Eating Disorders Counselling in Leeds

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Dr Netalie Shloim Netalieshloim
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS17
I specialise in supporting people who suffer with Eating Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, Childhood Trauma, , Addictions, Learning Disabilities, Sexual Assault and Personality disorders.
Therapy is a key to life-changing habits that can help us cope with what life throws our way. We don’t have to do it all on our own, and there are times where we need to have an objective viewpoint to get us through the woods. If you are here, you are one step further in your journey. I am here to help you gain back abilities within you that give you the strength to overcome life’s lows and struggles with a wide range of psychological services.
I specialise in supporting people who suffer with Eating Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, Childhood Trauma, , Addictions, Learning Disabilities, Sexual Assault and Personality disorders.
Therapy is a key to life-changing habits that can help us cope with what life throws our way. We don’t have to do it all on our own, and there are times where we need to have an objective viewpoint to get us through the woods. If you are here, you are one step further in your journey. I am here to help you gain back abilities within you that give you the strength to overcome life’s lows and struggles with a wide range of psychological services.
0113 487 2909 View 0113 487 2909
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Yorkshire Rose Therapy
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
Areas of treatment include but are not limited to: Anxiety Depression Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder) Panic, OCD, social anxiety.
Hi! I'm Hannah. Are you someone who finds yourself thinking or saying "I really do need to talk to someone about this" but you're not sure what you need or how you want things to be different? My passion is helping others to explore their aspirations and goals for life, gain a deeper understanding of the patterns keeping them stuck and encourage them to create new, more helpful ways of being that allows them to live a full life. I offer a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and healing. If you feel this meets your needs, or if you're not sure what your needs are but want to find out more, I'd love to connect with you
Areas of treatment include but are not limited to: Anxiety Depression Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder) Panic, OCD, social anxiety.
Hi! I'm Hannah. Are you someone who finds yourself thinking or saying "I really do need to talk to someone about this" but you're not sure what you need or how you want things to be different? My passion is helping others to explore their aspirations and goals for life, gain a deeper understanding of the patterns keeping them stuck and encourage them to create new, more helpful ways of being that allows them to live a full life. I offer a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and healing. If you feel this meets your needs, or if you're not sure what your needs are but want to find out more, I'd love to connect with you
01422 411587 View 01422 411587
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Elzbieta (Ela) Chodyniecka
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
I work with clients, who face varies life difficulties: anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, burnout, eating disorders, self-harm, anger, problems in close relationships and in other situations.
I want to invite you to an intimate, personal journey of psychotherapy that leads to improvement and significant changes in personal life and relationships. I'm a relational psychotherapist and I work in a collaborative way to support my clients in their journey of self-discovery and personal change during the process of therapy. In my therapeutic work I’m guided by ethical principles of equality (‘I’m OK and You’re OK), attention and respect to the clients’ needs and choices. I believe in each person’s ability to develop their potential that leads to change, autonomy and spontaneity. The positive change in your life is our goal.
I work with clients, who face varies life difficulties: anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, burnout, eating disorders, self-harm, anger, problems in close relationships and in other situations.
I want to invite you to an intimate, personal journey of psychotherapy that leads to improvement and significant changes in personal life and relationships. I'm a relational psychotherapist and I work in a collaborative way to support my clients in their journey of self-discovery and personal change during the process of therapy. In my therapeutic work I’m guided by ethical principles of equality (‘I’m OK and You’re OK), attention and respect to the clients’ needs and choices. I believe in each person’s ability to develop their potential that leads to change, autonomy and spontaneity. The positive change in your life is our goal.
020 3947 6206 View 020 3947 6206
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Simply Psychotherapy Ltd.
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
At Simply Psychotherapy, our passion is helping individuals like you overcome your mental health difficulties and achieve lasting progress and wellbeing. We offer evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) to address a wide range of mental health conditions. If you are struggling with depression, excessive worrying, stress, low self-esteem, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, body dysmorphia, binge eating, bulimia, or phobias. Through therapy we can give you effective strategies to break free from the grip of these conditions.
At Simply Psychotherapy, our passion is helping individuals like you overcome your mental health difficulties and achieve lasting progress and wellbeing. We offer evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) to address a wide range of mental health conditions. If you are struggling with depression, excessive worrying, stress, low self-esteem, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, body dysmorphia, binge eating, bulimia, or phobias. Through therapy we can give you effective strategies to break free from the grip of these conditions.
020 3828 7360 View 020 3828 7360
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Dan Crawford - CBT Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
I am a specialist in Depression and Anxiety, including Phobias (high-spec VR is available), Insomnia, Trauma, Traumatic Grief, Worry (GAD), OCD, Self-esteem, Social & Performance Anxieties, Health Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Panic.
