Helping Eating Problems using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
I am often asked for help with eating problems such as anorexia, bulimia, or other eating problems. I have helped people with these problems using either psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, or cognitive therapy at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.
Please click here for problems with weight control, comfort eating, binge eating or over-eating.
Is it really ‘a problem with food’?
Most people with eating problems, think (or have been told) that food is the problem, in and of itself. When we seek help for an eating problem, (perhaps with counselling or CBT, say), the focus is usually on food. Most approaches are about ways in which we can try to manage our ‘issue with food’. This type of approach, although sometimes helpful in the short term, may not always result in permanent changes.
The main reason for this is that food is usually NOT the actual problem. The unhealthy behaviour with food is a secondary symptom of an underlying (primary) problem.
Eating problems as a ‘way of coping’
Eating problems are usually ‘coping mechanisms’ which have developed because, underneath, we have some emotional discomfort. Perhaps we feel anxious; or have low self-esteem. We may feel ‘out of control’, or stressed out, for instance. And we tend to feel increasingly ‘compelled’ to carry out our unhealthy behaviour with food.
This is usually a new perspective for my clients about their eating problems. This is especially the case if they have had any therapy for this problem beforehand. Things become clearer as we work through things together though.
What causes eating problems?
One thing to remember is that babies aren’t born with eating problems. Not emotional ones anyway. The underlying primary (emotional) causes are generally unresolved emotions from negative past experiences. We may also have negative ‘core beliefs’ about ourselves. These experiences are usually from early life. The events are often long-forgotten by the time we develop an eating problem. We tend to store these unresolved emotions and core beliefs subconsciously (i.e. outside of conscious awareness). This makes it more difficult in many ways if we have eating problems.
How can I help?
I offer different approaches for this (and every problem) and the choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances. We usually make the decision together during the initial consultation.
Please browse my site for information on the various therapies / approaches that I practise.
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