Eating Disorders Counselor of Portland - Food Is Not The Enemy

Counseling for Emotional Eating Disorders Serving Portland, Oregon since 2002
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I offer individual and group treatment for those who suffer with Binge Eating, Emotional Eating, Bulimia, Poor Body Image, and/or have a history of abuse as a child.
Body Shame - Body Image - Excessive Exercise - Overeating - Binge Eating - Bulimia - Anorexia


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Owner & Practitioner of “Food Is Not The Enemy Counseling”

As a therapist, I will help you discover how to:

Eat and enjoy the foods you really love, without worrying about gaining weight
Accept and even like your body.
Find and maintain your healthy weight naturally through uncovering the...

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Eating Disorders Round Table

A Speaker Series Offering Education and Discussion
about all Things Eating Disorder and Body Image
Are you interested in learning more about eating disorders or disordered eating from professionals who specialize?

Eating Disorders Counselor of Portland - Food ...

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Milena Katherine, BA Therapist Intern

My name is Milena and I am a student-intern attending Lewis and Clark. I am currently in my last year of graduate school and will soon receive an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a certificate in the treatment of eating disorders. I currently hold a B.A....

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What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is commonly known by compulsive overeating or consuming abnormal amounts of food while feeling unable to stop and a loss of control. Binge eating episodes are typically classified as occurring on average a minimum of twice per week ...

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Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
40 – 60% of high school girls diet.
50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight.
80% of 13 year old girls have dieted.
40% of 9 year old girls dieted.

Eating Disorders Counselor of Portland - Fo...

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Counselor Position OPEN for Eating Disorders Therapist

Food is Not the Enemy is a community of helping professionals working to enhance the mental well-being of adolescents, adults, families and couples in Vancouver and greater Portland. We are trauma-trained, take a non-diet and Health at Eve...

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Binge Eating (Compulsive Overeating) / Emotional Eating:

If you suffer with Compulsive Overeating you have what is seen as an “addiction” to food, using food and eating as a way to hide from emotions, to fill a void you feel inside, and to cope with daily stresses and problems in your life. Ad...

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a week ago
I worked one on one with Michelle Roberts earlier this year. We never met in person due to COVID, but she was still able to help me work through some painful issues regarding food that had been with me for years. Michelle was always kind, compassionate and respectful toward me. I highly recommend her services and will happily refer my clients to her.
- Amanda E
10 months ago
A great team of professional and caring eating disorders counselors. I highly recommend and refer with confidence.
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Eating Disorders Help in Portland, Or.

Binge Eating? Body Shame? Body Image?

Are you Suffering from any of these? 

Gain Control of Your Eating and Enjoy Your Body for Good
I’ll tell you the secret to releasing your feelings of stress, shame, and hopelessness around food, how to gain control and stop eating anytime you want, and enjoy food. It’s easier than you think, and here’s why this is different…
From: Anne Cuthbert
Your Food Freedom! Counselor
Dear: Women who want to liberate themselves from a yo-yo diet and food-focused life,
Is this you?
  • promise yourself that you’ll never binge again just to find yourself back in the kitchen later that day standing in front of the fridge again looking for the next wonderfully satisfying dish
  • swear off chocolate, your favorite food, and ban it from your home just to find yourself chowing down on it at your friend’s house
  • blame your friend, “darn her for having chocolate on the table,” tempting your willpower
  • deprive yourself over and over again and wonder why you are the only one not strong enough to sustain it
  • eat in secret or pretend to know what to eat in front of others. In reality, you are always looking to others to tell you what and how much to eat.
  • know you eat for emotional reasons but hide this from your friends and even from yourself.
If you have any of these challenges with food, I will help you completely change your relationship with food.
The secret to resolving all of your food challenges is to let go of those diets that don’t work and never will!

Get Help from Eating Disorders EXPERT visit -->
Anne Cuthbert MA, LPC, LMHC
1235 SE Division Street, Suite #104
Portland, OR 97202 or Call -> 503-766-339
Looking for a Binge Eating Disorder Expert in Portland? Professional Counselors can help with Emotional Eating Disorders. Contact a Therapist today & Stop Binge Eating.

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  Eating Disorder Help   
 1.      Do eating disorders help you lose weight? 
 a.      Not necessarily and not over the long term. Having an eating disorder means you are trying to control the natural processes of your body that manages weight. Interfering with your body’s natural weight by attempting to lose weight will likely lead to a slower metabolism, hyper focus on food, poor body image, health concerns, and other challenges. These issues can be with you throughout your life and could cause many years of potentially painful and expensive recovery from an eating disorders. 

 2.      How can a therapist / counselor help with eating disorders? 
 a.      A therapist is the one who can help you understand and face the underlying emotional issues that led to and continue your eating disorder behaviors. It’s important to work with a therapist who is a specialist or understands eating disorders in a deeper way. This person can help you really understand the ways it’s not about food. This person can also understand the issues that are going on underlying the eating disorder behaviors and thoughts, and help you work directly on those specific issues. For example, a need for control is a very common experience of someone with an eating disorder. Usually underlying this need for control is a fear of feeling emotions. Therefore, a therapist will help you move toward the emotions, so you won’t need to try to control what isn’t in your control, like weight. A therapist / counselor can help you live a full and authentic life. 

 3.      Do dietitians help with eating disorders? 
 a.      Absolutely, if it’s a dietitian that has an understanding and expertise in eating disorders. This person can help you work on your relationship with food while your counselor helps you work on the underlying emotional reasons and thoughts related to your eating disorder. A dietitian that doesn’t understand eating disorders is more likely to do harm to someone with an eating disorder because that person is likely to prescribe diet behaviors and or thinking. The eating disorder part of you will grab ahold of diet mentality, will not let go, and therefore will lead to an increase in the eating disorder.   

