At Compleo Physical Therapy & Wellness we value treating the “whole” person, which is reflected in our multidisciplinary treatment team. This multidisciplinary approach is especially important when treating eating disorders, which can impact people on physical, mental, and emotional levels.

Eating Disorder Behaviors

Eating disorder behaviors can cause both short- and long-term physical consequences; at their worst, these behaviors can result in death. Behaviors can include:

  • Dietary restriction
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Laxative Abuse
  • Binging
  • Unhealthy exercise

For additional information on the health consequences of eating disorders, click here.

People with eating disorders often have:

  • An unhealthy relationship with food and exercise
  • Negative beliefs about certain foods or categories of food
  • Avoidance of certain foods because they do not believe that they “should” be eating them
  • Fear of becoming out of control and over-eating those foods
  • Negative beliefs about food that are often coupled with body image dissatisfaction, and many times people with eating disorders perceive their bodies in a distorted or inaccurate manner.

In addition to the above, people with eating disorders often use their symptoms as an adaptive way of coping. For example, someone who binge eats may find that this helps them to escape or “numb out” from stressors. Someone who self-induces vomiting may have difficulty directly expressing anger to others, and uses the behavior in order to “get the anger out.” Every person with an eating disorder is different, and counseling often involves identifying how each individual uses their eating disorder symptoms to get their needs met.

Treating Eating Disorders at Compleo

A multidisciplinary approach is the best way to treat an eating disorder. People need medical monitoring, nutrition therapy, and mental health treatment in order to recover. Compleo is unique because we have both a counselor and dietitian who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. This means that clients and their families receive these services in one place. We provide the benefit of a team of professionals who collaborate together with the client’s best interest at heart. Our staff communicates with each other easily allowing for integrated treatment. Our staff will work with other Waco professionals, such as psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and/or other treatment providers to ensure that you get the treatment that you need.

For additional information about eating disorders, including a list of symptoms and a free screening, please visit the National Eating Disorders Association.

If you are interested in scheduling an assessment with our Registered Dietitian, Kay Williams, or our Licensed Counselor, Erin McGinty, please call 254-892-4957.