Your day begins by stepping on the scale in the morning. This number dictates how the rest of your day goes. Besides spending more than half your day thinking about numbers, you stay busy. Despite feeling tired all day, you stay hyper focused on your tasks. This is how you get by. You work through lunch, since you can’t let anyone else what’s truly going on with you. Besides, you must do everything yourself.

You can’t let go of the need to take care of everything, all on your own. Before you know it, you need to be out the door of the office and head to your grad school class. Must keep moving up. You’re not good enough yet (will you ever be?). Do you stop and eat something before you go to class? What did that number say again this morning? You hit the gym instead. As you muster through to the end of class, answering most of the asked questions, you begin thinking about what it will be like when you get home. Home to the lonely, empty house you live in.

But you don’t live by yourself. You live with ED. ED keeps you up throughout the night and tells you to do more and be ‘better’ tomorrow. Whose values are these again?

What does your ED look like? Most likely you are experiencing:

  • lack of hunger/fullness cues
  • restriction of food and water intake
  • rules around why, what, when, where, how you can eat
  • over exercising
  • GI issues
  • making excuses for not eating
  • avoiding social situations that involve eating
  • fear of weight gain
  • fear of letting go of control
  • fear of failure or being seen as “less than perfect”

The eating disorder specialists at Bricolage are familiar with the struggles you’re eating disorder brings to session. Since many of our clients have been to treatment centers before, most are familiar with the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills we use. We’re aware you know what to do. Let us be your advocate. Let us empower you. We will help you explore and discover your values, separate from ED.

In addition to traditional psychotherapy, we offer experiential services through meal support, shopping support and gym support. We love that you can explore and use your skills in session, and we want you to practice outside of the office.

We understand the need for some guidance, as you sometimes feel like you are doing this on your own. Bricolage offers a team approach. In addition to collaborating with other knowledgeable providers within the practice, we pair with other wonderful professionals in the community, such as registered dieticians, psychiatrists, OB/Gyns and GI doctors, to provide you with a comprehensive and balanced plan to find the path you value.

You already possess the elements needed for change. We help you find them and explore the path to new beginnings.

You CAN live your life free from suffering. Do what matters to you, rather than feeling obligated or compelled. We know this can be scary figuring out who you are without your eating disorder, but we’ve got you covered. We are here to provide a safe space. Meet with us today in any one of our offices in Chicago-Lakeview, Yorkville or Lombard, and begin to explore the possibilities of what life can look like without the power that food and numbers currently hold.

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