Comfort Eating problems therapy help

Help for comfort eating, emotional eating, over-eating, binge eating using Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy at 1066 Therapy

covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.

Problems with food, weight control, comfort eating, over-eating, binge eating helped with psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, hypnosis & hypnotherapy in Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Eastbourne, East Sussex & Kent, UKI have successfully helped a variety of clients with eating problems at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex. If you have a problem with comfort eating, over-eating, emotional eating, or binge eating you may need a course of psychotherapy, or another form of therapy, to help you with your problem.

Most people who consult me with eating problems think that they have a problem with certain foods (e.g. chocolate, biscuits, pies, cakes, burgers, crisps, fizzy drinks etc), or that they are ‘greedy’, or have no willpower, and…..

They have thoughts like these….’If only I could stop eating chocolate/cake/chips/biscuits/pies, I’d be fine….’ Or ‘If only I could properly stick to a diet, I’d be fine….’ Or ‘If only I could stop eating such large portions, I’d be fine….’ Or ‘If only I had more willpower, I’d be fine….’ These ways of thinking have largely been created and encouraged by the multi-billion pound dieting industry.

Many have managed to achieve their ideal weight at some point (by slimming/dieting) in the past, often on more than one occasion, but it’s only been a matter of time before they start eating too much again and ‘piled the pounds back on again’ (yo-yo dieting). So, why does this happen?

Anyone can lose weight by eating less and/or being more active but something more is needed for long-term changes. Diets don’t work – at least not permanently anyway – which is why there are so many different diets and slimming clubs around and why the diet industry is a £billion concern and still growing.

Please click here if you want to read more about weight loss and dieting on another page, but remember to come back to this one 🙂

As well as helping people who are overweight, I am also consulted by people who are a healthy weight for their height and build and yet they still struggle with being preoccupied about food, exercise and managing their weight. These people may comfort/over eat and/or occasionally binge, and then undertake vigorous exercise programmes in order to keep their weight under control. In some cases they may purge or vomit after binging – click here for more info. However, the crux of the matter is that, just like those who weigh more than they would like, their lives are still more or less dominated by their eating problem.

Whichever pattern you have, if you want to sort out your weight / food intake problems properly, we will need to look at what is causing your problems, as food itself is NOT the problem – the ‘compulsion’ to eat more than is actually needed for your energy ‘output’ will be coming from other underlying problems which need resolving if you want to make permanent changes.

Wendy’s experience of ‘PICT’ at 1066 Therapy

Note: When Wendy says she has lost 2 stone easily, she means that she has achieved this without consciously following a calorie-controlled diet of any kind:
she has done this naturally, alongside an exercise regime which she enjoys.

The way I see it is this – helping people to stop comfort eating and lose weight when they have been down this road before, is really only ‘half the battle’, probably less than that in fact. I help people to resolve the real causes of why they feel compelled to eat more than they need, and then work through whatever those causes are. This brings permanent resolution to their comfort eating problem. Unfortunately, there is no ‘magic wand’, or ‘quick fix’ for doing this. 

The compulsions can be quite powerful and can, for example,

  • make people feel ‘out of control’ with their eating;
  • make it more difficult to ‘engage’ willpower on diets;
  • make it more difficult to maintain the diet/lifestyle changes once the ideal weight has been achieved, and so on.

Often these compulsions are subconscious (i.e. operating outside of conscious awareness) which makes it more difficult in many ways. However, it is possible to resolve even subconscious compulsions using appropriate therapy. The causes of the compulsions are generally underlying, unresolved feelings from negative past experiences, usually from early life and often long-forgotten by the time we develop comfort eating problems.

So, when someone genuinely wants to achieve an effective and lasting solution to their eating problems, I help them resolve whatever is making them need to ‘comfort’ themselves with food. After all, it’s not called “comfort eating” or “emotional eating” for nothing – there has to be some emotional discomfort present for comfort eating to be needed.

Feelings of discomfort = a need to comfort eat/over-eat/binge, it’s as simple as that.

I will say that most people who come to see me with an eating problem are often unaware of having any underlying compulsions, discomfort, or unresolved feelings initially, but awareness of this builds as we work through things together.


Problems with food, weight control, comfort eating, over-eating, binge eating helped with psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, hypnosis & hypnotherapy in Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Eastbourne, East Sussex & Kent, UK

I offer different approaches for this (and every problem) and the choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances – the decision is usually made during the initial consultation.

Please browse my site for information on the various therapies / approaches that I practise.

Read what David and others have to say about their weight control experiences here.


Call me now on 07722783490 or 01424 772392 to book your free 30 minute initial consultation.

1066 Therapy helping the people of East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Brighton, Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford, Kent.
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