Eating Disorders Counselling in Witney

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Elizabeth Cappetta
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Witney OX28
Although we never stop learning in this field I have undergone further training from the National Centre for Eating Disorders, the school of Energy Psychology, Imago Relationship Counselling and Coherence Therapy plus Naturopathy and Nutrition Training.
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile page. I am a Psychotherapist and Registered Nutritional Therapist with 20 years experience. I am very passionate about helping people and feel very fortunate and privileged to do this kind of work. I offer a very friendly service, as I appreciate it can be a huge step to contact a therapist for the first time. Although I have over the years worked with all kinds of issues, I feel drawn to work in the areas of relationships, stress and depression.I also worked in the corporate world for many years and so have lots of experience of dealing with stress and the pressures of life in this arena.
Although we never stop learning in this field I have undergone further training from the National Centre for Eating Disorders, the school of Energy Psychology, Imago Relationship Counselling and Coherence Therapy plus Naturopathy and Nutrition Training.
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile page. I am a Psychotherapist and Registered Nutritional Therapist with 20 years experience. I am very passionate about helping people and feel very fortunate and privileged to do this kind of work. I offer a very friendly service, as I appreciate it can be a huge step to contact a therapist for the first time. Although I have over the years worked with all kinds of issues, I feel drawn to work in the areas of relationships, stress and depression.I also worked in the corporate world for many years and so have lots of experience of dealing with stress and the pressures of life in this arena.
01372 677045 View 01372 677045
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Ewa (Eva) Kearl
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Witney OX28
I have experience working with a wide variety of issues, including bereavement and loss, stress, depression, anger, fears, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, relationships, eating disorders, unwanted habits, self-harm, low self-esteem, confidence, motivation, addiction, abuse, trauma.
I am Qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, dedicated to helping every individual thrive in their own way, according to their specific need. Tailored to each individual I use varieties of therapeutic treatments including Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analyses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), also relaxation techniques.
I have experience working with a wide variety of issues, including bereavement and loss, stress, depression, anger, fears, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, relationships, eating disorders, unwanted habits, self-harm, low self-esteem, confidence, motivation, addiction, abuse, trauma.
I am Qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, dedicated to helping every individual thrive in their own way, according to their specific need. Tailored to each individual I use varieties of therapeutic treatments including Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analyses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), also relaxation techniques.
01869 943671 View 01869 943671
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TimeToTalk
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Witney OX28
All manner of emotions leave an impression deep inside. Somehow we manage them seemingly and move on. But then something triggers us into a place whereby we feel disabled in managing them and ourselves leading us back to these old feelings. I have experienced such feelings and sought professional help in the past and have ongoing work with my Clinical Advisor. It has been 20 plus years since I qualified as a Person Centred counsellor and then as a nurse. Having been involved with Hospice Bereavement support in the past I have, and currently, undertake continued study in ways of helping people through life.
All manner of emotions leave an impression deep inside. Somehow we manage them seemingly and move on. But then something triggers us into a place whereby we feel disabled in managing them and ourselves leading us back to these old feelings. I have experienced such feelings and sought professional help in the past and have ongoing work with my Clinical Advisor. It has been 20 plus years since I qualified as a Person Centred counsellor and then as a nurse. Having been involved with Hospice Bereavement support in the past I have, and currently, undertake continued study in ways of helping people through life.
01993 228556 View 01993 228556
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The Childrens Consultancy
Psychotherapist, MA, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Witney OX29
The Practice is run by Kim S Lee Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. Kim has worked with Children and Young people since 1978 and has been in clinical practice for nearly 40 years. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for many child care organizations, and also acts as an expert witness in family law matters. The service is for children and young people suffering with a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties.
The Practice is run by Kim S Lee Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. Kim has worked with Children and Young people since 1978 and has been in clinical practice for nearly 40 years. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for many child care organizations, and also acts as an expert witness in family law matters. The service is for children and young people suffering with a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties.
01993 402090 View 01993 402090
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Anne Calleja
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Witney OX28
I utilise a blend of positive psychotherapeutic enquiry and solution focussed approaches, to identify and reframe the cause of limiting beliefs and behaviours. I tailor my approach and work with individuals and couples. Whether you need to overcome a traumatic experience, difficulties in relationships, self esteem, anxiety or coaching to provide skills to transition through life, manage a situation or perform at your best. Building an independent, safe and trusting environment for you to explore issues and challenges in life: both work and/or personal is important for me.
