We’ve been talking this month about parts – how we’re all individuals who are part of bigger community groups, and how we each have parts of ourselves that drive our feelings, actions and choices.
When you enter therapy for an eating disorder, your therapist can help you separate your food issues from your other parts. You are not your disorder – you are so much more. When that part of you starts talking, maybe telling you to overeat or restrict, you can learn to recognize that as something you can choose to respond to in a healthy way.
One of the things I appreciate most about the “parts” approach to therapy, and particularly the IFS method, is the focus on self-compassion and curiosity as you get to know yourself – and all of your parts. If you’d like to explore this idea with a therapist, please contact us.