Binge Eating

If you battle with binge eating, you endure emotions of guilt, shame, and even disgust about the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that disordered eating has caused you.  You literally are out of control during a binge, food playing the most significant role in your life at that moment.  You may use food to cope with uncomfortable feelings and emotions that are too painful to face. 

Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting up to 20 million men and women today.  These are the following criteria for the diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder:

  • Eating, within a 2-hour period, a larger amount of food than “most people” would eat under similar circumstances.

  • Experiencing a lack of control during the binge episode.

  • Episode associated with three of more of the following:

    • Eating much faster than normal.

    • Eating until uncomfortably full.

    • Eating large amounts of food when not hungry.

    • Eating along because of embarrassment.

    • Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after the binge episode.

  • Binge eating is causing you clear distress.

  • At least one binge episode a week for 3 months.

  • No compensatory behaviors associated with binge eating as in bulimia nervosa (purging, excessive exercise, laxatives, etc.).

Without treatment, it’s estimated that Binge Eating Disorder can last for roughly 14 years.  Binge eating can be a constant cycle of guilt and pain and self-hatred that keeps repeating itself.  If you're ready, I would love to be able to help you free yourself from the cycle and develop new healthy thinking and behavior patterns. 

Through my approach to binge eating counseling, I can help you change how you think about food, target what feelings led to overeating, and manage those feelings with new coping skills.  Using a combination of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, and compassion focused therapy, I can help you regain your power and work towards long-term recovery.
I welcome you to call or email me, and we’ll get started.  I look forward to helping you!