The Eating Disorder Therapist
Type 1 Diabetes, Binge Eating, Body Image and Hiking Therapy, with Cara Byrne

Type 1 Diabetes, Binge Eating, Body Image and Hiking Therapy, with Cara Byrne

September 18, 2022

Today I’m talking with Cara Byrne – an integrative humanistic psychotherapist based in Ireland. She is the founder of Hike Psych – offering walking and talking therapy in nature for her clients, combining her love of nature and psychotherapy, and Cara also works online.   Cara has always been fascinated by other human beings and the experiences that shape them. As a child, she was the person that people confided in with their problems if they needed support. Cara’s interest and enthusiasm to support others, led her to train in psychotherapy.  

 

Cara also has her own food healing journey.  Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3; this understandably led to a focus and preoccupation with food, with carbohydrates needing to be counted and portions weighed to balance blood sugar levels and to manage insulin doses. Anyone listening that has experience of type 1 diabetes will be truly empathetic to the chronic burden of living with diabetes and how tricky it can be to manage your relationship with food. It’s hard to be relaxed and spontaneous with all the tracking and detail focus required.  

 

Growing up, Cara also experienced being in a larger body in a naturally slim family. Cara’s family relationships were warm and accepting however she did experience some judgement and weight stigma outside of the family. In her late teens, Cara struggled with restrictive eating and inevitable binge eating, which then worsened following the birth of her first child. In the last few years, she has been on a healing journey in her own relationship with food and her body, leaning towards intuitive eating principles and finding a greater level of body neutrality and acceptance, all whilst navigating this around type 1 diabetes management.  

 

Since she began her therapeutic work in 2011, Cara has worked with a vast number of clients dealing with many different issues across the mental health spectrum however has a specialist interest in food, body image, type 1 diabetes, Health At Every Size and neurodiversity.   In this conversation today, you will hear about Cara’s healing journey, and the ups and downs along this road. She also explores how she supports her clients today. There are not many psychotherapists who combine walking and talking therapy and Cara shares some interesting insights on this.  

I hope that you enjoy the episode.  

To find out more about Cara: -

Website: https://www.hikepsych.ie/

Instagram: @hikepsych.ie

 

3 Reflections on Being a Counsellor and a Wounded Healer (Recovered from an Eating Disorder)

3 Reflections on Being a Counsellor and a Wounded Healer (Recovered from an Eating Disorder)

September 9, 2022

Something a bit different this week - I share some of my reflections of being a counsellor and a wounded healer. I started counselling training at the tender age of 24 years old, with all the youthful idealism and profound naivety of a truly wounder healer. I was emerging from the depths of an eating disorder, with an intense desire to save the world and prevent others from experiencing the pain and distress of my own suffering. I was wading through the shallow waters of my own recovery journey and thankfully, the life debilitating disordered eating symptoms were almost absent. But little did I appreciate how much was still to come. There was a bumpy road ahead in mastering emotional regulation, communication in relationships and developing a robust self-worth, not dependent on the external validation of others.

 

And of course, the journey is never-ending to this day. Personal development and self-actualisation seem further into the distance, as I appreciate how little I know and how much more there is to learn. I have been reflecting recently on the strengths and weaknesses of bringing my wounded healer experience to the counselling relationship and I am sharing three thoughts on this. I hope that you enjoy the episode.  

About my training days coming up: -  

Eating Disorders Training https://www.theeatingdisordertherapist.co.uk/eating-disorders-training.html

  Body Image Training https://www.theeatingdisordertherapist.co.uk/body-image-training.html

 

Overcoming Anorexia, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia and Abuse and Finding Deep Self-Love, with Victoria Kleinsman

Overcoming Anorexia, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia and Abuse and Finding Deep Self-Love, with Victoria Kleinsman

September 4, 2022

Today I’m talking to Victoria Kleinsman – a Brit living her best life in the Netherlands. Victoria is a food freedom & body love coach, inspirational speaker, podcast host, and writer. She is certified in psychology, spirituality and the science of nutrition and is also inspired greatly in her work, by her own personal experience and walking a tumultuous recovery journey herself.

Victoria has overcome anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia and an abusive relationship. She struggled for over 20 years with poor body image and disordered eating. But today, Victoria eats whatever she wants, when she wants, in any amount that she wants. She makes food choices from a place of nourishment and pleasure. She is healthy, confident and knows her worth. Her self-love is overflowing from within and she has, as she describes, ‘oodles to give others’.

When talking to Victoria, I was absolutely struck by her openness and vulnerability in sharing, and also the level of transformation that she has undergone - from being completely food obsessed and self-loathing of her body; in the depths of despair with her self-esteem on the floor, to finding genuine peace with food; body love and a deep sense of worth and self-love. This is a truly inspiring and uplifting conversation to provide hope for what is possible in recovery. I hope that you enjoy it.



