As we work on launching and spreading the word about our new Online, Self-Help Program for Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating in both women and men, I thought it might be helpful to explain a little more about CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and how it works in terms of Eating Disorders.

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is recognised as one of the most effective models of therapy for Eating Disorders.   It involves directly addressing negative thinking, by identifying when this is happening and working on replacing irrational or irrelevant negative thoughts, with more positive, relevant thoughts. Often the negative thoughts will have their basis in childhood, for example learning through our family’s behaviour that e.g.  ‘In order to be loved, I have to be perfect.’

CBT is about problem solving and learning how to set achievable, realistic goals.  Part of this is trying out different goals, using structured worksheets or other tools to “test” goals, and using all failures as well as successes as an opportunity to learn and get better at setting good goals.  If you can set good goals, you have a chance to change your behaviors, instead of staying stuck in the cycle of setting unrealistic goals, failing and continuing to e.g. binge/purge/overexercise/restrict.

Our first series of four self-help tutorials are based on CBT.  We will explore the cycle of Thoughts/Feelings/Behaviors, work on goal setting, and finally take a look at family messages and values to begin to identify the origins of some of your negative thoughts.  When we become more aware of our ‘automatic’ thoughts, we then have a choice – to challenge them, change them, or continue to listen to them.

To learn more about our Online program for Bulimia and Binge Eating and to access one full session free, with no obligation, visit