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"Like many others, from my teens to my early twenties I struggled with poor body image and negative self talk which stemmed to an eating disorder spanning 6 years. During this time in my life I attempted to get help from many avenues without success. I eventually came to terms with the fact that I would have to make it on my own, and I did.

Psychologist Carl Jung speaks of ‘The Wounded Healer’. The concept states that the individual is compelled to heal others, as he or she themselves is or was ‘wounded’. Meaning; they have themselves experienced something in the past that has led them to their current path. From my experience, I was led to study a health science degree and am now a clinical nutritionist specialising in mental health, in particular anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Thankfully, I emerged from the depths of bulimia a much stronger person. I believe that bulimia is much like any other addiction. The battle to keep a strong mentality and to protect yourself from outside influences is a long one, but it does get easier. I used to use food as a coping mechanism to deal with stress. For me, it didn’t start as a weight issue. I think thats what many people find difficult to understand. Every eating disorder is so different, which is also what makes them so hard to treat.

I want those who are battling with body image issues, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition, to know that they are not alone. It is now my goal to teach and inspire through my work as a health practitioner. I am currently writing a book which focuses on healing your body and mind post eating disorder recovery, and long term would love to create an organisation for eating disorder support in my hometown, Perth, Western Australia."

 

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