I utilise a blend of positive psychotherapeutic enquiry and solution focussed approaches, to identify and reframe the cause of limiting beliefs and behaviours. I tailor my approach and work with individuals and couples. Whether you need to overcome a traumatic experience, difficulties in relationships, self esteem, anxiety or coaching to provide skills to transition through life, manage a situation or perform at your best. Building an independent, safe and trusting environment for you to explore issues and challenges in life: both work and/or personal is important for me.
01865 951780 View 01865 951780

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Alison Hamley Psychological Services
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2
I work with a range of mental health problems and I have a specialism in treating eating disorders and addictive behaviours, including substance misuse.
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, and a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist. I have over 25 years experience of working in mental health settings. In my practice, I provide a safe, confidential and collaborative space for clients to explore their difficulties and find solutions to their problems.
I work with a range of mental health problems and I have a specialism in treating eating disorders and addictive behaviours, including substance misuse.
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, and a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist. I have over 25 years experience of working in mental health settings. In my practice, I provide a safe, confidential and collaborative space for clients to explore their difficulties and find solutions to their problems.
01865 951206 View 01865 951206
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Pascale Palazzo
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
I specialise in trauma, EMDR and eating disorders, as an accredited integrative therapist and clinical supervisor. In my work with eating disorders, I help people suffering from bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia, as well as those with OSFED or atypical presentations. I also supervise eating disorder therapists. I offer emotional exploration and practical guidance to help you improve your relationship with food and with yourself, improve your body image and self-esteem, and move past your symptoms toward your life aspirations. As a side note, I made a full recovery from bulimia, which seemed impossible to me at the time.
I specialise in trauma, EMDR and eating disorders, as an accredited integrative therapist and clinical supervisor. In my work with eating disorders, I help people suffering from bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia, as well as those with OSFED or atypical presentations. I also supervise eating disorder therapists. I offer emotional exploration and practical guidance to help you improve your relationship with food and with yourself, improve your body image and self-esteem, and move past your symptoms toward your life aspirations. As a side note, I made a full recovery from bulimia, which seemed impossible to me at the time.
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Harbans Nagpal
Psychotherapist, MBBS
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
I am a Lacanian psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with 25 years of experience. I treat eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity, and addictions such as to nicotine, cannabis, gambling, sex, chocolate, tea and coffee. After my training in medicine (Oxford, Cambridge) I worked in London and at the American Hospital of Paris. To specialize, I trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis (with Jacques Lacan at the École Freudienne) in Paris. For many years I was a Consultant Psychiatrist at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Paris. For the last twenty years I have worked as a specialised psychotherapist. Do take a look at my website.
I am a Lacanian psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with 25 years of experience. I treat eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity, and addictions such as to nicotine, cannabis, gambling, sex, chocolate, tea and coffee. After my training in medicine (Oxford, Cambridge) I worked in London and at the American Hospital of Paris. To specialize, I trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis (with Jacques Lacan at the École Freudienne) in Paris. For many years I was a Consultant Psychiatrist at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Paris. For the last twenty years I have worked as a specialised psychotherapist. Do take a look at my website.
01223 679756 View 01223 679756
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Janice Shilling
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Janice Shilling and I am a BABCP Accredited CBT Psychotherapist. I specialize in Eating Disorders and provide CBT-E for young people and adults with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. I work within the NHS and provide CBT-E for eating disorders privately. I have worked with clients who have eating disorders and mental health disorders for over 7 years.
Hi, my name is Janice Shilling and I am a BABCP Accredited CBT Psychotherapist. I specialize in Eating Disorders and provide CBT-E for young people and adults with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. I work within the NHS and provide CBT-E for eating disorders privately. I have worked with clients who have eating disorders and mental health disorders for over 7 years.
01795 501254 View 01795 501254
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Marianne Le Coyte Grinney
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Systemic Psychotherapy can help a range of problems: Attachment difficulties, Eating disorders, School difficulties, Relationship distress, Alcohol and drug misuse.
If you are reading this you may be wishing for something in your life, family or relationship to be different. I too was looking for difference when I first began my Systemic Psychotherapy training. My name is Marianne Le Coyte Grinney and I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist: I believe 'the person is never the problem' and that people are best understood within systems, for example their family, work and social life. My therapeutic posture aims not to apportion blame, but to support individual and collective change within a safe and supportive environment. I do not hope to provide answers, but to facilitate change through
Systemic Psychotherapy can help a range of problems: Attachment difficulties, Eating disorders, School difficulties, Relationship distress, Alcohol and drug misuse.
