Eating Disorders Counselling in Exeter

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Photo of Rachel Coles, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Rachel Coles
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Exeter EX5
I have a particular interest & experience in working with Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating difficulties. As a Family Therapist, I have worked with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including using Attachment Narrative Therapy; working with attachment difficulties; depression; anxiety; self harm; emotional regulation; communication difficulties & trauma. I’m trained to work with individuals, couples & families across the age range. It’s a privilege to support & empower families & individuals in understanding their lives experiences, improving their relationships, mental health & well-being.
I have a particular interest & experience in working with Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating difficulties. As a Family Therapist, I have worked with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including using Attachment Narrative Therapy; working with attachment difficulties; depression; anxiety; self harm; emotional regulation; communication difficulties & trauma. I’m trained to work with individuals, couples & families across the age range. It’s a privilege to support & empower families & individuals in understanding their lives experiences, improving their relationships, mental health & well-being.
01392 321753 View 01392 321753
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Lucy Perkins Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Exeter EX1
I have an extensive background working with both eating disorders and gender identity and I am a proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.
A very warm welcome to you. I work with a person centred approach, ensuring our sessions feel right for you as a unique individual. My style of counselling is non-directive, relaxed and inclusive, which means our work together is designed around what you want and need. The work is supportive and respectful as we go at your pace and my aim is to get alongside you on your path, helping you explore your world to find understanding, clarity or solution. Sessions are centered around you and how you experience yourself and the world around you. You are free to come as you are and be accepted, as you are.
I have an extensive background working with both eating disorders and gender identity and I am a proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.
A very warm welcome to you. I work with a person centred approach, ensuring our sessions feel right for you as a unique individual. My style of counselling is non-directive, relaxed and inclusive, which means our work together is designed around what you want and need. The work is supportive and respectful as we go at your pace and my aim is to get alongside you on your path, helping you explore your world to find understanding, clarity or solution. Sessions are centered around you and how you experience yourself and the world around you. You are free to come as you are and be accepted, as you are.
01392 690513 View 01392 690513
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Gillian Mather
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Exeter EX4
As a Master Practitioner working with eating disorders, I use the unique model developed by the National Centre for Eating Disorders which incorporates positive psychology, psycho education, CBT helping to challenge the mind set.
I am an Accredited BACP counsellor, psychotherapist & eating disorder practitioner. I provide a confidential counselling and psychotherapy service in a safe and comfortable setting. I have experience in working with many issues including but not limited to- anxiety, abuse, depression, affairs/betrayals, love & loss, low self esteem, work related issues, OCD, bereavement. I am also a Master Practitioner for all aspects of eating disorders- Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating, Obesity and other associated issues such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem and body image problems.
As a Master Practitioner working with eating disorders, I use the unique model developed by the National Centre for Eating Disorders which incorporates positive psychology, psycho education, CBT helping to challenge the mind set.
I am an Accredited BACP counsellor, psychotherapist & eating disorder practitioner. I provide a confidential counselling and psychotherapy service in a safe and comfortable setting. I have experience in working with many issues including but not limited to- anxiety, abuse, depression, affairs/betrayals, love & loss, low self esteem, work related issues, OCD, bereavement. I am also a Master Practitioner for all aspects of eating disorders- Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating, Obesity and other associated issues such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem and body image problems.
07480 534009 View 07480 534009
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Liz Benson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
For all of us there are times when we need the support, understanding and guidance of others.  Knowing there is someone you can trust, that will listen and try their best to help using all their knowledge and experience can be a powerful and transformative experience. I am passionate about guiding people on their journey to recovery and a meaningful life. Throughout my career I have specialised in helping people with eating disorders, and have over 10 years experience in NHS ED services. I am also experienced in working with people to overcome many other difficulties including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety disorders.
For all of us there are times when we need the support, understanding and guidance of others.  Knowing there is someone you can trust, that will listen and try their best to help using all their knowledge and experience can be a powerful and transformative experience. I am passionate about guiding people on their journey to recovery and a meaningful life. Throughout my career I have specialised in helping people with eating disorders, and have over 10 years experience in NHS ED services. I am also experienced in working with people to overcome many other difficulties including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety disorders.
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Jay Dudley
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Exeter EX1
My clinical experience and interests include treatment for personality disorders; complex trauma and dissociative processes; eating disorders; OCD; anxiety and depression.
I am a Psychotherapist, Supervisor, & Group Analyst in Training with many years’ experience working as a Psychotherapist in mental health services in the NHS, and in drug rehabilitation services in West London. I was lead for the Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Service in Somerset NHS Trust, before moving to Devon to take up work as a Psychotherapist in a Specialist Therapeutic Community within the Personality Disorder Service. I worked there for 10 years, and then as Professional Lead at The Haldon Specialist Eating Disorder Service. I am undertaking further training as a Group Analyst with the Institute of Group Analysis.
