Disordered eating and  difficulties with food  can inflict considerable private suffering.  Particularly  the more dramatic forms of  eating disorder  which include anorexia ( anorexia nervosa )  and bulimia

( bulimia nervosa )

Though Bulimia might be called over eating disorder and anorexia might be thought of as starving yourself  these are complex disordered eating patterns with complicated emotional overtones which powerfully distort the sense of the self and body image  

More commonly suffered by women, male anorexia now presents much more frequently as desirable male body image comes increasingly as an issue. Bulimia and anorexia may be experienced  in combination or as separate behaviours by the same individual at different times in their lives.

If you suffer from any of these very serious difficulties you will know how complex the process is - how your thinking can be distorted around food awareness and body sense - the torture of the associated rituals and the shame of concealment.

I have never met anyone with these complaints who believed that theirs was not a severe, shameful and hopeless case. They are invariably astonished to discover how far from the true extremes they really are - and how hopeful the prospect.

Nor do they realise how likely they are to turn the habit round within a reasonably short time - in the hands of a capable and experienced practitioner - able to provide the thoughtful and sympathetic direction, encouragement and support.


Much less serious are a range of  common eating problems or bad eating habits or  unwise and erratic eating behaviours which - though affecting general  health and well-being and eroding these over the longer term - often remain at a sub-clinical level.

When however a person has become consciously overweight and wants to lose weight, the capacity for natural  weight control has usually been lost through a gradual history of over eating. Busy pressurised lives often result in comfort eating or stress eating or alternating patterns of  starving yourself and then - in a rush -  overeating.  At this stage, resort to unwise diet regimes can set  weight loss and eating seriously at odds.  Often the sense of not eating enough is punctuated by demoralising episodes of binge eating. Dieting then can then become a yo-yo process - increasingly driven by desperation.


Thirdly there is a series of eating difficulties  which maybe regarded as food disorders or feeding disorder. These behaviours - exhibited by apparently picky eaters  or fussy eaters may be rooted in actual physical sensitivities. These food aversions may be innate and experienced from childhood ( children with sensory integration disorder commonly have these difficulties ).  

These intimately experienced likes and dislikes need to be identified, respected and handled very carefully. On the other hand they may be specific food phobias which have been brought about by unrecognised events.

Eating difficulties  of this type are often dismissed by others as mere food fads. The eating behaviours themselves may be thought mistakenly to be self-absorbed or manipulative.   But adults or children depicted  as the fussy eater or the picky eater may well be struggling with an unsuspected condition which can lead to considerable difficulty if treated in the wrong way


Whatever their type or severity, every difficulty is experienced in very individual ways. Very careful analysis is required to reveal underlying patterns; the way they are constructed, set in motion and maintained.

Cognitive behavioural analysis can identify the associated behaviours and mental  processes. Various devices - often including deep state hypnosis - can be used to interrupt and transform the destructive pattern, creating space for a different awareness to develop and other processes to run. Quite quickly sufferers find they can address their difficulty with a new sense of calm.

More severe cases generally require combined Psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnotherapy.  Ericksonian methods are very unusual - often incorporating seemingly mysterious exercises - which take the mind to new places. The aim is to discover a way to achieve effortless success. There is rarely a ready formula or band-aid solution - but with more than 30 yrs experience brought to bear - transformation of these resistant patterns can be surprisingly fast.

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