At The Dell Center in Park City, Utah, we focus on the underlying issues of a client’s eating disorder. As every person and every situation is unique, we work together with our clients, in a way that is most comfortable for them, to figure out what specific life experiences have contributed to their symptoms. Once we’ve identified the root cause of their disorder, we tailor an interdisciplinary plan that meets both their physical and psychological needs and can include medical services, psychiatric services, nutrition counseling, and individual and group therapy.
In many ways, our approach to treating eating disorders is similar to our approach to treating addictions. The difference is that recovering addicts don’t need drugs to survive, while food is essential to survival. With this in mind, we work with our clients to reestablish a healthy relationship with food. Our overall approach is based on the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating:
• Reject the Diet Mentality by throwing out diet books and magazine articles that offer false hope of losing weight quickly, easily and permanently.
• Honor Your Hunger by keeping your body fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates.
• Make Peace with Food by giving yourself unconditional permission to eat.
• Challenge the Food Police by ignoring the unreasonable eating rules that dieting has created.
• Respect Your Fullness by listening to body signals that tell you when you are no longer hungry.
• Discover the Satisfaction Factor and pleasure that can be found in eating.
• Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food by finding alternative ways to comfort, nurture, distract and resolve your personal issues.
• Respect Your Body by accepting your genetic blueprint.
• Exercise: Feel the Difference by focusing on how it feels to move your body instead of the calorie-burning effect of exercise.
• Honor Your Health by making food choices that honor your body and your taste buds while making you feel well.
By teaching our clients how to create a healthy relationship with food and exercise, we ultimately enable them to become the experts of their own bodies.
If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an eating disorder, we’re here and ready to help. Contact us today! Our eating disorders therapist are standing by.