Has your weight been a struggle for too much of your life? Have you been on countless diets, your weight yo-yo-ing endlessly up and down? Do you feel helpless, and struggle to believe that you will ever be able to break your unhappy relationship with food, eating, weight and your body?
Our weight loss therapy keeps your struggle with weight at the forefront of therapy. There may well be other issues that underlie your eating behaviour, such as anxiety, depression or low self-worth that will need to be worked through for real change to take place. We will help you explore the big picture of what has contributed to, and now maintains, your struggle with weight. Here are some areas that we may explore with you in weight loss therapy.
Our relationship with food runs deep. It can take on many meanings for us, which are often in conflict with each other. Food is love, from the suckling of milk from the breast to buying chocolates for a loved one on an anniversary, this concept is implicit to the way humans live as social beings.
The reverse is also true, when food is denied it can feel like a punishment. Deprivation, unfairness and anger can result, meaning we want to rebel against the sanctions of authority figures. The problem is today we are both the rule-maker of the dietary restriction, and the rebellious child that wants comfort from food.
Do you remember being rewarded with your favourite food if you were a good boy or girl? After a stressful long day at work, overwhelmed and overloaded we are often left with a strong desire to reward ourselves with food.
Some people experience a more damaging childhood. Psychological and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment are just some of the deeper and more complex themes that become woven into our narrative with food, weight, eating and our body.
Processing and making sense of these complex associations can be life-changing, and require a longer commitment to therapy, and a willingness to stay the course of a journey that at times may be painful. Expression of our authentic emotions, that may have been repressed and swallowed down with food over many years, opens the door for a new experience in life, of ourselves, our relationships and the potential for joy and fulfilment.
We respect that you have your own personal story. Our job is to listen carefully, and make sure you feel heard, seen and understood.
Together we will make sense of the patterns that you present with weight, food, eating and your body.
We will bring into awareness the factors that got you stuck, and look for the ones that are now maintaining the vicious cycle you are in with your body.
We will make explicit the areas we believe treatment needs to focus, and support you in acquiring new self-management skills and updating aspects of your personality, so you can achieve your weight loss and life goals.