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Arizona Connection Counseling is a licensed counseling agency with offices in Mesa and Scottsdale, AZ, and appointments available statewide through Telehealth. Our therapists work with individuals, couples, families, and groups; we pride ourselves on being a safe haven and secure base for clients to pursue positive growth. In fact, that is our mission at Arizona Connection Counseling: “To provide our clients with a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment where they can explore issues and make changes to their life.”

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Currently accepting new clients, our team has a wide range of specialist skills and approaches. We have therapists who focus on treating relational distress within couples and families, helping with issues such as infidelity, communication, and sexual difficulties. We also offer mindfulness, trauma and client-centered therapy for individuals seeking personal growth.

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Eating Disorders - It's Not About the Food

By Kelly Lopez

If it’s not about the food, what is it really about?

The eating disorder serves a function, it does a job. Despite the problems an eating disorder creates, it is an effort to cope, shield against, communicate, and solve problems. Behaviors may be a way to establish a sense of power or control, self-worth, strength, and containment. Bringing may be used to numb pain. Purging may be a way to release emotions. When one cannot cope in healthy ways, adaptive functions (behaviors) are created to ensure a sense of safety, security, and control.
According to Carolyn Costin*, some of the “adaptive functions that eating disorder behaviors commonly serve are”:
It’s not about the food, it’s a way of coping with low self-esteem, negative emotions, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, unstable home, difficulty resolving conflict and much more.
*Costin, Carolyn. The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders. 3rd. edition, McGraw Hill, 2007.
Fuller, Kristen. “Eating Disorders: It’s Not All about Food.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 22 Mar. 2017