It is a serious mental health condition, which can result in an Eating Disorder. People who suffer from Anorexia keep their body weight as low as possible, by adopting one or more of the following behaviours:
As a result of these behaviours, emotions and thoughts are distorted and focus in life revolves around restricting food.
There are also physical symptoms as starving affects every part of the body. The main effects are:
Therapy offers a supportive, non-judgmental and safe environment; giving space away from everyday life to understand how Anorexia has developed and how it currently impacts on your life.
Together we will explore some sensitive areas to really understand how:
Holding this information and working together in a therapeutic environment we will explore and look forward, because recovery is possible with the right support and treatment.
I know from personal experience that making the decision to change can be difficult. Sufferers of Anorexia have a distorted image of themselves, thinking that they are fat, living with fear or perhaps not even recognising that they have a problem. In the first session I often hear:
“Friends and family think I have an eating problem, but I don’t”
“I am deeply unhappy and I want help, but at the same time, I’m incredibly nervous about changing”
“I’m petrified that I will get fat”
“I love the feeling of being in control of my eating”
The positive thoughts and feelings that ‘Anorexia’ creates are false. Sufferers may not believe this at the beginning of therapy, but they will at the end and deep down they know that they have withdrawn from life and that most of their time is spent worrying about food.
Treatment for Anorexia works across many areas and it is not just about food and weight.
Whether you know or think you may have a problem, try not to ignore it or struggle to cope. I encourage you to take that first and important step and seek help. I understand Anorexia Nervosa and what it means and I will be there to support you through changes, helping you at each stage to overcome any difficulties in a trustful and safe environment. Recovery is possible.
If you think I could help you or you would like more information please contact me.
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