At the heart of every disorder, whether it is compulsive eating, bulimia, or anorexia, there is a cry from the deepest part of our souls that must be heard. It is a cry to awaken, to embrace our whole selves; a cry to deepen our understanding of who we really are. It is a longing to know ourselves in mind body and spirit.

Normandi & Roark 1998
By the artist: Susan Seddon Boulet

This is what I know to be true in my bones, from my own experience of recovering from an eating disorder, and from supporting countless of women in their recovery. It is unfortunate that this understanding is often missing in medicalised treatments. An individual’s obsession with food and weight are merely distractions from the real issue that the individual is truly struggling with. And that is, a search for one’s true self, the deeper truth of who they are. They long to be seen, heard and accepted just as they are. They long to live their life whole-heartedly but are too afraid to do so because they have experienced great relational traumas, childhood wounding and are crippled by immense self-loathing and shame.

This is why I am so passionate about helping my clients find their way out of their illness. Because at the heart of your struggle lies a beautiful opportunity – to get to know who you truly are, to live an integrated life, one where you no longer need to abandon or betray yourself. One where you can live joyfully without shame and without fear of who you are. One where you are in alignment with your mind body and spirit. One where your day to day life is no longer tormented by the war in your mind body and spirit.

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