It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behavior"
Clarity views eating disorders as an individual's solution and a symptom of the underlying the problem. What this means is that the addictive or disordered behavior is viewed as a coping strategy or adaptation used to protect or numb the individual from emotional, physical and psychological pain. Compulsive behaviors on the surface may not appear to start out this way. Overtime an eating disorder becomes the one solution to resolving or avoiding emotional distress that is predictable, consistent and effective from the perspective of the inflicted individual. When these behaviors are viewed as the solution we can begin to explore the core or root of this illness in a non-shaming and non-stigmatizing way. We work to assist clients with gaining strength and confidence to utilize healthier methods of coping while assisting clients with regulating the distress that arises as abstinence is gained and the emotional turmoil fueling this behavior surfaces. We work with clients to assist with reconciling unresolved pain and experiences that create the need for an extreme coping strategy. We assist clients with developing an understanding of negative core schemas and relational patterns that have hindered the client's ability to fully recover. Recovery is possible when the client can understand factors contributing to this response and is open and willing to learning new ways of managing distress. Behavioral rehearsals are utilized to try on new behaviors, while developing new strategies to manage distress associated with facing fears. We will work on developing self-acceptance, self-compassion and mindfulness. You will also learn how to manage and tolerate urges more effectively through the cultivation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) emotional regulation and distress tolerance skill building. Individuals seeking treatment from an eating disorder are expected to work collaboratively with a dietician and medical provider while committing to weekly counseling sessions.