Eating Disorder Counselling and Psychotherapy for Weight Loss/Body Image

Overcome Your Bulimia and Anorexia Today!

Remove Your Subconscious Blockages Forcing You To Obsess About Food With This New Programme” At Harley Street Psychology

…one 2 hour session maybe all you need to create significant change, removing the misery of your Bulimia and Anorexia Call Now: on 0207 060 5257 for a FREE 30 minute assessment

The two most common forms of eating disorder are Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa. Both have similarities and marked differences. Bulimia is where the individual suffering will binge at various points during the day when their emotional stress increases beyond the point of being able to “cope”. There is a desperation to binge due to the extended periods of restriction prior to the binge. When the desire to purge arises, the misuse of medications, laxatives, alcohol and drugs may be used. Bulimics live with the constant anxiety and fear of putting on weight in addition to the belief that they cannot control the amount of food they eat.

They will begin to exercise excessively and use any form of medication to assist in the prevention of weight gain. Bulimia is particularly dangerous for the individual due to the severe and long lasting physical impact on the body from the constant need to purge. There is a 50% higher chance for bulimics to have a heart attack due to the constant purging. Without the right form of treatment like the one on offer at Harley Street Psychology, there is a greater chance that the negative behaviours and thinking patterns you may be experiencing will be solidified through repetition. Bulimia affects a remarkably large amount of men and women which in turn may lead to the creation of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Anorexia on the other hand, is the desperate need to restrict the amount of food being taken in. due to the desperate need for controlling one of life’s necessities… Food, Anorexia is high representative of the feelings of being out of control in many of the sufferers. There are numerous behaviours and thinking patterns particular to Anorexia which make this a particularly difficult and in many cases near impossible disorder to cure.

Due to the lack of nourishment, the brain begins to disintegrate leading to memory impairment and an inability to process information making external intervention more difficult. Any “fuel” reserves that the body is holding onto soon become depleted leading to the body turning on itself and devouring muscle content making it that much harder to function even on a physical level. It is essential to get the correct type of help because Anorexia can eventually lead to further distortions in one personality.

What is Eating Disorder Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy WILL help with the psychological causes of problems related with food. Eating disorder counsellors and psychotherapists will help you control issues with comfort eating, pre-occupation with weight, binge-dieting, negative body image and eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia.

Within the United Kingdom, NICE guidelines make the recommendation that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used as the treatment of choice for Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa. The Recommended amount of sessions for treatment is between 16 – 20 sessions, HOWEVER our research has shown that a 2 hour intensive session using the Harley Street Psychology Method places you in a powerful position to make the choice of maintaining with consistency the new behaviours and thinking that you will establish during your time working with your therapist. So powerful infact that ensuring the continuity using the HSP Method you will never have to see another health professional again.

What are the benefits of eating disorder Counselling and Psychotherapy?

  • Immediately understand the root cause of the eating issues
  • Assess and retrain yourself with new thoughts, feelings and behaviours that break the easting disordered cycle
  • Develop key insights into your self and self image which will break future triggers
  • Adopt new eating behaviours and positive thinking attached to the eating
  • Destroy the critical voice that is in your head for good
  • Introducing new effective behaviours to replace vomiting, laxative abuse, over-exercise, food behaviours and your overall relationship with food.

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

Some Key Signs:

  • Does controlling food preoccupy your thinking?
  • Have you lost a lot of weight, or using unhealthy means of losing weight?
  • Do you hide food for binging later, or hide food to show others that you have eaten?
  • Do you make excuses to not eat around other people only to feel like you’ve accomplished something positive by “duping” them?
  • Do you have “safe clothes” to maximise or hide your shape?
  • Do you abuse laxatives, made yourself sick or exercise excessively in relation to eating too much or needing to lose weight?
  • Do you feel like you are losing control in life?
  • Have people commented about your weight or eating habits?

Eating Disorder Counselling at Harley Street Psychology™ London

Harley Street Psychology is a renowned clinic for Bulimia Treatment and Anorexia Treatment. The Amalgam of experience and expertise at HSP will provide you a platform not only for the best and most effective treatment available but empower you to get back the life you want. You can book an appointment today for swift bulimia recovery.

Do you feel alone and helpless not knowing where or who to turn to? 

The truth is, there is someone who can help you. We have seen and helped people, from all over the world, even when others have been unable. People just like you, who have tried every option available and have given up all hope of curing Bulimia and Anorexia. We have been central in assisting people to achieve the lives they could only wish for, personally, one on one with countless people just like you.

Harley Street Psychology, founded by Clinical Director Massimo Stocchi has been focused on the last 8 years developing, refining, and fine tuning the proven formula’s for effectively eliminating Bulimia and Anorexia and reveal everything to you in the session you will book with us. Our system makes it fast, quick and easy for anyone to learn how to feel comfortable and confident around food and guilt free, regardless of the period of time you have suffered with your eating disorder.

NOW is the time YOU CAN gain control of your life and your health without drugs or months and years of therapy… achieve your life ambitions without an eating disorder holding you back… and overcome these physical symptoms:

▪       Obsessing over food

▪       Fear of putting on weight

▪       Uncontrollable addictive urges

▪       Comfort eating

▪       Wasting excessive amounts of money on food

▪       Avoiding going out just so you can stay home and binge

▪       Wasting time

▪       Anxiety

▪       Low self esteem

▪       Stress

▪       Depression

Further reading on Body image related concerns and Eating disorders and Counselling/Psychotherapy:

  • Night time Eater, how to manage nigh time eating and binge eating: Don Orwell
  • Eating Disorders For Dummies: Susan Schulherr
  • Eating Disorders Sourcebook: Sandra Judd
  • The Truth about Eating Disorders: Robert Golden, Fred Peterson

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Addiction Counselling and Psychotherapy in London

Are Your Bad Habits Controlling Your Life?

