Eating Disorders Counselling in Melton Mowbray

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Kim Thomas
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melton Mowbray LE14
As a Human Givens therapist I am trained in the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Human Givens therapy is a safe, fast and a highly effective way to make positive changes in life. With years of experience supporting countless clients I provide reliable practical help for a variety of Issues including •Depression/low mood •Panic attacks •Phobias •Low self-esteem •Self-harming •Eating disorders •Poor concentration •Anxiety and Stress •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) •Addictions (all kinds) •Obsessions (OCD) • Poor Sleep
As a Human Givens therapist I am trained in the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Human Givens therapy is a safe, fast and a highly effective way to make positive changes in life. With years of experience supporting countless clients I provide reliable practical help for a variety of Issues including •Depression/low mood •Panic attacks •Phobias •Low self-esteem •Self-harming •Eating disorders •Poor concentration •Anxiety and Stress •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) •Addictions (all kinds) •Obsessions (OCD) • Poor Sleep
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Jon Berry
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Melton Mowbray LE13
Hi, I'm Jon, a person-centred therapist. I offer a safe, accepting, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in which I will walk alongside you as you explore and make sense of what you need to. I believe each person experiences life events in their own unique way. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers; our therapeutic relationship can facilitate you to find them. My approach is non-directive; the sessions will be yours own to go in the direction that you choose.
Hi, I'm Jon, a person-centred therapist. I offer a safe, accepting, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in which I will walk alongside you as you explore and make sense of what you need to. I believe each person experiences life events in their own unique way. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers; our therapeutic relationship can facilitate you to find them. My approach is non-directive; the sessions will be yours own to go in the direction that you choose.
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Esther Hastings
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Melton Mowbray LE13
If you feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, overworked or confused or if you are experiencing specific difficulties and would benefit from help and support, please get in touch. Perhaps you are faced with an impossible decision? Asking for help can be the hardest step to take in a fast-paced world where you are just expected to cope and to 'get on with it.' Whether you want to make changes in your life, reach milestone decisions, set new goals or simply find a space to be heard and explore your feelings and thoughts without judgement, expectation or agenda then I can offer you just what you need.
If you feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, overworked or confused or if you are experiencing specific difficulties and would benefit from help and support, please get in touch. Perhaps you are faced with an impossible decision? Asking for help can be the hardest step to take in a fast-paced world where you are just expected to cope and to 'get on with it.' Whether you want to make changes in your life, reach milestone decisions, set new goals or simply find a space to be heard and explore your feelings and thoughts without judgement, expectation or agenda then I can offer you just what you need.
01476 851095 View 01476 851095
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Specialist Counselling Psychotherapy Young People
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Melton Mowbray LE13  (Online Only)
'Helping Young People realise their full potential' and with the pandemic still affecting educational, social and family dynamics, 'Helping Young People adapt positively to change' With over 15 years experience counselling young people in private practice, schools and colleges. I have successfully worked on anxiety prevention, family dynamics, dyspraxia, autism, self harming behaviours, sexuality and gender, exam pressure, bullying, OCD and many more. I consider that, at times, young people need additional emotional support outside of their family and friends network in order that they can achieve their full potential.
'Helping Young People realise their full potential' and with the pandemic still affecting educational, social and family dynamics, 'Helping Young People adapt positively to change' With over 15 years experience counselling young people in private practice, schools and colleges. I have successfully worked on anxiety prevention, family dynamics, dyspraxia, autism, self harming behaviours, sexuality and gender, exam pressure, bullying, OCD and many more. I consider that, at times, young people need additional emotional support outside of their family and friends network in order that they can achieve their full potential.
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Helen Johnson Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Oakham LE15
Throughout our lives we are faced with many challenges, experiences and emotions which might lead us to seek counselling. Feelings of confusion, fear, loss, sadness, anger, despair, anxiety, low self-esteem, frustration can sometimes become overwhelming; as can the complexities of family life, work and relationships. I provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and have significant experience working therapeutically with children, young people and their families. I work in comfortable and safe surroundings where clients can relax and focus on their feelings.
Throughout our lives we are faced with many challenges, experiences and emotions which might lead us to seek counselling. Feelings of confusion, fear, loss, sadness, anger, despair, anxiety, low self-esteem, frustration can sometimes become overwhelming; as can the complexities of family life, work and relationships. I provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and have significant experience working therapeutically with children, young people and their families. I work in comfortable and safe surroundings where clients can relax and focus on their feelings.