I am a specialist in Depression & Anxiety. Treating these conditions effectively using CBT requires BABCP-level accreditation (not BACP). My average time to full recovery is 12 sessions. For some conditions (e.g. Panic) it is as little as 3 - 4 sessions! Call now. I meet a lot of people who believe that their condition is untreatable, and they are always astounded by the progress that is possible with CBT when provided by an accredited professional. I treat Depression, Phobias (using VR), Insomnia, Trauma, Grief, Worry (GAD), OCD, Self-esteem, Social & Performance Anxieties, Health Anxiety, Panic & more. Call now!
I am a specialist in Depression and Anxiety, including Phobias (high-spec VR is available), Insomnia, Trauma, Traumatic Grief, Worry (GAD), OCD, Self-esteem, Social & Performance Anxieties, Health Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Panic.
I am a specialist in Depression & Anxiety. Treating these conditions effectively using CBT requires BABCP-level accreditation (not BACP). My average time to full recovery is 12 sessions. For some conditions (e.g. Panic) it is as little as 3 - 4 sessions! Call now. I meet a lot of people who believe that their condition is untreatable, and they are always astounded by the progress that is possible with CBT when provided by an accredited professional. I treat Depression, Phobias (using VR), Insomnia, Trauma, Grief, Worry (GAD), OCD, Self-esteem, Social & Performance Anxieties, Health Anxiety, Panic & more. Call now!
07396 077085 View 07396 077085
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All Things Therapy & Training Ltd
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS10
We work with children, young people, adults, couples, parents and families. We offer inclusive therapy to support those who hold a diagnosis of neurodiversity or behavioural/emotional difficulty. We also work with parents to discuss parenting strategies to build resilience in the household. We work with anyone from any background with a number of problems. These can include: behavioural and emotional problems, suicidal ideation, trauma, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting, family relationships, divorce, bereavement, illness, developmental disorders, eating disorders and more.
We work with children, young people, adults, couples, parents and families. We offer inclusive therapy to support those who hold a diagnosis of neurodiversity or behavioural/emotional difficulty. We also work with parents to discuss parenting strategies to build resilience in the household. We work with anyone from any background with a number of problems. These can include: behavioural and emotional problems, suicidal ideation, trauma, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting, family relationships, divorce, bereavement, illness, developmental disorders, eating disorders and more.
01756 639053 View 01756 639053
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Natasha Menoni: ADHD & Autism Specialist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
My expertise acknowledges challenges neurodivergent individuals may encounter including: anxiety, social anxiety, depression, addiction, anger management, autistic burnout, OCD, motivation challenges, low self esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, trauma.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
My expertise acknowledges challenges neurodivergent individuals may encounter including: anxiety, social anxiety, depression, addiction, anger management, autistic burnout, OCD, motivation challenges, low self esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, trauma.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
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Jennifer Gledhill
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
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
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Dr Kathryn Pemberton
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
Looking for the right therapist and the right therapy for you can be really exhausting, especially at a time when you’re not feeling your best. Thank you for visiting my page, and I hope you’ll find something here that will encourage you to take the next step and get in touch. I offer one to one online psychological therapy for a range of difficulties, and my approach is friendly, collaborative and down to earth. From depression, anxiety and eating difficulties to relationship problems or low self-esteem, talking therapy may be of help.
Looking for the right therapist and the right therapy for you can be really exhausting, especially at a time when you’re not feeling your best. Thank you for visiting my page, and I hope you’ll find something here that will encourage you to take the next step and get in touch. I offer one to one online psychological therapy for a range of difficulties, and my approach is friendly, collaborative and down to earth. From depression, anxiety and eating difficulties to relationship problems or low self-esteem, talking therapy may be of help.
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Jen Davies-Owen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder? Through therapy we can explore your relationship with food and body image as you find freedom and self acceptance from distress related to eating, food, weight, weight stigma and body image issues. I understand the links between disordered eating and neurodivergence so adapt my approach to meet the needs of neurodivergent clients.
Are you struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder? Through therapy we can explore your relationship with food and body image as you find freedom and self acceptance from distress related to eating, food, weight, weight stigma and body image issues. I understand the links between disordered eating and neurodivergence so adapt my approach to meet the needs of neurodivergent clients.
01244 667214 View 01244 667214
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Kat Hurst Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Leeds WF3
Hello, my name is Kat and I am an anxiety and trauma focused therapist. I support clients who have experienced any kind of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, depression and/or any kind of trauma or abuse, such as physical, sexual, psychological, neglect, etc. I work from a gendered perspective with women and girls and those who identify as female only from the age of 14 and above. I work in an integrative way with clients using a phased approach to recovery. I will offer you the space to talk and be truly heard about matters that are causing you distress.
