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Top 6 Women In-Depth Podcasts for Binge and Emotional Eating.

Are you using food to numb feelings, to sooth yourself or as a way of seeking connection with transpersonal qualities such as love? 

Then these Women In-Depth: Conversations About the Inner Lives of Women podcasts are for you! The whole series is a wonderfully rich, depth exploration into the feminine psyche.

Here are my top 6 podcasts to help women who struggle with binge eating, emotional eating, comfort eating and overeating.

One: Podcast 11: Childhood Emotional Neglect: The Invisible Experience with Dr. Jonice Webb

Underlying most eating disorders, disordered eating and other food, weight and body image concerns, is an experience of childhood emotional neglect (CEN). If our feelings and needs have been neglected, we may have turned to food (or other substances) as a way of numbing or soothing ourselves.

In this podcast, clinical psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb discusses what childhood emotional neglect really is. She says that it is often hard to understand because it’s about what DIDN’T happen in childhood, and even though it can be subtle and invisible, childhood emotional neglect has a devastating impact on many individuals.

If you love this episode, you can also listen to Dr Jonice Webb’s follow up interview: 62: After Childhood Emotional Neglect: Healing Your Relationships with Your Partner, Children, & Parents

Two: Podcast 21: Healing the Mother Wound with Bethany Webster

Bethany Webster is a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and a midwife of the heart. Her work is focused on helping women heal the “mother wound” so that they can step into their full feminine power and potential.

Webster writes,

“Difficulty and challenges between mothers and daughters are rampant and widespread but not openly spoken about. The taboo about speaking about the pain of the mother wound is what keeps it in place and keeps it hidden in shadow, festering and out of view…. The mother wound is the pain of being a woman passed down through generations of women in patriarchal cultures. And it includes the dysfunctional coping mechanisms that are used to process that pain.”

The mother wound can manifest in conditions such as addiction, depression and eating disorders such as binge eating, bulimia and chronic dieting/restricting.

In this podcast, Bethany Webster discusses how the mother wound affects all aspects of a woman’s life, the devaluation of the feminine, why this isn’t simply bringing up the past and the mother wound as a tool of empowerment.

Three: Podcast 63: Gifts & Challenges of the Highly Sensitive Person with Julie Bjelland, LMFT  

Women suffering with food, weight and body image concerns are more often than not, highly sensitive people (HSPs).

Author of Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions, Julie Bjelland, has a passion for, and expertise in neuroscience and determining how to successfully train the brain so people can live their best lives.

Julie discusses in this episode the definition of high sensitivity, the correlation with health issues, self-care and other techniques to manage high sensitivity.

If you love this episode and want to learn more about HSPs, check out episode 53: Beyond the Myths: Understanding the Highly Sensitive Person with April Snow

Four: Podcast 37: Women and Anger with Michelle Farris, LMFT

Many women who binge or emotionally eat squash their anger down with food. They haven’t learnt how to be with their rich emotional life. It often feels safer to eat down the anger (and the pain and sadness underlying the anger) than to express it in an assertive and healthy way.

Michelle Farris, LMFT. Michelle is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She teaches others how to be more authentic in relationships by healing their anger and codependency.

In this episode, Michelle discusses how codependency is related to anger, how anger can misrepresent women, people-pleasing and anger, how we can reconnect with our anger in a healthy way and learning how to say no!

If you identified with the topics in this episode, you might also enjoy episode number 22: Overcoming People Pleasing with Sharon Martin, LCSW

Five: Podcast 59: Cracking the Hunger Code Through Storytelling and Metaphor

Anita Johnston, Ph.D. is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling  and the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Cafe, an online e-course and support circle.

In this episode Anita discusses, fitting in versus. belonging, the significance of the feminine in understanding disordered eating, what the food choices/qualities in disordered eating can reveal and how to redefine our relationship with food.

Six: Podcast 09: Disordered Eating: A Search for Wholeness with Jodie Gale

 

In, It’s not about the food’, Normandi & Roark write,

‘At the heart of every eating disorder, whether it is compulsive eating, bulimia or anorexia, there is a cry from the deepest part of our souls that must be heard. It is a cry to awaken, to embrace our whole selves… It is a cry to deepen our understanding of who we really are. It is a longing to know ourselves in mind, body and spirit’.

