Addictions, Eating Disorders & Repetitive Behaviours

Self-defeating, addictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour can be frustrating, upsetting and difficult to stop. These behavioural patterns may be related to difficulties with impulse control. Or, you may have begun them to avoid experiencing upsetting feelings. Some people are not aware of the underlying motivation for their behaviour whereas others recognize that the addictive or repetitive behaviours are related to stress, anxiety, sadness or other unpleasant emotions

By assessing your situation fully, our psychologists can put a treatment plan in place to move forward.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is effective for addictions, disordered eating, negative habits and repetitive behaviours.

Mindfulness meditation helps you break self-defeating cycles as you become more self-aware and confident in your ability to handle any underlying emotions.

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Addictions

Our psychologists can assist you with addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, internet pornography, sex, or buying things impulsively. We will review the latest developments in the treatment of addictions with you and develop a treatment plan with you.  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can assist with addictions.

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

You may be regularly overeating, or, having binges where you eat excessively large amounts of food in one sitting and feel out of control of your eating. Depending on the frequency of these behaviours, you may have an eating disorder such a binge eating or bulimia.

Alternatively, your food restriction may be so severe, and your concern over your body image be so extreme, that you have an eating disorder such as anorexia.

Our psychologists can assist you with your disordered eating or eating disorder. We use various types of therapy demonstrated to be effective in treating eating disorders such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) as appropriate, after discussing a treatment plan with you.

Self-Harm

Self-harm such as cutting is a negative habit some people engage in.  If you are cutting it is likely because you are finding it difficult to endure some intense emotions. We have some very successful techniques we use to help people stop self-harm. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness meditation and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) are effective for self-harm.

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania involves pulling hair out from your scalp (or other areas of your body such as your eyelashes) and can be a troubling habit especially if it leads to embarrassing bald spots. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation are effective for Trichotillomania.

Skin-Picking

Skin-picking is another repetitive habit. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation are effective for Skin-Picking.

Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

Tics are involuntary movements or sounds some people make which are caused by neurological anomalies in their brains. A person can have one or multiple tics, the tics can be simple or complex, and the tics may or may not cause the person difficulty. Tourette Syndrome is a collection of tics.

If you are negatively impacted by tics, we can help you. We use Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT). CBIT is a clinically proven, comprehensive therapy to help a person manage tics, and is recommended as a primary treatment by The Canadian Guidelines for the Evidence-based Treatment of Tourette Syndrome.

For more information on CBIT, visit tourette.org.