Eating Disorders Counselling in Bath

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Craig Philip Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1  (Online Only)
I have 15 years experience in working with families and adolescents, around a variety of issues from personality clashes to self-harm, eating disorders, attachment issues, borderline personality behaviours, and attempted suicide.
I can work with you around family issues, teen problems, child behaviour, ASC issues, illness and disability. I will support, collaborate and try to make sense of what is going on. All things eventually pass - I will offer to weather the storm with you. I won’t be judging you or not taking you seriously. We will work together - and it will be work - but we will also aim to have fun and be creative in our work.
I have 15 years experience in working with families and adolescents, around a variety of issues from personality clashes to self-harm, eating disorders, attachment issues, borderline personality behaviours, and attempted suicide.
I can work with you around family issues, teen problems, child behaviour, ASC issues, illness and disability. I will support, collaborate and try to make sense of what is going on. All things eventually pass - I will offer to weather the storm with you. I won’t be judging you or not taking you seriously. We will work together - and it will be work - but we will also aim to have fun and be creative in our work.
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Heather Coombe
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bath BA2
Not accepting new clients
with eating disorders I may use more practical interventions than in my grief or relationship work.
If you change nothing, nothing changes but it can be hard to know where to begin. I feel it starts with you being heard and valued. Having your story and your feelings witnessed and validated is extraordinarily powerful and provides the catalyst for change. You will gain a clarity and a sense of perspective as well as an understanding of why you behave in the way you do. Talking to me will feel different from talking to a friend or family member. I will offer you insights and reflections, not opinions or solutions. I am interested in you and your experiences and they matter to me, but as I'm not involved I can remain objective.
with eating disorders I may use more practical interventions than in my grief or relationship work.
If you change nothing, nothing changes but it can be hard to know where to begin. I feel it starts with you being heard and valued. Having your story and your feelings witnessed and validated is extraordinarily powerful and provides the catalyst for change. You will gain a clarity and a sense of perspective as well as an understanding of why you behave in the way you do. Talking to me will feel different from talking to a friend or family member. I will offer you insights and reflections, not opinions or solutions. I am interested in you and your experiences and they matter to me, but as I'm not involved I can remain objective.
07968 953384 View 07968 953384
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Helen Marie Yates
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bath BA1
Hello and welcome, I have experience in many different client issues, to name some- self harm, relationship difficulties, body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria, neuro diversity, relationship difficulties, bereavement, miscarriage, infertility, addiction and trauma. I have a strong grounding in eating disorders, LGBTQ issues and sexual abuse. You may use the space how you wish to and I will be alongside you, supporting you along the way to find your own answers and come to your own solutions, conclusions and understandings. I wouldn't offer you advice but would facilitate what you would like to work on and what you wish to explore.
Hello and welcome, I have experience in many different client issues, to name some- self harm, relationship difficulties, body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria, neuro diversity, relationship difficulties, bereavement, miscarriage, infertility, addiction and trauma. I have a strong grounding in eating disorders, LGBTQ issues and sexual abuse. You may use the space how you wish to and I will be alongside you, supporting you along the way to find your own answers and come to your own solutions, conclusions and understandings. I wouldn't offer you advice but would facilitate what you would like to work on and what you wish to explore.
01373 485190 View 01373 485190
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Marianne Le Coyte Grinney
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA2  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Systemic Psychotherapy can help a range of problems: Attachment difficulties, Eating disorders, School difficulties, Relationship distress, Alcohol and drug misuse.
If you are reading this you may be wishing for something in your life, family or relationship to be different. I too was looking for difference when I first began my Systemic Psychotherapy training. My name is Marianne Le Coyte Grinney and I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist: I believe 'the person is never the problem' and that people are best understood within systems, for example their family, work and social life. My therapeutic posture aims not to apportion blame, but to support individual and collective change within a safe and supportive environment. I do not hope to provide answers, but to facilitate change through
Systemic Psychotherapy can help a range of problems: Attachment difficulties, Eating disorders, School difficulties, Relationship distress, Alcohol and drug misuse.
If you are reading this you may be wishing for something in your life, family or relationship to be different. I too was looking for difference when I first began my Systemic Psychotherapy training. My name is Marianne Le Coyte Grinney and I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist: I believe 'the person is never the problem' and that people are best understood within systems, for example their family, work and social life. My therapeutic posture aims not to apportion blame, but to support individual and collective change within a safe and supportive environment. I do not hope to provide answers, but to facilitate change through
