Posts Tagged ‘comfort eating’

Dealing with Feelings Through Food

“Many people are afraid of their feelings, especially the so-called negative emotions.  They are afraid they can’t handle their pain, that it will overwhelm them.  They are afraid that if they allow themselves to feel their loneliness it will last forever, that if they fully experience their anger they will do hurtful, destructive things.  They…

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Living in Scarcity vs Living Wholeheartedly

I have just finished listening to Brené Brown’s audiobook, “The Power of Vulnerability”.  Having paid for the book on Audible, I was surprised (and a little peeved!) to find it in full on YouTube, but then, I can’t listen to You Tube in my car which is where I do most of my audiobook listening.…

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Feeling Unhealthy? It Could Be What You Are Eating…

This blog is taken from an article I wrote for thejournal.ie earlier in the year.  It has become timely now because YouSteps have also written a great blog on the same issue, the link to their blog is below.  Read on… I MENTIONED IN a previous article that the US is now seeing a new…

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Your Therapist and You

Following an article in the Irish national press recently that highlighted the lack of Government regulation in Ireland around counselling and psychology, I believe it would be helpful to talk about engaging in therapy in a way that is best for the client – YOU.  Sometimes the biggest barrier to recovering from a dysfunctional relationship…

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What does being ‘Feminine’ Mean?

I have recently returned from both the NEDA Conference in L.A., and a short family vacation at the same time – combining work with pleasure.  Although I must say it was an absolute pleasure to attend the NEDA conference and meet so many positive, committed and interesting people over the two day event. (NEDA –…

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Are You Paying to Feel Insecure About Yourself?

As an Eating Disorders Therapist, the majority of clients who come to me have poor body image.  And honestly, in this current time we live in, it is not surprising.  Insecurity sells.  It sells magazines, it sells beauty products, it sells cosmetic surgery and procedures from anti-ageing facials to Botox, it sells diets.  So the…

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The “All or Nothing” Thinking of an Eating Disorder

This post was originally posted several months ago. Is it all black or white in your world? Do you measure yourself on a short scale of Success …… Failure and accept nothing in between? For clients struggling with bulimia and binge eating, this is a common personality trait.  Setting very high standards for yourself personally,…

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Never ask a Client to do Something you Wouldn’t do Yourself

When training as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, most programs expect students to attend personal therapy themselves.  In my case we were expected to complete 60 hours of personal therapy, which took almost 1.5 years, attending weekly (and having the odd holiday!). The reasons for this are: You work out all your own baggage, to ensure you are…

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