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Finding and sticking with valuable help with bulimia is the most important step you can take to improve your health and your life right now.
Our trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy use bulimia counselling, mindfulness therapy and eating disorder psychotherapy to help you get the insights that will put you back in control.
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Bulimia nervosa is a serious condition involving episodes of binge eating that are followed by some sort of compensatory behaviour. An episode of binge eating is characterised by consuming a portion of food that is higher than most people would eat during specific times. People often feel out of control during their bulimic episode. Many individuals with bulimia are fearful of gaining weight and therefore engage in compensatory behaviours following binge episodes. This can include self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and excessive exercise. Bulimia is more common in females than males and tends to start somewhere between ages 15-25.
What are some of the causes of bulimia?
Bulimia is a complicated illness that has many underlying causes. As everyone is a unique individual, the contributing factors differ from person to person. However, there are some common, not universal, features that bulimic individuals may share including:
- Experiencing childhood abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) that is or is not consciously remembered. However, individuals can develop bulimia even if they haven't experienced childhood trauma.
- Growing up in a chaotic and dysfunctional family (for example, growing up with a parent who is mentally ill or an alcoholic; or experiencing "role reversal" where as a child you had to care for your parent).
- Growing up in a family where warmth and nurturance is lacking, or the flipside with excessive involvement from a parent.
- Growing up in a family where parents have high expectations of their children and are focused on how the family appears to the outside world.
Experiencing any of the above can give rise to further features seen in many bulimics including:
- Difficulties with trust
- Depression and anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Poor impulse control
- Difficulty tolerating distressing feelings
- Having feelings that are perceived as "wrong"
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Relationship difficulties
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Approaches applied to eating disorders are tailored to your needs at Bayside Psychotherapy. Your course of treatment will depend upon what we consider most appropriate, and may include one or a combination of: counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation exercises, psychodynamic therapy, dream work, NLP or Hypnotherapy. Although we are skilled in each of these areas, the point is for us to find out what is best for you to stop Bulimia and its causes, so you can discover lasting inner peace and happiness. In addition to individual bulimia psychotherapy, there are also community based resources available.
The first step is to make an appointment. The first session will provide you with an opportunity to find out if you click with your counsellor and to determine an appropriate course of treatment to gain control of Bulimia.
How Long will Counselling Take?
Usually after a few sessions we can ascertain how therapy is helping, and then we will have a clearer idea of how long to estimate for lasting change to occur. It depends how deeply rooted the Bulimia is, but it’s no quick fix. Recommendations could be made for regular sessions for long-term results, until you have things under control. Contributing factors, and how committed you are to addressing Bulimia influences the duration of counselling required. Want more details before booking? Visit our FAQ page for pricing and other relevant details. It's also common with eating disorders for people to go through extremes in their thinking and behaviour, but it's important not to let such extremes undermine the treatment without giving it a fair go.
How is Bayside Psychotherapy Different?
We won't focus on diet. We've even treated dietary experts suffering with bulimia, who know more than us about nutrition and understand it's not simply a food issue as such. We aim to unearth and address the underlying issues. Even if you have tried psychiatrists, psychologists or other counsellors to stop Bulimia in the past, don't give up. With training in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy (traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis), mindfulness meditation, and Buddhist psychotherapy, we have access to a wide array of tools to help you identify the causes, not just the symptoms, of Bulimia.
Call Bayside Psychotherapy in Melbourne on (03) 9557 9113 to find out how we can help you remove the temptation to binge and purge. Your call is completely confidential, and there's absolutely no obligation.
Disclaimer: This information is informative only and shouldn't be used to diagnose any disease, ailment, or anything else.