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Changes Welcome Hypnotherapy is marking Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) 11-17 February by highlighting how the therapy can help clients deal with the emotional issues that often underlie these debilitating conditions.

It is estimated that 1.6 million people are affected by eating disorders in the UK.  Eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating, are often an outlet for a range of emotions including anger, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.  Such responses can be caused by a variety of factors: a general inability to cope, psychological trauma, bereavement or difficult relationships.  Eating disorders can develop as a coping mechanism in response to these stresses.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) tackles these conditions by reducing anxiety and helping clients to regain a sense of perspective; once anxiety is under control many troublesome symptoms can be alleviated, including unhelpful behaviors associated with food.

This highly effective form of therapy can help clients overcome conditions, such as eating disorders, that are caused by, or made worse by, inappropriate responses to stress.  The therapy encourages positive thinking by helping clients to focus on solutions to problems, rather than dwelling on the problems themselves.

SFH differs from earlier forms of therapy by encouraging clients to formulate a positive image of their problem-free future rather than analyzing the cause or symptoms of problems from the past.  Clients usually find their ability to cope improves and motivation, confidence and self-esteem are all restored.  Once they have a better perspective on life they can regain control and a healthy relationship with food.

Local Hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan has witnessed at first hand the devastating effects that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can cause and how the Solution Focused approach has helped many clients regain control of their thinking: “It always amazes me how people’s situations  improve when their anxiety levels are reduced.  Many clients are simply not aware that their negative thought processes cause or exacerbate their problems.  It’s so rewarding being able to help them visualize their problem-free future.  Once they can visualize it, their own mind can find subconscious ways of making their preferred future a reality.

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