Felix Economakis is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, author and clinical hypnotist currently practising in the UK.
Mr Economakis also holds a master practitioner in NLP and has successfully treated hundreds of clients who have not benefited from previous therapies. He has a passion for studying many therapeutic approaches and then in combining the therapies studied to produce rapid and powerful interventions for a range of conditions. He specialises in fast and effective treatments that work particularly well for all forms of anxiety (worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, performance anxiety, insomnia and OCD for example), and has appeared in three BBC programmes, and the German TV channel ProSieben, demonstrating rapid therapy for extreme phobias and hoarding. He is also the most prolific practitioner for the treatment of Selective Eating Disorder (SED) / Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in the world today, having treated close to 3,000 adults and children at the time of writing, mostly within one-session using an integration of approaches.
Felix Economakis is registered with all the main healthcare insurers and is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Health Professions Council, the Society of Brief Strategic Therapy and the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Clinical hypnosis
- Gestalt Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Anxiety (worry, panic attacks, social and performance anxiety, OCD)
- Depression (reactive depression, general low mood, negative self-talk, feeling helpless and hopeless, low self-worth and self-esteem)
- Traumas (all forms of PTSD)
- Relationship conflicts
- Eating Disorders (comfort eating, bad relationship to food, SED, bulimia)
- Changing behaviours (getting motivated, losing weight, stopping smoking, stopping addictions)
- Phobias (all types of phobias including food phobia, social phobia and agoraphobia)
Felix was very knowledgeable, kind and understood the root of the problem I have had since a child. He tailored the session to my life and examples that I could relate to and after a relaxing and informative session it felt like the fear around trying new food had been removed.I have since tried 12 new foods, a few of which I almost certainly couldn't have touched before the therapy - fried egg for example. I am still hesitant with some foods, but believe this is not due to fear of taste, texture or other associated fears I had before, but more perhaps a worry that something might be too spicy or fatty for me to enjoy. I will continue to work on trying these foods however to see what I can tolerate, I'm sure I will be able to get used to things. But rest assured, Felix's therapy has opened up a lot of new food-related opportunities for me.Many thanks.
I had ARFID for all my life as i remember , couldn't taste any new food and constantly having my own meal.It was really bothering me in my personnal life, sentimental life and work life. After my session with Felix i was able to try avocados, tomatos, philadelphia cheese, grappes and pomegranate at the end of the therapie. After that i was able to try cheeseburger, mozzarella stick and salsa sauce and a slice of pizza all of that in the same day ! It really changed my life i still try new foods daily and will continue for now on. Felix is really professionnal and know how to make you confortable during the session. Many thanks again Felix for what you did for me !
Mr Felix Economakis
thank you for taking the time to feedback. Kind regards
I had the most amazing experience! I didn’t believe it would work I was very unconvinced..but I walked away with my fear taken away from me and my life has completely changed I can’t thank him enough I will forever be grateful.
Mr Felix Economakis
My pleasure. Kind regards
I am writing to thank and recommend Dr. Economakis for his research into and treatment of Selective Eating Disorders (SED). I am the mother of a client whose disorder began over 30 years ago. My son started eliminating foods from his diet at the age of 4. At the time, I thought he was just being fussy, as so many children can be. When it became clear to me that it was something more than that, I sought help for my son. I took him to any number of professionals – dentists, an oral surgeon, doctors, psychologists, counselors – and none of them would go past me to help him. It was always implied that I was being overly concerned and that he’d outgrow his problem. Well, he did not. As he went through school, he became more introverted and less likely to socialize. His diet was atrocious. It was tough to watch him suffer. We did the best we could to deal with it and devised our own coping mechanisms. Had he been a teenaged girl, I believe someone might have offered to help. In the meantime, my son finished university, went into the work force but still did not socialize much. He again tried a couple of counselors and nothing helped. When he told me he’d learned about Felix Economakis, I did some research and suggested he might as well just give it a try. After one session, I asked my son how it had gone. He said he didn’t notice any difference; however, I began to notice that the content of his conversations was changing. His attitude was different. Next thing I knew, he was asking how to cook different things, chatting about foods he’d tried and so on. He lives overseas so I couldn’t really see him in action, but when I did visit him, I was amazed at the things her was eating and the change in his demeanor and outlook. Not only was he eating better, he was losing weight (from the lack of an almost all pizza diet), doing new things, dating. I was amazed and am gratified that someone finally was able to help. I wish it hadn’t taken so long – almost 30 years. No mother wants to see her child suffer, even if the child is pushing 40! What is more, I never realized how much my son’s situation had affected me, but it’s not about me, after all. I’m just happy my son is happy. I don’t know exactly how Dr. Economakis does it, but he works wonders. I am beyond thankful to him for what he’s done. If you suffer from SED, or if you know someone who does, please contact Dr. Economakis.
