Does the way that you see yourself make it difficult for you to let go of parts of your personality? How does clinical hypnotherapy break the negative perception? How can it be beneficial to someone recovering from an eating disorder? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about Clinical Hypnotherapy with Bonnie Killip.


Bonnie is a passionate and lavishly energetic health and nutrition expert and professional mind trainer from the east coast of Australia. She is the Founder and Owner of Fuelling Success, a therapy and wellness practice. The cornerstones of Fuelling Success are functional nutrition and using your mind in new and different ways. Bonnie uses these as the catalysts to achieving meaningful life change in areas as diverse as health, business, career, and relationships. Bonnie studied and continues to study biomedical science, nutrition and dietetics, neurobiology, clinical and medical hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, and success coaching with some of the best in the world. Visit the Fuelling Success website and connect with Bonnie on Facebook and Instagram.


  • How do you think about yourself?
  • Clinical hypnotherapy
  • Find what works for you

How do you think about yourself?

Who would you have to be to be the person who eats normally? Who would you have to be to be the person who leaves that relationship? Who would you have to be to be the person who takes care of themselves? (Bonnie Killip)
The ideas that we have about ourselves can keep us stuck in old patterns. They keep us repeating negative cycles that we want to unburden ourselves from, and it can feel impossible to create meaningful change when we feel stagnant. Changing how you perceive yourself unlocks your unnoticed potential and capabilities. Something like clinical hypnotherapy is a tool that you can use to unlock this door because it enables you to truly see yourself differently.

Clinical hypnotherapy

The first thing [I would say to someone nervous about clinical hypnotherapy] would be are you in control of your mind now? With the eating disorder, are you in control? (Bonnie Killip)
Some people are nervous about being involved in clinical hypnotherapy because they do not like the idea of being “controlled” by someone other than themselves. The first question that Bonnie would ask them is do they feel that they are in control of their mind in this current moment?
For me, clinical hypnotherapy was probably the most respectable, empowering thing that I have ever learned in my life in that it really taught me how to understand how human beings work … it [taught] me exactly how my mind was working. (Bonnie Killip)

Find what works for you

Observe your own experience. Be honest with yourself and notice what genuinely makes you feel better and what does not. Use your experience as data to analyze which course of action is best for you and your recovery. What works for you does not have to be what works for someone else. Commitment to your recovery is a commitment to learning about yourself, and how you can take responsibility and care for your needs as much as possible.



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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