A brief introduction
Welcome! My name is Uxshely Carcamo and I am a registered nutritionist, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and lawyer. I founded The Food Therapy Clinic and have created FTCM® (the Food Therapy Clinic Method), a new interdisciplinary approach to changing eating habits that has helped many clients to completely transform their relationship with food and their body...and in turn, to completely transform their life.
I work with a team of amazing therapists at The Food Therapy Clinic who are all passionate about helping individuals to improve their mental and physical health using FTCM®. Everyone on the team is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and delivers the unique Food Therapy Clinic method. Each and every member of the team is also specialised in working with and treating issues around food.
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What Do We Offer
You can rebuild your relationship with food either through our self-help programmes or one-on-one therapy
You can rebuild your relationship with food either through one of our online self-help programmes or by having one-on-one therapy sessions. Either approach adopts our unique interdisciplinary method for the treatment of food issues that you won't find elsewhere. With our self-help programmes, you guide yourself through the treatment with email support from us. With the one-on-one sessions, you are guided through your journey with the ongoing support and care from one or two of the therapists in our team.
What is FTCM®
FTCM® is a unique interdisciplinary method to treat food issues that is only on offer at The Food Therapy Clinic
FTCM® is a unique method for the treatment of issues around food. It is a new approach to eating psychology that brings together interventions from several disciplines to help resolve your issues around food for the long-term. A lot of approaches to treating food issues don't address these issues from a range of different angles and therefore are only able to bring you short-term relief. Our approach instead works to look at the complex matrix of factors that can drive unhelpful eating behaviours in order to help you to resolve your issue in a way that is sustainable long-term.
We understand that food issues are very complex:
BINGE EATING - We won't just recommend that you distract yourself and go for a walk when you feel the urge to binge.
ARFID AND FOOD AVERSIONS - We won't just suggest that you eat more foods. We know that there is a psychological block preventing you from doing so.
WEIGHT LOSS - We will never just recommend that you cut calories, eat less and exercise more.
BULIMIA - We won't just talk you through the dangers and harms of purging or your unhelpful behaviours. We know that you already know that these behaviours are not helpful.
SUGAR-RESET: We won't just tell you how harmful sugar is in an attempt to put you off sugar. We will instead get to the root of why you are turning to sugar in the first place.
ORTHOREXIA: We know that just telling you why you should be eating a more varied diet won't help you to resolve what is truly driving your unhelpful behaviours.
We know that when it comes to food, most people know what they SHOULD be doing, the challenge comes more from WHY they aren't doing the things that are helpful for their happiness and long-term good health. We help you to look at and understand this WHY so that you can really make changes to your diet that will stick long-term.
We use a range of techniques to help you to make permanent changes
Each of our treatment programmes use FTCM® (the Food Therapy Clinic Method) which is a unique interdisciplinary method for resolving foods issues. This interdisciplinary method incorporates tools from disciplines such as: hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, sleep science, behaviour change, mindfulness, eating psychology and the field of nutrition to ensure that we are looking at and resolving your food issue from a range of different angles.
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. We take a science based approach to nutrition. Our 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. We 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.
We are experts in working with issues around food
We appreciate that the most effective long-term treatments for issues around food are holistic and interdisciplinary and involve optimising sleeping habits and dietary choices as well as changing thinking patterns. We don't want you to have to go through years and years of therapy/dieting/food worries to try and figure out how you can shift your relationship with food. We are experts that can help you to get straight to the root of your issues around food and to resolve them in a way that is sustainable long-term.
What makes The Food Therapy Clinic different:
There are a complex matrix of factors that drive food-related issues and understanding and being able to resolve these factors requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding of eating psychology. We have this knowledge and understanding and specialise in working with a range of food issues.
You will receive a very high level of care from us, you will often be working with two different professionals (a hypnotherapist/psychotherapist and a nutritionist), will check in with these professionals in between sessions and will also receive things to do in between sessions, including recordings to listen to and workbooks to complete.
We use an interdisciplinary method for the treatment of food issues which means that you don't have to have lots of separate treatments to resolve your issue.
We know that hypnotherapy is most effective when combined with psychotherapy and helpful nutrition advice. We know that stress can only be effectively managed when we have also optimised your sleeping habits. We will look at your food issues from a range of angles so that you can be confident that we will find a long-term solution to shifting these habits.
We really care. We are passionate about helping others with their relationship with food. We really believe that everyone deserves to enjoy a healthy relationship with food so that they can reclaim the time, space and mental energy that they have used worrying about food to instead just enjoy their life.
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Book in a free consultation today
We understand how challenging it can be to face issues around food and know that it will be important for you to find the right treatment for you. This is why we think that it is important that you are given the opportunity to speak to the founder of the clinic before committing to any therapy packages or products. We offer a 20 minute free phone consultation to anyone that is thinking about booking in a session or signing up for an online programme.
We want to help you to make permanent changes and the only way to permanently change how you eat is to look at WHY you eat the way you do
People’s issues with food come in all shapes and sizes. Yet there is one thing that these issues all have in common - there is some psychological pattern driving them - causing you to repeat the same cycle over and over again. We understand what drives these repetitive and destructive patterns - and can help you to reverse the unhealthy habits of a lifetime - for good.