01793 378026 View 01793 378026
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Deborah Louise Creed
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA2
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
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Anne Marie Cussins
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
If you are looking for a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who specialises in women's therapy, I have had many years of experience offering psychotherapy to women of all ages and with all emotional difficulties. I have written on body image and provided organisations with presentations on eating disorders: Eating disorders: how to understand, how to help. For over 30 years I have worked with these problems, emotional trauma and personality disorder. I can also help you with a process that can enable you to move forward with life transitions and how you may be able to negotiate change.
If you are looking for a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who specialises in women's therapy, I have had many years of experience offering psychotherapy to women of all ages and with all emotional difficulties. I have written on body image and provided organisations with presentations on eating disorders: Eating disorders: how to understand, how to help. For over 30 years I have worked with these problems, emotional trauma and personality disorder. I can also help you with a process that can enable you to move forward with life transitions and how you may be able to negotiate change.
01273 036142 View 01273 036142
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Maria Brooks
Psychotherapist, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
This experience includes working with bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, relationship problems, depression and anxiety.
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
This experience includes working with bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, relationship problems, depression and anxiety.
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
0117 456 2425 View 0117 456 2425
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Emily Elizabeth Samuel
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
Not accepting new clients
I see children and young people aged from early childhood up to 19. I also provide parent guidance and consultation. The children and young people I see come for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to!) trauma, anxiety, self-harm, social difficulties, attachment related difficulties, eating disorders, depression and family conflict. I have been working clinically with children for 13 years. I have recently started my own private practice having worked for many years in the Yale Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children.
I see children and young people aged from early childhood up to 19. I also provide parent guidance and consultation. The children and young people I see come for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to!) trauma, anxiety, self-harm, social difficulties, attachment related difficulties, eating disorders, depression and family conflict. I have been working clinically with children for 13 years. I have recently started my own private practice having worked for many years in the Yale Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children.
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Vanessa de Macedo Ellis
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
I have experience working with: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, addiction, eating disorders, self-harming, low self esteem and grief, amongst other issues.
I offer a safe and confidential space where you will have the chance to share your problems, your difficult feelings, your pain and your life story. Talking about our life honestly and openly, with an empathic and non-judgemental therapist can be a deeply healing process. Having a space where we can be fully ourselves, where we’re invited to slow down, breathe and investigate our inner world and our emotions is necessary, today, more than ever. We live busy lives and for many, it is difficult to stop and notice, most of the time, what is going on inside us. As we reconnect to our feelings and our essence there is an immediate sense
I have experience working with: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, addiction, eating disorders, self-harming, low self esteem and grief, amongst other issues.
I offer a safe and confidential space where you will have the chance to share your problems, your difficult feelings, your pain and your life story. Talking about our life honestly and openly, with an empathic and non-judgemental therapist can be a deeply healing process. Having a space where we can be fully ourselves, where we’re invited to slow down, breathe and investigate our inner world and our emotions is necessary, today, more than ever. We live busy lives and for many, it is difficult to stop and notice, most of the time, what is going on inside us. As we reconnect to our feelings and our essence there is an immediate sense
01225 435174 View 01225 435174
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The Rose May Practice - Sarah Davies
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bath BA1  (Online Only)
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
0117 463 3666 View 0117 463 3666
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Duncan Moss
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
With 40 years experience, I can help with a wide range of anxiety and mood difficulties helping to bring about understanding and positive change. This includes depression, low esteem, panic, phobias (spiders, animals, storms, heights, emetophobia etc), social anxiety, OCD (which includes ERP), BDD, eating disorders, health anxiety, GAD (worry), PTSD/trauma, driving anxiety, insomnia and anger/temper. I offer appointments 10am -4pm Monday to Friday.
