Has food replaced joy in your life? Do you need help with emotional eating? Are you tired of turning to food every time you are upset, angry, stressed, or using food to reward yourself? You aren’t alone. Thankfully, help is available.

The trained counsellors at Bayside Psychotherapy may be able to help you curb your emotional eating. Food can be an addiction, and it can be hard to re-establish healthy eating patterns — based on real physiological hunger rather than psychological hunger and distress. The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can meet you at our Highett clinic, or you book a secure online counselling session. We also recommend downloadable hypnosis recordings you can use in the comfort and privacy of your home.

While traditional and evidence-based methods like CBT are commonly used to treat comfort eating, there have been concerns regarding long term efficacy following such procedures. On the other hand, psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to address the underlying conflicts and ambivalence driving the eating cycles.

Don’t let another day go by! There’s no real comfort in emotional eating!

We will endeavour to help you break the perceived connection between food and happiness. Contact us to see if we may be able to help you.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Comforting Eating Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

The negative emotions we feel due to stress or sadness may lead to emptiness or an emotional void. Consuming food can be a way to fill that void and create a false feeling of “fullness” or temporary wholeness. From employment stress and financial worries to health issues and relationship struggles, all these can cause you to be an emotional eater.  

It’s an issue that affects both sexes. But according to different studies, emotional eating is more common with women than with men. 

Those who engage in emotional eating can become overweight or obese and find themselves unable to control the amount of food they consume. After eating, your body releases a plethora of chemicals that enhance your mood. But turning to food every time you want a ‘lift’ results in overeating that can cause digestive problems, obesity, poor body image, guilt or shame, fatigue, deceitfulness and other associated problems.

But the good news is that you don’t have to live this way. Treatment may help you find other ways to address troubling emotional patterns.

Treatment for food-related problems may take a few sessions, though many people mainly benefit from longer-term therapy. Not every two people are the same, so treatment times vary. Your treatment plan may include one or a combination of Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation exercises, Dreamwork, NLP, Hypnotherapy and other processes. Our aim is to find out what’s likely to work best to help you stop comfort overeating so that you may discover real happiness that doesn’t depend on ‘treats’.

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we cater to the individual needs of the patient. Our methods and broad training give us a range of techniques to find the treatment options to best suit your needs. If after a few sessions, the treatment method isn’t working, your therapist will adjust it. While eating disorder treatment success depends heavily on the patient’s willingness to engage and persist, finding the right counsellor and the right approach is also very important. We believe our methods, our track record, and our flexible style are a winning combination for many people. To complement therapy, consider listening to a self-hypnosis recording between sessions, such as the comfort eating treatment mp3.

You can set up an online meeting so we can get to know you before designing a course of treatment for you. Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or enquire using our contact form.

If you’re ready to commence comfort eating therapy online, you can book immediately.

There’s also an option to come into our Highett clinic for face-to-face appointments

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment and collaboration to the treatment process in an endeavour to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling