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What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome of Treatment
What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome of Treatment
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPYIt is a branch of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that all thoughts and actions are related. It also aims to help individuals break down problems or situations into more manageable parts and examine the ways in which thoughts, emotions and actions were related in each.Once the relationship between thoughts, emotions and actions are understood; the individual suffering from an eating disorder can replace the negative thoughts and emotions which have led to abnormal food and eating behaviours and with more positive thoughts and emotions that will lead back towards a healthy lifestyle.It is direct and thorough in details of eating habits; This type of therapy is done to change how you think and feel about food, eating and body image.It replaces negative thoughts towards food and eating with positive thoughts. It is more effective in Bulimia than other eating disorders.
COGNITIVE ANALYTICAL THERAPYIt is a time-limited therapy which focuses on repeating patterns that were set up in childhood as a way of coping with emotional difficulties and deprivations. The CAT therapist and the patient, work together to recognise their maladaptive patterns and then to revise and change the patterns.With a focus on identifying negative thought patterns, this treatment may be able to help clients understand specific psychological components of their eating disorders by considering past experiences and events; and then to revise and change the patterns.It enables patients and therapist to identify the cause of their eating disorder so it is easily treated.Patients will be able to understand the cause of their eating disorder and work towards changing their eating patter for the better.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOURAL THERAPYIt is a combination of cognitive and behavioural therapies to teach people healthy ways to handle painful emotions through acceptance and change. DBT uses four skill sets – interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness – to improve people’s coping skills.DBT teaches eating disorder sufferers to identify triggers for disordered eating. It helps sufferers find better ways to respond to stress, such as breathing or relaxation exercises, taking an emotional timeout, or finding a healthy distraction. It also guides eating disorder sufferers through the practice of mindful eating, increasing awareness of emotional responses to food while preparing and eating meals.Using better ways to cope with stress thereby reducing/treating the eating disorder.
INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPYThis treatment is an approach that emphasises the value of the individual. Therapists try to integrate all aspects of the individuals’ personality such as feeling, perception and unresolved conflicts and make it cohesive in order to encourage the individuals to approach life more positively and without prejudice.This enables individuals with eating disorders to approach life more positively including ways of eating healthy.A more positive view of eating healthy and reducing the harm of eating disorder.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. A form of psychotherapy to resolve the development of trauma related disorders, which uses eye movements to stimulate the brain.Eating disorders often co-exist with other psychological problems and in some cases trauma and distressing memories can be the catalyst and/ or driving force behind a clients eating disorder. It integrates elements of effective psychodynamic, cognitive therapy, interpersonal and physiological therapies with bilateral stimulation (e.g. eye movements, tones, or tapping). It uses a structured approach to address past, present and future aspects of traumatic or distressing memories.Allows the patient to process distressing memories, reducing their lingering influence and allowing the patient to develop more adaptive coping strategies.
ART THERAPY Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as a means of communication. Art therapy offers the opportunity for expression and communication of thoughts and feelings. Art therapy offers an alternative route towards clients developing the capacity to relate to themselves in a healthy way. Art therapy allows for the expression and controlled release of strong and powerful feelings that are often associated with suffering with an eating disorder. Art therapy can be particularly helpful for people who struggle to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. Through artistic expression, clients can gain access to their inner feelings and find ways to work through them.The overall aim of art therapy is to enable practitioners to work with clients to help them effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.
FAMILY THERAPYThey are sessions conducted with both the individual suffering from an eating disorder and his/her closest family members.They are intended to treat everyone in attendance. Very often family members will not even realize their involvement in an eating disorder until these sessions, nor will they truly understand the eating disorder without a professional explanation. Whether they want to or not, families must make changes in order to accommodate the needs produced by an eating disorder and it is this growth that is facilitated through family therapy sessions.Family therapy allows them to investigate how the eating disorder has affected their own lives and how they can be supportive throughout the recovery process as well.
HYPNOTHERAPYIt is a therapy by hypnotism that enables therapist explore client’s subconscious mind in order to determine treatment.It helps identify the root cause of the problem so that the emotional aspect can be dealt with. Negative behaviour patterns can be looked at and more positive habits can be learnt. Hypnotherapy can help to improve self confidence and self image so that the individual is able to view themselves differently.It enables the therapist to determine the cause of the disorder in order to enable the best treatment for the individual.It helps patients feel good about themselves subconsciously enabling them to quit their eating disorder.
NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMME THERAPYIt is a form of therapy that helps you achieve positive outcomes in your life. It frees you from unwanted behaviours by changing your negative beliefs. It teaches you to reframe your relationship to the world from negative to positive.Positive thinking is a key driver in the recovery process.
MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy)A style of person-centred counselling developed to facilitate changes in behavior. MET is most commonly used to treat eating disorders but can also aid with panic attacks and trauma.MET helps the individual to understand the function of their eating disorder and work on their personal motivation for change. The therapist will help the patient to explore and resolve their ambivalence about recovery. Helps to change patterns of behavior that have become habitual.To show the patient the value of changing their behaviour, thereby bringing about positive change and a strong desire to maintain the changes over time.
SOLUTION FOCUSSED BRIEF THERAPYA talking therapy directed towards developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions.Helps client to move forward and away from being stuck in cycles and patterns of negative behaviours and thoughts within their eating disorder. With focus on the present and future, client’s can begin to learn what their life can be without an eating disorder and help them grasp an understanding of their future after an eating disorder. Focus is on solutions and is goal orientated rather than being problem focused. Solution Focused Brief Therapy focuses on the present and future, not the past. The therapist helps the patient construct a vision of their preferred future and identify times in their current life that are close to this. This method helps bring light to small successes and by raising awareness, helps clients to repeat these. The therapist helps the patient to move towards the preferred future they identified without an eating disorder.
PSYCHOTHERAPY (with clinical psychologist)A talking therapy that is individual to each clients needs. A clinical psychologist may use a variety of therapeutic interventions to work with a client at the stage they are at in the most appropriate way.Eating disorders are usually always the result of underlying psychological problems. Talking through things with a psychologist can help clients understand their eating disorder and the origins and from there they can begin to work on how to overcome it.Psychotherapy helps clients to find new ways of approaching situations that they find difficult and new methods to help them deal with them. The psychologist will work with a client to overcome a specific or general problems, problematic thoughts and behaviours. Reduces psychological distress whilst enhancing and promoting psychological well being to help client to achieve psychological wellness.


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What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome Of Treatment
What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome Of Treatment
NURSE LED SERVICES Our services are Nurse Led Services, which means the management team are Mental Health Nurses. It offers a risk assessment and treatment catered to the individual’s needs.The promotion of full recovery is paramount, offering a combination of interventions including self help as well as collaborative working with the clients’ GP, allows us to work towards recovery from all aspects of the eating disorder – physical, emotional and mental well being. Nurse led services aim to provide service and administer can in a manner whereby patients feel nurtured and empowered and therefore more able and willing to work towards their own recovery. We promote full recovery and healing from eating disorders and through nurse led services, we tackle all aspects of an individual’s eating disorder and therefore a holistic approach to treating the whole person.
NEURO-LINGUSITIC PROGRAMMINGWorks with the patient’s unconscious mind to create positive changes in behaviour, thought and perception. An individual’s behaviour can be changed through the application and techniques of NLP by changing the internal perception of an event, which changes the emotional state which creates a different behaviour.NLP can be an effective treatment in many areas of life. We offer NLP not only for eating disorders but also to help clients with a range of issues such as; focusing, setting life goals, relationships, giving up smoking and careers to name but a few. It teaches clients to take responsibility of their life, create positive choices and let go of negative emotions. A large amount of willingness and self help is necessary for effective NLP but it can be highly effective.Clients will improve communication skills, change, develop and evolve themselves and unhealthy thoughts and behaviours. NLP is used to empower individuals to maintain positive life changes and coping skills.
DIETETICS It is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition. Dietetics enables people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle, in both health and disease.It enables patients to know the best nutrition for their body.Patients awareness about the best nutrition for their body enables them to develop a healthy lifestyle.
NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT Education for patients with eating disorders surrounding food and nutrition. Gives detail around portion size, healthy eating, essential vitamins for the body and individual bodily requirements. The nutritionist aims to improve patient’s nutrition and health related knowledge, emphasise the benefits of change and discuss barriers to change. Aside from the benefits to eating disorder patients, our nutritionist can also offer specific allergy testing and provides nutritional support for sports coaching and a range of individuals both with and without an eating disorder.It helps the individual to see that their perceptions of a healthy diet may be wrong and provide evidence based information to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles. Educates clients about nutrition and gives practical advice and skills to carry on into everyday life. Improve patient’s knowledge of nutrition and their dietary intake. This can also decrease a client’s level of anxiety around food and challenges.
SUPPORTED EATING A group offering support during meal times, in a safe and therapeutic environment. Supported eating can be offered also in an individual capacity as part of a daycare programme.This group gives clients the opportunity to cook and eat a meal with the support of staff, and address any anxieties or unhealthy behaviours that may occur during this time.Supported eating can be eating with other eating disorder sufferers and a nurse, or just eating alone with a nurse. It can promote a feeling of safety, allowing the patient to explore and try foods that they would not alone. The patient can discuss any fears they have about what they are eating and gain support in doing this. The session will consist of relaxation, goal setting and reflection around the meal they have eaten.To help the patient to expand their diet and become comfortable with different foods they would not normally consider eating. Clients should notice a reduction in disordered eating habits or behaviours, and develop relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety during challenging meal times.
SUPPORTIVE COOKERY A practical course aimed at individual who are recovering from or have recognized that they have an eating disorder and who wish to learn more about preparing simple meals that can help with their journey through recovery.Teaches clients about cooking and how to prepare meals for themselves and how the process of preparing and eating a meal can be an enjoyable experience. The sessions encourage individuals to use their sense to enhance learning during these “hands on” sessions.Gives clients the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy working with food and experience food in a different context. Promotes enjoyment and the social aspects of eating a meal.
COOKERY COURSESThese cookery courses are designed to help individuals learn new cooking skills and techniques whilst educating about nutrition and the best ingredients to use whilst cooking for taste and enjoyment as well as the nutritional benefits. Teaches clients the practical skills needed to cook meals from themselves at home and information about how to make meals that are nutritious as well as enjoyable. Provides clients with the practical skills to cook their own meals whilst aiming to teach that cooking healthily can be a very pleasant experience. Emphasis in these sessions is about exploring food and cooking techniques and about having fun and enjoyment in the kitchen. Clients are encouraged to use all their senses during “hands on” sessions in order to enhance learning.To give clients the opportunity to develop new skills and have fun whilst working with food to make meal times an enjoyable experience.
PERSONAL TRAINER A personal trainer is a fitness professional that specializes in exercise and fitness working on a 1:1 basis with a client at their specific level of need.For weight management clients, a personal trainer can help teach and train individuals on the best way to keep themselves physically healthy and active. Working closely with individuals gives them motivation and individual plans for exercise, nutrition and routines are created that are specific to that client’s needs and requirements.Improved physical performance, heart conditions and health outcomes. Clients should see improved motivation and positive results with regards to general health and improved quality of life.
PHYSIOTHERAPY Physiotherapy is the process by which ill, injured or disabled people are helped to recover their movement and function to full potential.For patients that have physical complications as a result of their eating disorder, physiotherapy will help patients to recover and improve their movement, quality of life or to an agreed goal by the patient and therapists.The use of movement and exercise within this kind of therapy helps to alleviate pain and restore strength at a safe, monitored and appropriate pace to the client.Leads to recovery or improvement of physical difficulties and essentially improves quality of life.


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What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome of Treatment
What It IsHow It HelpsWhy It Is EffectiveOutcome of Treatment
REFLEXOLOGY Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without using oils or lotions. Reflexology is based on the ideology that the body is made up of a system of zones and reflex areas that are reflected on the feet and hands.Promotes deep relaxation which aids in reducing depression and anxiety and the physical pain that is commonly associated with suffering with an eating disorder.Reflexology has a premise that can affect a physical change in the body and promotes relaxation and health restoration.Feelings of deep relaxation that soothes both mental and physical ailments to promote wellness.
MASSAGE THERAPYMassage involves the use of long smooth strokes and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using a massage oil or lotion. This leads to relaxation ad helps in stress reduction.Stress reduction from massage therapy encourages relaxation and is a distraction from trigger related situations. Massage can encourage clients to indulge in more self nurturing activities, focusing around instilling the beliefs that they deserve to be nurtured.Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility whilst reducing pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.Stress reduction from massage therapy encourages relaxation and is a distraction from trigger related situations.
SPECIALIST PILATESPilates is an exercise discipline that rather than focusing on aerobic exercise, is centred around the use of the body, muscle definition and relaxation.Pilates can help sufferers of eating disorders to engage in light exercise without pushing their bodies beyond their limits due to the poor physical health effects of the illness. Specialist pilates classes incorporate a range of simple movements for maximum effect, employing different tools to provide more challenge and vary every workout. Regular practice typically leads to a stronger body and can have an overall de-stressing effect.


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