Anorexia is where food is restricted sometimes to the extent of starvation. There is an avoidance of foods believed to be fattening. The anorexic believes themselves to be fat no matter how slim they are and suffer from intense feelings of guilt after eating. Behaviour around food and exercise becomes rigid and obsessive lead by a self-critical inner voice demanding perfection. As it  rogresses withdrawal from normal life and avoidance become the norm where a lot of time is spent on thoughts about food or exercise. Anorexia can be life-threatening if left untreated with the right support and treatment recovery is possible Starvation impacts on every aspect of the body and can lead to brittle bones, infertility, insomnia, depression and anxiety, successful treatment can help heal. Recovery aims to look at food differently. Anorexia is not just about food and weight and with time and caring support recovery is also about emotional strengthening learning new coping mechanisms gaining confidence and self-worth. It involves Assessment where knowledge is gathered as to how you may have developed your eating problem. Nutritional interventions and guidance are done in a collaborative manner. Coping with different aspects of life that showed up in assessment such as depression, anxiety, fear, bereavement, stress. Managing the Anorexic mindset and dealing with body image and self-worth.

At Aspen Counselling we work with individuals, families, couples and teenagers in assisting people to explore what is impacting on their lives in a negative way and develop new insight into finding more positive ways in overcoming difficulties.