Letters to My Eating Disorder

At the start of therapy, we often ask our clients to personify their eating struggles and write "letters to my eating disorder" as both ‘friend’ and ‘enemy’. This creative exercise is a great way of helping clients better understand not only their attitudes towards...

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Why You Don’t Need to Lose Weight For Your Holiday

  [Read the transcript below] Hi there, it's Dr. Courtney Raspin. Today, I want to talk to you a bit about why it is a really bad idea to try and go on some crash diet to lose three to five pounds, so that you think that you're going to feel so much better in a...

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Summer and Your Set Point Weight

The sun comes out and bikini body images are everywhere. These images are often created to increase our body dissatisfaction and drive revenue for the diet industry (see our vlog Are You Watching Bulimic Porn?). Unfortunately, they often succeed in their quest and we...

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How to Improve Your Body Image

  [Read the transcript below]   Hi there, it's Dr. Courtney Raspin here, and it's Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is body image, and it couldn't be more important than now to address this because we know that so many people struggle with body...

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How Much Therapy Do You Need?

How much therapy do you need to help you to feel better? Is one session enough to help you, or should you decide to see a therapist over a longer period? The duration of therapy varies greatly depending upon your presenting difficulties, personal goals, and the...

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Do You Engage in Unhelpful Thinking Styles?

Unhelpful thinking styles are a part of everyone’s thoughts. The technical term for them is Cognitive Distortions, which might also give you a clue as to what they do. Put simply, they distort our thoughts. They're unhelpful self-statements and judgements. The way...

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How to do a Binge Postponement Trial

  [Read the transcript below]   Hi there, it's Dr. Courtney Raspin here and today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about binge postponement and how you can do a binge postponement trial. In my last blog, I talked to you about what a binge is, how you can...

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3 Critical Steps to Control the Urge to Binge Eat

When someone has an unhealthy relationship with food, taking steps to control the urge to binge eat is often overwhelming and can be one of the biggest challenges when overcoming an eating disorder. Binge eating can occur for several reasons: as a result of a...

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How Therapy Can Help You With Change

  [Read the transcript below]   In my last vlog I talked to you about some of the major obstacles to change. Today I'd like to follow that up and talk to you about how therapy, and your therapist, can actually help you navigate those tricky obstacles. Because,...

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