Many different paths are available to heal an eating problem. Some people are helped through behavior modification, by focusing on changing their hurtful eating habits. Other people resolve their eating problem by following a structured food program like Weight Watchers. And others may join a 12 step group like Overeaters Anonymous with its spiritual dimension.
All these paths towards curing eating problems can be supportive and helpful, but they often ignore the emotional root causes of bingeing, purging, starving, or body image dissatisfaction. Specialized psychotherapy for emotional eaters blends and integrates elements from many healing approaches and also focuses on the underlying feelings that fuel eating problems. Without this focus on the emotional roots - depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, and sexual abuse - many people will relapse and revert back to their eating disorders. It is this combination therapy that is the key for effective change.
Psychotherapy for emotional eaters encompasses four stages which most people go through in order to successfully recover: Awareness, Exploration, Grief, and Integration.