If you are reading this you may be wishing for something in your life, family or relationship to be different. I too was looking for difference when I first began my Systemic Psychotherapy training. My name is Marianne Le Coyte Grinney and I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist: I believe 'the person is never the problem' and that people are best understood within systems, for example their family, work and social life. My therapeutic posture aims not to apportion blame, but to support individual and collective change within a safe and supportive environment. I do not hope to provide answers, but to facilitate change through
01793 378026 View 01793 378026
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Cheltenham’s Counselling Centre
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
I have experience with working with adults of all ages, teenagers and younger children on a wide range of issues including: anxiety, identity, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, stress, grief, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders, self-harm, and more.
Hello my name is Shelley and I am a qualified adult and child Therapeutic Counsellor. I have a vast amount of experience as a pastoral worker working in schools and as a counsellor working for a charity. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and offer face to face or online sessions . These sessions provide a confidential, supportive environment where clients can feel safe and explore the work through any emotional or life difficulties. I believe by offering online counselling this gives each individual the ability to reach their true potential within the safety of their chosen space.
I have experience with working with adults of all ages, teenagers and younger children on a wide range of issues including: anxiety, identity, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, stress, grief, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders, self-harm, and more.
Hello my name is Shelley and I am a qualified adult and child Therapeutic Counsellor. I have a vast amount of experience as a pastoral worker working in schools and as a counsellor working for a charity. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and offer face to face or online sessions . These sessions provide a confidential, supportive environment where clients can feel safe and explore the work through any emotional or life difficulties. I believe by offering online counselling this gives each individual the ability to reach their true potential within the safety of their chosen space.
01242 339245 View 01242 339245
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Dr Saba Hassan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford and am registered with the HCPC. I have worked with a range of complex emotional needs with diagnoses such as PTSD, complex PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety disorders i.e OCD, phobias, GAD, depression, eating disorders, and mental health difficulties associated with neuro-developmental disorders (ASC & ADHD). I have (and still actively) work in the NHS since 2017 across several settings.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford and am registered with the HCPC. I have worked with a range of complex emotional needs with diagnoses such as PTSD, complex PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety disorders i.e OCD, phobias, GAD, depression, eating disorders, and mental health difficulties associated with neuro-developmental disorders (ASC & ADHD). I have (and still actively) work in the NHS since 2017 across several settings.
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Photo of Georgie Hedges, MNCPS Acc., Psychotherapist
Georgie Hedges
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Abingdon OX13
I work with Abuse, Abandonment, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Bereavement, Bullying, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-esteem, Relationships, Stress, Self-Harm, and Trauma.
I'm friendly, flexible and non judgemental, offering understanding and empathy and I specialise working with young people and adults. My approach is unique to each client, factoring developmental and chronological ages. I work interactively, person-centred, yet directively and creatively- integrating arts/games therapies with CBT. I find individual ways to connect to every client and find humour, where appropriate, can go a long way to heal. I work to help young people understand their behaviours and motivations and challenge perspectives, whilst being very much on their level. EFT and Hypnotherapy qualified practitioner.
I work with Abuse, Abandonment, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Bereavement, Bullying, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-esteem, Relationships, Stress, Self-Harm, and Trauma.
I'm friendly, flexible and non judgemental, offering understanding and empathy and I specialise working with young people and adults. My approach is unique to each client, factoring developmental and chronological ages. I work interactively, person-centred, yet directively and creatively- integrating arts/games therapies with CBT. I find individual ways to connect to every client and find humour, where appropriate, can go a long way to heal. I work to help young people understand their behaviours and motivations and challenge perspectives, whilst being very much on their level. EFT and Hypnotherapy qualified practitioner.
01235 639263 View 01235 639263
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Southcott Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Abingdon OX13  (Online Only)
Training, qualifications & experience: Masters degree in Women's Studies - Eating Disorders and Addictions.
I work using a Person Centred Approach and a blend of therapeutic approaches and skills. I offer consultations for individuals who want to explore, and improve their ability to manage emotion effectively, wish to enhance their relationship skills, and develop healthy and effective coping mechanisms whilst letting go of thinking/behaviour patterns that are having a detrimental effect in their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience: Masters degree in Women's Studies - Eating Disorders and Addictions.
I work using a Person Centred Approach and a blend of therapeutic approaches and skills. I offer consultations for individuals who want to explore, and improve their ability to manage emotion effectively, wish to enhance their relationship skills, and develop healthy and effective coping mechanisms whilst letting go of thinking/behaviour patterns that are having a detrimental effect in their lives.
01865 664949 View 01865 664949
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John-Henry Carter
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
John-Henry works with individuals and couples suffering from a range mental health issues including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and change, anger issues, identity and self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal and existential issues.
