Bulimia Nervosa and Hypnotherapy
“I appreciate so much, everything that you did for us. I’m sorry that I haven’t contacted you in so long. I don’t know if you remember that I was pregnant the last time that I saw you after many unsuccessful attempts. During this pregnancy I listened to the CD’s you gave me diligently for the first 2 and a half months and I know they made a tremendous difference and helped me relax.
6 days ago, Easter Sunday was the greatest blessing for us. XX and I had a healthy baby boy. I know the sessions with you made a tremendous difference.
As for the bulimia…a thing of the past. Doesn’t even cross my mind at this point. It was something I so desperately wanted to stop and now I have.
Thank you for everything you have done, we couldn’t be more grateful.
I’d like to share with you the realization I had about a week ago. My fiancee and I went to Houston for my sisters wedding and had an unbelievable time. It was really a beautiful ceremony and a great party with friends and family. The day after the wedding we all went to my sister’s for a family barbeque. There was so much left over wedding cake and my sister put it upon the family to make sure that it was finished by the time we left. I sort of laughed with Joel, and thought about the time in my life when I thought that I could never eat cake yet alone enjoy it. I then realized that it had been exactly one year since I had engaged in any sort of bulimic activity… 365 days!! … I remember when I would come to your office and have to come back the next day to for the reassurance and support to not be bulimic for just 1 day! Joel and I had a moment of celebration about how far we had come together. I thought it would be strange to celebrate this without mentioning it to you, as you are THE reason that I am where I am today. You have given me a new perspective on everything. It terrifies me to think of where I would be in my life had we not had the opportunity to see you and get advice from you.
We offer a treatment system for bulimia nervosa that has proved effective and removes the issue entirely in most cases. If you are suffering from Bulimia keep this in mind: your toughest decision is to get help. Once you make that decision, everything gets easier. You are not alone. We can sort this out.
After just three sessions, one recent client who had been purging multiple times daily wrote:
“Thank you so much for helping me overcome my bulimia. I have been free of it for weeks, and am regaining myself inside and out!” AW
Your situation is probably worsened by a fear brought about by not understanding the issue. Few people really do understand it – completing our research survey does contribute to an understanding of the issue, and also helps others. Having worked successfully with many clients, we are able to reduce your fears and bring you through it.
We’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll remove the anxiety and stress points. We’ll change your thinking around food. We’ll trace the root causes of the issue. We’ll provide you with coping tools and disruption techniques that will end the binge/purge cycle. You will overcome this.
Generally, participants in the treatment system are expected to commit to 4 sessions, spaced two to three days apart. Sometimes results are swift, other times we have to work a little longer. We have many satisfied clients and friends who have been relieved by this system.
If you are unable to get to our Vancouver office, and would prefer to work on our downloadable therapy program, please go to the download site for the Bulimia Self Hypnosis Program. If you want to work on this issue remotely email us to discuss the matter. We have worked successfully remotely with clients. In extreme cases Rob also travels to help clients – as far afield as Rio de Janiero (so far…).
My commitment – Your commitment
It may not seem this way at present, however there will come a time when you are through this. When that happens you will have overcome something that has hurt many people. Between us though, we can master it. Our commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to resolve this issue. In return we ask that once we have solved it, you, in turn, become an advocate to help others suffering with bulimia. Because so few people understand it, it’s very important that you reach out to others and help them through.
When you suffer from bulimia, we understand how frightening the condition can be. We work very closely with our bulimic clients, and do everything we can to support them. In some instances this is quite literally a 24 hour task. However, the result is that we experience consistent success with bulimic clients and we overcome their issues together. If you feel unable to discuss this with anyone, feel free to contact us to talk about it. It doesn’t have to be a problem if we manage it together.
Below is an article about bulimia Rob was asked to write recently; you may find it of interest. The most important thing to keep in mind as you strive to overcome this horrible condition is this: there is no shame in this condition. It is an illness – just the same as diabetes or the flu – you didn’t choose it.
“Between us we can overcome this. I have with many clients and you must not feel alone or desperate. It’s simply a case of dealing with it. You really can do this.
I was disappointed recently to get an email from someone looking for help with bulimia recently who said:
“I talked to one of the doctors I see that is the director of the eating disorder program at St. Pauls hospital (in Vancouver) and she said that “there is no evidence that hypnotherapy works” and that its a waste of money…. I don’t necessarily take that to heart, as I know their are varying opinions and I want to check with a few other doctors I see.”
I found this very disturbing. The fact is, you should be aware that in treating Bulimia, hypnosis is a viable option and anyone who tells you otherwise is flying in the face of well established medical research. In 1892 the British Medical Association convened a team of doctors to research hypnosis as a treatment methodology. Their results were published in the British Medical Journal later that same year. They concluded that hypnosis was indeed of value and was effective particularly in the cases of anxiety related issues.
In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a Subcommittee, led by Prof. T. Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second, and more comprehensive, report on hypnosis. The Subcommittee consulted several experts on hypnosis from various fields, including the eminent neurologist Prof. W. Russell Brain, and the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. After two years of study and research, its final report was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), under the title ‘Medical use of Hypnotism’. The terms of reference were:
To consider the uses of hypnotism, its relation to medical practice in the present day, the advisability of giving encouragement to research into its nature and application, and the lines upon which such research might be organized. (BMA, 1955)
This is a much more thorough and extensive report, and constitutes one of the most significant documents in the history of hypnotherapy research. With regard to efficacy, it concludes from a systematic review of available research that,
“The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognized motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior.”
Personally I don’t know who the Director of the Eating disorder program at St. Paul’s is, or what her experience of hypnosis may be. I am aware that many clients who have had no benefit from St. Pauls have subsequently successfully used hypnotherapy to end their issue. I also know that understanding of Bulimia is sorely lacking in certain parts of the medical profession in BC. One client reported her doctor suggested ‘You should eat more’.
You need to get a broad base of information on the subject before deciding what to believe when dealing with Bulimia. It is in your interests to keep in mind that you will hear a lot of nonsense sometimes coming from people who should know better, but speak from a position of relative ignorance. I prefer to listen to a more established medical authority – the British Medical Association. As someone needing support, you should be aware of the facts though – we can beat this together.