‘’Eating and feeding reflect our attitude and relationship with ourselves and with others as well as our histories.’’
Nowadays few of us see food purely as a source of nutrition for our bodies. Food is generally associated with pleasure and reward, however there is a whole range of human emotions and conditions that are sometimes underlying our eating patterns. Although emotional eating/restricting could help us to cope with negative thoughts and feelings in the short term, it surely has many long-term implications that might affect our mental as well as physical health.
If you are struggling with your relationship with food and your emotions, and feel trapped in a negative cycle of short term comfort that leads to more difficult feelings and thoughts, you must know that you are not alone. Many of us experience this, too.
The good news is that there are ways to get out of this cycle.
We have created a support group for those who want to address their emotional eating. Taken by the hand of one of our expert psychologists with experience in counseling on emotional eating, we will start a journey towards a more balanced relationship with food.
What to expect
The support group will meet once per week (in the evening), during a 3-week period. Each session will be focused on a specific topic related to emotional eating. During the 2 hour sessions we will learn practical tools that will help you cope with your specific emotional eating pattern.
You will learn tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness that will provide you with new insights and skills to help you reach a more balanced and healthy relationship with food.
The group will also provide a safe, non-judgmental space where we will support and guide you throughout your individual process.
We will also share additional reading and exercises that you can use in between the group meetings.
3 group meetings
FEES: 30€ for each meeting
NO OF PARTICIPANTS: 6 max.
**Your presence means a lot to other people who are counting on your support, so please join us only if you feel attending almost every meeting.**
What they said:
"I've recently joined a new Support Group. I didn't know what to expect but each time I have been, I've noticed that there is a healing 'energy' in the room. People share their stories and situations in a safe way. It's a small intimate group, it feels good to have a window to share with others travelling a similarly difficult journey. Vassia who facilitates holds the group in a very talented way. She gives home exercises that are really causing me to be brave and deepen the process of acceptance."
(M., from the Divorce Support Group-Leiden)
"Vassia is a skillful, caring, empathetic and assertive counselor.
With her energy and her endless will to help, the support group exceeds our expectations."
(J., from the Divorce Support Group-Leiden)