Hello, my name is Kat and I am an anxiety and trauma focused therapist. I support clients who have experienced any kind of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, depression and/or any kind of trauma or abuse, such as physical, sexual, psychological, neglect, etc. I work from a gendered perspective with women and girls and those who identify as female only from the age of 14 and above. I work in an integrative way with clients using a phased approach to recovery. I will offer you the space to talk and be truly heard about matters that are causing you distress.
01924 975598 View 01924 975598
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Francesca Parry
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS18
You have likely arrived here because yourself or someone you know is thinking about counselling. This can be a worrying and confusing time and you may just need information about what counselling is and how you can make use of it. I chose counselling as a career as there was a time where I felt like I had no voice. I was alone with my thoughts and feelings. Having therapy, allowed me to understand how it feels to be listened to, with no judgement or a fear of being misunderstood. It gave me time, space and the confidence to open up. I want to work with others and communicate how to work on their self-love and belief in themselves.
You have likely arrived here because yourself or someone you know is thinking about counselling. This can be a worrying and confusing time and you may just need information about what counselling is and how you can make use of it. I chose counselling as a career as there was a time where I felt like I had no voice. I was alone with my thoughts and feelings. Having therapy, allowed me to understand how it feels to be listened to, with no judgement or a fear of being misunderstood. It gave me time, space and the confidence to open up. I want to work with others and communicate how to work on their self-love and belief in themselves.
0113 320 1217 View 0113 320 1217
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Jen Woodward
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS6
As a therapist, I have been described as calm, patient and intuitive. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings for a total of 11 years including the NHS and The Place 2 Be. Today I work in a private practice setting in Leeds. I draw techniques from the psychodynamic modality - exploring your past experiences and consciousness in a curious and objective way. Psychodynamic therapy, based on a trusting relationship, involves a deeper exploration of your unique process - including repeated patterns and unconscious thoughts.
As a therapist, I have been described as calm, patient and intuitive. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings for a total of 11 years including the NHS and The Place 2 Be. Today I work in a private practice setting in Leeds. I draw techniques from the psychodynamic modality - exploring your past experiences and consciousness in a curious and objective way. Psychodynamic therapy, based on a trusting relationship, involves a deeper exploration of your unique process - including repeated patterns and unconscious thoughts.
023 8214 6643 View 023 8214 6643
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Emma Johnston Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leeds LS27
Like me, my client base has been gloriously eclectic. I have extensive experience of working with many types of loss. Grief is painful no matter whether it's as a result of a relationship breakup, loosing touch with parts of yourself. Slowly painfully loosing a loved one to Alzheimers/Dementia, being a carer for a child with an eating disorder. I regularly work with clients who have been in some way affected by a Brain Tumour. Interestingly Anger and Rage is something i have worked with regularly in the last 4 years. If you or your partner are neurodivergent I can help you find collaborative ways of communicating together.
Like me, my client base has been gloriously eclectic. I have extensive experience of working with many types of loss. Grief is painful no matter whether it's as a result of a relationship breakup, loosing touch with parts of yourself. Slowly painfully loosing a loved one to Alzheimers/Dementia, being a carer for a child with an eating disorder. I regularly work with clients who have been in some way affected by a Brain Tumour. Interestingly Anger and Rage is something i have worked with regularly in the last 4 years. If you or your partner are neurodivergent I can help you find collaborative ways of communicating together.
0113 467 9535 View 0113 467 9535
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Nea Clark
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS8
I support couples and individual to resolve life and relationship difficulties. To raise self confidence, self esteem and manage relationships impacted by current changes. I provide support for ADHD clients, if you feel last in yourself, lonely, feeling overwhelmed and trying to find how to coop in the present. If you experience heightened anxiety, overloaded mind, fear of the future. Working together will help to normalize the situation, strengthen your resilience, unlock resourcefulness and confidence. Develop and practice strategies to coop with current challenges, manage your feelings and behaviour. Find balance and contentment.
I support couples and individual to resolve life and relationship difficulties. To raise self confidence, self esteem and manage relationships impacted by current changes. I provide support for ADHD clients, if you feel last in yourself, lonely, feeling overwhelmed and trying to find how to coop in the present. If you experience heightened anxiety, overloaded mind, fear of the future. Working together will help to normalize the situation, strengthen your resilience, unlock resourcefulness and confidence. Develop and practice strategies to coop with current challenges, manage your feelings and behaviour. Find balance and contentment.
