A WOMAN who credits alternative therapies with helping her beat eating disorders has set up a charity to ensure more people can access similar treatments.
Kate Hudson-Hall, from Whitton, spent about 10 years battling bulimia and anorexia during her late teens and twenties. She would often make herself sick 10 times a day.
The 48-year-old is now a qualified hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. She believes the counselling and psychotherapy she received played a major role in enabling her to make a full recovery.
Ms Hudson-Hall has teamed up with her partner, Alan Piper, who is also a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, to launch the charity Changez from their home in Powdermill Lane.
They offer clients everything from osteopathy to reiki, for whatever they can afford to pay, with a recommended minimum donation of £10 for an hour's treatment.
The charity provides confidential non-judgmental support for people experiencing and suffering feelings of distress, emotional despair or trauma.
It has been running since early 2010 and the couple plan to expand this year. They already have 12 therapists and more than a dozen volunteers involved.
Five local GPs refer patients to them and Twickenham MP and Business Secretary Vince Cable has agreed to be a patron.
"We wanted to help people get alternative therapy at a reduced cost," said Ms Hudson-Hall. "I qualified as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist 11 years ago. I found people were coming to me who didn't have the money to pay for treatment and I wanted to do something about that.
"I had bulimia and anorexia from the age of 18 until about 30. It was horrific. When I look back at photos of myself I can't believe how thin I was and how bloated my face was because I was bingeing and making myself sick 10 times a day."
She added: "I went through years of therapy and that made a huge difference. That's when I decided I wanted to become a psychotherapist. It's important to me that everyone can benefit from those treatments, however little money they may have."
Changez is fully self-funded, but Ms Hudson-Hall is looking for grants to help it to expand. **For more about the charity and the treatments available, visit www.changez.me.uk or call 020 8404 9374.