There are many different reasons that individuals may seek the professional help of a Harley Street psychotherapist. For those clients with eating disorders, psychotherapists with both specialisedtraining as well as experience in working with this client population are critical.
As a top Harley Street psychotherapist, Philippe Jacquet has extensive experience in working with clients with eating disorders. Mr.Jacquet is also able to offer a truly personal perspective as he battled his own eating disorders as a young man. Through that experience, he made the study of eating disorders one of his specialisations and is internationally recognised as a top professional in this area.
Mr.Jacquet has provided professional training and workshops on the subject, as well as published articles on eating disorders and appeared as an expert on the subject on several television features. Working with both adults and adolescents struggling with any eating disorder or food addiction this Harley Street psychotherapist offers a bespoke and holistic treatment approach.
For many parents and loved ones of individuals with eating disorders, the biggest challenge is in understanding the relationship between a physical health condition, behaviour, and a mental health condition. The following brief summary is intended to highlight the common eating disorders and their treatment considerations.
Anorexia nervosa is perhaps the most well-known eating disorder. It can occur in early teens to adulthood, but is most commonly seen in late teens in both males and females.
Individuals with anorexia see themselves in a very distorted way, seeing fat where they are thin and constantly see only deficits and issues with their body. People with this eating disorder may literally starve themselves for extended times, may go on highly restrictive diets, engage in compulsive exercising and develop ritualistic eating habits.
Treatment for anorexia, like all eating disorders, is a long-term treatment. Immediate care will be needed to stabilise physical health while at the same time exploring the issues with body image distortion and self-esteem. Often, but not always, concurrent mental health issues such as depression and anxiety can exist.
Bulimia includes a binge and purge cycle of behaviours, all that are hidden from others. These individuals may have binges where they consume thousands of calories in a meal and then purge using laxatives, diuretics, self-induced vomiting and extreme exercise.
People with bulimia are often deeply ashamed of these behaviours and thoughts, and a Harley Street psychotherapist will need to address these underlying issues of self-esteem and self-loathing as part of the treatment. Often both talk therapy methods, as well as nutritional counselling and alternative treatments such as art therapy, are extremely helpful in the expression of these deeply held negative thoughts.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorders include the same behaviour as bulimia, but without the purging aspect. Individuals with binge eating disorder may diet in between the binges, but the key issue is the frequent bouts of out of control eating.
During the binge phase, people with this eating disorder will often feel disgusted with their behaviour but feel unable to stop themselves. They may have feelings of being completely out of control, and there are typically levels of hopelessness and helplessness during the binge.
All types of eating disorders have associated health risks. Making an appointment with Philippe Jacquet, a leading Harley Street psychotherapist on eating disorders, is the first step in making positive changes to take back control of your life.