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Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

Life isn’t about finding happiness-it’s about experiencing life’s situations to the fullest.

Anytime you experience a heightened uncomfortable emotion, you find yourself seeking your “go-to comfort foods” for support. This doesn’t happen all the time, and you aren’t always eating large amounts of food.

You don’t identify with having an eating disorder but recognize your relationship with food is causing you so much pain.

Emotional eating is under the umbrella of “disordered eating” and often includes the following characteristics:

  • experiencing high levels of stress, causing “stress eating”
  • sometimes it feels as if you can’t stop overeating, but it’s not binge eating,
  • feeling uncontrollable urges to eat,
  • often consumes carbohydrates and/or sugary foods, due to feeling compelled and without hunger,
  • experiences a release of dopamine while eating, resulting in a lowering of the original uncomfortable emotion.

 

Emotional Eating

At Bricolage, we understand the challenges and obstacles around managing stress and uncomfortable emotions.

As a society, we have learned to use food as an association with all emotions. In many situations, foods are adaptive-weddings, funerals, birthdays, etc. However, when food becomes the go-to in trying to deal with stress and emotions, it can cause additional obstacles, and lead someone far away from their goals and values.

We help facilitate new ways of viewing and managing emotions, to be more aware and acceptant of what you are feeling. Using skills to change unhelpful behavior patterns, exploration of stressors and practicing mindfulness, we assist clients in finding more awareness, self-compassion towards their experiences and new ways of providing themselves with things they need.

Take the first step in finding meaningful ways to experience your emotions.

Imagine being able to engage in self-care and mindfulness to prepare yourself to embrace your emotions, rather than using food to temporarily pacify your brain with “happy chemicals”.

Here’s what to expect when you work with us:

Free Phone Consult:

At Bricolage, we extend a free 15-minute phone consultation to make sure we are a good fit to work together. We will discuss what your goals are, explain what therapy will look like, and how your life will be different after working with us. By the end of this call, you will have
a clear idea of your next steps.

Initial Session:

Your first meeting with your therapist will be between 60 and 70 minutes and will allow the two of you to begin to build a relationship.
You will go over the information you provided before this initial session as well as dive into all of the elements of your story. Throughout
this appointment, you and your therapist will work as a team to create your action plan.

Weekly Sessions:

Once you and your therapist begin to work deeply together, you will experience a type of treatment that has been completely tailored
to you and your needs. Your therapist will take keen notice of where you are in your wellness journey and ensure that the exercises you complete in session will bring you a sense of comfort and peace as you move forward.

Completion of Goals

As a team, you and your therapist will continue to evaluate your progress and growth. Eventually, the two of you will recognize that you
are responding to stressors more effectively and that weekly therapy might no longer be necessary. At this point you can choose to come to session less often and together you will decide what level of support you need for the future.

Our team of compassionate professionals will help you tap into the strengths you already possess and guide you to stop looking for the “if” and start taking advantage of the NOW.

Other Emotional Eating Areas

Our Expert Clinicians

Therapists, Coaches and Occupational Therapists who work with clients experiencing Family Planning, Pregnancy and Postpartum Related Issues.

LCPC

LCPC

LCPC

MA, MS

LSW

Here’s what to expect when you work with us:

Free Phone Consult:

At Bricolage, we extend a free 15-minute phone consultation to make sure we are a good fit to work together. We will discuss what your goals are, explain what therapy will look like, and how your life will be different after working with us. By the end of this call, you will have
a clear idea of your next steps.

Initial Session:

Your first meeting with your therapist will be between 60 and 70 minutes and will allow the two of you to begin to build a relationship.
You will go over the information you provided before this initial session as well as dive into all of the elements of your story. Throughout
this appointment, you and your therapist will work as a team to create your action plan.

Weekly Sessions:

Once you and your therapist begin to work deeply together, you will experience a type of treatment that has been completely tailored
to you and your needs. Your therapist will take keen notice of where you are in your maternal mental health journey and ensure that the exercises you complete in session will bring you a sense of comfort and peace as you move forward.

Completion of Goals

As a team, you and your therapist will continue to evaluate your progress and growth. Eventually, the two of you will recognize that you
are responding to stressors more effectively and that weekly therapy might no longer be necessary. At this point you can choose to come to session less often and together you will decide what level of support you need for the future.

Our team of compassionate professionals will help you tap into the strengths you already possess and guide you to stop looking for the “if” and start taking advantage of the NOW.

Other Food & Body Image Related Issues Services

Our Expert Clinicians

Therapists, Coaches and Occupational Therapists who work with clients experiencing Family Planning, Pregnancy and Postpartum Related Issues.

LCPC

MA, MS

MAT, LCPC, ATR, PMH-C

MA, LCPC, PMH-C

LCSW

LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC (FL)

LCSW (in IL & CO), CADC, CODP I

BA

LCSW, PMH-C