Eating Disorders Counselling in Warwick

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Joe Mimnagh
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Many of my client’s present difficulties with; relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, work related stress, bereavement, trauma, eating disorders and problems with alcohol or drugs.
I entered the world of psychotherapy so I could manage and eventually overcome the painful emotions and thoughts that I had experienced. If this is the case for you, then psychotherapy can help you explore uncomfortable feelings that have held you back from living life to the full. Life often throws the unexpected at us, be it through relationships, either personal or professional, we sometimes find it difficult to cope alone and need the support to help us through this difficult time.
Many of my client’s present difficulties with; relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, work related stress, bereavement, trauma, eating disorders and problems with alcohol or drugs.
I entered the world of psychotherapy so I could manage and eventually overcome the painful emotions and thoughts that I had experienced. If this is the case for you, then psychotherapy can help you explore uncomfortable feelings that have held you back from living life to the full. Life often throws the unexpected at us, be it through relationships, either personal or professional, we sometimes find it difficult to cope alone and need the support to help us through this difficult time.
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Rupinder Sandhu
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Hi, my name is Rimpy Sandhu. I have been working as a volunteer as well as in my private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years . I know it can be very scary and difficult to talk about your issues, revisit those painful memories. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise and express your own feelings. I offer a professional, supportive, confidential, nonjudgmental and ethical therapy in order to help with your presenting issues. Counselling helps you to understand yourself and to find coping strategies to deal with the day to day difficulties you might be facing.
Hi, my name is Rimpy Sandhu. I have been working as a volunteer as well as in my private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years . I know it can be very scary and difficult to talk about your issues, revisit those painful memories. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise and express your own feelings. I offer a professional, supportive, confidential, nonjudgmental and ethical therapy in order to help with your presenting issues. Counselling helps you to understand yourself and to find coping strategies to deal with the day to day difficulties you might be facing.
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Fiona Adams
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Hello and welcome. Sometimes life just doesn't go the way we would like it to go, with the everyday struggles that can sometimes just feel too much. At times the challenges of life can make us feel out of control, leaving us feeling lost, anxious, scared, depressed or even angry. At Footsteps counselling, I offer a safe and confidential space that will allow you to work through your struggles and explore your thoughts and feelings in a calm, confidential and supportive setting. I can help you to gain insight and understanding on what it is that may be making you feel the way you do, and help you through those difficult times.
Hello and welcome. Sometimes life just doesn't go the way we would like it to go, with the everyday struggles that can sometimes just feel too much. At times the challenges of life can make us feel out of control, leaving us feeling lost, anxious, scared, depressed or even angry. At Footsteps counselling, I offer a safe and confidential space that will allow you to work through your struggles and explore your thoughts and feelings in a calm, confidential and supportive setting. I can help you to gain insight and understanding on what it is that may be making you feel the way you do, and help you through those difficult times.
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Dr Jenika Patel
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warwick CV34
I provide therapeutic space for you to reflect, think about and explore difficulties without judgement. Sometimes we can have an idea about what we are struggling with, sometimes we are less sure. Accessing therapy can help us to understand ourselves and give meaning to that which leaves us feeling stuck. Sometimes things that are happening in the here and now can bring up feelings that we have experienced in the past that we may or may not be aware of. This may create discomfort, pain, distress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm. People often describe feeling empty, in darkness, alone, lacking energy and feeling frightened.
I provide therapeutic space for you to reflect, think about and explore difficulties without judgement. Sometimes we can have an idea about what we are struggling with, sometimes we are less sure. Accessing therapy can help us to understand ourselves and give meaning to that which leaves us feeling stuck. Sometimes things that are happening in the here and now can bring up feelings that we have experienced in the past that we may or may not be aware of. This may create discomfort, pain, distress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm. People often describe feeling empty, in darkness, alone, lacking energy and feeling frightened.
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Rebecca Woodbine
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Adults and children may find it difficult to talk about how they feel or know how to express the feelings that are causing them anguish. They may find it easier to use a nonverbal method of communication. The use of art materials may allow a connection between the client, the art image/object, and the therapist and whilst reflecting on the image with the therapist, this may encourage a dialogue, the client may discover and make sense of an experience that has previously been causing them distress. Art materials and the process of making art is a tactile, sensory way of helping someone to communicate difficult thoughts and feelings.