It is a common misconception that addiction is only associated with substance abuse, such as drugs and alcohol. Contrarily, we can become grossly addicted to many other substances and experiences: these include (not mutually exclusive to) Love addiction, Gambling, Sport, Shopping, Internet, Pornography, Sex, Social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram), Electronics and gadgets, Negative or Risky Behaviours to name a few.

In essence it is important to characterise and understand what we mean by addiction at Harley Street Psychology. When we engage in activities that prompt a surge of chemicals in our body, such as adrenaline and dopamine, these chemicals provide a temporary “high” which causes us to be destabilised within our bodies. Depending on our current circumstances we may be rational enough to know that the event was something enjoyable and have strong enough boundaries to not continually use the “substance” and carry on normally.

The problem arises when the experience with the substance or event has fuelled our life with a different sense/feeling/chemical which is removed from our sometimes stagnant lives. This is where we become open to having our perception changed for the worst. We begin to view the event/experience/substance favourably because of the new feelings it promotes which in-turn manifests into an addiction through our repetitive behaviour. Because we so easily connect with repetitive “bad” behaviour and thinking, we reinforce the new need and dependency on the substance which ultimately causes us to feel that we “need” it and cannot function “without it”.

Regardless of the type of addiction you feel you have, it will take a serious toll on your physical, and psychological wellbeing. If you feel you are in this repetitive cycle and are able to acknowledge to yourself that there is a problem–contact us on 0207 060 5257 immediately!

What is Addiction Counselling, Addiction  Psychotherapy and Psychiatry?

Addiction counsellors can help you identify whether you have an addiction and may suggest a course of counselling sessions to help overcome it.

Therapy for addiction can help you to examine the underlying causes that precipitated the vicious cycle and identify any possible triggers that may lead to a relapse. It can also help you deal with any other psychological issues that may be attached to your addiction such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. Finally, it can guide those around you such as family and friends to better understand your addiction and learn how to support you during your recovery.

If your addiction is serious, you may also need to meet with a consultant psychiatrist to diagnose, monitor and treat any mental health issues arising from it, and they can refer you to a rehabilitation centre if a residential stay is recommended.

Breaking the Addiction Cycle – The Harley Street Psychology™ Method

Addictions most commonly are treated with the aid of a 12 step programme that essentially guarantees the success in overcoming the addiction to either drugs, drink, food, sex, love or any other potentially addictive substance or act. The concern here is that there is no pivotal research that indicates the success of such programmes and there have been three primary studies which have researched the efficacy of AA styled programmes, only to find that they are obsolete and have a higher relapse rate than a fully tailored and bespoke psycho-therapeutic intervention.

In lay mans terms, the process of AA style meetings provides a platform for people who are struggling with addictive behaviours to identify with the experiences and stories of “recovering addicts” so that they can gain perspective on their life experience with the aid of the “buddy” programme or “sponsor” to help through difficult periods when they want to give into their addiction.

Historically AA programs have introduced quite an evangelical style to the meetings with the hope that by introducing God or Godly ways into the meetings there can be a displacement of substances for something more spiritually fulfilling.

By no means is this a dismissal of this process and depending on the depth of belief of the person, this may work, however there is not enough evidence to point the substance abuser in the direction of actually learning how to change unhelpful behaviours and understand the need for such behaviours and choices.

Some thoughts to ponder when reaching the point of looking for help:

  1. you will naturally be using the substance to soothe a part of you that needs kindness and love. Possibly both of which you are unable to give yourself, which can translate into an inability to care for yourself.
  2. the substance abuse creates a perfect strategy always available to prevent you from dealing with the core issues in your life and making the necessary choices to adapt and change for the better.
  3. There are constant excuses being used to avoid taking responsibility for your actions and choices
  4. You will often sabotage any form of positive relationship and supplement it once again with the use of substances when things go wrong.
  5. There has to be a desire to change and be dedicated to your growth and have a willingness to look at the core pains you carry.
  6. There has to be a dedication and persistence in finding the root and core issue that is holding you in the repetitive cycle

At Harley Street Psychology™, our psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and psychiatrists work with the full range of addictions, addictive behaviours and thinking.

It takes 21 days biologically to create a new habit, and it takes 90 days of consistency to break a bad habit. This is a rule of thumb largely dependant on your ability to replace bad behaviours and thinking patterns consistently with new and more effective healthy ones. We will assess all the causes and negative thinking and behaving patterns contributing to the addiction. With this added insight and a bespoke plan will allow you once again a sense of freedom to break away from the hold that the addiction has on your life. Each session will focus on helping you gain the crucial self-understanding necessary to disarm the core need for the addiction. You will in essence recalibrate the way you relate to the addiction and the readjust the thinking patterns that keep you tied into the current negative belief system you have.

Accessing Addiction Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry Services at HarleyStreet Psychology™, London

Harley Street Psychology has an extensive network of therapists and inclusive of Specialist Psychiatrists offering addiction treatment.

Call us on 0207 060 5257 for a free consultation so we can acquire a better understanding of how we can help you overcome your struggle with addiction.

Further reading on addiction counselling:

  • Internet Addiction: Laura Perdrew
  • Addiction the brain disease: Dale Carison
  • The Porn Addiction Cure:Paul Stephenson
  • Rewired a new approach to addiction: Erica Spiegelman

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