Having asked for people's experiences of hypnotherapy earlier in the summer, my daughter has now had 6 sessions and, as promised, here is my feedback.
So far the experience has been positive. This may be in part due to the choice of therapist who also suffered from anorexia in her teens. This has probably given her a real insight into the mindset and helps her give appropriate responses.
For the first two sessions I think my daughter was a bit sceptical and found some of the techniques 'weird'. However, she always felt comfortable with the therapist and they soon built a good rapport.
From the third session on, we noticed a significant improvement in her general mood, less anxiety and a willingness to try new things. A family member who hadn't seen her for a while, remarked on how she seemed more like her old self and that she had a sparkle in her eye again.
The therapist did emphasize at the outset that she would tackle underlying emotional problems first, and that it might take some time for attitudes to food and eating to change. She said she wanted to see small, incremental steps not a dramatic 'big-bang', and I think this is exactly what we have seen.
All in all, we feel it has been successful and wish we had thought of it sooner. We will be continuing with the sessions and may have further developments to report.