With 40 years experience, I can help with a wide range of anxiety and mood difficulties helping to bring about understanding and positive change. This includes depression, low esteem, panic, phobias (spiders, animals, storms, heights, emetophobia etc), social anxiety, OCD (which includes ERP), BDD, eating disorders, health anxiety, GAD (worry), PTSD/trauma, driving anxiety, insomnia and anger/temper. I offer appointments 10am -4pm Monday to Friday.
07815 563832 View 07815 563832
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Alex Evans - Resilient Nation
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bath BA2
I am a compassionate trauma-informed integrative practitioner with my own deeply lived experience and personal journey. I live and work in central Bath. Alongside many trainings over the years, I am committed to my therapeutic practice and my own path of personal development, healing and spiritual enquiry. My personal experience in life has been extensive and rich. I’ve walked a diverse path so far through life and this has enabled me to bring understanding to working with many people. Development and practices that sustain and resource me on this journey are somatic meditation, embodied enquiry and the wisdom of the natural world.
I am a compassionate trauma-informed integrative practitioner with my own deeply lived experience and personal journey. I live and work in central Bath. Alongside many trainings over the years, I am committed to my therapeutic practice and my own path of personal development, healing and spiritual enquiry. My personal experience in life has been extensive and rich. I’ve walked a diverse path so far through life and this has enabled me to bring understanding to working with many people. Development and practices that sustain and resource me on this journey are somatic meditation, embodied enquiry and the wisdom of the natural world.
07970 794137 View 07970 794137
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JP Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
My ideal client is someone who is ready to start the journey of self discovery in a safe and non judgmentaI space. I enjoy working with clients who are not really sure why they feel the way they do, but know that something is not quite right and feel the need to investigate this further. I have a particular interest and expertise in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, lack of self confidence and body image issues along with relationship difficulties. I work with clients to identify their needs and goals to create a unique personal treatment plan in order for them to reach their goals within a sensible time frame.
My ideal client is someone who is ready to start the journey of self discovery in a safe and non judgmentaI space. I enjoy working with clients who are not really sure why they feel the way they do, but know that something is not quite right and feel the need to investigate this further. I have a particular interest and expertise in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, lack of self confidence and body image issues along with relationship difficulties. I work with clients to identify their needs and goals to create a unique personal treatment plan in order for them to reach their goals within a sensible time frame.
07723 486462 View 07723 486462
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Sophie Samuel
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bath BA2
When we have a problem we often want to talk to someone who is not going to judge us. Talking to friends or family you may be afraid of what they might think or be worried about upsetting them. This can make it hard to be completely open about what is happening and block our ability to fully understand. Seeing a psychotherapist is an opportunity to build a safe trusting relationship where they can offer a more impartial point of view. It is my be that it is the quality of this relationship between the counsellor and client that helps us to marshal our own resources to find a resolution or make changes.
When we have a problem we often want to talk to someone who is not going to judge us. Talking to friends or family you may be afraid of what they might think or be worried about upsetting them. This can make it hard to be completely open about what is happening and block our ability to fully understand. Seeing a psychotherapist is an opportunity to build a safe trusting relationship where they can offer a more impartial point of view. It is my be that it is the quality of this relationship between the counsellor and client that helps us to marshal our own resources to find a resolution or make changes.
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Balbina Garza Delgado
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
Not accepting new clients
Highly specialised child and adolescent psychotherapist. Trained at UCL/Anna Freud Centre and working with under 5s, children, adolescents, young adults and their families. With 20+ years of experience (CAMHS/private) I am able to work with complex cases. My experience includes treating a range of difficulties such as: emotional dysregulation, self harm, depression, suicidal ideation, gender dysphoria, aggressive behaviour, personality disorders, and others. I help my clients discover, understand and overcome the underlying causes of their emotional distress in order to strengthen their ability to face challenges and enjoy life.
Highly specialised child and adolescent psychotherapist. Trained at UCL/Anna Freud Centre and working with under 5s, children, adolescents, young adults and their families. With 20+ years of experience (CAMHS/private) I am able to work with complex cases. My experience includes treating a range of difficulties such as: emotional dysregulation, self harm, depression, suicidal ideation, gender dysphoria, aggressive behaviour, personality disorders, and others. I help my clients discover, understand and overcome the underlying causes of their emotional distress in order to strengthen their ability to face challenges and enjoy life.
01480 270949 View 01480 270949
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Helen Jessica Loxton
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA2
