Having an eating disorder can feel very lonely and isolating. Many sufferers try to keep their behaviours a secret because they feel shame and embarrassment about what they do, or because they believe other people will judge them.
You may feel that your disordered eating behaviour gives you a sense of control when life gets a little crazy. You may also feel the contradiction of knowing that what you do is not healthy and not what you want for your life, but at the same time you feel your eating disorder gives you a feeling of power and strength.
Or perhaps you have a friend, partner or child who suffers from an eating disorder. You may not understand the best way to support them, and feel helpless watching them suffer from the ravages of their disordered eating.
It has been estimated that 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. This number is likely to increase because the rates of eating disorder presentations are on the rise.
11% of people with eating disorders are males.
There has been a 27% increase in males with eating disorders since 2000. The trend suggests these statistics will continue to rise.
Recovery is possible with correct treatment
It is estimated 72% of people with an eating disorder will also self harm
Eating disorders can occur at any age. There have been documented cases of eating disorders in 6 year olds and 70 year olds.
Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder in adolescence
Our 10 years of experience in treating eating disorders has informed us that many factors contribute to how and why an eating disorder can take hold, and then becomes maintained in the present day. Our eating disorder treatment pathway, below, shows some of the areas that we target with treatment, as they can be factors in both the origin and the maintenance of an eating disorder.
Our Eating Disorder Treatment Programme takes the holistic approach of dealing with you as a whole person. We work with you collaboratively, at a pace that feels right, tailoring our approach to match your needs as we go. Our treatment will be designed to fit your unique combination of presenting issues.
We work with clients to slowly adapt what they eat to create optimal levels of blood sugar and brain chemistry. This produces a more positive mood, which allows us to then work with changing behaviours, explore emotions and slowly uncover thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that can keep you stuck in an eating disorder.
We will explore the root issues behind your eating behaviour, which may have developed as a way of surviving and coping with difficult situations, relatiosnhips or emotions. As we progress through this journey, you will feel your self-esteem and self-worth grow, which in turn allows us to work on areas such as lifestyle and body image.
We will help you develop new ways of thinking and give you a toolkit of skills to help you deal with the ups and downs of life so that you no longer need to use food to make yourself feel better.
Successful recovery from an eating disorder means your commitment to stay the course of the journey. We will be your guide on this journey, and it is important that you feel you can trust us as we support you, step by step. That is why we offer a FREE 30 MINUTE SESSION so you can meet us, ask any questions you have and be able to make a more informed decision if our therapists are right for you.