The Eating Freely Program
This is our full clinical training for therapists and coaches who wish to become Licensed Eating Freely Practitioners, specialising in Binge Eating Disorder which covers the spectrum from 'emotional eating' right through to bulimia.
The Eating Freely Program incorporates the use of several core CBT tools for clients to use in order to reduce episodes of binge eating. By quickly introducing and breaking the cycle of Thoughts – Feelings – Behaviours in the context of emotional and binge eating, clients connect the behaviour to specific emotion/events, and can then break the connection. CBT in the early sessions also paves the way for the Neuroscience elements later on.
The Eating Freely Program offers clients a blended model of psychotherapy and nutritional therapy. Practitioners on our training learn about the gut/brain connection, hormonal and other imbalances that can occur as a result of sustained disordered eating, common co-occurring health conditions in BED clients and the negative impact that long term ‘yo-yo’ dieting has on both physical and mental health.
Practitioners will be able to track elements of the client’s progress or identify ambivalence or lack of engagement in the program through their understanding of the biology/physiology of Binge Eating Disorder.
The specialist nutritional therapy element is provided to the client by our Eating Freely trained, Registered Nutritional Therapists.
The Eating Freely Program uses neuroscience to a) clarify to clients the impact of a maladaptive stress response over time and b) offer new ways to effectively break old habits which are linked to the brain’s Autopilot function.
- The role of the brain’s Fight/Flight/Freeze/Fawn response as a maladaptive safety mechanism, and how it can be interrupted/resolved;
- The Autopilot/Habit Loop, how it can be broken and how to create new neural pathways that reduce fear and the stress response over time;
- This paves the way to mindfulness by teaching clients how to become more aware of what is happening at a sub/unconscious brain level.
The Eating Freely Program is underpinned by the theme of self-care and self-acceptance. Practitioners will be introduced to a model of self-love and compassion that is transformative for clients. Mindfulness runs through this component of the learning also as it is connected to the ‘Inner Critical Voice’ that disordered eating clients universally experience. Practitioners will learn the elements of mindful practice are most helpful to BED clients, and how mindfulness underpins the neuroscience, self-love and care, and the nutritional rehabilitation (mindful eating) components of the program.