I do not think I would of survived without the consistent support I received during the very dark early months. The whole experience from start to finish has enlightened me and made me stronger and able to say no. The safe haven and the structure of the sessions helped me to feel secure. I had someone who cared what happened to me. Sue

I felt extremely supported from the first session and was able to explore how I was feeling in a safe environment. It was much better than my expectations .At times it felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline and I could see a way out of what had felt like a hopeless situation. I began to feel in control of my life again. Janet

I want to say thank you for all your support. Jane’s insight into the way childhood experiences can influence adult life and the way she helped me reflect on this was of great benefit to me .I feel that working with you has made a huge difference in my life and that this is due to your skills and commitment. I would certainly recommend your service to anyone looking for a counsellor. Felicity

Knowing About …. Eating Distress

We all need food to live: it is an important/needy part of our lives. In times of stress however, our “normal” eating patterns often change.

We may develop cravings for certain foods, lose our appetite or eat more for comfort. But it usually RESOLVES once the problem is overcome.

However for some people life may become centered around food. Whether denying it to themselves, eating or thinking about it, food becomes like an addiction and starts dominating their lives- everyone’s experience is different.

Eating distress is viewed on the one hand as a serious psychological problem – needing psychiatric treatment, whilst on the other, the media simply sees it as “slimmers disease”, but it isn’t as simple as this and may well have many different causes as well as the effects.

Compulsive eating usually occurs when the person is feeling distressed, anxious or angry A specific food can act as a ‘trigger’ – chocolate or high sugar items. But this is not always the case.

A large majority of people-especially women, at some point in their lives are unhappy with their size or are pressured by society to question how they are and the way they look. Recent estimates suggest eating distress is affecting more and more people (an estimated 60,000 to 200,000 in the UK alone).

Generally those experiencing eating distress are high achievers and perfectionists. Yet they may have low esteem and self worth.

(Taken in part from the Mind ‘understanding’ series of leaflets)

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