To find out more about Victoria: -



Free access to the first modules of my paid Body Love Binge Program: https://victoriakleinsman.com/free-access-to-first-few-modules/

Website: https://www.victoriakleinsman.com/

Email: info@victoriakleinsman.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriakleinsman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriakleinsmanofficial/

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/victoria-kleinsman “The Body Love Binge” on almost all podcast platforms. 


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VictoriaKleinsman  

5 Ways Towards Understanding and Interrupting your Binge Eating

5 Ways Towards Understanding and Interrupting your Binge Eating

August 27, 2022

This episode is about binge eating - a behaviour that can be seen across all the eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and OSFED). I see a binge as an end point coping strategy, following a series of cumulative triggers, which are often out of awareness. The binge can offer relief, escape, numbing, fleeting euphoria and more. Of course, these impacts are short lasting and lead to detrimental impacts on mental and physical well-being. 

I talk about 5 ways to understand your binge eating better and how to begin to change this.  I explore dietary restraint, physical and mental restriction, regular eating, self-soothing and self-care, body image, low mood and developing deeper awareness of your thoughts and feelings.This episode will support you in understanding and unpacking your binge eating, to empower you to take the first steps towards change. I hope that you enjoy it.  

This episode is brought to you by the National Centre for Eating Disorders: - https://eating-disorders.org.uk/

 

 

Practical Steps for Supporting your Loved One with an Eating Disorder - The New Maudsley Animal Model

Practical Steps for Supporting your Loved One with an Eating Disorder - The New Maudsley Animal Model

August 20, 2022

This episode explores how to support your loved one when they're struggling with an eating disorder. I talk through the New Maudsley Animal Model - the wonderful model created by the Maudsley Eating Disorder Service in London, UK. The model uses animal metaphors to educate and support carers in their communication with their loved one.  

Being a carer is hugely challenging. With the best of intentions, we can go off track with our communication and inadvertently strengthen the ed voice. The Model simplifies communication and empowers carers with the skills to create a motivational and hopeful environment for change. I also talk through some of the nuances of practically putting this Model into practice, based on unexpected personal experience recently of supporting someone close to me. 

I hope that you enjoy the episode.

To find out more about the New Maudsley Animal Model:-

https://thenewmaudsleyapproach.co.uk/pdfs/AnimalAnalogies.pdf

 

Reflecting on my Own Healing Journey from Bulimia Nervosa: - To Understand your Past; Work Through It and Move On, in Eating Disorder Recovery

Reflecting on my Own Healing Journey from Bulimia Nervosa: - To Understand your Past; Work Through It and Move On, in Eating Disorder Recovery

August 13, 2022

In this episode, I reflect on my own healing journey from eating disorders. I talk about how I worked through past difficult experiences, to move to a place of freedom, healing and authenticity. It wasn't an easy ride with ups and downs along the way and no short cuts to forgiveness and acceptance. I talk about my early life and key influences. I reflect on key protective factors that have helped me along the way. I talk about the 'thorn in my side' which continues to impact me to this day.   I also explore different tools, skills and reflective practices that have helped me along the road. This is one of my most vulnerable and open episodes. I hope that you find it helpful, as a route into reflecting on your own story.

 

 

Eating Disorder Recovery, Taking Personal Responsibility and All About BEAT (the UK’s National Association for Eating Disorders), with Rebecca Robinson

Eating Disorder Recovery, Taking Personal Responsibility and All About BEAT (the UK’s National Association for Eating Disorders), with Rebecca Robinson

August 4, 2022

Today I’m talking to Rebecca Robinson, an eating disorder survivor from bulimia, binge eating and general disordered eating behaviours. Rebecca is also a content creator of the Instagram account @bingefreeandbeautiful, where she shares her recovery tips, and she is an advisor for BEAT (The UK’s National Association for Eating Disorders). Prior to becoming an advisor, she volunteered for them for several years. Rebecca is also a counsellor in training, wishing to specialise in binge eating and trauma, which I am thrilled to hear about. We absolutely need more therapists in this field.

 

In this episode, Rebecca talks about her struggles with eating disorders, which began around the age of 15 years old, when she hit a challenging time in her personal and family life. These eating issues were exacerbated in the next few years, when she experienced further trauma and PTSD symptoms around the age of 19, and she continued to struggle with eating disorders and disordered eating for around the next 8 years.

 

Thankfully, today, Rebecca is fully recovered and on a journey herself in supporting others. It hasn’t always been an easy ride with lots of ups and downs along the way. Rebecca shares about her healing journey, explaining some of the factors that were fundamental to her own recovery process, with essential themes around taking responsibility and finding the tools that work personally for you. Rebecca’s journey is inspiring and offers much hope for anyone struggling today. She also graciously shares all about BEAT (the UK’s National Association for Eating Disorders), explaining about their support groups, helpline and wonderful resources.

