Day: Saturday Evenings 4:30pm-6pm
(Please email to confirm times as they may change)
Start Date: February 1st, 2020
Frequency: 1x-month (First Saturday of the Month)
Location: Desert Valley Office- 27620 Landau Blvd,
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Facilitators: Heather A. Fraser, AMFT #85594
& Amber Gruber, LMFT #95299
Disordered Eating Support/Educational group is focused on
Helping individuals within a group atmosphere.
Our goal is to identify underlying influences that are resulting in coping
behaviors and learning practical tools to shifting our relationship with food.
Participants MUST REGISTER.
The group atmosphere is designed to increase confidence, practice skills,
develop compassion for, and normalize.... these common struggles in a safe,
warm, and professional atmosphere.
What is Disordered Eating?
We are using the term "Disordered eating" as it describes a wide range of subconscious beliefs and irregular eating behaviors.
Often these patterns are out of our level of awareness. Our goal with this group is to help bring our relationship with eating into greater awareness and help heal the beliefs that often keep these patterns stuck.
We view Disordered eating as another form of emotional/system coping/regulation that develops into a pattern of behaviors that can take on a life of their own. Our culture greatly influences what we believe bout food and how we "should" feel about our bodies. This is a common issue. Someone who uses food to emotionally regulate may do so in varying degrees and may or may not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.
Symptoms of Disordered Eating
Signs and symptoms of disordered eating may include, but are not limited to:
Feelings of guilt and shame associated with eating
Preoccupation with food, weight and body image that negatively impacts quality of life
possible mental or physical healthy symptoms which may include addiction or impulse struggles.
Chronic weight fluctuations
Rigid rituals and routines surrounding food and exercise
Frequent dieting, anxiety associated with specific foods or meal skipping
A feeling of loss of control around food, including compulsive eating habits
Using exercise, food restriction, fasting or purging to "make up for bad foods" consumed
Harm Caused by Disordered Eating
Many people who suffer with disordered eating patterns feel shame associated with this struggle.
The felt sense of shame keeps these patterns hidden, which ultimately increases their influence and power over us increasing it's impact on our mental and physical health.
Psychological/emotional consequences include reduced self-esteem, increased isolation, anxiety, shame, depression or feelings of powerlessness over behaviors. Often these patterns are recreating old painful beliefs of "not good enough", "I should do more or different", "I'm not safe" etc.
Detrimental consequences can include a greater risk of obesity and eating disorders, bone loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, electrolyte and fluid imbalances. And"weight cycling"(losing and regaining weight) is directly related to compromised health (Tylka, 2014; Bacon & Aphramor, 2011)