In a society that continues to prize thinness even as the world’s population becomes heavier, almost everyone worries about their weight at least occasionally. People with eating disorders take such concerns to extremes, developing abnormal eating habits that threaten their wellbeing and even their lives. Psychotherapy in conjunction with Nutritional Therapy can help people recover from these dangerous eating disorders and therefore we offer treatment at the Skin and Nutrition Clinic. *
*Results may vary from person to person.
Dr. Matina Sotrilli, Senior Clinic Psychologist
Dr. Matina Sotrilli is part of the Skin and Nutrition Clinic team and has helped, in conjunction with Claudia Louch’s nutritional therapy and customised diet plans, a great number of Claudia Louch’s patients with eating disorders. Dr. Sotrilli also helps patients who find it difficult to adhere to a diet and/or suffer from co-existing psychological problems such as anxiety, depression or unhappiness.
With more than 10 years’ experience, Dr. Sotrilli is a Senior Chartered Counselling Psychologist who provides psychological therapy and counselling sessions to patients. She is an accredited member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professions Council (HPC) and abides by their code of conduct and ethics. Dr. Sotrilli specialises in eating disorders and the factors that influence peoples’ relationship with food.
How can a psychologist and Nutrition Therapy help someone recover from an eating disorder?
Psychologists together with qualified Nutritionist play a vital role in the successful treatment of eating disorders, and are integral members of the multidisciplinary team that may be required to provide patient care.
Once the psychologist has identified important issues that need attention and developed a treatment plan together with the Nutrition Therapist, they then help the patient replace destructive thoughts and behaviours with more positive ones. A Psychologist, Nutritionist and patient might work together to focus on health rather than weight, for example. Or a patient might keep a food diary as a way of becoming more aware of the types of situations that trigger bingeing.
However, simply changing patients’ thoughts and behaviours is not enough. To ensure lasting improvement, the patient, nutritionist and psychologist must work together to explore the psychological issues underlying the eating disorder. Psychotherapy may need to focus on improving patients’ personal relationships. It may involve helping patients get beyond an event or situation that triggered the disorder in the first place. Claudia Louch’s nutritional therapy and patient customised diet plans in conjunction with Dr Sotrilli’s psychological treatment has helped many of Claudia’s patients to overcome their eating disorders.
There are three major types of eating disorders:
People with anorexia nervosa have a distorted body image that causes them to see themselves as overweight even when they’re dangerously thin. Often refusing to eat, exercising compulsively and developing unusual habits such as refusing to eat in front of others, they lose large amounts of weight and may even starve to death.**
Individuals with bulimia nervosa eat excessive quantities and then purge their bodies of the food and calories they fear by using laxatives, enemas, or diuretics, vomiting or exercising. Often acting in secrecy, they feel disgusted and ashamed as they binge, yet relieved of tension and negative emotions once their stomachs are empty again.**
Like people with bulimia, those with a binge eating disorder experience frequent episodes of out-of-control eating. The difference is that binge eaters don’t then purge their bodies of excess calories.**
Unspecified eating disorders
Another category of eating disorders is ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified’, in which individuals have eating-related problems but don’t meet the official criteria for anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.
It’s important to prevent problematic behaviours from evolving into full-fledged eating disorders. Anorexia and bulimia, for example, usually are preceded by very strict dieting and weight loss. Binge eating disorder can begin with occasional bingeing. Whenever eating behaviours start having a destructive impact on someone’s functioning or self-image, it’s time to see a highly trained mental health professional, such as a licensed psychologist experienced in treating people with eating disorders.**
**The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. There is no guarantee of specific results the results may vary. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.