Emotional Eating

Emotional eating (sometimes called stress eating) involves using food to make yourself feel better. It is characterized by the act of eating to satisfy emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. Food (either consciously or unconsciously) can be a source of comfort in stressful situations. Emotional eating is typically used as a way to numb negative emotions like fear, anger, boredom, loneliness or sadness.  Both major life events and the normal hassles of daily life can cause the types of negative emotions likely to trigger emotional eating. A therapist can help you understand the reasons behind your emotional eating and teach you tools to both recognize and cope with it. If you have been experiencing episodes of emotional eating, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today. 

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Food is essentail for life! It's also delicious, nurishing and can serve many purposes. For a lot of us, we find comfort in food, especially when we are anxious, bored, alone and the list can go on. Sometimes , we may just find that we are always hungry! My question is, what are you hungry for, emotional attention or actual food? Together, we will take a deeper look into your emotional eating and I will assist you in connecting with your body to eat in what we call a more self attuned way.

— Rebecca Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

I have worked with many clients over my years in practice with issues related to emotional/disordered eating. Disordered eating is a metaphor for what is unspoken.Together we will look at the purpose the emotional eating serves for you and what is going on in your life that the eating may be expressing. By exploring the stressors in your life we can look at those underlying causes, give them a voice and help you work toward resolving them in a healthy manner.

— Joan Tibaldi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Augustine, FL
 

People who emotionally eat reach for food several times a week or more to suppress and soothe negative feelingsTrusted Source. They may even feel guilt or shame after eating this way, leading to a cycle of excess eating and associated issues, like weight gain. Anything from work stress to financial worries, health issues to relationship struggles may be the root cause of your emotional eating.

— Courtney Cohen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Emotional eating is a learned coping mechanism for handling difficult emotions. Together, we can find new ways of dealing with uncomfortable emotions and help you stop emotional eating.

— Janet Wang, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

I work with individuals who are experiencing stress-related/emotional eating and the negative consequences of overweight or obesity. I have training in the most current, evidenced-based methods for promoting healthy lifestyle changes. My approach is behavioral, and I also incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies. I also work with individuals pre- and post- bariatric surgery. I am accepting of people of all weights and sizes in my approach.

— Sala Psychology, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

I help clients overcome Binge Eating Disorder using mindfulness techniques. I am also trained and experienced in providing evaluation and treatment for clients who are seeking bariatric weight loss surgery.

— Amita Ghosh, Counselor in Newport, KY

Often times if we struggle with managing our weight, we also struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, or lower self-esteem. We often use food as a way to cope and deal with emotions that we struggle with, and we can also essentially become addicted to foods. One common method that I frequently use to help heal a relationship with food is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT). This technique has a great deal of evidence behind it as being effective in healing our relationship with food.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID
 

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

At the core of an eating disorder is emotional eating. Whether you restrict food and/or binge eat, food becomes a way to manage your emotions. Food is tasty and satisfying and, yes, comforting. That's okay! The challenge comes when emotional eating becomes your way of coping by keeping your emotions at bay. This can lead to feeling out of control and so much worse about yourself. Learn how to feel your feelings and emotional eating will lift. Let us help teach you how! Reach out to us today.

— Food Is Not The Enemy Eating Disorder Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

My approach to eating concerns recognizes the complex role eating can play as a mechanism of coping for individual, family, and culturally systemic issues. We work together to acknowledge the fullness of this role as well as it's history, while honoring the desire that may exist to change. Through our work we can begin to develop new and healthier coping strategies as a natural outcome of increased awareness and self-compassion. I tailor my approach to the needs and style of the individual.

— Stephanie Smith, Psychologist in Sacramento, CA
 

Who hasn't used ice cream to deal with a break up? What better to come home to after a horrible day at work, than a steamy bowl of mac n cheese? Food should be enjoyed. We celebrate milestones with sweets and we feast at holidays. Throughout history, food and emotions have gone together. And yet there are times, especially in our culture, when managing emotions by eating gets out of hand. If you are thinking about food more often or if you want to find other ways of managing stress, let's talk.

— Kathryn Gates, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

You think you won't but again you look back & ask yourself, "How did I let yourself consume all those calories?" or "How could I have just let myself go? You compensate by berating yourself or compulsive behavior. Regardless of how you make up for what you believe you did or didn't do to meet your expectations, it all leads to the same destination, GUILT & SHAME! You aren't alone! Guilt & shame do not need to be your destiny. Find out why you do why you do & what you can do about it!

— It's Your Therapy LLC, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL
 

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC

Emotional eating is a behavior that people engage in to cope with life stress and challenging feelings. The good news is that every time you are tempted to emotionally eat, your body is signalling you that you need another kind of attention. The only problem is that, on your own, it is so hard to pause before eating and pay attention to the feelings that want to surface. I would be honored to meet you there, right at that moment to support your unfolding story.

— Anat Ben-Zvi, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY
 

As a CBT therapist, I explain to the client that their binge eating is based on emotional reasoning, and, although eating might make them feel temporarily comforted, would not help them feel better about themselves. In fact, overeating usually has the opposite effect and actually makes them feel worse about themselves. Together, you and I will plan a different approach to handling disappointment. With practice, you will be able to interpret people’s responses more realistically, so you are not constantly feeling inadequate. We will also work on improving your self-esteem. As your self-esteem improves, you became more able to refrain from snacking and binging and began to eat more nutritious food.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC