We are a group of licensed professionals dedicated to providing an affordable therapeutic process to help women recover from their addiction to food. We are the only out-patient Treatment Center of its kind in the Bay Area. We believe strongly in our vision, in our understanding of the core problems necessary to address in order to enable real change.
Our participants are chronic overeaters and chronic dieters, all of whom are overweight or obese. Most have fought this battle their entire adult lives; some even longer. They have tried and ultimately failed on diets and other programs designed to lose weight. They no longer believe another diet will fix the problem. They identify themselves as emotional eaters, as people who use food to comfort themselves, to reduce stress, and/or to fill the emptiness within. Many also come from a childhood background of emotional deprivation and/or abuse.
We are unconventional in our approach as psychotherapists. We believe in the power of wisdom, ritual and group process. We believe in the power of depth psychology and the need to address the underlying wound and emptiness. We have staff members who, alongside years of training and experience in depth psychology also have degrees in Nutrition Science, Exercise Physiology – with substantial knowledge of the research in the following areas: the neuroscience of food addiction, the development of Insulin Resistance Syndrome and its impact on obesity, the politics of the food industry and the impact of processed foods on the obesity epidemic, the cultural emphasis on thinness and control, and its impact on women's relationship to their bodies and psyches.
In small groups, and/or individual therapy, women slowly begin to heal, slowly begin to relinquish their desperate 'use' of food and begin to bear the emotional truth lurking beneath the surface of their food addiction. Their basic hungers to be seen, understood, respected and cared about begin to be fed. The food addict, trapped in despair, slowly begins to want to live and begin to want to eat what will make her healthy and whole. She finds herself wanting to care for self and others. It is a process full of hope; full of suffering and loud laughter; a process that changes lives in a profound way.