Eating disorders stem from a host of psychological, sociocultural and interpersonal factors. Anorexia is a common eating disorder that affects both men and women. Cultural pressures to be thin may trigger low self-esteem and tendency toward perfectionism. With proper intervention, eating disorders can be treated. Below are 5 therapy options for those who suffer from anorexia.
1. Nutritional Therapy
Many medical treatment centers offer nutritional therapy if you suffer from anorexia. Highly qualified dietitians and nutritionists work with you in a supportive and safe environment. The primary goal of treatment is to stabilize your condition. You may be required a hospital stay prior to entering a nutrition therapy program in order to restore your health.
Nutrition therapy will also help create healthy eating patterns, and teach you to develop a healthy relationship with food. Therapists work with you and your family with unique goals and strategies that work for your specific needs and goals.
2. Art Therapy
Food obsessions that lead to eating disorders often stem from deeply seated emotional issues. Often, if you suffer from anorexia, you may find it difficult to express these emotions through words, either spoken or written. Art therapy is an excellent tool that provides you a different access to your hidden emotions. You may take group or individual therapy sessions to help you connect with issues that may have lead to your eating disorder.
3. The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is a type of movement therapy that connects the mind and body, through reliance on attention and awareness to teach you to move beyond inhibited habitual patterns. This type of therapy works well if you are a long-term sufferer of anorexia. The Feldenkrais method works to access the brain in a unique way, creating new ways to perceive the self and finding freedom in solving problems.
4. Dance/Movement Therapy
Dance/movement therapy, or DMT, is experienced in a group or individual setting with an instructor holding a Master’s degree, and who meets the requirements set forth by The American Dance Therapy Association. DMT is a therapy based on body movements that allow you to express feeling through movement and dance.
Studies show that many eating disorders suffers struggle with alexithymia, or the inability to express yourself through words, especially when dealing with feelings and fantasies. Often feelings that cannot be expressed through words are expressed through anorexia or other eating disorders. DMT allows individuals to find those feels and give a name to the pain they cause. The goal of DMT is to eventually put those feelings that come out through dance into words.
5. Healing Touch Therapy
Healing touch is a form of energy therapy used by practitioners to support health through the use of their hands. Therapists use a non-invasive, heart-centered technique to clear, balance and energize you. The focus of energy therapy is to remove congested energy that forms in your aura (energy field) and chakras (energy center) to promote mind and body healing.