Treating the Whole Person
Bulimia, also known as Bulimia Nervosa, is an eating disorder involving episodes of binge eating followed by purging. People with bulimia may eat large amounts of food quickly and then try to compensate for the calories consumed by purging through self-induced vomiting and using laxatives, diuretics, or excessive exercise. This cycle of bingeing and purging can be challenging to break and lead to severe physical and mental health problems.
At Addcounsel, we have an excellent understanding not only of the complete range of eating disorders, but also of how these compulsions can interact with other illnesses. We understand how sensitive and delicate these issues may be, therefore we provide discreet residential eating disorder treatment in a safe, private setting.
Our goal is to treat not only the symptoms of your eating disorder, but also to identify the underlying causes. World-class experts in a variety of professions – including psychotherapy, hepatology, nutrition, and a variety of other disciplines – will take a holistic, 360-degree approach, laying the groundwork for long-term recovery.
In the comfort and privacy of our discrete, luxury premises in Mayfair, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, London, our experienced team will assist and guide you through the entire procedure from start to finish.
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What are the Symptoms of Bulimia?
Bulimia can be challenging to diagnose as those suffering tend to hide their behaviours from others. Some of the common symptoms of bulimia include:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating are usually accompanied by guilt, shame, and embarrassment.
- Purging behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas
- Excessive exercise or fasting
- Preoccupation with body weight and shape
- Feeling out of control during binge episodes
- Low self-esteem
- Mood swings
- Dental problems, such as tooth decay and erosion due to stomach acid exposure
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux and stomach ulcers
- Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
- Irregular menstrual periods
What Causes Bulimia?
The cause of bulimia is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Some of the factors that may contribute to the development of bulimia include:
- Genetics: Evidence suggests that bulimia may run in families, indicating a genetic component to the disorder.
- Environmental factors: Societal pressure to be thin, traumatic life events, and childhood abuse or neglect may contribute to the development of bulimia.
- Psychological factors: Low self-esteem, perfectionism, and poor body image may contribute to the development of bulimia.
Addcounsel is London’s only luxury bulimia treatment clinic that provides:
Luxury Bulimia Treatment
The treatment for bulimia typically involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and nutritional counselling. The primary goal of treatment is to break the cycle of bingeing and purging and address any underlying psychological issues contributing to the disorder.
Here at Addcounsel, we will assemble the right multi-disciplinary team to design a highly individualised treatment plan that may include the following treatments and therapies:
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a crucial component of bulimia treatment. Different types of therapy may be used, depending on the your needs, such as:
- Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on changing the negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to bulimia. It helps you identify triggers that lead to bingeing and purging and develop coping strategies to manage them.
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT): IPT focuses on improving communication and relationship skills, which can help individuals with bulimia strengthen their self-esteem and reduce the frequency of bingeing and purging.
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): DBT is a type of therapy that combines cognitive-behavioural techniques with mindfulness practices. It can help you or your loved one’s regulate their emotions and reduce impulsive behaviours.
Medication may be used in conjunction with psychotherapy to treat bulimia. Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be prescribed to help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety that often accompany bulimia. Other medications, such as anti-seizure medications, may be prescribed to help reduce the urge to binge and purge.
Nutritional counselling is essential to bulimia treatment, as it helps you develop a healthy relationship with food and learn how to nourish your body properly. A registered dietitian can help you establish a meal plan that meets your nutritional needs and fits your lifestyle. Nutritional counselling may also involve education on portion sizes, healthy food choices, and strategies for managing cravings.
Private Bulimia Treatment at Addcounsel
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious and life-threatening condition, but with the right treatment and support it can be overcome so you and your loved ones can lead a more fulfilling life.
If you or someone you love are showing the symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa, you don’t have to suffer alone. Contact the Addcounsel team today to discuss how our treatment plans can help you.
We offer first-class treatment at our luxury, private facilities in Mayfair, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, London.
Frequently asked questions
If you have tried to stop a behaviour or habit and cannot, despite the negative impact it is having on your life then it is likely that you may need clinical intervention. Additionally, if a mental health condition is affecting the quality of your life then we can also help you.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Addcounsel are the only luxury treatment centre in London who offer a network of 80 specialists on a one-to-one basis to their clients. We pride ourselves on focussing on clinical excellence, meaning that we are client focussed but results driven. We understand what it is to work with wealthy clients; we know that it is not always easy and we know how to treat the complex and unique challenges it can entail.
We carry out a thorough diagnosis with our team of expert medical and psychiatric practitioners; this enables us to not only know what the client’s immediate problem is but the underlying factors which may be affecting it. We use this to provide a bespoke holistic treatment program in which every single aspect of the client is looked after, from their physical to their mental health. We are well equipped to match both our clients therapeutic and lifestyle needs, and we provide ongoing care plans with the goal of enabling our clients to have long lasting and consistent recovery.
Our treatment programs are delivered on a case-by-case basis. Humans are all individuals, and at Addcounsel we recognise that. This is why our program is always tailored to the needs of the client as a person, rather than trying to apply a “one-size-fits-all” treatment model. However, some of the therapies our clients can expect to receive are:
- Family Systems Therapy
- Spiritual counselling
- Somantic Experiencing
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT
- Positive psychology
In short, no. Our staff are very experienced in dealing with high-profile individuals and as such we understand the value of complete privacy. The only way that someone will find out that you attended Addcounsel is if you choose to tell them.
Our treatment programs are bespoke, and as such they do not have to have a set finish date. If you decide that you need to extend your stay with us, then we will extend your stay as long as you want.
If you decide that you need additional help upon leaving treatment, we offer tailored aftercare plans which can be carried out all over the world. This means that at any point you can have a member of our team with you, wherever you decide to go.
Absolutely. At Addcounsel, we pride ourselves on minimal disruption to the lifestyles of our clients. We want them to feel at home and comfortable during their time with us, so your staff can either stay with you or we can accommodate them in one of our exclusive Central London properties. We do provide a chef, but you are of course welcome to bring your own.
Addcounsel is also able to provide house staff, butlers, and private security if our clients require it.
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