If you're a 20-something struggling with disordered eating, perfectionism, or quarter-life issues - hi! Let's find your path forward.
Psychotherapist in Irvine, CA
Do you find yourself spending hours in front of the mirror? Have you ever felt that wave of anxiety when your go-to pair of jeans fits a little different than they did yesterday? Your body image is not a superficial problem. Your body is your home, a place in which you deserve to feel safe, peaceful, and connected. When you're at war with your body, its exhausting, frustrating, and maybe even intolerable. It's time for you and your body to get on the same page. Let's talk about it.
Disordered eating has a way of sneaking up on you, even years after you thought you'd conquered it. Maintaining recovery from an eating disorder is tough when life throws us challenges. You might be noticing restricting behaviors popping up when you're under a lot of stress. Maybe you still can't miss a day working out without extreme guilt and anxiety. Finding yourself bingeing again after a frustrating phone call with your mom? I get it. Together, we can take your recovery to the next level.
DBT and RO-DBT (Radically Open DBT) are treatment modalities founded on the idea that the combination of your genetics and the environment you are in explain the ways we cope with stressors in life (whether helpful or harmful). Both models provide you with tangible skills to manage emotions and change behavior. RO-DBT addresses problems of "over control" such as restrictive eating disorders, perfectionism, self-judgment, rigidity, and treatment resistant depression.
The stories we tell ourselves create our reality. Narrative therapy works by charting your unique story, understanding the context, influences, other characters, and key moments. This therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client, who work together to find a new alternative storyline to support healing. Here we consider the problem as a character your story, separating the person from the problem, to empower your identity as more than just "depression" or "anorexia."
CBT is an evidenced practice -- which basically means we know it works! In working with clients with eating disorders and body image struggles, I use a specialized adaptation of CBT called Enhanced CBT created specifically to address disordered eating. This is a structured, but high individualized treatment modality. CBT-E works to target specific harmful behaviors, and address aspects of your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that contribute to the self-perpetuating cycle of disordered eating.