Rebuild Your Relationship with Food
Rebuild your relationship with food and make permanent changes to your diet and lifestyle with a unique treatment combining psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, behaviour change techniques and nutrition advice.
Whether you would like to stop emotional eating, are struggling to lose weight, just want to lead a healthier lifestyle or are dealing with an eating disorder – these combination of techniques can help you to get to the root cause of your issues around food and help you to make lasting changes.
Nobody should have to struggle with or worry about their relationship with food
Welcome - I am Uxshely, a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, registered nutritionist and lawyer.
I never get tired of hearing my clients telling me "I can finally eat normally now", "I actually enjoy food again and can go out with loved ones for meals" or "I just feel so much more in control of my food choices".
I understand how challenging it can be to struggle with your relationship with food. Issues around food can have an impact on every area of your life. Nobody should have to spend their life worrying about food or their weight, obsessing over food choices, feeling guilty for eating or feeling out of control around food.
I am here to help you to completely rebuild your relationship with food. I understand how food-related issues can really stop you from enjoying life. I also know that short-term quick-fixes never work long-term. My goal is that you make sustainable changes to your eating habits so that you are free to get on with enjoying your life.
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How It Works
Rebuilding your relationship with food for the long-term
I combine interventions from psychology and nutrition to treat issues around food. The treatment of emotional eating, binge-eating, IBS, obesity, eating-disorders and other food-related issues require both an understanding of nutrition and an understanding of the psychological factors driving the conditions. Rather than having to see several specialists in psychotherapy, nutrition, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, behaviour change and coaching - I give you access to a personally tailored treatment that brings together the most effective techniques from all of these disciplines. I understand how frustrating it is to try lots of solutions that only give short-term results.
Instead, I provide a unique treatment based on effective behaviour change principles, which can resolve your issues around food for good. I offer:
one-on-one sessions (in the London clinic and remotely using Skype/Facetime/Zoom); and
self-help materials, including hypnotherapy recordings and online training courses.
I help you to rebuild your relationship with food so that you can feel free around food. I also help to set you free from obsessive thoughts about food and your body so that maintaining good health is no longer a constant battle and struggle. My goal is to help you to build good habits around food that you can sustain for a lifetime, to free up time and energy for you to focus on the things you love to do.
An interdisciplinary treatment
Our relationship with food can become incredibly complicated. A range of factors can cause this. Firstly, our food choices are very heavily influenced by our mental and emotional well-being. Very often eating disorders are born out of a need for control. Very often weight gain comes when an individual tries to find comfort in food or uses food to deal with trauma or stressful situations. We do not just look at food as nourishment - food very often means a whole lot more. This is why, in order to change the way we eat, we have to address the psychological drivers for our food choices.
However understanding our relationship with food also requires an in depth understanding of nutrition and behaviour change. Simply telling people to "eat less" or to "stop eating when they are full" is rarely effective.
This treatment is effective because I bring together the extensive research on nutrition, the psychology of eating and behaviour change - to give you a treatment you won't find elsewhere.
Why are diets or meal plans unsustainable?
Diets or meal plans may assist an individual to lose weight or to regulate their eating patterns in the short-term but unless that individual also addresses the psychological drivers for their food choices, they will just return to their bad habits as soon as the diet is over. We all have certain food-related habits that a diet or meal plan alone cannot change. To change these habits requires an understanding of why and when the habit came into existence and how it can be altered for good. I help you to understand why you have developed your food-related habits and to change these so that you can lead a healthy and happy life, without having to worry about making bad food choices. Food is also often used as a coping mechanism and I can help you to manage the things that you are using food to cope with as well as to develop new ways of coping.
I use a range of techniques to help you to make permanent changes
Hypnotherapy is a tool which enables individuals to alter subconscious behaviours.
Anyone that drives or dances will know that they do not perform these actions through conscious thinking - these activities are often performed in auto-pilot mode, once an individual has had enough practice. Much in the same way a lot of people’s eating habits are just behaviours they perform in auto-pilot mode. Reaching for biscuits when you are stressed or ice-cream when you are sad, is just an automatic subconscious response. Hypnotherapy can be used to change these subconscious behaviours so that you can regain control over your decisions around food.
Psychotherapy is an exploratory form of talking therapy which enables individuals to investigate the drivers behind their choices.
Psychotherapy encompasses a range of different therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy and humanistic therapy. In different ways, all of these forms of therapy, can be used to help you to determine why you are making certain food choices. You can uncover exactly what is triggering your disordered eating and then work to alter your responses to these triggers. Psychotherapy is also used to resolve any stress/anxiety/depression that may be underlying your eating condition.
There is so much contradictory nutritional information publicly available that it can be difficult to know exactly what nutritional changes would really benefit your health.
In a sector dominated by fads and quick fixes, it can be tempting to follow the latest “diet plan” or food craze. However these quick fixes rarely provide a long-term solution. I take a science based approach to nutrition. My recommendations are based on research and evidence, ensuring that you can make permanent changes to your eating habits and reach your health and weight goals safely.
So often we eat in a rush, at our desks, on the train or in front of the television, that we do not even notice just how much we are eating.
In a society that has too much to do, too many deadlines to meet and no time to just sit and enjoy food - it is no wonder that so many people have disordered eating. I use techniques derived from meditation and mindfulness practices to help you to become more aware of what and how much you are eating. When you are able to respond to your body’s natural cues and needs, you will find that disordered eating is no longer an issue.
What I can help you with
I understand how challenging it can be to face issues around food and know that it will be important for you to find the right person to work with to resolve your issues. This is why I think that it is important that you are given the opportunity to speak to and get to know me before committing to any therapy packages or products. I offer a 20 minute free phone consultation to anyone that is thinking about booking in a session or signing up for the online programme.
The Food Therapy Clinic
4 Staple Inn
nearest tube Chancery Lane
Open 9am-9pm, Monday-Sunday
Subscribe to receive a free binge-eating and emotional eating tool-kit
For those of you with busy lives, I offer self-help programmes that are flexible and that you can easily incorporate into your busy schedule. There are a selection of hypnotherapy recordings for you to use as well as online treatment programmes that you can complete in your own time. It is important for me that you are fully supported throughout these programmes and you are encouraged to reach out to me with questions and thoughts as you work through the programmes.