I hope that you enjoy the conversation.

To find out more about Rebecca: -

Instagram: @bingefreeandbeautiful

To find out more about BEAT: - https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

 

Diet Clubs, Dance, Dietetics and Eating Disorder Recovery, with Toni Rudd (The Binge Dietitian)

Diet Clubs, Dance, Dietetics and Eating Disorder Recovery, with Toni Rudd (The Binge Dietitian)

July 29, 2022

Today, I’m talking to Toni - The Binge Dietitian, a UK Registered Dietitian, who is based in Peru, and working with women all over the world who have binge eating behaviours. Previously, Toni worked within the UK National Health Service and has a range of experience with diabetes, weight management, learning disabilities and mental health. She now works online and is a weight inclusive and non-diet approach dietitian.

 

Throughout her dietetic career, Toni has always been passionate in sharing her love for food, and helping people to realise, that even with chronic conditions like diabetes, there is no list of foods that they should or shouldn't be eating. She has always experienced there being so much confusion with food advice among her clients and consequently brings this passion to educating her clients and busting nutritional misinformation and fads.

 

In the past, Toni wanted to be a dancer. When she was 18, she attended a dance college to pursue this dream. Unfortunately, her experience was far from positive, when Toni and her peers experienced teachers making unhelpful comments focusing on body image and appearance. In this environment, she also observed friends around her having a toxic relationship with food. These experiences understandably had a negative impact on her own self-esteem and body image. At this point, she made the courageous decision to leave this path. Following this period, Toni’s relationship with food and body image was a struggle. Even as training to be a dietitian, she was stuck in diet culture and body dissatisfaction, which had a detrimental impact on her well-being and self-esteem.

 

Today, Toni has left all of this behind and is now working in the non-diet space, online and is based in Peru. She started this work earlier this year following this exciting move with her husband. You can find Toni on Instagram as the @the.binge.dietitian and she is offering a free 30 minute call which you can book through her Instagram bio.

 

In this episode, Toni talks about her journey in healing her relationship with food and body image. She explores the early triggers of body dissatisfaction, triggered by the dance world and diet clubs. Toni then talks about restriction and food rules; how these can hinder people’s recovery and exacerbate binge eating. Toni explores how to break the rules and become freer with food. Toni also navigates emotional triggers and self-care and talks about the valuable work that she does with her clients today.

 

I hope that you enjoy the conversation.

 

To find more about Toni:-

Website: thebingedietitian.com

Instagram: @the.binge.dietitian

Eating Disorder Recovery, Chronic Pain,  Perfectionism, Over-Exercise and Healing the Nervous System, with Dr Kelly Kessler

Eating Disorder Recovery, Chronic Pain, Perfectionism, Over-Exercise and Healing the Nervous System, with Dr Kelly Kessler

July 22, 2022

Today I’m talking to Dr. Kelly Kessler, a licensed physical therapist, wellness coach, host of the podcast Rewiring Health, and the founder of Optimal You Health and Wellness, LLC. Kelly teaches women who have a history of an eating disorder how to regulate their nervous system to achieve relief from chronic pain through her signature method, Eating Disorder Pain Solutions. Inspired by her own journey of recovering from an eating disorder and chronic back pain, Kelly has helped many women harness their profound ability to shift from survival mode to thriving. Kelly uses an integrative approach to healing including a personalized audit, education, community support, and actionable steps to create long-lasting results.

In this episode, Kelly talks about her healing journey, moving from the depths of an eating disorder, perfectionism and over-exercise obsession, through managing chronic back-pain in the aftermath, to finding true healing today.

It’s an inspiring episode to offer hope for anyone who is feeling stuck in the depths of an eating disorder, whilst feeling huge anxiety about letting it go. Kelly talks about the work she does today with her clients and the essential recovery work she has navigated in healing her nervous system. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.

To find out more about Kelly: -

Instagram @drkellykessler

TikTok @drkellykessler

Website: https://www.optimalyouhealthandwellness.com/

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/rewiringhealth

 

This episode is brought to you by the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) - 0845 838 2040; www.eating-disorders.org.uk

 

A Valuable Habit to Practice in Eating Disorder Recovery

A Valuable Habit to Practice in Eating Disorder Recovery

July 16, 2022

The practice of regular eating is something that can be overlooked in recovery. I often think of it, as the monotonous, unsexy work that feels laborious and effortful. However, it can be an absolute game-changer in transforming your relationship with food; enhancing mood, self-care and overall well-being.   In this episode, I explore my definition of regular eating; how to go about it; the impact and benefits; how to handle comments from others such as, 'Are you eating again?' and more.   I hope that you enjoy the episode. 

 

This episode is brought to you by the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) - 0845 838 2040; www.eating-disorders.org.uk

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