My clinical experience and interests include treatment for personality disorders; complex trauma and dissociative processes; eating disorders; OCD; anxiety and depression.
I am a Psychotherapist, Supervisor, & Group Analyst in Training with many years’ experience working as a Psychotherapist in mental health services in the NHS, and in drug rehabilitation services in West London. I was lead for the Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Service in Somerset NHS Trust, before moving to Devon to take up work as a Psychotherapist in a Specialist Therapeutic Community within the Personality Disorder Service. I worked there for 10 years, and then as Professional Lead at The Haldon Specialist Eating Disorder Service. I am undertaking further training as a Group Analyst with the Institute of Group Analysis.
01489 359948 View 01489 359948
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The Family Psychology Practice
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
I can support you and your loved ones to overcome a wide range of difficulties, with particular expertise in working with: anxiety, eating disorders, depression and low mood, neurodiversity (Autism and ADHD), and physical health conditions.
I have over 20 years of experience working in the NHS, specialising in child and adolescent mental health. This has allowed me to gain extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults, siblings and parents to overcome a wide range of psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
I can support you and your loved ones to overcome a wide range of difficulties, with particular expertise in working with: anxiety, eating disorders, depression and low mood, neurodiversity (Autism and ADHD), and physical health conditions.
I have over 20 years of experience working in the NHS, specialising in child and adolescent mental health. This has allowed me to gain extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults, siblings and parents to overcome a wide range of psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
01803 308929 View 01803 308929
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Jennifer Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Waitlist for new clients
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
01392 573819 View 01392 573819
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Louise Styles
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified
Exeter EX1
Clients come to me when they are experiencing distress in their relationships, with their sex lives or within themselves. Whether they are seeking help in processing a string of messy break-ups, exploring alternative relationship such as polyamory or intimacy styles such as kink and BDSM, dealing with cheating, shame or regret, or suffering from low self-esteem and feeling stuck, I listen, reflect, and support my clients, using positive regard without judgement. I can also help with identifying unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns, eating disorders and self-harm recovery.
Clients come to me when they are experiencing distress in their relationships, with their sex lives or within themselves. Whether they are seeking help in processing a string of messy break-ups, exploring alternative relationship such as polyamory or intimacy styles such as kink and BDSM, dealing with cheating, shame or regret, or suffering from low self-esteem and feeling stuck, I listen, reflect, and support my clients, using positive regard without judgement. I can also help with identifying unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns, eating disorders and self-harm recovery.
01489 357115 View 01489 357115
Photo of Sophie Yule, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Sophie Yule
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
Waitlist for new clients
Areas I have worked in: Anxiety, depression, bereavement, grief and loss, baby loss, restrictive eating disorders, stress, ADD, childhood trauma and neglect, addiction, breakdown of relationships.
Taking that first step to find a counsellor can sometimes be the hardest, but you’re here. Whether you are overwhelmed with your work/life balance and feeling like you have no time to stop, living with hurt, experienced a loss or feel ready to process past thoughts, behaviours or feelings. I can sit alongside you; not a ‘me and you’ but as equals and offer a non judgemental, confidential, and safe space to navigate these feelings and take that next 2nd step but at your pace as you feel ready.
Areas I have worked in: Anxiety, depression, bereavement, grief and loss, baby loss, restrictive eating disorders, stress, ADD, childhood trauma and neglect, addiction, breakdown of relationships.
Taking that first step to find a counsellor can sometimes be the hardest, but you’re here. Whether you are overwhelmed with your work/life balance and feeling like you have no time to stop, living with hurt, experienced a loss or feel ready to process past thoughts, behaviours or feelings. I can sit alongside you; not a ‘me and you’ but as equals and offer a non judgemental, confidential, and safe space to navigate these feelings and take that next 2nd step but at your pace as you feel ready.
01209 705477 View 01209 705477
Photo of Denis -Counselling For Adults Teens Young Adults, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Denis -Counselling For Adults Teens Young Adults
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
Your first counselling session if FREE. We all struggle in life at one point or another, if you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, past trauma, eating disorders, panic attacks, loss or grief and addiction, I can help. If things feel too much to manage on our own, counselling with me could help.
Your first counselling session if FREE. We all struggle in life at one point or another, if you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, past trauma, eating disorders, panic attacks, loss or grief and addiction, I can help. If things feel too much to manage on our own, counselling with me could help.