Mr Felix Economakis
Glad to hear about your son's progress. Best wishes
although expensive it is highly worth the price as I have tried to eat healthy for almost 17 years without any movement forward. however 2 hours face to face with felix and he has helped me with that amazingly, before the session id never have thought of eating such things as pineapple and tangerines, but now I havve already eaten a few tangerines and more other foods that taste great and I couldn't be more thankful and I would encourage anybody to attend a meeting with felix and make a weekend out of it
It’s been a week since my Skype session with Felix, and all I can say is: what a life changing event! I am not gonna lie; I was a little skeptical when I first heard about him, and watched the first video of people trying new foods right after the session. Well I took my time, researched a little more, read testimonials and watched more and more videos… Finally decided to schedule the session because I was just fed up and so frustrated! I had seen other therapists, no success. I’ve had SED since I was around 3 years old, and couldn’t eat any veggies or most fruits. The crunchy texture was just too much for me. Couldn’t do it. The fact of only having “unsafe food” on my plate would make me feel really anxious. If by accident I felt a piece of something unknown in my mouth while chewing, immediate gagging, having to spit everything out. Just really embarrassing, especially in social events, friends reunions, and restaurants. Not to mention the health factor. I just used to get really concerned that I was missing out on a lot of nutrients and vitamins. Let me tell you: it works like magic! Felix is an outstanding therapist, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results! His wisdom, experience and unique approach made the difference. He knows what he is doing, no BS! Absolutely an amazing professional, with a beautiful and precious human side too! He knew more about me, and how I felt, than my therapist that I had been seeing for 6 months. Right at the end of the session, I tried fruits and veggies I’ve never had before!!! My husband and I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t love everything right away, but just the fact that I was able to actually try it, meant the world to me. This past week I’ve been trying/eating at least one new fruit/veggie a day. Again, not in love with anything in particular yet, as everything is still a little weird to my taste buds. I am taking my time, moving at my own pace, there’s no rush! Words cannot describe how happy I am! It’s so liberating! Felix, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your amazing work! Thank you for making a difference in people’s lives!
Felix is an amazing human being! He has transformed my daughters life and I am forever grateful to him. He is very personable and makes you feel at ease which is something you cannot learn. I would highly recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
Felix changed my life permanently for the better. He helped me, where noone else could. I was in a very dark place because of my ARFID/SED and Felix has shown me a way out. I can eat so many more foods now, I lost a lot of weight (50+ pounds, still have a little more to lose!) and my social life has expanded beyond my belief. The only thing I regret is, that I didn't contact him sooner. I will be forever grateful for his help. If you suffed from ARFID/SED - go see him. Don't hesitate. Your life will be better for it.
For the last 40 years I have barely touched any fruit or veg, following a family member having seen Felix previously for a similar condition I took the plunge myself and couldn't be happier I had done so. I felt completely relaxed during the session, everything was explained and questions answered which helped me to understand exactly what my my body / mind was doing. By the end of the session, not only did I feel more confident about trying new foods but actually tried several things I wouldn't have touched even an hour before. Following the session and over the first weekend since my appointment I have been able to continue on with the momentum and have had a stir-fry, even ate all my veg with a roast dinner and have felt great doing so. I'm trying new food everyday and really enjoying doing so, I just wish I'd done something like this 20 years ago! I'd recommend Felix to anyone, I actually already have done so.
