Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders2018-12-03T04:28:56+00:00

Eating Disorders

Being conscious of how you look is normal. As much as possible, you want to look good and most of the time your weight is the most prominent contributing factor to this issue based on what the world sees as beautiful.

You want to look good because you want to have that “acceptance” from the public and you want to boost your self-esteem. Whatever your reason may be, taking care of yourself is a good thing. But if you’re making drastic measures – such as skipping meals or purging – just to achieve your desired weight over a short period, you might have a problem. This is by far, the most common scenario of someone you may have an eating disorder.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are illnesses characterized by abnormal eating habits which can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. An eating disorder can include eating inadequately or excessively, and can ultimately damage your wellbeing. There are several types of disorders associated with eating:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: is a life-threatening disorder that is commonly characterized by body weight which is below the normal weight range. It also accompanies a strong desire to be thin and an intense fear of gaining weight. People commonly have a distorted view of body image (they’ll think they look fat when they’re already too thin). People with anorexia exhaust all means not to gain weight – they force themselves to vomit and take laxatives for weight loss.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: with Bulimia Nervosa, you’ll feel you don’t have any control with your eating habits. You’ll tend to binge and purge within a short period. You’ll probably restrict yourself to eat within the day but end up bingeing and purging more. But because of the guilt and too much concern for body image, you may exercise too much or force yourself to vomit just to get rid of the calories you’ve taken.
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: when you have Binge-eating disorder, you overeat and feel that you don’t have the control every time you eat. Even when you’re not hungry, you’ll choose to overeat. After the process of bingeing, you might feel guilty or ashamed, but unlike Bulimia Nervosa, you don’t take any measures to get rid of the calories. Instead, you’ll choose to eat alone, in an attempt to hide your bingeing.

How Can We Help You?

Regardless of the type of eating disorder you might have, our psychologists at People Psychology in Brighton will be ready to help you. We understand that the reasons why you have this type of behavior can either be personal or can be rooted from your childhood – that’s why our solutions are tailored-fit to your issues around your lifestyle. We’ll strive to find the perfect solution for your eating disorder in an attempt to change your behavior for the better.

Get The Help You Need

If you’re interested to know more about eating disorders and the services we can offer you, get in touch today! Book your first appointment and make the first step on your journey to a healthier relationship with food. Call now!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.