01691 888102 View 01691 888102
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Lindy Carter
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Oakham LE15
Is your child having issues at school and at home? School life can be stressful for young people today and even a bright student can struggle at some point in their school career. Slipping grades and behavioral issues may be indicators that your child is facing some social and emotional challenges. Some of these outward and internal personal struggles are a normal part of growing up, especially during adolescence. Sometimes children need some strategies to cope and build self confidence, and an impartial listener who is neither a parent or a teacher!
Is your child having issues at school and at home? School life can be stressful for young people today and even a bright student can struggle at some point in their school career. Slipping grades and behavioral issues may be indicators that your child is facing some social and emotional challenges. Some of these outward and internal personal struggles are a normal part of growing up, especially during adolescence. Sometimes children need some strategies to cope and build self confidence, and an impartial listener who is neither a parent or a teacher!
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Tania Davis
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Rothley LE7
Finding a therapist starts with you and your needs. You may arrive with a sense of overwhelm, loss or anxiety, perhaps desiring change but without knowing how or believing you can. We can work together to explore how you feel, think and behave, and find a way to bring you back to your authentic self. I am able to work with adults and older teenagers (16+), as well as those training to be Psychotherapists themselves, and have a broad experience of short and long term work, presenting issues and ages, diagnoses and personalities.
Finding a therapist starts with you and your needs. You may arrive with a sense of overwhelm, loss or anxiety, perhaps desiring change but without knowing how or believing you can. We can work together to explore how you feel, think and behave, and find a way to bring you back to your authentic self. I am able to work with adults and older teenagers (16+), as well as those training to be Psychotherapists themselves, and have a broad experience of short and long term work, presenting issues and ages, diagnoses and personalities.
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Livia Nestianu
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7  (Online Only)
I am an integrative counsellor, adapting to your individuality by blending multiple methods and theories including (but not limited to) person-centred therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and compassion focused therapy.
I am an integrative counsellor, adapting to your individuality by blending multiple methods and theories including (but not limited to) person-centred therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and compassion focused therapy.
0116 497 6914 View 0116 497 6914
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Jen Holland
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Oakham LE15
Psychological pain is one of the most difficult things to overcome, often it consumes you, and you lose yourself. Therapy is about unfolding this, within a safe therapeutic relationship, where you are free to be yourself and find a way through, with me at your side. A key part of my practice, is working with you, rather than the diagnosis or label that you may have acquired. I help clients to disentangle and be free of the things that are holding them back, to become more authentic.
Psychological pain is one of the most difficult things to overcome, often it consumes you, and you lose yourself. Therapy is about unfolding this, within a safe therapeutic relationship, where you are free to be yourself and find a way through, with me at your side. A key part of my practice, is working with you, rather than the diagnosis or label that you may have acquired. I help clients to disentangle and be free of the things that are holding them back, to become more authentic.
01780 437415 View 01780 437415
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Jasmine Patel
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7  (Online Only)
I’m a Counselling Psychologist with a wide range of experience in a variety of healthcare settings such as the NHS, Charities & Private Hospitals. I have extensive experience working in both primary and secondary care settings including Secondary Schools, Universities, Drug & Alcohol Services, Trauma Services and in Forensic Settings. I have experience working with young people and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, personality disorder, drug addiction and relationship difficulties. I offer individual, group, family & couples therapy.
I’m a Counselling Psychologist with a wide range of experience in a variety of healthcare settings such as the NHS, Charities & Private Hospitals. I have extensive experience working in both primary and secondary care settings including Secondary Schools, Universities, Drug & Alcohol Services, Trauma Services and in Forensic Settings. I have experience working with young people and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, personality disorder, drug addiction and relationship difficulties. I offer individual, group, family & couples therapy.
0116 478 6732 View 0116 478 6732
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Through the Woods Therapy by Sarah Lambert
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7  (Online Only)
Are you living in a way which is deeply satisfying and which truly expresses you? Life's challenges can often obscure our path, making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. I'm here to walk beside you on your journey, helping you navigate those intricate woods of your life. Together, we'll widen the path and illuminate new perspectives. With support and guidance, you can rediscover your own way forward, gaining clarity and fulfilment along the way. Your unique story and individuality matter, and I'm committed to helping you discover your own way forward.
Are you living in a way which is deeply satisfying and which truly expresses you? Life's challenges can often obscure our path, making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. I'm here to walk beside you on your journey, helping you navigate those intricate woods of your life. Together, we'll widen the path and illuminate new perspectives. With support and guidance, you can rediscover your own way forward, gaining clarity and fulfilment along the way. Your unique story and individuality matter, and I'm committed to helping you discover your own way forward.
0116 497 9769 View 0116 497 9769

Online Therapists

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Anita Sommers
Counsellor, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
I have helped individuals struggling with following issues: Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia.
