Bulimia Therapy - Is it right for you?

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Many people believe that bulimia therapy is an essential element of recovery and it's easy to see why.

After all, people with bulimia can be plagued by poor body image, low self-esteem and feelings of guilt, isolation and shame. It’s no secret that therapists are trained to help people deal with those feelings.

Bulimia therapy can help you to break free from the binge and purge cycle, change unhealthy thought patterns and solve deep rooted emotional issues - at least that is the intention.

The risks of bulimia therapy...

Okay that title may be a little severe, however the fact remains that there are just no guarantees that eating disorder counselling or therapy will help to cure your bulimia.

Awakening old and painful memories can create a lot of distress and even the thought of talking about very personal issues with a stranger can evoke a great deal of stress and anxiety.

However that said we know that bulimia and other eating disorders thrive in secrecy, it can often be important to face those fears regardless.

Is Therapy for bulimia right for everyone?

Some people do find therapy to be useful - even life changing, some find it doesn’t really help and occasionaly people say therapy makes their bulimia worse.

Then there are others like me who have just never tried it, at least not in the traditional sense.  That’s right, I am 100% fully recovered from bulimia after struggling for almost 11 years and I have never had therapy, not even 1 day of it! (The truth about bulimia recovery)

Of course we’re talking about the term “therapy” very generically here. The truth is:

There are many different therapeutic approaches that someone may use in an attempt to cure their bulimia...

While Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been the forerunner in bulimia treatment for a long time now, recently a new therapeutic approach called Neruo-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has become a new contender. NLP is similar to hypnotherapy and we'll go on to talk about NLP as an effective bulimia treatment in just a minute.

Hypnotherapy for Bulimia…

Hypnotherapy has been used for the last 6000 years and today all around the world it is considered to be beneficial for helping people to deal with a vast range of problems.

Many people worry that hypnosis is some kind of mind control when in reality hypnotherapy simply allows someone to reach a state of heightened relataxtion and altered awareness. In this relaxed state it is possible to connect with your subconscious mind.

Is there proof that hypnotherapy can cure bulimia?

As a single method no, there is no scientific evidence that hypnotherapy can help someone to overcome bulimia nervosa.

Traditional hypnosis is not very effective for people who are critical or analytical in their thinking processes - as most bulimic are!

In contrast Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques seem to be more successful.

NLP and Bulimia...

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques work very well on people who are critical or analytical in their thinking processes.

With "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" (NLP), rather than using suggestions as traditional hypnotherapy does therapists use the same thought patterns that are creating a problem to eliminate it.

Many believe that NLP in the hands of an experienced practitioner can be very effective for treating bulimia...
NLP can help someone with bulimia to automatically begin to think more empowering and useful thoughts about food and eating. These thoughts then give rise to better feelings, and the thoughts and feelings combined to create new behaviours.

Why is treating bulimia with NLP more effective?

Many therapies try to help you to get to the root cause of your bulimia yet the truth is that:

Knowing how you became bulimic doesn’t suddenly make the problem go away!

However knowing how to be in control of your thinking and imagination does.

If therapy is working for bulimia then how does the Bulimia Recovery System at Bulimia Help work?
Well although you’re not receiving traditional forms of therapy when you choose to recover using the Bulimia Recovery System (BRS®) many of the steps, activities and tools involved in the recovery program work in very similar ways.

The BRS® teaches you how to understand and accept thoughts and feelings while learning new coping skills and strategies.

Like NLP our recovery system does not suggest that you spend a lot of time trying to discover the origins of your bulimia...

Rather we provide you with small, practical steps that we know really work for bulimia recovery.

(What does full recovery from bulimia mean?)

If you want to know more about our approach to recovery here at Bulimia Help then check out our free bulimia recovery course now!


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