Life is messy and throws us off course. We experience pain, stress and anxiety for many reasons - life events, work issues, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, or feelings of low self-esteem that makes you feel stuck. We may simply feel adrift, struggling to find meaning and our place in the world. Confronting and solving problems can be a painful process which many of us avoid. Avoidance can result in greater pain and the inability to flourish both mentally and spiritually, but by working together to fully understand your issues and goals we can work towards a more fulfilled life.
Life is messy and throws us off course. We experience pain, stress and anxiety for many reasons - life events, work issues, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, or feelings of low self-esteem that makes you feel stuck. We may simply feel adrift, struggling to find meaning and our place in the world. Confronting and solving problems can be a painful process which many of us avoid. Avoidance can result in greater pain and the inability to flourish both mentally and spiritually, but by working together to fully understand your issues and goals we can work towards a more fulfilled life.
01225 435186 View 01225 435186
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Louise Pivcevic
Psychotherapist, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1
I'm a Tavistock trained psychotherapist for adolescents, young adults up to 26 and parents., specialising in student mental health, also in parenting including successful co-parenting around separation/divorce. I have 16 years experience in the NHS and a busy private practice. I have a warm, empathic approach, meeting you where you are. I aim to help you discover more freedom and authenticity in how you relate to yourself and others. I treat a diverse range of issues - anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, transgender, sexuality, Member of BACP, ACP and Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
I'm a Tavistock trained psychotherapist for adolescents, young adults up to 26 and parents., specialising in student mental health, also in parenting including successful co-parenting around separation/divorce. I have 16 years experience in the NHS and a busy private practice. I have a warm, empathic approach, meeting you where you are. I aim to help you discover more freedom and authenticity in how you relate to yourself and others. I treat a diverse range of issues - anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, transgender, sexuality, Member of BACP, ACP and Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
01480 773558 View 01480 773558
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Elena Novikova
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Bath BA2
I offer individual psychotherapy sessions in a private, safe, and confidential setting where we can discuss what you would like to work on. Work is open-ended, meaning it continues for as long as you want or need it. This may be as few as six to twelve sessions to help you clarify your thinking about a particular issue, but most people remain in therapy from six months to three years or longer. Work moves at a pace and in a direction dictated by the client. What is needed from the therapeutic relationship may take time to emerge or change over time. I aim to support open dialogue and meaningful personal development.
I offer individual psychotherapy sessions in a private, safe, and confidential setting where we can discuss what you would like to work on. Work is open-ended, meaning it continues for as long as you want or need it. This may be as few as six to twelve sessions to help you clarify your thinking about a particular issue, but most people remain in therapy from six months to three years or longer. Work moves at a pace and in a direction dictated by the client. What is needed from the therapeutic relationship may take time to emerge or change over time. I aim to support open dialogue and meaningful personal development.
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brighter pathways
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA3
I am a qualified counsellor and teacher, I have studied Counselling and Substance Misuse at FdSc level and have a Diploma in Social Work, as well as having a wide range of work and life experience. My down to earth nature empowers me to be accessible, approachable and non-judgmental which is an essential part of a successful working therapeutic relationship. Aiding people to work through their own life challenges is my absolute passion and driving force behind Brighter Pathways Counselling.
I am a qualified counsellor and teacher, I have studied Counselling and Substance Misuse at FdSc level and have a Diploma in Social Work, as well as having a wide range of work and life experience. My down to earth nature empowers me to be accessible, approachable and non-judgmental which is an essential part of a successful working therapeutic relationship. Aiding people to work through their own life challenges is my absolute passion and driving force behind Brighter Pathways Counselling.
0117 456 2551 View 0117 456 2551
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Doug Teeling
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bath BA2
Whether you have recently experienced a crisis in life, or are dealing with a more prolonged sense of disillusionment, I offer a compassionate space for you to explore whatever issue brings you to therapy. Beginning to talk about yourself and what you are dealing with may feel new or even unnerving, so I am always mindful to work with you at your own pace. In this process many different issues may come up for you, and through talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully how and why you feel the way you do.
Whether you have recently experienced a crisis in life, or are dealing with a more prolonged sense of disillusionment, I offer a compassionate space for you to explore whatever issue brings you to therapy. Beginning to talk about yourself and what you are dealing with may feel new or even unnerving, so I am always mindful to work with you at your own pace. In this process many different issues may come up for you, and through talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully how and why you feel the way you do.
01225 530215 View 01225 530215
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Eating Disorders Counsellors

