While hospitals help people with eating disorders stabilise their weight to get physically stronger, what about getting mentally stronger?
Too often recovery focuses on what the numbers on the scales say rather than the emotional relationship with food and the complex mental illness that it is.
This means that despite medical professionals returning their patients to what they perceive to be a healthy BMI, there is high risk of relapse as the psychological aspect goes untreated.
This is where Dr Rachel Evans is ripping up the rule book to rewrite her own by creating bespoke care plans for people as she recognises there is no one-size-fits-all for recovery.
Using her expertise as a psychologist and extensive research into eating habits, Dr Evans also taps into her own experiences of an eating disorder and brings unique first-hand insight to treatment.
Speaking about her mission, Dr Evans explained her career choice was inspired by her personal struggles and that she believes a holistic approach is just as important as weight management.
Dr Evans said: “I know how it feels when everything you think and do is ruled by thoughts of food and weight, that often feel out of your control.
“I also know how wonderful and joyful life is on the other side of your illness.”
She continued: “I take a holistic approach to recovery, addressing past, present and future.
“Working with me feels very personal. I choose to work exclusively with five private clients at any one time because people deserve my complete focus and attention.”
In addition to tailoring sessions to individual needs, Dr Evans offers unlimited out-of-hours support via email and voice notes so patients can contact her whenever they need.
This kind of access to your therapist is virtually unheard in the counselling industry.
Dr Evans, who is based in Derbyshire but also offers online treatment globally, said she believes that supporting women with bulimia and binge eating disorder is her calling.
She said: “I love nothing more than to celebrate each and every victory with my amazing clients; no matter how small that achievement might seem to someone who hasn’t been in their shoes.
“I realise and value that everyone is different. Someone else’s experience of an eating disorder will be different to mine. But I will never judge someone, their thoughts or their behaviour, because I’ve been there and come out the other side.”
One of Dr Evans’ most popular programmes is called Nourish; a combination of talking therapy, Rapid Transformational Therapy and tailored holistic support.
Rapid Transformational Therapy [RTT] was created by world renowned speaker Marissa Peer, who is considered to be the founder of the ‘I am enough’ belief movement.
While RTT’s roots are founded in hypnotherapy, the practice also includes the use of trance, and is said to create breakthroughs that would not be possible with hypnosis alone.
The tool prides itself on not just teaching people how to communicate with their subconscious mind, but also directly accessing and fixing whatever blocks may be there.
Incredibly, it also claims to have the ability to transform many clients in a single session.
As Dr Evans says, life is about more than weighing your oatmeal to the milligram and taking control of your thoughts can lead you back towards a fulfilling life.
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