I am a Systemic Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. I hold a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A) and am currently UKCP Registered. Before starting my private practice, I was employed for six years as a Specialist Clinician for Children’s Social Care by the Cambridgeshire County Council. Prior to this, I ran an outpatient program for individuals struggling with an eating disorder and their families. I work with individuals, couples and families,
I have helped individuals struggling with following issues: Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence or compulsive gambling Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia.
I am a Systemic Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. I hold a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A) and am currently UKCP Registered. Before starting my private practice, I was employed for six years as a Specialist Clinician for Children’s Social Care by the Cambridgeshire County Council. Prior to this, I ran an outpatient program for individuals struggling with an eating disorder and their families. I work with individuals, couples and families,
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Tina Young Counselling Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Halifax HX4
I specialise in working with presenting concerns such as depression, abuse and sexual abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, relationship issues and anxiety.
Hi, I'm Tina and I work using the Person-Centred Approach offering one to one counselling, in a non-judgemental and non-directive way. I advocate this theory as I enjoy helping people realise their potential and become who they want to be! This particularly helps those who are drawn to exploring their own thoughts and feelings. Counselling is not about ‘fixing’ problems as such, it is about changing your understanding and view of the problems, enabling you to work towards living in a way that you find more satisfying.
I specialise in working with presenting concerns such as depression, abuse and sexual abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, relationship issues and anxiety.
Hi, I'm Tina and I work using the Person-Centred Approach offering one to one counselling, in a non-judgemental and non-directive way. I advocate this theory as I enjoy helping people realise their potential and become who they want to be! This particularly helps those who are drawn to exploring their own thoughts and feelings. Counselling is not about ‘fixing’ problems as such, it is about changing your understanding and view of the problems, enabling you to work towards living in a way that you find more satisfying.
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Dr Sabina Mazoruk
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Welwyn AL6
Hi, I'm Sabina. I am a chartered and HCPC accredited Health Psychologist and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with several years of experience in mental healh services. I currently hold a senior position in the NHS, and also work in a small private practice in Welwyn, Hertfordhire, and online. I work with a variety of difficulties including stress, emotional dysregulation, relational issues, chronic pain, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, anxiety, addictions, low mood and depression.
Hi, I'm Sabina. I am a chartered and HCPC accredited Health Psychologist and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with several years of experience in mental healh services. I currently hold a senior position in the NHS, and also work in a small private practice in Welwyn, Hertfordhire, and online. I work with a variety of difficulties including stress, emotional dysregulation, relational issues, chronic pain, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, anxiety, addictions, low mood and depression.
01438 576925 View 01438 576925
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Rana Khalaf
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London W1W
I am a psychotherapist based in London, offering sessions in both English and Arabic. My approach is based on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles and aims to explore each person's subjective internal conflicts. I believe that therapy is a journey to enable each client to feel more at peace with their struggles and try to make sense of them. I work with individuals dealing with a broad range of emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, eating disorders, psychosexual difficulties, and more.
I am a psychotherapist based in London, offering sessions in both English and Arabic. My approach is based on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles and aims to explore each person's subjective internal conflicts. I believe that therapy is a journey to enable each client to feel more at peace with their struggles and try to make sense of them. I work with individuals dealing with a broad range of emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, eating disorders, psychosexual difficulties, and more.
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Claire Feldman - Binge Eating Therapist
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bushey WD23
I also support clients that struggle with bulimia and offer pre/post bariatric counselling.
Are you consumed by thoughts about food and weight? Maybe the more you control your eating, the more you binge? Maybe you overeat in secret or alone and feel guilty about it? Perhaps you feel like you've tried every diet? Maybe you've tried weight loss injections or considered bariatric surgery?. Maybe it feels like your on a path of self-sabotage? I understand how you feel. I struggled with disordered eating for years and at the time didn't know what to do or where to turn for help. I work with individuals to help them overcome their unhealthy relationships with food by addressing the root causes of their binge eating.
I also support clients that struggle with bulimia and offer pre/post bariatric counselling.
Are you consumed by thoughts about food and weight? Maybe the more you control your eating, the more you binge? Maybe you overeat in secret or alone and feel guilty about it? Perhaps you feel like you've tried every diet? Maybe you've tried weight loss injections or considered bariatric surgery?. Maybe it feels like your on a path of self-sabotage? I understand how you feel. I struggled with disordered eating for years and at the time didn't know what to do or where to turn for help. I work with individuals to help them overcome their unhealthy relationships with food by addressing the root causes of their binge eating.
01248 665952 View 01248 665952
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Olivia Rowe
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
London SE15
I have specialist qualifications and experience working with Eating Disorders and Psychosis.
