How can hypnosis work for clients with eating disorders?
Cathy has completed the CEED Centre Of Excellence in Eating Disorders course which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to people suffering from eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other non-specific eating disorders. Centre Of Excellence For Eating Disorders Help
Providers in the Barwon Region are inundated with clients needing help with these insidious disorders and I am very glad to be able to utilise hypnosis as a complementary and viable therapy for sufferers.
I have treated a young girl who is recovering from anorexia and who of course has the distorted body image, won’t look in a mirror and is constantly comparing her body with others.
My first question to her was “Do you believe you can get better? I knew she wanted to get better otherwise she would not have come to see me.
She said she was not sure that she could but she was really wanted to believe she could as she had now returned to an acceptable weight and was studying to be an educator.
I got the story from her first and as in most cases of anorexia, it revolved around a lack of praise and worthiness growing up and a poor relationship with food and criticism of her weight from others and the need to control her emotions via depriving herself of food.
In the hypnosis, we set the goal of hers to love herself and accept her self and to feel worthy and deserving and I did this through suggestions encompassing imagery, feelings and emotions through various techniques.
on a conscious level, I set her some tasks which would push her out of her comfort zone and listen to a recording I made for her for 30 days and she also decided to start writing about her experiences with a view to being a platform for other sufferers.
Another client I had was someone who was a binge eater and would start eating copious amounts of food at a certain time in the afternoon. Once again her background was one of deprivation around being looked after emotionally and excessiveness when it came to food and interestingly food being offered as a peace offering after much conflict.
She needed to have her worthiness and self-esteem built and to learn some healthy habits around food like eating only 3 times a day which she was not doing.
In hypnosis, the client can totally relax take a break from themselves and then we have the chance to implant the suggestions of change that the client so dearly wants. The client can unlearn unhelpful emotions and thoughts.
As I said before if the client wants to get better and they believe they can then hypnosis can be a wonderful tool/therapy for them so they can normalise themselves.
I am very passionate about helping young people with eating disorders and as a mother of three girls aged 21 to 34, I have learned a lot about the powerful effect negative and positive that we can have on our daughter’s reflection of themselves.