Eating Disorders: How Can Clinical Hypnosis be Helpful
Hypnotherapy in the treatment of eating disorders has a high success rate, and is beneficial in many ways. It helps individuals identify the psychological origins of their behaviors so that they are then able to process the emotional aspects of that problem. Hypnotherapy is used to help break negative and repetitive cycles (or “stuck points”) in which individuals, especially those struggling with eating disorders, often find themselves. This can become extremely frustrating and discouraging to those who are trying to move toward recovery. With hypnotherapy, negative thinking patterns and behaviors are replaced with more positive and healthy attitudes and eating behaviors. In general, hypnotherapy will help improve overall body image, self-esteem, and confidence. Here are some ways in which hypnotherapy can be utilized for specific eating disorders:
• Anorexia - By helping individuals feel better about themselves and their bodies;
• Bulimia - By giving individuals control over their lives;
• Binge Eating - By learning to escape the urge to overeat;
• Emotional Eating - By identifying which emotional need(s) are being satisfy through food, and then by finding healthy ways to meet these needs.