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FINDING CHANGE, PROGRESS, TRANSITIONS AND/OR RECOVERY TRICKY?

FINDING CHANGE, PROGRESS, TRANSITIONS AND/OR RECOVERY TRICKY?
Well, that's because it is.
Do you want change to happen, but maybe, at the same time, you don't want anything to change? Maybe change seems daunting or scary. Perhaps you feel ambivalent about change?
Change is not that simple, as I'm sure you already know. Here's a little exercise to get you started
As many of you will know, change can be frightening, daunting and something we might want and not want at the same time.
This is natural and understandable; after all, you the problem or concern you are struggling with (e.g. eating disorder, anxiety, worry, stress, low mood, etc.) has 'helped' you in some way, albeit in an unhealthy and unhelpful way. It's probably become your safety net, safe haven, comfort blanket; so to change can be anxiety-provoking and scary.
Change is necessary though, in small steps, at YOUR pace (not someone else's) and with small changes that are challenging but not so cha…
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See poster below. Please feel free to get in touch to book an appointment or for more information. Thanks :-)

Thanks to Zurich for the opportunity to offer training on eating disorders there today

Big thanks to Zurich Insurance in Glasgow today for welcoming us here at Talking EDs and showing interest in eating disorders.

We delivered a myth-busting workshop, 'Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes: What are Eating Disorders?' and happy to help some more people understand what eating disorders are and are not. Let's hope they pass on their myth-busting too!

Thanks again Zurich. Lovely offices too! Alexandra :-)


Body Image and Psychotherapy

As you will know, It's Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is Body Image.
Dr Christian Buckland talks about how negative body image can form and how psychotherapy can help in the article below. Hope you find reading the article useful.
Feel free to get in touch (see poster below) with us if you are looking for some psychotherapy, counselling or integrative CBT for body image concerns. Best wishes, Alexandra :-)
#BeBodyKind#BodyImage#MHAW2019
Article here: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/blog/mhaw-body-image-mental-health-and-the-importance-of-attending-to-the-underlying-emotional-distress/?fbclid=IwAR3a3g8AH0QG72hrAYB7y6hSdmZwcdQx_leluwzFYnuaTUYFIFtSh_mQ1N8

BODY IMAGE AND BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER: What is it?

BODY IMAGE AND BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER
As we said yesterday, this week in Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. This is a national awareness week and the theme this year is Body Image.
See Monday's post to see what we are doing this week. We will also be posting everyday this week on Facebook, Twitter and the blog about Body Image and BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder).
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition related to Body Image where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.
People of any age can have BDD and it affects anyone of any gender or sex.
Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life. Low mood, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, stress, trauma, self-harm and eating disorders are some of the other conditions that can co-occur with BDD.
Some of the symptoms of BDD include:
* worrying a lot about a sp…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
This is a national awareness week and the theme this year is Body Image.
We are doing a few things this week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, including:
* Providing our usual psychotherapy, CBT and counselling sessions to our clients; * Providing some free drop-in therapy/counselling sessions throughout the week; * Launching our new partner website later this week (anxiety and depression specific); * we have two new therapists start working with is from this week so that we can provide more help, support, therapy and counselling to more people in Glasgow and surrounding areas too (many of our clients come from quite far to access our services); * Body image support group session; * Our Director is presenting a workshop on eating disorder myths and stereotypes at the Zurich Insurance offices in Glasgow on Friday; * We will be posting various body image posts in our various Facebook and Twitter accounts and on our blog page.
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Stop the Weight Game in Diagnosing Eating Disorders

Stop the Weight Game in Diagnosing Eating Disorders


So many of my psychotherapy clients, people who have attended the ED support group and social clubs, those who have attended consultations, those who I have chatted to in focus groups and those I have met in many other situations regarding eating disorders have told me how they have been denied access to help and support because of weight, not looking a certain way or not looking ill enough.

I have been in the field of eating disorders since 2001 when I was initially a researcher in psychology and, sadly, little has changed since then. Certain services still base access to help and support on the individual's weight. 

This can be dangerous: a ‘controllable’ range of behaviours can very easily turn into a serious illness with devastating consequences.

While Talking EDs is a private practice, I am proud to say we never ever discriminate access to services based on someone's weight or how ill they might or might not…