Metabolism: Learning to Trust Your Body
Introduction to eating disorders, nutrition and metabolism. Clients will learn about set point theory, the vicious cycle of dieting, starvation syndrome, and the impact of eating disorder behaviours on the body.
Mindfulness and Moods
Clients will learn the what’s and how’s of mindfulness, and why it’s an important skill. Client’s will work to develop basic mindfulness skills for coping with distress.
Client’s will also learn about emotions and their functions, and will explore their underlying needs. Clients will be trained how to use this information to cope with distressing emotions, and build tolerance for unpleasant moods.
Anxiety and Depression
Client’s will explore the topics of depression and anxiety, and their impact on eating disorder behaviours. Client’s will develop vital skills for coping with anxiety and depression, such as exposure, behavioural experiments, gratitude, and other relevant tools.
Client’s will be introduced to the concept of low self-esteem, its impact on daily living, and how it is developed and maintained. Client’s will explore the cognitive processes that are behind low self-esteem, and will gain skills in challenging them.
Perfectionism and Procrastination
Client’s will be introduced to perfectionism, and how it can result in burnout or procrastination. Client’s will explore the pros and cons of perfectionism, what maintains it, how it marginalizes other areas of life, and how to identify perfectionism in one’s own life. Client’s will learn to challenge perfectionism by developing other domains of life, and by challenging unrelenting high standards behind perfectionism by setting realistic and achievable goals. Client’s will also explore procrastination, and develop practical strategies for overcoming procrastination excuses.
Client’s will learn about interpersonal relationships, and the types of interpersonal difficulties. Client’s will be introduced to attachment theory, as well as different communication styles. After engaging in self-exploration about their own relationships, client’s will begin to develop tools to improve their relationships, strengthen their assertive communication, and develop relational boundaries.