The above spiritual context is often neglected within eating disorder and other food, weight and body image recovery treatments. In this podcast, I address the underlying spiritual context and how recovery is an unfolding journey of the authentic self/soul. I also share about my personal recovery from bulimia (20 years this year!), how we must work with the parts and the whole and most importantly – how we are whole, not broken, even though we often feel this way!

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Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private supervision, counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

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Moments of Meaning for National Psychotherapy Day

September 25 (in the US) is National Psychotherapy Day.

Moments of Meaning is a moving series of talks about what it is really like to be in therapy.

Check out these wonderful counsellors and psychotherapists sharing their own moments of meaning, as clients and as therapists.

This talk particularly spoke to me – Can Therapists Really Love Their Clients? by Stephanie Law, Psy.D.

For me personally – the unconditional love I felt from my psychotherapist helped me recover from addiction and bulimia nervosa.

Now as a counsellor and psychotherapist – the answer to ‘can therapists really love their clients?’ It’s a big YES from me.

If you are thinking about going to therapy – this might freak you out a bit! I’m not talking about romantic love. In A Psychotherapy of Love, Psychosynthesis practitioners Firman & Gila describe it as,

“…it is a love that facilitates the innate drive of synthesis, wholeness, and actualization.; love that supports the human journey over the course of a lifetime, love that allows the human spirit to thrive. This is a type of love that can see and embrace the whole of who we are – in short, an empathic love.”

Did you miss the National Psychotherapy Day Instagram Photo-A-Day Challenge? Check it out and hit the #nationalpsychotherapyday tag to see all of the photos from therapists around the globe.

About Jodieas-seen-in-december-16-pink

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private supervision, counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

“The idea of having children terrifies me. Truly, on a deep level.”

A 31-year-old married woman has opened her heart in a letter to Mamamia. She says that deep down, she’s uncertain if she should be trying to get pregnant or not.

Read the full article with my suggestions on how to determine whether or not to have children as well as some of the underlying reasons that might be holding you back.

Image Credit: Mamamia

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About Jodie

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private supervision, counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

I’m excited to have become an Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) approved practitioner. Over the next few years I will be working towards GOLD membership.

ACFED train psychotherapists,  psychologists, social workers, counsellors, registered nurses and dieticians in theory and skills related to eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and orthorexia), obesity and nutrition. If you are looking for an eating disorder specialist in your area, you can find a list of approved practitioners on their website.

About The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) via their website:

“The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) offers training to a wide range of health care professionals on the best practice treatment of eating disorders.  ACFED also provides sufferers and their loved ones with a directory of qualified health professionals, making it easier for them to find the right support.

The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders is the leading independent provider of professional development in Eating Disorders and Obesity for health professionalism Australia and New Zealand.

Their mission is to develop and deliver effective, evidence based professional development opportunities in Eating Disorders and Obesity to health professionals and to develop a network of ACFED Approved health professionals with a high standard of skills and resources.”

About Jodieas-seen-in-december-16-pink

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private supervision, counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

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A Jungian Understanding of The Fat Complex with Cheryl Fuller on Shrink Rap Radio, is without a doubt one of the most informative and enlightening conversations I have listened to in a long time.

Whilst this podcast is a must listen for all – it is essential listening for mental health and wellness professionals.

Why?

Because amongst several thought changing discussions about fat phobia, fat trauma, unhealthy and healthy at any size, the war on obesity and the rise of anorexia, Cheryl discusses Yalom’s essay on the Fat Lady within the context of the fat shaming and thin privilege she personally experienced by several of her own counsellors and psychotherapists – where love and care, regardless of one’s size, is expectable.

She says,

“I have encountered what I call the thin gaze and with it the assumption that I should want to lose weight. The thin gaze, arising from thin privilege, is the objectifying gaze cast upon the fat person by someone who is not fat.”

About Cheryl Fuller

Cheryl Fuller is a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. She is passionate about depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and treatment of fatness, all in the context of the war on obesity. Her life is and has been the life of a fat woman which naturally feeds her interest in the lived experience of fat people, the absence of such voices in discussions of weight, and in the effects of fat phobia and what she terms the cultural fat complex.

She has published essays on Medea, fat politics, and embodiment. Cheryl holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University, an MA in clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Jungian Studies from the Union Institute.

About Jodieas-seen-in-december-16-pink

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private supervision, counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

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