At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in Saratoga/San Jose, we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for binge eating. Our approach is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs. The CBT Center serves the Silicon Valley communities of San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Cupertino and Campbell.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge Eating Disorder involves eating a great deal of food or more than you planned with a sense of not being able to control the eating. People with binge eating disorder will feel distressed, ashamed and embarrassed about bingeing, but do not engage in any purging behaviors to lose weight. You may feel depressed or anxious, have low self-esteem, and be self-conscious about your body.
Symptoms of Binge Eating
- Eating more than you feel comfortable with or until uncomfortably full and feeling unable to control your eating
- Eating when bored or upset, even if full or not hungry
- Frequently eating alone or not wanting to eat with family and friends
- Feeling depressed, ashamed, guilty or upset about the eating
- Repeatedly dieting and restricting followed by episodes of overeating sweets and other high calorie foods
- Losing and gaining weight repeatedly
Cognitive Behavioral Model of Binge Eating
According to the cognitive behavioral therapy model, binge eating is maintained by a combination of dysfunctional beliefs about eating, weight and body image and a disturbance in eating and other self-care behaviors. People with binge eating often suffer from low-esteem and may be more vulnerable to the influence of cultural ideals about outer beauty and perfection, leading to an overvaluing of weight and body shape. Your self-worth may be determined by your body shape and weight, leading to extreme eating and weight control behaviors. When dieting is rigid and unrealistic, you become susceptible to losing control and overeating. Binge eating also seems to be triggered by negative emotions and you may binge in order to feel better when feeling sad, angry, anxious or worried. Since you are probably embarrassed by the behavior, binge eating can also cause feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and guilt that trigger additional binge eating behaviors, making it hard to break the cycle.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Binge Eating
The goal of CBT for Binge Eating Disorder is to support you to stop binge eating by learning to recognize your triggers, cope more effectively with anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions, and to develop healthy attitudes about food, eating, and body image. If you are overweight, you may also have the goal of reaching a healthy body weight but this is better addressed after the binge eating is under control. In the initial stage of treatment, you will receive education about the factors that maintain binge eating behaviors and we will focus on helping you develop regular eating routines without bingeing. You will learn to identify triggers to bingeing and evaluate and change the negative beliefs that maintain your binge eating behaviors. CBT will also focus on helping you effectively express your emotions, cope with stress, and communicate with family, friends and co-workers.
Common Goals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Identify the triggers that lead to binge eating and emotional eating
- Learn about healthy eating and normalize eating patterns
- Reduce obsessive thoughts and unhealthy beliefs about food and weight
- Find healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Increase positive emotions and self-acceptance
Getting Help for Binge Eating in the Saratoga/San Jose area
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley specializes in therapy and counseling for binge eating. We are located in Saratoga on the border of San Jose and Saratoga just 1/2 mile from Highway 85. With our convenient location near highway 85, we serve the Silicon Valley communities of San Jose, Saratoga, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino and Campbell, CA. Contact us at (408) 384-8404 for more information on how we can help you manage your binge eating.