Disorder Eating Spectrum

Many people misunderstand those who suffer from disordered eating and think these struggles are just about food and weight. The fact is they are about complex biological, emotional, social and spiritual issues that should not be minimized or looked at as a phase in life or a sign of weakness. Eating disorders are potentially life threatening because of the physical and emotional affects they have on individuals. While we believe recovery from an eating disorder is possible, we recognize and respect what recovery looks like may vary from person to person. Family members and spouses need skilled support, too.

If you or a loved one is struggling with the following, we can provide specialized clinical support on your journey towards recovery.

  • Under-eating and Anorexia
  • Overeating and Binge Eating
  • Eating /Purging and Bulimia
  • Over-Exercising
  • Perfectionism
  • Rigid rules about food, weight and/or exercise
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Ortherexia/obsessions with “healthy” eating and lifestyle
  • Managing, identifying, expressing negative emotion
  • Struggles with self worth and identity
  • Isolating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or not being enough
  • Unsatisfying relationships

Trauma, Abuse, Grief+Loss and other Distressing Life Events

Traumatic experiences can impact your ability to live life to the fullest. Many individuals minimize their traumas by comparing their story to others and believing their pain is not justified. Others are often ashamed they do not have the willpower to overcome their fears, anxiety, lack of motivation and depressed mood. Traumatic experiences vary vastly but all are significant and deserve to be given recognition. Some traumatic experiences keep us from engaging in day-to-day activities like self-care, going to work and basic social interaction.

Other traumas are no less painful but leave individuals drained from trying to keep up with life as they deal with their trauma. If you have experienced any kind of distressing life event, we can provide safe, caring and skilled treatment to provide support in resolving past pain and incorporating coping skills to better manage negative emotion in the present. Rebecca and Molly utilize EMDR, which is a psychotherapeutic approach that targets past experiences that are connected to and triggered by present day events. EMDR incorporates positive experiences into therapy so individuals have more resources when future triggers occur allowing for less painful reactions. A Nutrition and Wellness Assessment may also be a helpful resource for you in caring for your body as you seek emotional healing.

The following is a list of some of the traumas and distressing life events we can offer support + guidance:

  • Childhood physical, sexual, emotional abuse
  • Date rape or acquaintance rape
  • Difficult Relationship endings
  • Family Conflict
  • Domestic Violence
  • First Responders and Fatigue Prevention (firefighters, life guards, police officers, red cross volunteers, etc.)
  • Painful dating experiences
  • Parents divorcing
  • Singleness
  • PTSD, Anxiety, Depression
  • Re-entry Trauma for Missionaries and Third Culture Kids
  • Sudden loss or change
  • Difficult transitions

Relationship Issues

We are wired biologically to connect and be in relationships. This innate desire to connect can get skewed when various life experiences impact our view of our self and others.

Areas we can help support you in your relationship goals:

  • College/Post College adjustments
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Family of origin issues
  • Singleness
  • Relationship with self and/or God
  • Conflict management
  • Work & Peer concerns
  • Boundaries
  • Marital stress/affairs
  • Relationship support for those who are married/dating someone struggling with addictions: drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, shopping
  • Anger management
  • Parenting adolescent and college-aged family members

Shame & Identity

Understanding our true worth and value stems from having an accurate view of our own identity. We live in a culture that shames and “shoulds” our true identity away as it promotes the false truths that we matter based on our looks, our weight, money in the bank, our job titles, by our marital status, our image, etc.

Shame can be consuming and disorienting even when it is triggered by the most subtle experiences: a look, a sigh, a well-intentioned comment, a picture, food, numbers on the scale. Shame is not reserved for those who have gone through hard-core trauma. It lurks around and attacks our body image, our identity, our role as parents, children, friends, husbands/wives.

Shame is pervasive and tells us we are not enough, not worthy, permanently damaged. If we do not address shame by name and learn how to respond differently to it, we can often end up doing deep harm to our bodies, our relationships, our identity. Inspired and greatly informed by the work of Brene’ Brown, PhD and her groundbreaking research on shame, Potentia clinicians are passionate about helping you develop empowering shame resilience skills such as critical awareness, compassion (to self and others) and sharing your story.

Workshops are launching in 2013 to help you practice these important shame resilience tools while in a safe and encouraging community.  Make sure to sign up for Potentia’s mailing list to get the latest information on launch dates+special offers for early registration.

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