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Eating Disorders

Experienced, safe and confidential support for issues based around eating and body image disorders.

One of the key areas of specialisation offered at The Bermondsey Practice is the treatment of eating disorders. Our experienced staff are able to work with clients of all ages, experiencing issues based around eating or body image.

Using an ethical, empathic, and client-centred approach we carefully select a personalised and holistic treatment plan for each client, providing the safe, comfortable and confidential space they need to talk and create positive, healthy changes in their lives.

There are several types of diagnosed eating disorders among the wide range of issues we can help with. All our clients, whether they are diagnosed with an eating disorder or not, are able to seek services and treatment from the experts at The Bermondsey Practice.

As these types of medical diagnosis are based on a list of specific behaviours, defining an issue may be difficult in some cases. In these situations the client may not come to us with a formal diagnosis - as she or he does not have a standard presentation of the behaviour - but therapeutic treatment can still assist in exploring issues that have occurred in the past, or are present now, and that are contributing to current harmful eating patterns.

Bulimia Nervosa

Often referred to as "bulimia" or "binge and purge", this is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Individuals with bulimia typically stay on highly restrictive and extremely low-calorie diets, and may exercise to excess in an attempt to further control their weight.

They also engage in binging, or the consumption of extremely high calorie foods or meals in a very short period of time. This is done in secret, often consuming days’ worth of calories in less than an hour. During this short period people often feel they are out of control and cannot stop eating.

Guilt, anxiety, and shame about the binge follow almost immediately. To try to rid the calories from the body, the individual engages in purging behaviours which often include laxatives, self-induced vomiting, diuretics and a return to excessive exercise.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia, like all eating disorders, can be found in both males and females of any age. The most common age for development of this disorder is mid-teens to early adulthood, for both males and females.

With anorexia the individual engages in highly restrictive dieting along with excessive exercising. Despite becoming very thin and even skeletal in their appearance they see themselves as fat, unlovable and unworthy. This excessive dieting and extremely low self-esteem are related to body image disorder, which often goes hand in hand with many eating disorders.

Binge Eating

Binge eating involves the rapid intake of high levels of calories in a short period of time. It is often triggered by feelings of a lack of control and very low self-esteem.

As with bulimia, during the binge individuals are unable to stop consuming food. But unlike bulimics, binge eaters do not purge. However they do also experience shame, embarrassment, frustration and feelings of helplessness about their behaviour.

All eating disorders have the potential to cause life-threatening medical conditions. Working with the professionals at The Bermondsey Practice can begin the process of emotional and mental healing, supporting positive self-esteem and learning healthy, sustainable life choices.

Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.

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