I work collaboratively with people to move forward with their lives with what ever they are finding difficult and distressing. I have a huge amount of experience of working with people who have specific diagnosis such as (Eating Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, OCD). However, I also work with people who are generally feeling like their life lacks the meaning they want it to, they might be struggling with burnout, stress, lack of motivation and general low confidence. With everyone I work with they have the desire to make changes, move forward in a different direction in their lives and learn new skills to cope.
I have specialist qualifications and experience working with Eating Disorders and Psychosis.
I work collaboratively with people to move forward with their lives with what ever they are finding difficult and distressing. I have a huge amount of experience of working with people who have specific diagnosis such as (Eating Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, OCD). However, I also work with people who are generally feeling like their life lacks the meaning they want it to, they might be struggling with burnout, stress, lack of motivation and general low confidence. With everyone I work with they have the desire to make changes, move forward in a different direction in their lives and learn new skills to cope.
020 8016 2632 View 020 8016 2632
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Sophie Killip
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Derby DE22
My therapeutic approach is integrative which involves using a range of evidence-based approaches, such as CBT for Eating Disorders, the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment, Intuitive Eating, and Internal Family Systems.
Hello! I'm Sophie, a qualified therapist specialising in eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, and confidence. With over 7 years of international experience in England, Canada, and the US, I support teenagers and adults to build better relationships with food and their body. Perhaps you're in your 20s or 30s, or maybe you're at school or university, feeling anxious and overwhelmed by all-consuming thoughts about what you've eaten and how you look. My online practice, Food Body Self, offers individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducational workshops and talks.
My therapeutic approach is integrative which involves using a range of evidence-based approaches, such as CBT for Eating Disorders, the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment, Intuitive Eating, and Internal Family Systems.
Hello! I'm Sophie, a qualified therapist specialising in eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, and confidence. With over 7 years of international experience in England, Canada, and the US, I support teenagers and adults to build better relationships with food and their body. Perhaps you're in your 20s or 30s, or maybe you're at school or university, feeling anxious and overwhelmed by all-consuming thoughts about what you've eaten and how you look. My online practice, Food Body Self, offers individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducational workshops and talks.
01332 327436 View 01332 327436
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I am James Therapy & Coaching
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SW5
I work with individuals on a number of issues such as Alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction & compulsive sexual behaviour (CSBD); eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, Body dysmorphia, codependence, gambling addiction, trauma, ADHD, anxiety and depression, low self esteem and burnout.
I see clients in London (SW7 & SW5), Tunbridge Wells and online. I am a therapist, coach and wellbeing consultant and my friends joke that I wear many “hats” which is true I do and I am very grateful I get the opportunity to do so. I am a trauma informed addiction, eating disorder and compulsive behaviour specialist. I trained at Richmond College as an integrative therapist and the National Centre for Eating Disorders as a Master Practitioner. I am strongly informed by 12 step philosophy and have a holistic approach helping clients to look after their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health to thrive in life.
I work with individuals on a number of issues such as Alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction & compulsive sexual behaviour (CSBD); eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, Body dysmorphia, codependence, gambling addiction, trauma, ADHD, anxiety and depression, low self esteem and burnout.
I see clients in London (SW7 & SW5), Tunbridge Wells and online. I am a therapist, coach and wellbeing consultant and my friends joke that I wear many “hats” which is true I do and I am very grateful I get the opportunity to do so. I am a trauma informed addiction, eating disorder and compulsive behaviour specialist. I trained at Richmond College as an integrative therapist and the National Centre for Eating Disorders as a Master Practitioner. I am strongly informed by 12 step philosophy and have a holistic approach helping clients to look after their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health to thrive in life.
020 3667 9963 View 020 3667 9963
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Emily Mitchell at MindStudio
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Evesham WR11
My current areas of specialism include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, anger and relationship issues.
I offer a professional Psychotherapy, Counselling or Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Service at MindStudio, a contemporary in person and online wellness studio based in Northern Cotswolds. I have been privileged to work with many people who have felt overwhelmed, lost or stuck at times in their life. Working with a therapist can provide a consistent sense of support, as well as short and long-term relief from issues you are facing. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe that therapy can allow you to begin to make sense of overwhelming feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
My current areas of specialism include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, anger and relationship issues.
I offer a professional Psychotherapy, Counselling or Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Service at MindStudio, a contemporary in person and online wellness studio based in Northern Cotswolds. I have been privileged to work with many people who have felt overwhelmed, lost or stuck at times in their life. Working with a therapist can provide a consistent sense of support, as well as short and long-term relief from issues you are facing. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe that therapy can allow you to begin to make sense of overwhelming feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
0121 238 2656 View 0121 238 2656

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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.