What happens in therapy for eating disorders?

In therapy for eating disorders, patients typically describe their eating and exercise behaviours, their patterns of eating in relation to stress, their beliefs about their body, the ways their eating behaviour affects their relationships, and their desire (or lack of it) to change. Such information helps the therapist understand the origins of the disorder and the role it plays in the patient’s life, important for guiding treatment. Attitudes and feelings about food and eating, body weight, and physical appearance are common topics of discussion throughout treatment.

What therapy types help with eating disorders?

Once any acute medical or psychiatric emergency is resolved, psychoactive medication is often prescribed, requiring the supervision of a psychiatrist. In addition, patients receive some form of nutritional counselling along with one or more forms of psychotherapy. For adolescents, family-based treatment is empirically validated and considered the first line of treatment; parents and their children meet weekly with a clinician as the adults are coached on how to nourish and psychologically support the young patient. Adults typically receive some form of individual psychotherapy, intended to resolve the cognitive and behavioural disturbances that underlie the disorder and to relieve the mood disturbances that accompany it. In addition, patients may also be helped by group therapy.

What is the goal of therapy for eating disorders?

The most immediate goal of treatment for eating disorders is to save the life of people who are on a path of starving themselves to death or engaging in eating patterns that are doing irreparable physical harm to their body. Once the acute medical danger is past, therapy is required to understand the nature of the disordered eating and/or exercise patterns, establish healthy eating behaviour, and to tackle the many erroneous beliefs and distorted self-perceptions that underlie eating disorders and continue to pose a threat to health and life. Therapy also addresses the impaired mood that not only accompanies eating disorders but intensifies the danger to health and life.

What are the limitations of therapy for eating disorders?

Therapy can be very helpful for eating disorders—but that can happen only after people recognise they have a condition that must be treated. Especially with anorexia, the distortions in self-image that accompany the disorder can keep people from acknowledging they have a problem. Individuals may in fact see their eating disorder as a badge of self-control. Those with binge-eating disorder may feel too ashamed to seek help. Therapy cannot help those who do not avail themselves of it.

How long does therapy last for eating disorders?

Because of their complexity, recovery from eating disorders is usually a long-term process—measured in months and years— often marked by setbacks and relapse. Some form of help, such as individual or group therapy, may be advisable for much of that time. It is a general rule of thumb that the longer the illness has endured and the dysregulated eating behaviour has taken root, the longer treatment is likely to be needed.