Body Image/Eating Disorders

Your relationship with your body and food can be a real struggle.

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When you wake up there’s a mean inner voice in your head, bullying you about the way you look. One look in the mirror and the criticism starts. The number on the scale determines what your day will be like, the clothes you wear, how you move, and what you eat. Therefore, each day’s goal is to please this inner bully who promises happiness when you can see a lower number on the scale. And you avoid relationships so no one sees how you struggle.
You love this. but you hate it. You feel terrified and ashamed.
I get it…I’ve been there too.

You want a life without the constant voice in your head ranting and worrying about food. This voice tells you where to get it, how to avoid it, how to hide it, how to get rid of it, and who notices. And, you want to move your body in ways that feel good. Not because you are driven by worry, calories, and perfection. You want to go out with friends, relax, and have a good time.

All this is possible. I know… I’ve been there too.

Your struggles with eating disorders or negative body image is not your fault.

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There are many different causes of eating disorders and body image issues. Each case has a unique origin story. But, most cases represent an obsession with food and/or fat that acts as a coping strategy or a distraction. This happens to protect you from painful and overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and desires.  Counseling can help you explore the content of your thoughts and feelings. And, it can help you uncover hidden assumptions, hurts, desires, and frustrations that have disconnected you from who you really are and have contributed to your eating disorder.
I recovered from my own disordered eating. And, I’ve been actively supporting clients with eating disorders for years. I use effective, evidence-based strategies that give you relief. I will also help you understand and work with the root causes of your eating disorder. Ultimately, I help you heal, love and respect yourself.

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by restrictive eating patterns and a refusal to maintain a minimum body weight. Individuals struggling with anorexia restrict food intake. In other words, anorexia leads to individuals limiting what they eat. And, they may use purging mechanisms such as vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, and extreme exercise to get rid of the calories they have eaten.  Anorexia is a serious medical condition and has the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders.young woman sitting at kitchen counter at home | therapy for eating disorders houston, tx | help for eating disorders | therapy for eating disorders and body image | Natalie Mica LPC | 77006

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by a cycle of binge eating large amounts of food in a short amount of time. These eating binges leave you feeling guilt and shame. It is also characterized by purging behaviors such as vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or extreme exercise to get rid of the calories.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by binge eating a large amount of food in a short time and/or feeling out of control with food.

Orthorexia Nervosa

Orthorexia Nervosa is characterized by an obsession with healthy foods and dieting. Therefore, an individual with this eating disorder takes care to only consume “healthy,” “pure,” or “clean” foods.

Disordered Eating

Disordered Eating is characterized by engaging in abnormal eating behaviors and thought patterns. But, it does not fit the criteria for one specific eating disorder. For instance, someone might experience a compulsion to overeat. Another example of disordered eating might be a food obsession or addiction. Disordered eating is often related to body image and self-esteem issues.

Whole-Person Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment and Body Image Counseling

I take a functional, holistic, and integrative approach to the treatment of body image issues and eating disorders. This means I see the mind, body, and spirit as being connected to wellness. And by default, uncomfortable feelings. I support clients who have issues with body image and disordered eating with therapy. Also, I address the underlying root causes, core beliefs, and destructive patterns that cause your struggle with food. Then, I offer nutrition and lifestyle counseling for wellness and mindfulness-based tools to develop psychological insight, relaxation, self-trust, and self-compassion. With permission, if it’s necessary, I may also talk to your dietitian and/or physician for comprehensive care.

Help for Eating Disorders is Available

Eating disorders can become serious and life-threatening. You do not have to be a certain weight or look a particular way to struggle with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Ultimately, It can affect anyone. Don’t wait until your thoughts and behaviors are extreme to get help!

I provide in-person counseling for eating disorders and body image counseling near the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods in Houston. I also offer online therapy through secure videoconferencing for eating disorders and body image issues to residents of the state of Texas.

Begin Eating Disorder Treatment and Body Image Counseling in Houston, Texas

Young business woman in Houston, TX | Help for eating disorders | Natalie Mica LPCIf you are ready to love yourself, love your body, and love your life, I’m here to help you. Follow these three simple steps to begin therapy at my Houston therapy office:

  1. Contact me to schedule a free consultation call,
  2. Meet with me at my Houston, TX office or via videoconferencing,
  3. Find healing from your eating disorder and learn to love yourself again.

Other Services offered by Natalie Mica LPC

My Houston, Texas counseling clinic provides a variety of mental health services to help you find your inner strength and resiliency. I see patients of all ages and provide individual therapy for adults, child therapy, therapy for adolescents, and family therapy. In addition to eating disorder treatment, I specialize in anxiety and stress, depression, grief and loss, challenging life transitions, trauma, physical illness counseling, integrative health coaching, therapy for self-esteem and personal empowerment, shame, and women’s issues. Contact me to learn more about the services I provide and how I can help you!

1536 Vermont Street
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 344-7558

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