Anorexia-Bulimia discussion group

Tuesdays from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

This text was written with our patients’ help.

This group concerns patients hospitalised for this disorder but also pre- or post-hospitalisation. It takes place weekly and lasts one hour. It is led by Dr Sébastien Machefaux, consultant physician for this disorder at the clinic, and Jean-Yves Jacquet, physiotherapist and psychologist and somatic disease therapist. The themes chosen by the group or put forward by the leaders often concern the symptoms of the disease, but also the existential difficulties encountered.

It is the ideal occasion for talking and listening to one another, for sharing emotions, life stories and experiences. It aims to be the most reassuring and containing as possible. Values such as freedom of speech (and of its non-monopolisation and freedom of silence), confidentiality, authenticity, mutual assistance, kindness and non-judgement must be observed.

The leaders are there to provide psychological education, to moderate the session and to ensure that the group’s values are observed.

The group has the following objectives:

  • Reduce the feeling of isolation and stigmatisation through recognition of experiences, common difficulties and shared emotions,
  • Generate a feeling of belonging to a group, of acceptance and approval of who one is and what one is going through,
  • Inspire and encourage through stories on personal development and recovery,
  • Improve and cure by imitation, interpersonal learning and development through the creativeness the group generates, by feed-back, journeys, strategies, perspectives, points of view, discussion, tools, resources, the successes and failures of others,
  • Improve self-awareness and self-understanding via the same processes,
  • Insist on the fact that everyone is capable of creating change for themselves and place emphasis on commitment to the treatment programme,
  • Free patients from emotional distress (shame, guilt etc.) by expressing it (catharsis),
  • Help patients overcome socialisation and interpersonal difficulties, and thus to develop new relationship skills, to reduce social anxiety and to improve self-assertiveness,
  • To bring better self-esteem through most of the aforementioned processes,
  • Reassure patients not yet admitted about the stay, its purpose and procedures.