A food addiction is eating more food than you actually need and usually masks an underlying emotional problem.
While food is necessary for health and life, many of us have built an emotional dependence on eating.
Because of this dependence, the boundaries between healthy eating and addictive behaviour can become blurred.
Indeed whether or not a person can truly be addicted to food is a matter of ‘hot debate’.
Overcoming a food addiction is about changing the way you think and your attitude towards food, rather than changing your diet.
Psychology & Psychotherapy can help teach you how to cope when times get tough.
Associated Symptoms & Behaviours
People may also experience a number of symptoms and behaviours that may not seem to be directly related to XX including:
- Panic attacks.
- Avoidance strategies.
- Safety behaviours.
- Low self esteem.
Within the Power Threat Meaning Framework, these associated or secondary symptoms may be better thought of as threat responses and coping strategies that have been adopted in order to cope with the immediate problem.
Unfortunately, when faced with threats not everybody adopts threat responses that are ‘adaptive’ to the situation and may frequently choose approaches that end up being more harmful to mental and physical health in the longer term.
Despite this obvious paradox, it is important to recognise that nobody deliberately chooses ‘maladaptive’ coping mechanisms that result in more harm than good.
At some level, the choice of threat response made complete sense (was coherent) at the time the threat was originally experienced, and this may have been in early childhood at a time when fewer mental resources were available.
PTMF Psychotherapy for XX
We offer a range of psychotherapy options for XX all of which adopt a psychosocial perspective.
What this means is that we will help you to understand and solve your XX problems from the point of view of what has happened to you and NOT what is wrong with you.
This approach is known as psychosocial therapy and here at Lee Psychology we help our clients to achieve a more meaningful and lasting recovery by offering psychotherapy services using the British Psychological Society’s (Division of Clinical Psychology) Power Threat Meaning Framework which rejects the idea that emotional and psychological distress are caused by biological faults or pathology.
This new approach stands in stark contrast to the biomedical models of mental illness used widely throughout the psychiatric and medical communities despite the almost total absence of any underlying scientific evidence in support of their position.
The psychosocial approaches to XX, on the other hand, are built upon a significant base of clinical and empirical evidence established over the last 20 years.
The CORE CBT Programme for XX
The CORE CBT Programme was devised and written by Paul in 2020 and combines all the best elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with additional knowledge drawn from research in Personal Construct Theory, Attribution Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Social Constructivism.
It is particularly well-suited to XX related problems due to the prevalence of cognitive ideation in the creation of XX responses.
It is a 10 module course normally taken over a 10 week period with weekly hour long counselling sessions (either face-to-face or using Zoom), but can also be followed as a ‘teach yourself’ course for those with more manageable levels of anxiety.
FREE Initial Consultations
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from XX using a psychosocial approach, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problem, what it means to you and the potential solutions that are available.
We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment without any obligation for you to commit to any psychotherapy programmes or sessions going forward.
This initial consultation will give you the opportunity to consider the merits of the psychosocial perspective as well as the chance to find out what Paul or Joan are like as individuals.