Eating disorders are very challenging for both clients as well as their families. Eating disorders often have concurrent physical health issues, some which can be very serious and life-threatening.
Psychotherapy and counselling through Philippe Jacquet & Associates can be completed either by Skype, allowing clients to have their sessions in the comfort of their own home or location of their choice, or through our in-person treatment options.
We provide bespoke treatment programmes, which means that our staff works with each client to develop a customised and individualised treatment plan. We do not use one size fits all treatment, which allows us to respond to our clients by incorporating the most effective treatment options.
General Information About Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can be defined by three main diagnosis possibilities, but there are many variations and not all people with eating disorders have the same symptoms. In addition, it is possible to have an eating disorder that is not specific to one diagnosis and these NOS or none otherwise specified. NOS is one of the most common diagnoses with eating disorders.
The three recognised and specific eating disorders include:
• Anorexia Nervosa – present in both males and females and can start in the early teen years. Individuals with this eating disorder have a distorted self-image and will see themselves as overweight even when extremely thin. It is typically seen with highly restrictive diets, obsessive exercising or unusual eating rituals. This can be a life-threatening condition.
• Bulimia Nervosa – sometimes called binging and purging, individuals with bulimia will often be on restrictive diets and exercise routines but then secretly binge or eat a large amount of calories in a short period of time. They will then attempt to rid the body of calories by inducing vomiting, using laxatives and diuretics and increasing exercise to unhealthy levels.
• Binge Eating – this behaviour includes large amounts of food consumed, typically in secret, in a short period of time. There is no purging associated with the behaviour and people feel out of control and unable to stop consuming food even though they understand what they are doing is not healthy.
The key is to understand that these behaviours are not just about eating. They are all triggered by underlying mental health issues often associated with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, abuse or trauma.
Treatment at Philippe Jacquet & Associates
Philippe Jacquet has a unique understanding of eating disorders. As a teenager, he overcame an eating disorder, which provides him with true compassion and caring in treating each of the clients he sees.
Looking at the whole person to provide a holistic approach to treatment, clients will receive therapy to help explore the underlying issues with the behaviour and to develop a healthy relationship with food moving forward with life.
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