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Eating disorders: A journey through psychotherapy and recovery

Updated: Jul 12, 2023


My psychotherapy room. A safe place for a long journey .
My psychotherapy room. A safe place for a long journey .

Hello, and welcome to "Eating Disorders: A Journey Through Psychotherapy and Recovery." I'm Avital Sasson, a clinical psychologist based in Richmond, southwest London. For over 25 years, I've had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults, helping them and their loved ones navigate the often complicated path of eating disorders.

As a clinical psychologist, I've delved into various intervention programs and techniques - from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and narrative approaches to biofeedback and behavioural interventions. However, at the very core of my work is a psychoanalytic approach to listening. This form of psychotherapy, more generally recognised under the umbrella of Talking therapy or psychodynamic therapy, has proven crucial in assisting my patients to recover - by reclaiming their minds and their ability to think. In future posts, I'll try to bring order and clarity to these different therapeutic approaches, helping you understand how they contribute to the healing process. Whatever approach I've identified with, I've always worked as part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team of professionals, which I find tremendously important to this day.

Eating disorders are more than just about food. They often mirror deeper internal struggles with self-esteem, control, identity, and a quest for perfectionism. In the secure and understanding space, I provide for my clients, we journey together to comprehend and confront these underlying issues. This path is not swift or easy, but it's a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and healing, requiring courage, patience, and commitment. It's a journey that I am deeply committed to facilitating.

If you're supporting a loved one grappling with an eating disorder, it's important to understand that their struggle isn't merely about re-establishing 'normal' eating habits. It's about acknowledging and tackling profound emotional issues. Grasping this emotional landscape can enable you to provide empathetic and effective support.

In this blog, we'll delve into different aspects of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. We'll debunk common myths, explore potential causes, and examine their impact on individuals and families. We'll also provide insights into the treatment process, discussing the successes and setbacks, challenges, and breakthroughs.

Whether you're experiencing an eating disorder or supporting a struggling loved one, I invite you to join, read and ask questions.

I hope this space can offer guidance, understanding, and reassurance.



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