John-Henry graduated with distinction from Oxford University with an MSt in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is currently completing doctoral research at Oxford University on the psychoanalysis of dreams. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, John-Henry played professional rugby in several successful teams, winning the Guinness Premiership, European Cup and Varsity matches as Captain at Oxford University. He works privately in Oxford and in a clinic on Harley Street in London. He also offers online sessions, which can be combined with face to face meetings at your convenience.
John-Henry works with individuals and couples suffering from a range mental health issues including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and change, anger issues, identity and self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal and existential issues.
John-Henry graduated with distinction from Oxford University with an MSt in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is currently completing doctoral research at Oxford University on the psychoanalysis of dreams. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, John-Henry played professional rugby in several successful teams, winning the Guinness Premiership, European Cup and Varsity matches as Captain at Oxford University. He works privately in Oxford and in a clinic on Harley Street in London. He also offers online sessions, which can be combined with face to face meetings at your convenience.
01865 950946 View 01865 950946
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Henrietta Ray - Neurodivergent Counsellor Coach
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
Do you ever feel like your thoughts are spinning so fast that it’s hard to focus on anything? In today’s fast-paced world, many people struggle with anxiety, stress, depression and burnout. From academic and career pressures to social expectations and relationship difficulties, these burdens can feel overwhelming. I’m here to offer understanding and support, without judgment, as you navigate life’s challenges.
Do you ever feel like your thoughts are spinning so fast that it’s hard to focus on anything? In today’s fast-paced world, many people struggle with anxiety, stress, depression and burnout. From academic and career pressures to social expectations and relationship difficulties, these burdens can feel overwhelming. I’m here to offer understanding and support, without judgment, as you navigate life’s challenges.
020 3835 2894 View 020 3835 2894
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Tamara Jane Herrmann
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Abingdon OX13
Hello! Thank you for checking my profile. I know that It’s really difficult to find the right therapist. We can have a brief chat on the phone or else arrange an initial assessment appointment and see how we get on together. I am an integrative Psychotherapist. I can see you for psychotherapy for any issues and problems in your life which are stopping you from living it to the full . I am also a dietician and can advise on healthy eating and nutrition. We can agree on nutritional targets based on tailor-made meal plan for you, if this is what you require .
Hello! Thank you for checking my profile. I know that It’s really difficult to find the right therapist. We can have a brief chat on the phone or else arrange an initial assessment appointment and see how we get on together. I am an integrative Psychotherapist. I can see you for psychotherapy for any issues and problems in your life which are stopping you from living it to the full . I am also a dietician and can advise on healthy eating and nutrition. We can agree on nutritional targets based on tailor-made meal plan for you, if this is what you require .
01865 411134 View 01865 411134
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Promis Clinics
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
We offer intensive residential treatment with 24-hour nursing and medical care alongside psychological, psychotherapeutic and psychiatric services all within a caring and stylish homely environment.
We offer intensive residential treatment with 24-hour nursing and medical care alongside psychological, psychotherapeutic and psychiatric services all within a caring and stylish homely environment.
020 3958 4322 View 020 3958 4322
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Charlotte Rose
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
Sometimes life is hard - and we can easily get trapped in trying to feel in control while at the same time losing contact with what's important. Therapy can provide an opportunity to carefully think things through when your attempts to get by are tiring you out and no longer working. Therapy is about teamwork: we both listen out for patterns or themes; try to understand where problems might have come from; and get a sense of your personal and social sources of stress and strength. We can also consider what meaningful change might look like, and I can support you to plan and work towards this in a safe and manageable way.
Sometimes life is hard - and we can easily get trapped in trying to feel in control while at the same time losing contact with what's important. Therapy can provide an opportunity to carefully think things through when your attempts to get by are tiring you out and no longer working. Therapy is about teamwork: we both listen out for patterns or themes; try to understand where problems might have come from; and get a sense of your personal and social sources of stress and strength. We can also consider what meaningful change might look like, and I can support you to plan and work towards this in a safe and manageable way.
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Centre Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kiddington OX20
Beginning counselling can feel like a big step. We all have 'mental (or emotional) health' needs and I believe that we all benefit from giving this our time and attention. I have over 20 years experience working within mental health, specifically in education settings and in recent years I have established my private practice. I work with adult clients and adolescents from aged 15.
Beginning counselling can feel like a big step. We all have 'mental (or emotional) health' needs and I believe that we all benefit from giving this our time and attention. I have over 20 years experience working within mental health, specifically in education settings and in recent years I have established my private practice. I work with adult clients and adolescents from aged 15.
01295 235583 View 01295 235583

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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.