Working with Food Related Problems
When people talk about “food related problems” terms like anorexia and bulimia are often used to describe a wide range of behavioural patterns. One of the downsides of the internet age is that increasingly people self diagnose symptoms and then have a tendency to emulate many of the classic symptoms associated with the formal terms for these issues. Many clients that I see have seen other therapists without success. Typical attempted treatments include keeping food diaries, counselling and various forms of psychotherapy. The challenge for therapists in helping clients is to ensure that they don’t encourage them to think even more about food which has already in most cases become the client’s main preoccupation in life.
This means treating every client as a unique individual and exploring and identifying the triggers for the behaviour. These triggers for the unhelpful eating disorder behaviours can really vary from person to person. Sometimes the trigger for an eating disorder can be a specific set of circumstances that regularly occurs in a person’s life, other times there seems (to the person involved) to be not determinable pattern. In these instances the hypnotherapy and behavioural therapy approaches can work really effectively, as the client then gains a new perspective in this more relaxed state.
Many clients plan in intricate detail their eating behaviours for each day and week ahead. It’s important to remember that such behaviours are “learned behaviours” and by using Provocative Change Works it’s quite possible to change these unhelpful eating disorder patterns to create a life that is no longer centred on the subject of food and eating. I generally advise a number of sessions for such conditions, so each client is able to see the differences in the changing eating disorder behaviours and gradually discover that they have a wider range of choices in how they feel about food. I have had excellent success to date with all kinds of food related problems. As with all client sessions prior to arranging a session I always obtain a completed set of client notes to make best use of session time.
“Thank you so much!! I can’t tell you how much you have changed my life and I can’t describe to her how much you have changed my life. would just like to say I am totally free of bulimia and thought I never would be and that is all thanks to you!! I can’t thank you enough!”