My daughter has suffered all her life with restrictive eating and was holding her back from eating at school and at home and she wanted to change. We went through the channels of our doctor and was referred on but it did not help my daughter. I saw a tv programme and began to research and came across Felix. My daughter saw him once and I can honestly say it has been life changing for her. The fear of food has completely gone and is trying new food all the time. If you or your children are suffering in the same way you must get in touch with Felix. We are so pleased we did. Thank you
Took my son to see Felix in July 2016 for treatment regarding ARFID. For 9 years he had eaten selected baby food jars and fromais frais after never weaning. Therapy with Felix was successful and has changed the whole families life. Harry has enough range in his diet to enable us to eat out and for him to be able to mix with his peers. Highly recommended.
My husband had a Skype session with Felix for his fear of flying. His comment to me afterwards was “it’s weird as I’m actually trying to get myself worried about the flight but I just can’t”! He was still a little concerned on the flight but nothing like he was previously. Looking forward to our next holiday as he is usually in a state of high anxiety for around 6 weeks before we go so hoping to see an improvement there.
I’ve lived with crippling anxiety around trying new foods for the 20 years I’ve been alive. All it took was an hour and a half of help from Felix, and my entire world has been changed. I can try foods now with no anxiety whatsoever, and have the chance to live a new and healthy life. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone with SED/ARFID.
The treatment with Felix has changed my life in ways I can’t even explain. I can now try and eat foods that I would t have gone near before, my diet is healthier, I’m feeling so happy and proud of myself, but I think what shocked me there most was the relief I felt a few days after. I think I was constantly so tense and so stressed about food, that I didn’t notice it, stress was my normal. Being able to sit down and eat and just not even think about it is mind blowing and the relief isn’t sth that caught me off guard. I will never be able to thank Felix enough for this. If you are thinking about doing the video or the face to Face ID strongly recommend that you do it right now, you will not regret it!
After 37 years of struggling with SED, I was amazed by the results I got in just one session with Felix. For the first time in my life I am eating a healthy, balanced diet, my weight is down to a healthy level, and I feel much happier and more optimistic about my future. I have no fear of unfamiliar foods and am enjoying trying all the dishes I've been missing. I would wholeheartedly recommend Felix to anyone. He's friendly, professional, and really understands SED better than anyone else.
After treatment my daughters life changed for the better. She is now a personal fitness trainer. Her anxiety with food is gone and she can eat anything at all. She just returned from a month long travel around Asia. Her transformation from a person who could only eat white foods to try anything is amazing. Highly recommend treatment with this doctor.
I took my daughter to see Felix for a one off hypnotherapy session to address her fear of foods (Aviodant restrictive food intake disorder) I couldn’t be more pleased with the service he provided. He put us all at ease with his explanations and everything he said made complete sense. At the end of the session my daughter tried several foods that she’d never even touched prior to the session and all this was done without fear as if she’d never had a problem with food! Amazing. I won’t lie and say it’s been a miracle cure for her(you have to want to change and to push yourself and this is where she struggles) but she has added several foods to her safe foods list (even eating turkey, roast potatoes as broccoli this Christmas as opposed to her Turkey dinosaurs and smiley faces for the last 11 years) but it has enabled her to try new foods without the fear that she previously had. Would definitely recommend and we may return for a topup session.
I saw Felix for a session to do with my SED/ARFID. Before my session I was very nervous and didnt know what to expect during the session, I had watched many hours of videos of his before and after treatment on youtube and so I had a pretty good idea of how the session was going to be set up. As soon as we arrived he welcomed us in and instantly put me at ease and didnt just dive straight into treatment. When the treatment started he was professional but not cold and sounded like he genuinely cared about the outcome of the treatment . Once the treatment was over he wanted to prove it had worked and it had, almost like magic 27 years of embedded behaviour was gone in just over an hour. After the treatment I had kept in touch with Felix via the facebook group for SED sufferers and he also gives advice and help when needed on there which is a testament to his attitude towards helping people, Ive not felt like just another patient/ number thats passed through his doors and I would highly recommend him to others seeking help with SED/ARFIDS and even though I cant testify for his other treatments I would still recommend him to anyone wanting help for disorders he treats as I can imagine he is just as professional about these.
We have had a great experience with Felix with regard to my sons eating disorder. He knows exactly what he is talking about and is very approachable.
I didnt expect it to help me. Though now my ARFID is gone.