Eating disorders are frequently glamorized in tabloids, and many observers see eating disorders as brazen attempts to get attention. But if those same observers saw what occurs behind the eyes of a person struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating disorder, they would be stunned. Both men and women with eating disorders often fight profound internal battles. Issues with food and body image are powerful ways to signal that these struggles are present.
Eating disorder counseling with a therapist, in the context of appropriate medical care and nutritional wisdom, can help you or your loved one uncover new reasons to live in hope. We offer individual therapy for eating disorders and body image issues and partner with experienced, registered dietitians who provide excellent care without creating needless shame.
A full life includes solid relationships with others. But our temperaments and expectations often don’t match. When we run into obstacles in relationships with spouses, significant others, family, friends, or coworkers, we often turn to familiar ways of responding that have been forged over many years. If we’re lucky, those choices work. If not, we can feel stuck.
Old ways of responding to others may be difficult to leave behind. However, fresh eyes on your situation, in the context of a strong therapeutic relationship, can reveal new options that offer you far more – more satisfaction, more freedom, more life.
Sex addiction presents challenges that differ a great deal from other addictions. While our bodies may not be made for alcohol or methamphetamines, they are made to engage sexually in life-giving ways. Putting an end to the use of controlled substances is healthy. Putting an end to one’s sexuality isn’t.
Instead, sex addiction treatment involves eliminating unhealthy behaviors while creating a stronger respect for one’s sexuality. Each client’s circumstances are different, but interventions consistently involve understanding the roots of the behaviors and the needs they meet, making it possible to seek new behaviors that address those needs in ways that aren’t self-defeating.
When a person is harmed sexually (often, though not always, by a loved one), the wounds are persistent. Our sexuality is integrated with our most core selves. Traumatic sexual experiences assault us by merging darkness with parts of our hearts that are meant to create powerful beauty.
Healing from abuse is more than just reducing the impact of memories. It involves separating beauty from the darkness that has intruded and making it possible to live fully once again.