Obesity, Bulimia, Anorexia.
Smoking and Minor Addictions
(cannabis, tea, coffee, chocolate).


After my training in medicine (Oxford and Cambridge), psychiatry (St Anne’s Hospital, Paris) and psychoanalysis (Ecole Freudienne de Paris), I have been working as a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and psychotherapist in the 13th arrondissement of Paris for the last twenty five years.For many years I worked as a psychiatrist at Saint Anne's Hospital in Paris. For the last ten years I have worked as a specialised psychotherapist and psychologist. My subjects of interest are bulimia, anorexia and obesity on the one hand and the minor addictions of cannabis, tea, coffee and chocolate on the other.

My office is in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, but I also work by video conference and email. Currently, I have patients in America, Switzerland, India and England, in addition to my patients in Paris.

We, psychologists and psychotherapists, have to repair the disorders or breakdowns of the personality: lack of confidence, inhibitions, depression, anxiety attacks, school problems, sexual difficulties… These breakdowns can be small or devastating. But the good news is that they can nearly always be repaired. If you were functioning before, you can be put together again, as good as before and sometimes even better than before.

Specialised in bulimia and smoking
In addition to my general psychological work,  for the last 20 years I have specialised in the treatment of bulimia and smoking. Bulimia is closely related to anorexia and similar mechanisms are at play in obesity and nervous snacking. Similarly, smoking is related to other minor addictions such as to cannabis, tea, coffee and chocolate.

My thesis is that both these conditions, of eating and smoking, are first of all psychological disorders. To stop smoking and over-eating, the patient has to first make an inner psychological change. The primary defect is in the unconscious psychological software of the subject, and not in the hardware of the neurobiology.

In both these conditions, there is an initial unsatisfaction, an incompleteness or frustration that is lodged inside the subject. This lack expresses itself from time to time as the need for a cigarette or food. There is a psychological disturbance that “gnaws at you” from inside, which is at the origin of the need to eat or smoke. And so, logically, this psychological unsatisfaction can (only) be filled by a psychological treatment. And it is possible to do so!

Please see in the relevant sections of this website  a summary of my thoughts on these two subjects and the mechanisms at play.

In general, eating nervously and snacking, especially at the end of the day (chocolates, sweets, pastries) can be relatively quickly cured by my method. The urge of pregnant women to eat delicious things is also rapidly curable. These eating disorders are very common in some professions, where weight and the figure are of great importance: models, jockeys, sportsmen, dancers. They fight constantly to reduce their weight by willpower, but the result is frustration, binging attacks, vomiting in secret. Often these subjects passe from bulimia to anorexia and vice versa.

A young girl who starts a diet can sink into anorexia. It is important to treat this quickly. Early bulimia in a young person is more easily treated. Longstanding bulimia with vomiting takes longer to treat, because the symptom becomes a habit, an automatic behaviour. Like cigarette smoking. But both these conditions are reversible with a certain psychological work with a competent therapist.

If you are a smoker who wants to stop, I can help you too, if you are ready to do some work on yourself over a few months.

The talking cure and the writing cure
This work on yourself is called the “talking cure”, which all therapists (psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychotherapists) use in some form. Psychoanalysts have a special version of this method, first invented by Freud (free association). My research has led me to develop an improvement on this method, which you can call the “writing cure”. It is a prolongation of the talking cure. And I have adapted it to the treatment of bulimia and smoking. Take a look on this website. I am having considerable success, with a cure rate of nearly 70% in patients who continue treatment for a few months.

I am participating in research with my psychiatrist and psychologist colleagues on these subjects, in the eating disorder and smoking cessation departments of some hospitals in Paris and Oxford. I hope to publish my own results soon.

I am a private doctor (non conventionné) in the French system. If you have insurance (a mutuelle) and French Social Security, the treatment is not expensive. The first interview is free. It may be time to make that phone call or write that email you have been putting off for so long! Where ever you are in the world.

+ 33 1 47 07 55 28
Psychologist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst
Ex-consultant psychiatrist at St. Anne's Hospital Paris


65 rue Pascal - 75013 Paris
Bus: 47, 83, 91, 21, or 27
Métro: Gobelins line 7 - Glacière line 6

Phone: (+33) 1 47 07 55 28
Fax: (+33) 1 43 37 11 46
E-mail: doctornagpal@nip.com.fr


Dr. Harbans Nagpal, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, is based in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.