Eating Disorder Clinic

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Our Treatment Philosophy at Life Therapies Clinic

Eating disorders are progressive, debilitating mental health conditions which call for medical, psychological and nutritional interventions.  There are different types of eating disorder, so our Life Therapies practitioner has different ways of managing compulsive eating, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia.

Obesity is not an eating disorder but some people who are overweight also have a toxic relationship with food which needs to be managed if they are to lose weight. Many people who are overweight have tried and failed to lose weight for years. Others find weight loss easy but maintaining weight loss is impossible. Yo-yo dieting is miserable and stressful and we can help you put that way of life behind you.

And I said to my body, softly, “I want to be your friend.” It took a long breath and replied, “I have been waiting my whole life for this.” – Nayyirah Waheed

In order to recover properly, a person will change in a number of aspects.

Behaviour

Obviously; eating regularly and healthily, sufficient to sustain daily energy needed to maintain an appropriate healthy weight. The person is able to take care of themselves with food, eat when hungry and able to stop when they had enough. He/she will be free of compulsions to binge or purge, or exercise harmfully, and there will most certainly be no need to embark on diets. One part of the recovery process is dealing with the physical and nutritional imbalances that lead to irresistible cravings and difficulties with weight control.

Feelings

Recovery involves freedom from anxiety and fear of foods, or of certain foods like fats or carbs. Toxic shame about eating and body image will be resolved. Recovery is more than dealing with feelings about food and weight; it will involve helping the person to manage and deal with all their feelings appropriately, including those which have been linked to previous unhappy experiences. Sometimes an eating disorder is an expression of emotional pain. We will heal this pain.

Relationships

The struggles for control which are part of an eating disorder usually point to many other things in life being “out of control”. An important part of recovery is helping a person to re-set and repair their relationships with their families and other people. We will help you find the best you can be in your education, your career and your most important relationships.

Your eating disorder mindset

Unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and values regarding food and body image lead directly to behaviour which can sometimes feel crazy. Recovery means less thinking and worrying about food and exercise, and more interest in everything else. You will be able to sleep at night without obsessing about tomorrow or yesterday. Perfectionism, I’ve blown-it thinking,  and beating oneself up are all aspects of eating disorders which we will change, for good.

Happiness & purpose

A sound recovery must be based on reclaiming what was missing in a person, that enabled the eating disorder to take hold in the first place. Recovery isn’t just about food and weight, it is finding something deeper, a new purpose in life, a sense of being connected to other people. We aspire to help people thrive, not just survive.

Just want to lose some weight?

It is hard to deal with a chronic weight problem without treatment.  Even if you do lose weight with a liquid diet or another regime, you regain it again if you are eating to manage stress and feelings. Permanent weight loss without hunger and without deprivation is possible with the right support and help.

Recovery aims

Weight management treatment starts with transforming your relationship with food and strengthening your willpower with a holistic care plan. After this it will be much easier to lose weight and keep it off. Counselling will build your emotional resources, deal with old hurts, work on the “dieting mindset” and teach you new ways of feeling in control. We start with a full assessment to help build the personalised treatment plan that is right for you.

Psychological approaches

Life Therapies practitioners draw on CBT, CBT-E, mindfulness and positive psychology approaches. Individual therapists can add other skills which are valuable and helpful in eating disorder therapy. These skills include Psychotherapy,, Eye Movement Desensitisation, (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnosis, Coaching, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

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