 4.      Do nutritionists help with eating disorders? 
 a.      Nutritionists do not have the same training or degree as Dietitians. I would therefore recommend a Dietitian. See above answer for more information. 

 5.      Doctors who help with eating disorders 
 a.      Many doctors will not be well versed in eating disorders or working from a weight neutral perspective, which is imperative with working with eating disorders. A doctor who does work with eating disorders and has a weight neutral perspective can be extremely helpful for recovery from an eating disorder. This person can help monitor your health, which can help motivate you to get better, and can help prevent complications from having an eating disorder. 

 6.      How can family help with eating disorders? 
 a.      Positive relationships of any kind can help with eating disorder recovery as well as with any healing. The importance is on the relationship being positive (but not perfect). For some, that means distancing from family may be necessary. But if your family is a positive influence and is willing to support you in healing, then this is a very good thing! You may need to teach them how to talk about food and bodies/weight and you may need to teach them how to talk to you but having good relationships with your family will help you. 

 7.      How can you get help for eating disorders? 
 a.      Depending on the severity of your eating disorder depends on the help you will need. Perhaps the best way to start the process is to contact a counselor that specializes in eating disorders. This person can help assess what treatment you need and can help you find the help that’s best for you. It could be that out-patient treatment is enough. It might mean that you start at the in-patient level of care. It might be helpful to have a team of providers like a medical doctor and a dietitian helping. Often a counselor is the best place to start the process and add help from that point. 

 8.      How can you help a friend with eating disorders? 
 a.      Let your friend know that you are concerned and why you are concerned. Tell your friend which behaviors concern you the most, such as “I notice you don’t eat a lot and I’m concerned you are undereating on purpose.” Don’t be afraid to just name it but also recognize your friend may not be ready to accept your help or feedback. If your friend becomes angry, it may be best to let it go for now. Please bring it back up again, however. Even if your friend seems upset with you, they likely really are glad you “see” them and are willing to let them know you are concerned. Ultimately, it is up to your friend to get the help, not you. You can’t make them get help but you can certainly tell them how you feel and encourage them to get help. 

 9.      Do antidepressants help with eating disorders? 
 a.      Antidepressants can at times help with eating disorders. However, it’s best not to rely on them for treatment. It’s important to get help from an eating disorder trained counselor and/or dietitian and other providers to get support that only working with other human beings can provide. 

 10.   How does CBT help eating disorders? 
 a.      CBT is an acronym for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a type of therapy in which you will learn more about your thoughts and behaviors and how the two interact. It is helpful to understand the eating disorder thoughts that lead to disordered behaviors and what eating disorder behaviors might lead to disordered thoughts. However, in CBT treatment, emotions are typically not the focus and possibly left out. It is important to understand that emotions also drive the eating disorder and therefore addressing emotions is a very important aspect of treatment. Without this emotional work, you may get better in terms of thoughts and behaviors but the eating disorder will return when difficult emotions are present, which is often. 

 11.   How teachers can help students with eating disorders? 
 a.      Teachers often are the first to recognize symptoms of eating disorders and other challenges with their students. Therefore, when a teacher is aware of behaviors and/or thoughts that might point to an eating disorder, the teacher can talk with the student about their concerns and encourage them to talk with their parents and/or a counselor. It may be important for a teacher to talk to the student’s parents about the concerns. Teachers can create a safe place for students to talk, which will help students have an adult to confide in, often the first step toward recovery.  

12.   How to help an adolescent with eating disorders? 
 a.      Family involvement with an adolescent’s recovery is very important. Family members should also get help from providers of the adolescent as well as their own counseling, as needed. 

 13.   How to help stop eating disorders? a.      The best way to stop eating disorders is to stop dieting. The number one cause of eating disorders is dieting. Therefore, if the culture changes in it’s view of weight (i.e. no more weight bias) then the incident of eating disorders would decrease significantly. Our obsession with dieting, being thin, judging others based on weight, small chairs and spaces and other ways that the culture leads people to feel ashamed of their body will lead to dieting and therefore eating disorders. 

Food Addictions               

1.      How do food addictions start / why do we have food addictions? 
 a.      It is important to understand that there is no such thing as an addition to food itself. There is a lot of misinformation about this topic and that’s dangerous! It is dangerous because this “food addiction” belief will only lead to people to restrict food, which will lead to an eating disorder if one isn’t already present. What is true is that one can use food to help manage or cope with emotions. This is where an addiction to food (or any substance) stems… it’s a focus on food to avoid emotions! In this way, food addiction can be experienced as emotional eating. Emotional eating is eating to avoid feeling. This can happen in the moment of the situation causing the emotions and it can happen as a general way of coping with emotions or both. 

 2.      Food addictions what to do / How to conquer food addictions? 
 a.      When one eats for emotional reasons, what one needs to do is to face the emotions directly. Sometimes this can feel very scary. That’s okay. Start with fear. Feeling fear is an emotion. After feeling the fear, the emotions underneath fear will be available to feel. This process can take minutes or years, if one is avoiding feelings. Once you stop using food to push down emotions and instead allow yourself to experience the emotions, you will no longer feel a need to eat for emotional reasons. You will no longer experience food as an out of your control experience. You will be able to eat a variety of foods without concern or worry or harsh self-criticism. All foods will be just food.          

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