0113 467 9038 View 0113 467 9038
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Julia de los Rios
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS6
Reaching out for help takes courage, particularly if your self-esteem and confidence are low. But, if you want to make changes in your life then you may need support. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons; anxiety, relationship issues, depression, bereavement, trauma etc. Perhaps you feel inhibited, have unhealthy patterns of behaviour or your emotions may be hijacking your ability to respond and keep perspective. Whatever the reason, the chances are you are feeling deeply distressed. You don’t have to keep struggling alone. Together we can work out what is causing you to feel threatened, overwhelmed or empty.
Reaching out for help takes courage, particularly if your self-esteem and confidence are low. But, if you want to make changes in your life then you may need support. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons; anxiety, relationship issues, depression, bereavement, trauma etc. Perhaps you feel inhibited, have unhealthy patterns of behaviour or your emotions may be hijacking your ability to respond and keep perspective. Whatever the reason, the chances are you are feeling deeply distressed. You don’t have to keep struggling alone. Together we can work out what is causing you to feel threatened, overwhelmed or empty.
0113 320 6027 View 0113 320 6027
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Chloe Johnstone
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS12  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Chloe Johnstone, a dedicated psychotherapist with a passion for supporting individuals. I offer collaborative psychotherapy with my use of the Relational Approach, and my Integrative training allows me to draw from various approaches, such as: Transactional Analysis, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Somatic Therapy. Relational psychotherapy emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. Together, we would consider the role of interpersonal dynamics and how past relationships, especially in early life, influence your current psychological state.
Hello, I'm Chloe Johnstone, a dedicated psychotherapist with a passion for supporting individuals. I offer collaborative psychotherapy with my use of the Relational Approach, and my Integrative training allows me to draw from various approaches, such as: Transactional Analysis, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Somatic Therapy. Relational psychotherapy emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. Together, we would consider the role of interpersonal dynamics and how past relationships, especially in early life, influence your current psychological state.
01274 505132 View 01274 505132
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Millie McLean
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS19
I understand that the decision to start therapy is rarely made lightly, and taking that first step can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling apprehensive, anxious, and sceptical about sharing your innermost thoughts and emotions with a stranger. It takes immense courage to be vulnerable and talk about the difficulties you are experiencing, and I want you to know that I fully appreciate and respect your decision to seek help. You might be facing a specific problem that you want to address, such as relationship issues, anxiety. Alternatively, you may have a sense that something in your life is not quite right, but cannot identify it.
I understand that the decision to start therapy is rarely made lightly, and taking that first step can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling apprehensive, anxious, and sceptical about sharing your innermost thoughts and emotions with a stranger. It takes immense courage to be vulnerable and talk about the difficulties you are experiencing, and I want you to know that I fully appreciate and respect your decision to seek help. You might be facing a specific problem that you want to address, such as relationship issues, anxiety. Alternatively, you may have a sense that something in your life is not quite right, but cannot identify it.
01943 661329 View 01943 661329
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SJR Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS25
My name is Sam, I am a Person-Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I understand how difficult the decision to seek counselling can be through my own experience. You may feel unsure whether it's the right move for your child and how long they can continue to cope on their own. So many questions you may have, you may feel you and your child are a burden to family and friends and don't know who to turn to. Worried about returning to school/college or starting a new one, impacts of Covid, social isolation, family issues and relationships causing anxieties and stress which may affect day to day life, I can help.
My name is Sam, I am a Person-Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I understand how difficult the decision to seek counselling can be through my own experience. You may feel unsure whether it's the right move for your child and how long they can continue to cope on their own. So many questions you may have, you may feel you and your child are a burden to family and friends and don't know who to turn to. Worried about returning to school/college or starting a new one, impacts of Covid, social isolation, family issues and relationships causing anxieties and stress which may affect day to day life, I can help.
01977 801654 View 01977 801654
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Abeda Aswat
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
Do you struggle with managing your mental health? Is it making you feel stuck and overwhelmed? I offer a safe, confidential and respectful environment to help you explore your issues. Seeking therapy can be scary and it takes courage to make the first step. With my support, you can take those steps and build on the changes you want. I will provide a confidential, non-judgemental, empathic approach for you to explore these feelings, tailoring that approach in order for you to reach a better place in your life.
Do you struggle with managing your mental health? Is it making you feel stuck and overwhelmed? I offer a safe, confidential and respectful environment to help you explore your issues. Seeking therapy can be scary and it takes courage to make the first step. With my support, you can take those steps and build on the changes you want. I will provide a confidential, non-judgemental, empathic approach for you to explore these feelings, tailoring that approach in order for you to reach a better place in your life.
0113 733 7852 View 0113 733 7852

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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.