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Male Eating Disorder Therapist for Men

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Male Eating Disorder therapist for men
Confidential & Private. Holistic Approach.
Sessions tailored to your needs.
BACP Registered. Ready to help.

  • Specialist Eating Disorder Training

Eating Disorder is a specialist area of counselling and I have undertaken extensive training in this field.

  • Online Phone or face to face sessions

Work with me wherever you are. Video, phone or in person sessions depending on your needs and preference.

  • Daytime or Evening appointments

Book a day and time that works for you.

My mission is to help you feel at peace with food and your body so you can thrive.

Research shows that men develop eating disorders and body image issues as a way of controlling thoughts, emotions and life stressors that they are unable to regulate.

Working together when can identify and change the factors that maintain the eating disorder and body image issues.

  • Be at peace with food

Explore and change your eating patterns. Learn to nourish yourself in a balanced way.

  • Manage cravings

Identify the biological an psychological nature of cravings and create new habits to contain them.

  • Stop Bingeing and Purging

Identify and manage the triggers that cause you to binge. Learn how to gradually stop purging.

  • Tackle body image issues

V-shape, muscles and genital size is what many men with eating disorder struggle with. Lets work together to overcome your anxiety and restore confidence in your body.

  • Manage emotions and relationships

Men with eating disorders struggle with emotions and relationships. Learn to regulate your emotions and become more assertive in relationships.

  • Create beneficial habits

Challenge existing habits and create new behaviours that promote well being.


As a male eating disorder therapist for men I can support you with eating problems that include but are not limited to the following:

Binge Eating Treatment for Men

Binge Eating is the most common eating disorder experienced by men. Some of the signs that you are binge eating include: secret eating, going on and off diets, a sense of having lost control over the quantity you eat. If left unchecked binge eating can turn into bulimia or anorexia.

Bulimia Treatment for Men

Men can often develop bulimia out of a binge eating disorder or an existing eating disorder like anorexia.

Some of the diagnostic criteria for bulimia are recurring bingeing followed by recurring purging or compulsive exercise

Unlike women, men show different symptoms such as self worth based on muscularity, steroids and supplement abuse, muscle building exercise and wider co-existing mental health issues.

Contact me today to stop the binge purge cycle and restor self esteem.

Bigorexia - Muscle Dysmorphia Treatment for Men

Approximately 10% of men training at the gym have bigorexia (source BDDF).

Bigorexia happens when you perceive your body as not sufficiently muscular and you aim to gain weight without gaining fat. This is combined with excessive exercise dietary compulsion and use of performance enhancing drugs.

The result is an adverse impact on your body and leads to a limited social and occupational activity. All time and energy are invested in shaping your muscles.

Contact me today to improve the perception of your body and restore your social life.

Anorexia Treatment for Men

Anorexia in men entails a combination of physiological, bodily and behavioural issues such as loss of weight, weight loss behaviour, body image issues and the starving mind to mention a few.

These can affect libido and also give rise to social withdrawal, preoccupation with body parts, such as the size of genitals, and poor self esteem based on physique.

Together we can reverse the behaviour, believes and physical effects of anorexia and develop self esteem that enables you to thrive.

Contact me today to tackle anorexia. The first conversation is fee of charge

Male Eating Disorders FAQ

Which eating disorder is the most common for males?

Binge Eating is the most common eating disorder affecting men. It involves men eating large quantity of foods over a short space of time without feeling in control of what or how much they are eating. Differently from bulimia, binge eating is not followed by any purging behaviour. If left unchecked binge eating disorder can develop into bulimia or anorexia.

Suffering in silence and shame

If you are a man who has been affected by an eating or body image problem and are struggling to cope, I would like to reassure you that you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 3 men suffer from an eating disorder.

Research shows that up to a quarter of sufferers are men from all walks of life. Unfortunately the high level of stigma makes it difficult to gather more accurate data. Many men also struggle to reach out because they fear being labelled as gay. This is an additional barrier for men who usually find it harder, compared to women, to open up about their issues. Lastly most eating disorder treatment services are aimed at women leaving men without a male orientated service to go to.

All of the above reasons have prompted me to specialise in working with men.

What triggers an eating disorder in men?

Eating disorders in men are often brought on by one or more the following:

  • relationship breakdown

  • career changes or pressures at work

  • difficult coping with pressure overall

  • Illness or loss

  • bullying and criticism for being overweight

  • practising sports that require extreme weight control

  • comments from sports coaches

Research implies that eating disorders in men take root when they get into exercising. Would you say that applies to you or have you identified a different path?

With time, the desire to attain a perfect body, becomes more obvious and later develops into an obsession, which makes you limit food intake. Anyone observing from the outside, can simply overlook this tendency as a wish to become healthier. You can probably recall yourself that at first you went through a stage of being toned, fit and muscular. The eating disorder only manifested much later. This is what makes it harder for a man to notice the onset of the eating disorder and make it more challenging to treat because the eating disorder has a stronger chance to become embedded long before you start noticing it.

Can men choose to have an eating disorder

Eating disorders (ED) are complex mental health problems. Any man, regardless of race, age or background can develop and ED. It is not your fault if you have one. Fault and blame often go hand in hand. I have trained to work in a sensitive way that doesn't seek to blame men or anybody else in their life. I have several years of experience working with eating disorders. I work with women, men, the BAME and LGBTQA community.

Anorexia and Bulimia in men

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can overlap in men. When this happens it is referred to as a bulimic subtype of anorexia nervosa. The subtype will show episodic overeating and purging in addition to the starving and over exercising behaviour of the restrictive anorexic. It is known as a subtype of anorexia nervosa because anorexia trumps bulimia due to it's more serious nature and has more complications, which make it harder to treat. If you are bulimic sub type anorectic, then you may find it harder to recover because you have to address two different sets of behaviour.

What percentage of men have an eating disorder

Research suggests that up to a quarter of sufferers are male.

It is estimated that out of:

100'000 men

  • 19 are affected by anorexia nervosa and
  • 29 are affected by bulimia

The high level of stigma affecting men with eating disorders, means that it is very difficult to obtain accurate figures. Part of the reason men struggle to ask for help is that most services are aimed at woman, which leaves some men thinking that they have a 'typically' female problem. That's  quite simply not to case as anyone can get an eating disorder.

Flavio Cernotta PgDipCouns MBACP reg. The BACP register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, a statutory agency overseeing the regulation of healthcare professionals in the UK

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