Disordered Eating

Is more than 25% of your day filled with persistent critical thoughts about food, exercise or your body?

Have you realized that diets do not work & want to find a way to feel healthy & happy without so many rules or restrictions?

Do you care about someone who you believe could benefit from meeting with a professional regarding their relationship with food & exercise?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, I am so glad you have decided to consider the possibility of  receiving therapeutic support. Below is my ‘why’, ‘when’, and ‘how’ to recovery.

WHY

If you are tired of the constant internal battle you are experiencing and ready to live life without the constant critical voice dictating your daily activities, thoughts and self-worth; I am here to help you on this journey. I will meet you wherever you are in your recovery process and provide my knowledge and expertise to support you in facing what is truly at the core of your relationship with food, your body, and YOU.

WHEN

Now is the time, you deserve to lead your life not dictated by how your jeans fit or your exercise schedule. To do this, the first step is to accept that support is okay and necessary to heal. You may be unsure if you really have an eating disorder and are frustrated that with all of your efforts to live life differently, things haven’t changed, or have actually gotten worse. It is important to remember that being strong willed does not mean fighting every battle on your own; possessing true strength and courage means being vulnerable and willing to receive support.

HOW

In our work together, I will give you concrete tools in order to bring about real change in and outside of the therapy room. Often, I will provide educational handouts and articles for my clients and their loved ones as well as journaling directives to complete at home. When appropriate, I will eat with my clients to challenge their feared foods together. My treatment approach to eating disorder recovery is integrative and often involves working collaboratively with specialists to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment for recovery. My referral base includes top-rated eating disorder specialists in the bay area; including psychiatrists, dietitians, and primary care doctors.

Self-Assessment

The following are questions intended to help you identify the presence of an eating disorder or the potential for one. These are not a substitute for evaluation by a professional in the field.

  1. Are you preoccupied with your weight or shape? (Note: some concern is normal in our society.)

  2. Do you have a negative attitude toward your body weight or shape? Does this impact your participation in social activities and preoccupy you much of the time? If yes, do you often tell yourself you’re fat, ugly, worthless, etc?

  3. Do you diet often?  If yes, have you lost a significant amount of weight or have you lost weight rapidly?  Has anyone been concerned about your weight loss?

  4. Have your periods stopped or become irregular?

  5. Do you experience binge eating or “grazing” with a sense of loss of control that causes concern? If yes, when you eat, are you afraid you will be unable to stop?

  6. Do you vomit after eating, use laxatives, take water pills, use diet pills, skip meals or do you compensate in other ways for eating more than you should?

  7. Do you exercise to the point where your friends or family are concerned it is excessive?

  8. Would you rather eat alone than with others?

  9. Do you spend a good part of your day preoccupied with what you will or will not eat?

  10. Do you avoid social events because there will be food present?

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Shrein Bahrami, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
1795 Union Street
San Francisco, CA
415-579-2785
sftherapy@shreinbahrami.com