Some stress eating and emotional eating can be normal. We are human beings with emotions and it’s hard to separate these emotions from food. We grow up with cakes to celebrate birthdays and lollipops at the doctor to make us feel better. It is not uncommon for the relationship with food to become complicated and for us to turn to food to deal with an emotional experience or distract us from something.
Therapy for emotional or stress eating can be helpful if you have tried to stop and can't, feel like you do it often, are upset about the way you are eating, or do not understand why you are doing it. It can be very upsetting to feel out of control with food or that you are doing something that you want to stop but it feels like you are just not able to. Please know, therapy can help. Please also know, it is not about willpower or lack of self control. We will talk through in therapy what it is about.
In therapy we will work together to really understand why you are stress eating or emotional eating. I will share my understanding of what I think is going on. We will work to figure out what role stress or emotional eating plays for you. I will then help you to change your relationship with food, and not feel so out of control with eating.