01823 785735 View 01823 785735
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Dr Rebecca Evans
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified
Exeter EX2
Hello, I am Becky a HCPC registered Applied Health Psychologist. I am trained in person-centred care, CBT, CFT, ACT, DBT, systemic and narrative therapy. I have supported people with chronic pain, neurodiversity, weight management, trauma, relationship difficulties and memory difficulties. I am an integrative psychologist, thus I use a range of different models and skills to meet the needs of each individual. I have worked with young children up to older adults. I have seen people individually, in couples or as a family. I have helped clients explore their struggles with anxiety, self-esteem, low-mood, bullying, bereavement, & loss.
Hello, I am Becky a HCPC registered Applied Health Psychologist. I am trained in person-centred care, CBT, CFT, ACT, DBT, systemic and narrative therapy. I have supported people with chronic pain, neurodiversity, weight management, trauma, relationship difficulties and memory difficulties. I am an integrative psychologist, thus I use a range of different models and skills to meet the needs of each individual. I have worked with young children up to older adults. I have seen people individually, in couples or as a family. I have helped clients explore their struggles with anxiety, self-esteem, low-mood, bullying, bereavement, & loss.
01392 321410 View 01392 321410
Photo of Jennifer Gledhill, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Jennifer Gledhill
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX3
Making the first move to see a counsellor can feel like a big step, especially if this is the first time you've done it. Perhaps you feel like you’re worrying more than usual at the moment? Or maybe there is a specific issue on your mind that you can't seem to get past. Perhaps you've had enough of feeling anxious, or you're feeling low and 'stuck'. When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment it can help us to develop a toolkit of coping strategies to deal with times when things get tough.
Making the first move to see a counsellor can feel like a big step, especially if this is the first time you've done it. Perhaps you feel like you’re worrying more than usual at the moment? Or maybe there is a specific issue on your mind that you can't seem to get past. Perhaps you've had enough of feeling anxious, or you're feeling low and 'stuck'. When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment it can help us to develop a toolkit of coping strategies to deal with times when things get tough.
01392 321533 View 01392 321533
Photo of Lauenna Luddington, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Lauenna Luddington
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
I support students aged 16+, as well as adults affected by their time at school, including ex boarders. Being a student can be a hugely stressful experience. What should be an exciting and stimulating time can turn into a nightmare with low mood and self esteem; fear and anxiety. Sometimes, the impact is more subtle, and surviving difficult school experiences can force us to adapt in ways that can become unhelpful later in life. Our time at school can go on to influence us for many years to come. I have supported many adults affected by their school experiences, and struggling with the impact on their current lives.
I support students aged 16+, as well as adults affected by their time at school, including ex boarders. Being a student can be a hugely stressful experience. What should be an exciting and stimulating time can turn into a nightmare with low mood and self esteem; fear and anxiety. Sometimes, the impact is more subtle, and surviving difficult school experiences can force us to adapt in ways that can become unhelpful later in life. Our time at school can go on to influence us for many years to come. I have supported many adults affected by their school experiences, and struggling with the impact on their current lives.
01458 552284 View 01458 552284
Photo of Agnieszka (Agnes) Zalewska, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Agnieszka (Agnes) Zalewska, Psychoanalysis
Psychotherapist, MA, BPC
Verified
Exeter EX4
I am accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist, training psychoanalytic psychotherapist approved by the leading providers of training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and a supervisor. I offer a non-judgmental space to talk and think, for how long it is needed, with the minimum frequency of 1-3 sessions per week.
I am accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist, training psychoanalytic psychotherapist approved by the leading providers of training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and a supervisor. I offer a non-judgmental space to talk and think, for how long it is needed, with the minimum frequency of 1-3 sessions per week.
01392 719348 View 01392 719348
Photo of Rachel Anna Jones, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Rachel Anna Jones
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Exeter EX4
As an experienced family therapist in CAMHS and private practice, I have worked with individuals, couples and families for over 14 years. I specialise in working with relationships, self-harm, mood difficulties, emotional dysregulation and eating and body image difficulties. Alongside working with families and couples, I have a particular interest in supporting clients who are neurodiverse, diagnosed or self-diagnosed, to live in an authentic and unmasked way that aligns with their values. I provide a compassionate and open space and embrace working in a neuro-affirming way to support you to feel empowered and heard.
As an experienced family therapist in CAMHS and private practice, I have worked with individuals, couples and families for over 14 years. I specialise in working with relationships, self-harm, mood difficulties, emotional dysregulation and eating and body image difficulties. Alongside working with families and couples, I have a particular interest in supporting clients who are neurodiverse, diagnosed or self-diagnosed, to live in an authentic and unmasked way that aligns with their values. I provide a compassionate and open space and embrace working in a neuro-affirming way to support you to feel empowered and heard.
