Eating Disorders

If you’re searching for a Houston eating disorder therapist, then you or your loved one is struggling with some type of eating or weight issue, and you’re hoping to find a counselor who can help. Since eating disorders are my primary specialty as a therapist, I can absolutely give you the guidance you’re seeking through counseling.

First things first: While there are many different types of eating disorders, what all eating disorders have in common is that they serve as a coping mechanism that involves extreme thoughts, feelings, and behaviors surrounding food and weight.

Eating disorders are typically categorized by counselors into three main types: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. However, it’s very common for people’s eating disorder symptoms to not fit neatly into one of these three eating disorder categories. In fact, the most common eating disorder diagnosis addressed in therapy is Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). This is basically just a catch-all category for counselors to say, “You’re struggling with a legit eating disorder that needs to be addressed, but like most people, your eating disorder symptoms are messier than the DSM-5 (our diagnostic manual) would like them to be.”

For example, I work with many people with eating disorders through therapy that are a “normal” weight, yet only feel comfortable eating certain amounts/types of food and feel fear and guilt when they eat something they don’t think they “should.” Some of my clients with eating disorders are more concerned about “healthy eating” or “clean eating” than weight loss, but the rigid way they’re approaching eating is creating a lot of stress and tension in their lives and relationships.

Furthermore, I have clients with eating disorders who don’t binge, but purge or exercise to compensate for eating a “normal” amount of food. In addition, I work with many clients with eating disorders who do not eat a large amount of food in one sitting (like a traditional binge), but struggle with overeating or eating mindlessly past the point of feeling comfortably full throughout the day. It’s just as important for people struggling with these types of eating disorder symptoms to seek help from an eating disorder therapist as it is for someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, or Binge Eating Disorder to seek therapy.

If you or someone you love is struggling with any type of eating disorder or disordered eating, the first step is simply to schedule an appointment with an eating disorder therapist like me. From there, we’ll work together to equip you with an eating disorder treatment team that best suits your wants/needs. Eating disorder treatment teams typically include a therapist, Registered Dietitian (RD), medical doctor, and in some cases a psychiatrist.

If you’re thinking about starting counseling, but are still on the fence about this whole therapy thing, feel free to give me a call at 281-785-2273 or email me at kelley.dawson.counseling@gmail.com. I’d be happy to chat with you about what’s going on and help point you in the right direction!