A psychic medium from Plymouth says her life feels ‘normal and complete’ again after claiming the use of her own spiritual abilities helped cure a debilitating eating disorder, which she’d suffered with for more than a decade.
Mum-of-two and former hairdresser Jemma Bellingham was diagnosed with anorexia in 2012 and since then has been in and out of hospital, almost losing her life on two separate occasions.
After years of trying counselling and varying eating disorder therapies, Jemma believed there would never be a cure – but when she was ‘given the gift’ of becoming a psychic, she claims it was her own ‘spiritual abilities’ that finally helped heal her.
For official NHS advice on eating disorders click here.
Now the 32-year-old, who offers psychic readings to clients all over the world, wants to help other people who may be suffering from similar conditions.
Jemma, who has an 11-year-old son and a daughter, aged four, was first diagnosed with anorexia 11 years ago and says her life has been a ‘whirlwind’ since that point. She says each day has been ‘up and down’ and despite attempting to work with different medical professionals, her life has always been controlled by her condition. She says although some treatment had helped, she has never been able to find a cure for her anorexia.
But seven years ago, Jemma says she became a psychic and began working full-time offering psychic readings in Plymouth, on top of working as a hairdresser at city centre salon The Cutting Garden, which has just announced its sudden closure.
Then, last week, Jemma says it ‘came to the point where I thought I was going to die’.
She said: “I was so unwell. My sister urged me to come and a have a Reiki session with her, but I had been avoiding it, as I realise now that’s what would help heal me and I was scared of letting go. While driving to see her last Wednesday, I started reading myself, and asking my angels, ‘Why can’t you help me?’ and they said, ‘We’ve been trying, you’re just not listening’.
“I knew I had to kill the demon attached to me, it was like a separate person. It wasn’t actually me. That session was like a deep meditation, and I sent the devil away. Since then, I’ve been on cloud nine and have been bouncing about it. I’ve not felt this way in so many years and my life now feels complete and normal.
“Now I just wanted to help other people. I know both me and my sister could really help other people with this.”
The NHS says treatment for anorexia usually involves a combination of talking therapy and supervised weight gain. Patients may be offered Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA), Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM), Focal psychodynamic therapy and diet advice. You can see the official NHS guidance here.
Others believe Reiki therapy, a type of energy healing, to be a complementary therapy and a valuable step in recovery.
Jemma said: “I had been hiding away but not I feel myself again. I’ve still got a long way to go with putting weight on but I’ve given myself so much nourishment already. I’m seeing friends again, and have normality in my life again.”
She added: “I was so scared. I had such a fear of letting go of the disorder, as it takes its grip on you. All somebody with an eating disorder wants is a normal life. It is like a punishment, and you punish yourself.”
Jemma, through her company J emma Bellingham Worldwide Psychic Medium, offers in-person and over-the-phone readings to clients in Plymouth and all over the world. She said: “I meet so many different amazing people, and now that I’ve healed myself, I know I can help other people too.”
The NHS says: “An eating disorder is a mental health condition where you use the control of food to cope with feelings and other situations.
“Unhealthy eating behaviours may include eating too much or too little or worrying about your weight or body shape. Anyone can get an eating disorder, but teenagers between 13 and 17 are mostly affected. With treatment, most people can recover from an eating disorder.”
Getting help for an eating disorder
If you think you may have an eating disorder, see a GP as soon as you can. A GP will ask about your eating habits and how you’re feeling, plus check your overall health and weight.
They may refer you to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists. It can be very hard to admit you have a problem and ask for help. It may make things easier if you bring a friend or loved one with you to your appointment.
You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.
Getting help for someone else
It can be difficult to know what to do if you’re worried that someone has an eating disorder. They may not realise they have an eating disorder. They may also deny it, or be secretive and defensive about their eating or weight.
Let them know you’re worried about them and encourage them to see a GP. You could offer to go along with them. Read more about talking to your child about eating disorders and supporting someone with an eating disorder.
The eating disorder charity Beat also has information on:
Treatment for eating disorders
You can recover from an eating disorder, but it may take time and recovery will be different for everyone. If you’re referred to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists, they’ll be responsible for your care.
They should talk to you about the support you might need, such as for other conditions you have, and include this in your treatment plan. Your treatment will depend on the type of eating disorder you have, but usually includes a talking therapy.
You may also need regular health checks if your eating disorder is having an impact on your physical health. Your treatment may also involve working through a guided self-help programme if you have bulimia or binge eating disorder. Most people will be offered individual therapy, but those with binge eating disorder may be offered group therapy.