Mindfulness in Every Bite

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, you've completed ED treatment or are open to getting help, the practice of Mindfulness may be a supportive, healing addition to your recovery process. Mindfulness is being used by many in the mental health field including eating disorder treatment centers, rehabs, therapists, psychologists and MD's to treat physical and emotional symptoms including: anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and addictions and substance abuse. Therapists who work with complicated disorders such as ED's using psychotherapy find that patients often show an incomplete response to treatment and greatly benefit from additional techniques to provide support, healthier coping skills, and ultimately symptom relief. Mindfulness is one such technique that can be skillfully and successfully integrated into therapy sessions with clients. Eating disorders are associated with significant distress including anxiety symptoms, mood disturbance, substance abuse, and physical complications. The most widely researched treatments for eating disorders are based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and interpersonal therapy, which all have strong empirical support for success in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN). Mindfulness-based interventions are well-suited to address disordered eating, particularly Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, as a stand alone treatment or an adjunct to other forms of ED treatments.

What exactly is mindfulness and how can it help? The practice of mindfulness provides individuals with a heightened ability to simply "have" and "observe" emotions, feelings, behaviors and experiences and to disengage from habitual, automatic and often dysfunctional reactivity.  The result is a more balanced sense of self which allows the practitioner to develop a healthier "accepting" relationship to their emotions, bodies and their eating. Individuals become more mindful of the enjoyment and satisfaction that can be obtained from the quality of food, rather than the quantity.  They learn that food should not be feared or hated, and that eating and meal time can and should be nourishing and joyful. To learn more about how to practice mindfulness visit DukeHealth.org and enjoy these articles from The New York Times Mindful Eating as Food for Thought and The Wall Street Journal Putting an End to Mindless Munching

Practice acceptance, try compassion and change what you can. Take care, KS

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Coach with a private practice in New York City. As a clinician who is passionate about the interplay between mind and body, she practices mind-body psychotherapy, providing holistic counseling and coaching for her clients. Her counseling modalities include: psychoanalytic psychotherapy EMDR therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, crisis counseling and coaching with expertise in anxiety, depression, pain and chronic disease management, eating disorders (anorexia, binge eating, bulimia), addictions, alcoholism, trauma resolution, relationship + marital difficulties, women's issues (postpartum depression, new parent, divorce, separation, hormone imbalance), performance blocks, self-defeating behaviors, loss, grief, loneliness, self-esteem issues, post-rehab support and sexual problems. Via Skype, Kim Seelbrede provides life coaching, executive, personal and career coaching. Kim Seelbrede works with celebrities and high-profile individuals as well as high-level entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the world including London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Connecticut and Washington. Her professional personal and executive coaching services are tailored to each clients individual needs and targets concerns such as feeling stagnate and stuck, self-assertion, self-sabotage, substance abuse, pain management, chronic illness, work/life balance, performance problems, communication challenges, anxiety and stress management/reduction.

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