Philippe Jacquet is one of the United Kingdom's leading psychotherapists and experts in the treatment of eating disorders. Mr. Jacquet himself struggled with an eating disorder in his youth, which led him to pursue this area of specialisation to be able to assist others in recovery.
Mr. Jacquet has completed an International Diploma in Addiction Counselling from the Hazelden Foundation as well as a Diploma in Counselling in Eating Disorders and Addictions from the PROMIS Recovery Centre, a prestigious and highly regarded treatment facilities. Not content with this specialised training, he has also earned a Diploma in Counselling for Eating Disorders from the National Centre for Eating Disorders.
With over 25,000 hours of clinical experience, Mr. Jacquet has the compassion, professional expertise and the experience needed to assist individuals of all ages struggling with eating disorders. His approach is holistic and integrated, utilizing treatment options that are carefully selected to best suit the treatment plan and the personal goals of his clients on a bespoke level.
To help to understand the different types of eating disordered treated at Philippe Jacquet & Associates, the following brief explanations will be helpful for individuals and family members.
Most people have heard of anorexia. It is the most life-threatening eating disorder, although all can be dangerous and have the potential to cause serious injury or death through complications and concurrent health issues.
Anorexia is the extreme limiting of food intake often combined with extreme measures to burn off calories. This can include unhealthy and excessive amounts of exercise combined with taking in just hundreds of calories a day or prolonged fasting.
At the same time, these individuals will see themselves as still imperfect, heavy and overweight, despite their often-skeletal appearance.
Bulimia is sometimes called the binge and purge disorder and involves multiple components. The individual often is on a restricted diet but then, in secret, binges on very high levels of fats, carbs and sugar-filled foods.
Typically, immediately after the binge, the individual will begin to purge. This purging can include self-inducing vomiting, using laxatives and diuretics as well as excessive exercise.
Often those individuals with bulimia will be of average weight to overweight. They also have a false view of their body and often struggle with extreme feelings of guilt, shame and even anxiety about their eating disorder.
Binge eating is not the same as bulimia as there is no purging. However, the rapid intake of high levels of calories is extremely dangerous. The depression and anxiety that often accompanies this disorder can be significant and devastating.
Individuals that have a binge eating disorder are aware of their behaviour and feel powerless and out of control. This leads to feelings of being helpless, creating low self-esteem that can be a trigger for the next binge episode.
Many individuals will have a combination of symptoms or identifiers for eating disorders. It is not necessary to have a specific diagnosis to seek treatment in counselling and therapy from Philippe Jacquet.