Christian Counseling for Eating Disorders

Do you feel like you’re being controlled by your desire for food? Do you constantly think of maintaining the “perfect body” and fear to gain weight? Do you find comfort from food regardless of your issues with weight gain and other health-related problems? Answering yes to any of these questions means you might have an eating disorder. At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, gaining control over your life, building self-worth, and restoring your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being through Christian counseling for eating disorders is a main objective.

Faith-Based Eating Disorder Treatment

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 55:22

There are various reasons why people suffer from eating disorders. Some have them because of being bullied in childhood, and others because of social pressure. There are also those who hide away their pain and their inability to control their lives through food. Regardless of what you’re going through, we will provide a compassionate environment for your healing. Our hope is that you seek Christ to find peace and that you bring your burdens to God, as well as trusting the guidance of Christian counseling to find wholeness and healing.

The Benefits of Christian Counseling

Christian counseling makes use of a holistic type approach to treat eating disorders. It’s different from secular methods where the healing is limited to the physical. In Christian counseling, rather than merely treating your physical health we turn to Christ for both spiritual healing and growth. Traditional methods fail but the approach we use provides long-lasting solutions. There is help available for you or your loved one struggling with an eating disorder. At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, we will provide the tools you need to break free into a healthy life and a solid relationship with Christ.

Christian counseling for eating disorders attempts to:

  • Build self-confidence and healthy body image
  • Understand the effect of eating disorderson your life
  • Discover why you have an eating disorder and resolve those issues
  • Establish a healthy body weight

Adolescence and Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders usually start in adolescence. There is a high chance for teenagers to experience a number of different elements that contribute to the development of eating disorders. Research shows 95% of people who have eating disorders range from the ages of 12 to 25. It’s important for you to get help right away if you believe that your teenage child is suffering from an eating disorder since more people die from eating disorders than any other mental health issue and the possibility of recovery declines the longer it goes with no treatment. The child and teen counselors of Santa Monica Christian Counseling will help your teen to open up so that the cause of the eating disorder can be treated.

Eating Disorders Can Be Treated

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Most who suffer from an eating disorder feel that they don’t have any ability to control their lives. Christian counseling for eating disorders uses proven psychological methods and a deep relationship to Christ to bring about healing.

Find Out If You Have an Eating Disorder

One of the first steps you must take in order to recover is to recognize that you have a problem. It’s common for people to deny that they are engaged in harmful behavior while others are aware of the risks but unable to overcome it by themselves. At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, we help you figure out whether you’re suffering from an eating disorder or not by posing questions such as:

  • Do you feel uncomfortable after eating and often make yourself sick?
  • Are you worried about having to lose control over the amount of food you eat?
  • Over the last three months, did you lose 15 pounds or more?
  • Do you feel like you’re overweight even though people tell you that you’re too thin?
  • Do you think you’re being controlled by your desire for food?

We Treat a Variety of Eating Disorders and their Symptoms

Once you have been diagnosed as having an eating disorder, you will be educated about your particular type of eating disorder and its effects. This is important because it will give you the right perspective for fighting your battle and you will be comforted by knowing that you are not the only one to struggle with it.

Anorexia Nervosa

People suffering from anorexia measure their self-worth by how thin they are. There’s even a possibility that your self-image is twisted, making you believe yourself to be overweight when in fact people around you say the opposite. When you have anorexia, you have this constant fear of being overweight. Instead of eating food, you prefer to take laxatives or diuretics and you exercise excessively.

Here are some of the symptoms of Anorexia:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Irritability and depression
  • Excessive hair loss or breakage
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Low blood pressure
  • Little to no calorie intake due to fasting, dieting, and excessive exercise
  • Fatigue, dizziness, or fainting
  • Constantly denying hunger

Bulimia Nervosa

If you consume a lot of food in just a short period of time and then, later on, force yourself to vomit attempting to control your weight then you may have Bulimia. It can be hard for some people to recognize they have Bulimia because the signs are not typically visible. However, if you think you or your loved one is suffering from bulimia, take a look at the signs we listed below.

These are some of the symptoms of Bulimia:

  • Ritualistic binging and purging
  • Cheek and jaw swelling
  • Calluses on the knuckles and the back of the hands
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Abnormal bowel movements
  • Body image becomes the basis of having self-esteem
  • Constant post-meal visits to the bathroom
  • Overly harsh exercise routine
  • Inability to control oneself during binging

Binge Eating Disorder

If you find comfort by excessive eating over a short time period, you may be suffering from binge eating disorder. People suffering from binge eating disorder sometimes hide their problem because they are too afraid to ask for help. It’s critical to find help right away because binge eating disorder is extremely harmful.

Here are some of the symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder:

  • Consuming excessive amounts of food over a specific period of time(typically 2 hours)
  • Eating secretly because of embarrassment and shame
  • Feeling unable to control your eating behaviors
  • Repeatedly eating to the point of discomfort or when you’re not even hungry
  • Weight gain and chronic obesity
  • Continually committing to a diet but without any actual weight loss

The counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling have been providing help to people who want to recover from their eating disorders. Regardless of your personal story, we are here for you.

The Benefits Of Christian Eating Disorder Therapy

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works;  my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14

Christian counseling for eating disorders is designed to help you experience the grace and love of God which leads to lasting peace, wholeness, and a new zeal for living a healthy and meaningful life.

What is the Treatment for Eating Disorders?

Unfortunately, it’s very common for people struggling with an eating disorder to refuse help or never even to ask for it, often resulting in lasting damage or even death. If you or a loved one is suffering from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, it’s important to get help right away. Christian counseling for eating disorders offers a combination of time-tested treatment methods, Bible-based wisdom, and prayer for a comprehensive approach to recovery.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This is a proven method for treating eating disorders. It brings awareness to people who talk to themselves negatively, builds up positive self-image, and will help you identify the behaviors that are contributing to the disorder. This therapy will help you find a new perspective and will cause you to start practicing healthy habits and eliminate harmful ones.

Family Therapy – Families will be able to understand their loved ones’ struggles and offer the right support through Christian counseling for families. Through this method, everyone gets the necessary help while accompanying you on your journey of recovery.

Counseling for Depression – Besides struggling with an eating disorder, almost 50% of those suffering from eating disorders also experience depression. Although depression hits everyone differently, Christian counseling for depression playsavital part in the treatment process.

The counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling are trained in the various methods for treating eating disorders. They will work with you to create a plan that is suited to your situation and individual needs.

If you desire to begin your recovery journey today, contact us and make an appointment for your risk-free initial session.