down. Those experiencing it might stubbornly maintain a weight that's less than 85% of what’s typically expected for their age and height.

  • The Weight of Fear:

    • Even at alarmingly low weights, the dread of gaining any weight can be overpowering. This fear remains, regardless of how light the weighing scale reads.

  • Seeing Through Distorted Lenses:

    • A striking feature of Anorexia Nervosa is the way it alters self-perception. Individuals may:

      • View themselves as overweight even when they're notably underweight.

      • Anchor their self-esteem primarily, if not solely, to their weight or shape.

      • Deny the gravity of their low body weight, brushing off concerns from the world around them.

  • The Silent Red Flag - Amenorrhea:

    • Anorexia Nervosa can disrupt natural body rhythms. For women post-puberty, this might mean missing out on at least three consecutive menstrual cycles.

 

Diving deeper, Anorexia Nervosa isn’t solely about diet or appearance. It's a web of emotional, self-esteem, and psychological intricacies.

If these words echo your feelings or resonate with someone you care about, know that stepping into the light from this shadow is possible. You're never alone. Embrace the tailored support, deep understanding, and therapeutic guidance we offer. With our dedicated online therapy platform, available all over California, your journey towards healing is closer than you think.

Diving Deep into Bulimia Nervosa

If you've ever felt a consuming urge to eat vast amounts and then counteract the effects, you might be encountering the challenges of Bulimia Nervosa. Let's demystify this condition in a way that’s both relatable and enlightening:

1. The Binge Phase:

It's more than just overeating; imagine feeling an overwhelming compulsion to consume much more food than others might in a short time. It's paired with a sensation of being out of control, where stopping feels nearly impossible.

2. The Aftermath - Seeking Balance:

Following this binge, there's a powerful inclination to "undo" the effects. This could be through self-induced vomiting, turning to laxatives, or engaging in intense exercise regimes.

3. Frequency Matters:

For it to be classified as Bulimia Nervosa, these patterns, both the binging and the subsequent actions, should occur at least twice a week over three months.

4. Not to be Confused:

While it shares certain characteristics with other eating disorders, Bulimia is distinct from Anorexia Nervosa. For instance, those with Bulimia aren't typically underweight and don't face the consistent absence of periods.

5. Different Shades of Bulimia:

The Purging Type leans towards actions like vomiting or use of laxatives post-binge. The Non-Purging Type, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily involve purging behaviors. Instead, they might turn to extreme forms of exercise. Beyond the eating patterns, Bulimia Nervosa is a reflection of emotional turmoil, self-perception issues, and often deeper underlying concerns.

 

Unraveling Binge-Eating Disorder

In the intricate tapestry of eating disorders, Binge-Eating Disorder stands out with its unique patterns and challenges. Let's shine a light on its distinct facets:

  • Binge-Eating Episodes:

    • At a glance, one might see parallels with Bulimia Nervosa. However, the hallmark of Binge-Eating Disorder is not just consuming vast amounts of food, but:

      • Overeating that transcends what most would in similar situations.

      • Feeling engulfed by a sense of powerlessness during these episodes.

  • Emotions at Play:

    • Binging isn't a mere act of overeating; it's an emotional cascade. Often, feelings of stress, discomfort, or other emotional triggers precede these episodes, binding emotions tightly to the act.

  • Consistency and Intensity:

    • This isn't about the occasional extra slice of cake. Binge-Eating Disorder is a recurring narrative, with episodes casting a significant shadow over one's daily life.

    • Binge-Eating Disorder carves its niche apart from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. While it shares the binge-eating feature with Bulimia, it lacks the following compensatory acts. Contrasting Anorexia, it doesn't revolve around profound weight loss or avoiding weight gain.

 

Diving beneath its surface, Binge-Eating Disorder is an intricate interplay of emotions, patterns, and one's relationship with nourishment.

Should these words mirror your emotions or those of a loved one, remember: paths to healing and understanding beckon. You're enveloped in a community of care. Embrace the comprehensive support, empathy, and therapeutic strategies My Counseling Concierge offers. 

 

Can Eating Disorder Be Addressed?

Absolutely. The brain is an extraordinary organ, remarkably adept at learning and evolving. When presented with the right combination of a supportive environment, skill-building, therapeutic intervention, and sound physical health, these cognitive challenges can not only be addressed but also improved or even normalized. It's also worth noting that many traits that predispose someone to an eating disorder can, in fact, be beneficial in the recovery journey. Also in maintaining good health. With our dedicated online therapy platform across California, embarking on a transformative journey is within arm's reach.

Finding the Right Eating Disorder Therapist

It can be hard to find a provider with the right experience and training for eating disorders. You may find that the clinicians in your community lack familiarity with cutting-edge research on eating disorder treatment.

Even if you manage to find a skilled provider, you might have a busy schedule and limited time for treatment.

That’s why My Counseling Concierge in Newport Beach, CA offers online therapy. We aim to help you get the treatment you need on your terms. No matter where you live in California, you will be able to work with our trained therapists from the comfort of your home.

We have been doing online therapy alongside in-office therapy for years, and most of our clients find online therapy to be just as effective as in-person.

Schedule a therapy appointment with an eating disorder therapist in Newport Beach, CA today!

You do not have to struggle alone. Let us be your partner on the path to healing and self-discovery. Our dedicated team of experienced eating disorder therapists in Newport Beach, CA is here to provide compassionate support & a safe space where you can find your way back to a life full of joy, balance, and well-being. We make it easy for you! Here are the steps:

  1. Contact our office so we can get to know you better. 

  2. Meet with one of our therapists and begin therapy.

  3. Find a balance in life and feel yourself thrive!

 

​Other Mental Health Services Offered at My Counseling Concierge. 

In addition to Eating Disorder Therapy, we also offer a range of other services to address your unique needs. These include Therapy for OCD and Therapy for Anxiety We look forward to guiding you through the journey towards jealing. 

Meet Our Team
MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D.

Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D., CSE (she/her), is an internationally recognized psychologist, educator, and podcaster. After receiving her doctoral degree, she completed a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente and received specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Sasha Kassai, Psy.D. 

Sasha Kassai, Psy.D. (she/her), is a licensed psychologist in California (PSY 33101) with a specialization in treating and evaluating adults with co-occurring cognitive and psychological problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorders, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, body image issues, and perfectionism.  She is the Co-Founder of My Counseling Psychotherapy Group. 

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