Adults and children may find it difficult to talk about how they feel or know how to express the feelings that are causing them anguish. They may find it easier to use a nonverbal method of communication. The use of art materials may allow a connection between the client, the art image/object, and the therapist and whilst reflecting on the image with the therapist, this may encourage a dialogue, the client may discover and make sense of an experience that has previously been causing them distress. Art materials and the process of making art is a tactile, sensory way of helping someone to communicate difficult thoughts and feelings.
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Clare Welch
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
I am a highly experienced EMDR Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a 1st class B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling working from practices in Warwickshire and London. I have advanced training in Trauma Therapy which is very effective in dealing with PTSD and Psychological Trauma. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Abuse/Trauma, Bereavement, Addiction or Relationship issues, I can help to navigate your way through and aid your journey back to health. The key to a successful relationship is the therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety.
I am a highly experienced EMDR Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a 1st class B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling working from practices in Warwickshire and London. I have advanced training in Trauma Therapy which is very effective in dealing with PTSD and Psychological Trauma. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Abuse/Trauma, Bereavement, Addiction or Relationship issues, I can help to navigate your way through and aid your journey back to health. The key to a successful relationship is the therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety.
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Polly Jennens
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Are you feeling "how do I deal with this" or "how can I change things" and you just don't know where to start.........then I can help. Counselling can make a huge difference to how you live your life. People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons and you're certainly not alone if you are finding making the first move quite daunting. I provide a quiet, safe space where you can freely discuss your fears, worries, hopes and dreams without judgement. This will allow you to gain a greater understanding of where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there.
Are you feeling "how do I deal with this" or "how can I change things" and you just don't know where to start.........then I can help. Counselling can make a huge difference to how you live your life. People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons and you're certainly not alone if you are finding making the first move quite daunting. I provide a quiet, safe space where you can freely discuss your fears, worries, hopes and dreams without judgement. This will allow you to gain a greater understanding of where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there.
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Katie Brazier
Counsellor, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Warwick CV35
I’m Katie, your partner in transformation. If you are experiencing Anxiety or Stress, Addictions or Compulsive Behaviours, Sleep Issues or Past Trauma then I can help. With over 15 years of experience in my private practice, I’ve dedicated my life to helping busy individuals like you achieve emotional health, calm, control, and happiness.
I’m Katie, your partner in transformation. If you are experiencing Anxiety or Stress, Addictions or Compulsive Behaviours, Sleep Issues or Past Trauma then I can help. With over 15 years of experience in my private practice, I’ve dedicated my life to helping busy individuals like you achieve emotional health, calm, control, and happiness.
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Jane Oneill
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
You feel like you can’t cope, you’re fed up, you’ve had enough. Your life isn’t what you want it to be. Living has become hard and there’s no joy in your world. It’s like everyone else except you is happy. You’re haunted by your past. You think you’ll never be happy again. You feel alone like no one else understands how hard your life is at the moment. On the outside you look fine but inside you feel like you’re dying. Everything you do feels like an act to look like you’re okay. You don’t know how to change things or what to do about it anymore.
You feel like you can’t cope, you’re fed up, you’ve had enough. Your life isn’t what you want it to be. Living has become hard and there’s no joy in your world. It’s like everyone else except you is happy. You’re haunted by your past. You think you’ll never be happy again. You feel alone like no one else understands how hard your life is at the moment. On the outside you look fine but inside you feel like you’re dying. Everything you do feels like an act to look like you’re okay. You don’t know how to change things or what to do about it anymore.
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Dr Caterina Pasi
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Life doesn't really go as expected and finding the right support is key to move forward. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in combination with Systemic therapy allowing a tailored approach based on clients needs. CBT is aimed to support clients identifying the triggers and the dynamics that hide behind their difficulties, learning coping strategies to deal with them. Systemic therapy is often considered an approach to treat families and groups however, it also effectively apply to individuals.
Life doesn't really go as expected and finding the right support is key to move forward. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in combination with Systemic therapy allowing a tailored approach based on clients needs. CBT is aimed to support clients identifying the triggers and the dynamics that hide behind their difficulties, learning coping strategies to deal with them. Systemic therapy is often considered an approach to treat families and groups however, it also effectively apply to individuals.