01392 537185 View 01392 537185
Photo of Jenna Ledward, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Jenna Ledward
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX4  (Online Only)
I offer an open hearted, compassionate, and confidential therapeutic safe space, to support you through any emotional and mental dis-ease you may be facing. My aim is to work alongside you and act as your guide to support you through the process of any difficulties you maybe facing and your therapy journey. I understand the challenges of exploring your internal world and feelings, and the strength it takes to make positive change. I believe that feeling safe is imperative to being able to work together, and therefore offer an empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to feel heard and supported.
I offer an open hearted, compassionate, and confidential therapeutic safe space, to support you through any emotional and mental dis-ease you may be facing. My aim is to work alongside you and act as your guide to support you through the process of any difficulties you maybe facing and your therapy journey. I understand the challenges of exploring your internal world and feelings, and the strength it takes to make positive change. I believe that feeling safe is imperative to being able to work together, and therefore offer an empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to feel heard and supported.
01392 321597 View 01392 321597
Photo of Mo Ostler, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Mo Ostler
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX6
Hello; a warm welcome to my profile. Perhaps you are trying to change something in your life; perhaps you are wanting to give up old habits or create new ones. Maybe you are struggling with something, or perhaps you just want to take a look at your life and assess or reassess it. Together we can work out a way forward; by looking at and following your cues, which you may or may not be aware of right now, we can map a path that feels right for you. I truly believe that everyone carries their own answers within them; we just need to find out what they are!
Hello; a warm welcome to my profile. Perhaps you are trying to change something in your life; perhaps you are wanting to give up old habits or create new ones. Maybe you are struggling with something, or perhaps you just want to take a look at your life and assess or reassess it. Together we can work out a way forward; by looking at and following your cues, which you may or may not be aware of right now, we can map a path that feels right for you. I truly believe that everyone carries their own answers within them; we just need to find out what they are!
01952 454721 View 01952 454721
Photo of Claire Annette Williams, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Claire Annette Williams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
I am an experienced and registered MBACP counsellor, based in Exeter, working with adults, young people and children. I work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement and loss, and trauma. I offer a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore difficulties or problems from your past or present and look at how these maybe holding you back from living a more satisfying and fuller life. As a humanistic counsellor, I focus on building a respectful, caring and empathetic relationship with you and, through this, support you as you progress towards your goal.
I am an experienced and registered MBACP counsellor, based in Exeter, working with adults, young people and children. I work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement and loss, and trauma. I offer a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore difficulties or problems from your past or present and look at how these maybe holding you back from living a more satisfying and fuller life. As a humanistic counsellor, I focus on building a respectful, caring and empathetic relationship with you and, through this, support you as you progress towards your goal.
01392 537143 View 01392 537143
Photo of Jade Flowers, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Jade Flowers
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Exeter EX4
If you're currently navigating through anxiety, depression, anger management, the aftermath of a painful breakup, grief, trauma, domestic violence, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, or any other personal struggle, I want you to know that I'm here to offer my heartfelt support. It's completely understandable if you yearn for a profound change in your life—a transformation that encompasses your relationships, thoughts, and behaviours. While the path ahead may feel overwhelming, I want you to remember that together we can break down these challenges into smaller, more manageable pieces.
If you're currently navigating through anxiety, depression, anger management, the aftermath of a painful breakup, grief, trauma, domestic violence, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, or any other personal struggle, I want you to know that I'm here to offer my heartfelt support. It's completely understandable if you yearn for a profound change in your life—a transformation that encompasses your relationships, thoughts, and behaviours. While the path ahead may feel overwhelming, I want you to remember that together we can break down these challenges into smaller, more manageable pieces.
01392 321950 View 01392 321950
Photo of Lilly Sutton-Parsons, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Lilly Sutton-Parsons
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX4
I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, here to support you through whatever life may be presenting you with. I recognise that your reasons for seeking therapy will be as individual as you. I offer a warm, friendly and compassionate environment free from judgment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe our therapeutic relationship is at the core of the work we do together. So, it is important that you feel comfortable and accepted. My intuitive approach is underpinned by a humanistic and holistic model that puts you as the expert of your own journey.
I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, here to support you through whatever life may be presenting you with. I recognise that your reasons for seeking therapy will be as individual as you. I offer a warm, friendly and compassionate environment free from judgment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe our therapeutic relationship is at the core of the work we do together. So, it is important that you feel comfortable and accepted. My intuitive approach is underpinned by a humanistic and holistic model that puts you as the expert of your own journey.
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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.