Bulimia or Bulimia Nervosa is an extension of Binge Eating Disorder. It is defined also by repeated episodes of binge eating, however, these binges are always followed by purging behaviours. The intense cycle of binge eating followed by purging or excessive exercising leads to:
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of disgust
- Feelings of shame
- Feelings of despair
Oftentimes, the person goes to great lengths to keep their “shameful” behaviour hidden and this means that the condition can go undetected for a very long time. This can have serious long-term physical health implications.
Many people with bulimia have a healthy weight range and may not display other physical symptoms of an illness, making diagnosis tricky.
Treatment and how I work
My vast training in a number of modalities allows me to incorporate various tools into my work. Essentially, I see your issue as an opening, or a pathway that is merely the opportunity for us to walk along or through to uncover the deeper messages that the wisdom of your body is trying to tell us. Your challenge is not a failure or a negative, it is a message of brilliance that your body is trying to tell you.
My work is about what works best for you, and what will enable you to become your best possible self.
Your relationship with your body and food is thus a teacher, and an opportunity to learn and grow. By listening to the message, hearing what it is conveying and making meaning from it, you have the opportunity to make changes and move forward. Symptoms and feelings will continue to come back until their message is learnt. Everyone is different, and there is no one size fits all approach or modality. My work is about what works best for you, and what will enable you to become your best possible self.