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Susannah Maione
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
I am a registered (MBACP) counsellor and founder of Root and Flow Counselling. I provide online and face to face counselling sessions for women (18+) and girls (13 to 17) in Southam, Leamington Spa, Daventry and Fenny Compton. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer a warm, authentic and confidential relationship from which you can explore your difficulties at your own pace. I adapt my approach to your specific needs, ensuring you receive counselling that best serves you. My practice also incorporates a holistic understanding, using my knowledge of mind and body to offer you a range of tools that support your overall wellbeing.
I am a registered (MBACP) counsellor and founder of Root and Flow Counselling. I provide online and face to face counselling sessions for women (18+) and girls (13 to 17) in Southam, Leamington Spa, Daventry and Fenny Compton. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer a warm, authentic and confidential relationship from which you can explore your difficulties at your own pace. I adapt my approach to your specific needs, ensuring you receive counselling that best serves you. My practice also incorporates a holistic understanding, using my knowledge of mind and body to offer you a range of tools that support your overall wellbeing.
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Maria Reece
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
I have 25 years experience helping individuals and couples who are feeling stressed, unbalanced, confused, angry, stuck, unhappy, or overwhelmed. I can quickly help you to get more balanced, clear, effective, energised, confident, and happy in your life and relationships. I can also help you deal with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, panic attacks, PTSD, grief, and isolation. I can help couples who are stuck in negative patterns, such as repetitive rows that seem impossible to fix, or who are worried about issues of infidelity or lack of sexual intimacy.
I have 25 years experience helping individuals and couples who are feeling stressed, unbalanced, confused, angry, stuck, unhappy, or overwhelmed. I can quickly help you to get more balanced, clear, effective, energised, confident, and happy in your life and relationships. I can also help you deal with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, panic attacks, PTSD, grief, and isolation. I can help couples who are stuck in negative patterns, such as repetitive rows that seem impossible to fix, or who are worried about issues of infidelity or lack of sexual intimacy.
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Photo of Karen McDonald. Arts Psychotherapist - Dramatherapist, MA
Karen McDonald. Arts Psychotherapist - Dramatherapist
MA
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
I offer a safe, empathic, & open creative space for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Dramatherapy offers a unique creative psychotherapy. You will have the freedom to communicate in different ways, find your own way of working and access your inner resources. I will keep you safe and provide a range of creative therapeutic approaches which meet your needs as a whole person, help you develop the internal skills to manage pain & distress, and offer opportunities for change. It’s a privilege to work alongside and guide people as they express themselves, explore their difficulties and find their own path of healing.
I offer a safe, empathic, & open creative space for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Dramatherapy offers a unique creative psychotherapy. You will have the freedom to communicate in different ways, find your own way of working and access your inner resources. I will keep you safe and provide a range of creative therapeutic approaches which meet your needs as a whole person, help you develop the internal skills to manage pain & distress, and offer opportunities for change. It’s a privilege to work alongside and guide people as they express themselves, explore their difficulties and find their own path of healing.
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Photo of James Etherson, PNCPS Acc., Counsellor
James Etherson
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warwick CV34
Hello and welcome! My name is James, and I have been working as an integrative, holistic and empathetic Psychotherapist for the past four years, here to offer a safe, trusting and non-judgemental space for you. Life can present us with a host of obstacles and challenges which can affect our day-to-day which is very normal and common, and we need to process, understand and address how we are feeling and being affected, and counselling can help with providing dedicated space and time for you to understand your emotions. I offer counselling virtually, telephone or face-to-face
Hello and welcome! My name is James, and I have been working as an integrative, holistic and empathetic Psychotherapist for the past four years, here to offer a safe, trusting and non-judgemental space for you. Life can present us with a host of obstacles and challenges which can affect our day-to-day which is very normal and common, and we need to process, understand and address how we are feeling and being affected, and counselling can help with providing dedicated space and time for you to understand your emotions. I offer counselling virtually, telephone or face-to-face
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Photo of Lily Clapham, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Lily Clapham
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warwick CV34
Hi, my name is Lily. I am a down-to-earth, approachable therapist who works with adults and young people aged 16+. Does your current situation leave you feeling sad, angry or overwhelmed? Do you want someone who will truly hear you, believe you and support you? I am here to do this and more. In sessions I will hold a safe space for you, whilst you are learning to value your own wants and needs. You deserve to make yourself a priority.
