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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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

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
 

Emotional eating is a passion of mine. I love helping my clients to understand their relationship to food and the reasons why those relationships can be so difficult to navigate. My approach is to help my clients come to appreciate the comfort that they have needed so much and adaptively learned to find through food, rather than making food the enemy. Once that need for comfort has surfaced, then we can together find alternative options for getting that same comfort.

— Ashley Eisenlohr, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Everett, WA

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
 

Our relationships with food are complex and layered and often have less to do with just eating emotionally or out of hunger. *Most* eating is a combination of these two things! We may eat together in session, unpack your beliefs about food and your body, or teach you skills to pause and notice what's happening for you when emotional eating starts. I am confident that you can have a better relationship with food *and* emotions, and that they don't have to be tied together so painfully.

— Summer Forlenza, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

If your eating concerns stem from emotion regulation concerns, we can work together using a dialectical approach to better handle urges when strong emotions arise.

— Brandi Stalzer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

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
 

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

I am a "certified Intuitive Eating Pro", and have trained in Health At Every Size and Mindful Eating approaches to healing.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA
 

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

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
 

Find new ways to cope with difficult emotions.

— Stephanie Amundson, Licensed Professional Counselor in , IL

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
 

I am also in the process of working on my health coaching certification, but I have specialized in emotional eating for years.

— Christina Spinler, Psychotherapist in Tulsa, OK

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