Hi, my name is Lily. I am a down-to-earth, approachable therapist who works with adults and young people aged 16+. Does your current situation leave you feeling sad, angry or overwhelmed? Do you want someone who will truly hear you, believe you and support you? I am here to do this and more. In sessions I will hold a safe space for you, whilst you are learning to value your own wants and needs. You deserve to make yourself a priority.
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Tees Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Lucy a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with people suffering in their mental health. I'm qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, ACT and EMDR (Trauma therapy). I've worked with people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and psychosis using my knowledge and warm, caring approach to support and guide each person forwards. Whether it's working on difficulties managing emotions or generally feeling flat, overwhelmed and just needing some extra support we can work on it together. We'll set goals and work as a Team putting your self care needs first.
Hi, I'm Lucy a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with people suffering in their mental health. I'm qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, ACT and EMDR (Trauma therapy). I've worked with people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and psychosis using my knowledge and warm, caring approach to support and guide each person forwards. Whether it's working on difficulties managing emotions or generally feeling flat, overwhelmed and just needing some extra support we can work on it together. We'll set goals and work as a Team putting your self care needs first.
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Sophie Killip
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leamington Spa CV32
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.
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Dimitra Theofili
Psychotherapist, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Leamington Spa CV32
I have experience in the following areas: Couple counselling, Eating disorders - disordered eating, Obesity and Nutrition, Binge eating, Child therapy, DBT – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Addictions, Depression, Anger, Anxiety, Stress, Gender and Identity issues Bereavement and loss.
I am a qualified therapist, drawing from approaches such as - Systemic, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Forensic Psychology. I have a Master Practitioner Advanced Diploma through the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) who are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have extended training in Systemic and family therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, forensic psychology and criminology (MSc), educational psychology and dyslexia, eating disorders counselling, sex and porn addiction. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have experience in the following areas: Couple counselling, Eating disorders - disordered eating, Obesity and Nutrition, Binge eating, Child therapy, DBT – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Addictions, Depression, Anger, Anxiety, Stress, Gender and Identity issues Bereavement and loss.
I am a qualified therapist, drawing from approaches such as - Systemic, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Forensic Psychology. I have a Master Practitioner Advanced Diploma through the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) who are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have extended training in Systemic and family therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, forensic psychology and criminology (MSc), educational psychology and dyslexia, eating disorders counselling, sex and porn addiction. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
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Katherine D'Arcy Brown
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leamington Spa CV32
Over 20 years I have worked with a wide variety of clients with difficulties related to: work stresses, business pressures, trauma, loss, parenting and family challenges, personality issues, low mood, anxiety, dyslexia and eating disorders.
When you are facing difficult decisions, challenges or trauma in your life, first of all I will listen carefully and help you to explore and understand the issues you face in a supportive and confidential way. As a fully qualified and experienced Counselling Psychologist I have a wide range of methods and in-depth training on which to draw as we work together. I will therefore select a therapeutic approach that is right for your personal needs and issues, and work towards a positive outcome for you.
Over 20 years I have worked with a wide variety of clients with difficulties related to: work stresses, business pressures, trauma, loss, parenting and family challenges, personality issues, low mood, anxiety, dyslexia and eating disorders.
When you are facing difficult decisions, challenges or trauma in your life, first of all I will listen carefully and help you to explore and understand the issues you face in a supportive and confidential way. As a fully qualified and experienced Counselling Psychologist I have a wide range of methods and in-depth training on which to draw as we work together. I will therefore select a therapeutic approach that is right for your personal needs and issues, and work towards a positive outcome for you.
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Photo of Hannah Emes, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Hannah Emes
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Alderminster CV37  (Online Only)
I am a fully accredited CBT Therapist with over 18 years of experience working both in the NHS and private sector. I started my Independent practice in 2007 and have also held visitor lecture posts for those training in CBT. I am able to provide assessments and therapy sessions also via Skype or FaceTime. I am enthusiastic and dedicated to building lasting resilience for both adolescents and adults and love my job! I am bound by the rules and ethical conduct of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.
I am a fully accredited CBT Therapist with over 18 years of experience working both in the NHS and private sector. I started my Independent practice in 2007 and have also held visitor lecture posts for those training in CBT. I am able to provide assessments and therapy sessions also via Skype or FaceTime. I am enthusiastic and dedicated to building lasting resilience for both adolescents and adults and love my job! I am bound by the rules and ethical conduct of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.
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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.