Eating Disorders Counselling in Cardiff

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Menna Jones
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF5
I have 20 years' experience working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and in private practice since gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Throughout this time, I have been supporting adults with a very wide range of difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties (including personality disorders). I welcome clients to my home for therapy sessions and appreciate how important it is for people to feel comfortable and at ease in a homely and supportive place in order to explore and express such personal and challenging issues as can arise during therapy.
I have 20 years' experience working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and in private practice since gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Throughout this time, I have been supporting adults with a very wide range of difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties (including personality disorders). I welcome clients to my home for therapy sessions and appreciate how important it is for people to feel comfortable and at ease in a homely and supportive place in order to explore and express such personal and challenging issues as can arise during therapy.
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JDJCounselling For You!
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF11
Not accepting new clients
Eating disorders.
The overall aim of Counselling and Therapy is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards living by where experiences are more satisfying. The process of Counselling becomes itself one of life's new situations: It offers an opportunity to experience life differently and to extend the range of ways in which you can operate in the world with greater satisfaction. "EVERY JOURNEY STARTS WITH ONE SMALL STEP"!!!!
Eating disorders.
The overall aim of Counselling and Therapy is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards living by where experiences are more satisfying. The process of Counselling becomes itself one of life's new situations: It offers an opportunity to experience life differently and to extend the range of ways in which you can operate in the world with greater satisfaction. "EVERY JOURNEY STARTS WITH ONE SMALL STEP"!!!!
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Fox Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
Not accepting new clients
We have successfully worked with people with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, work stress, trauma and relationship difficulties.
It is very human to have psychological difficulties at various points in our lives. Difficult things can happen to us leaving us feeling scared and/ or low/ depressed. Society can also make us feel pressurised to look a certain way and we can feel pretty worthless if don't believe that we conform to these societal expectations. All of these can be both frightening and overwhelming, which makes it so important to have a calm, compassionate and skilful therapist to guide you towards recovery.
We have successfully worked with people with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, work stress, trauma and relationship difficulties.
It is very human to have psychological difficulties at various points in our lives. Difficult things can happen to us leaving us feeling scared and/ or low/ depressed. Society can also make us feel pressurised to look a certain way and we can feel pretty worthless if don't believe that we conform to these societal expectations. All of these can be both frightening and overwhelming, which makes it so important to have a calm, compassionate and skilful therapist to guide you towards recovery.
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Calm Waters Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
Such issues can include, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, , Trauma, Low-Self-Esteem, Career Issues, Sexual Orientation Concerns/Transition, Guilt, Lack of assertiveness,Stress, relationship concerns, Conflict, Spirituality, and Eating Disorders.
My ideal client is someone who has decided that they need help with their particular issues. They have been struggling with these for some time and now have decided that they are prepared to engage with me and overcome or come to terms with their issues.
Such issues can include, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, , Trauma, Low-Self-Esteem, Career Issues, Sexual Orientation Concerns/Transition, Guilt, Lack of assertiveness,Stress, relationship concerns, Conflict, Spirituality, and Eating Disorders.
My ideal client is someone who has decided that they need help with their particular issues. They have been struggling with these for some time and now have decided that they are prepared to engage with me and overcome or come to terms with their issues.
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Melissa Steyn
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10  (Online Only)
I have experience in working with eating disorders, ADHD, autism, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, addictions, self-abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, grief and loss, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, domestic abuse and rape.
I work from a Humanistic stance and integrate the following approaches: Person-centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Approach, Inner Child Healing, Creative Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training. Moreover, I work holistically thus exploring the mind-body connection; alongside helping clients to gain a better understanding of the automatic nervous system (ANS) and more importantly to learn how to regulate their nervous system.
I have experience in working with eating disorders, ADHD, autism, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, addictions, self-abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, grief and loss, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, domestic abuse and rape.
I work from a Humanistic stance and integrate the following approaches: Person-centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Approach, Inner Child Healing, Creative Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training. Moreover, I work holistically thus exploring the mind-body connection; alongside helping clients to gain a better understanding of the automatic nervous system (ANS) and more importantly to learn how to regulate their nervous system.
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Hubbub Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist specialising in helping people with OCD. I am an OCD sufferer and as such can see both sides of it. I have experience in working with the various forms of OCD. In addition to CBT for OCD I also offer therapy for other anxiety related problems and eating disorders. My practice also makes extensive use of ERP a key component of CBT is an evidence-based approach and is the only talking therapy recommended for OCD in the NICE clinical guidelines. It is a collaborative approach and aims for clients to become their own therapists. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist specialising in helping people with OCD. I am an OCD sufferer and as such can see both sides of it. I have experience in working with the various forms of OCD. In addition to CBT for OCD I also offer therapy for other anxiety related problems and eating disorders. My practice also makes extensive use of ERP a key component of CBT is an evidence-based approach and is the only talking therapy recommended for OCD in the NICE clinical guidelines. It is a collaborative approach and aims for clients to become their own therapists. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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The Child Psychiatric & Psychological Consultants
Psychotherapist, PsychD, ACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
We provide medical psychiatric & psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment for Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, gender dysmorphia, eating disorders, tic disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, self-harm, psychotic disorders and emotional dysregulation and more. We have over 20 years’ experience working in various CAMHS mental health settings with extensive experience and knowledge. The service is clinically led by a consultant child psychiatrist and a consultant child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist who both trained in the NHS who have provided clinical leadership for services.
We provide medical psychiatric & psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment for Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, gender dysmorphia, eating disorders, tic disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, self-harm, psychotic disorders and emotional dysregulation and more. We have over 20 years’ experience working in various CAMHS mental health settings with extensive experience and knowledge. The service is clinically led by a consultant child psychiatrist and a consultant child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist who both trained in the NHS who have provided clinical leadership for services.
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Community Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
We work within a range of areas from Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, Trauma, Self-harm, Infertility, Relationship, addictions, eating disorders, Children and young people, bipolar, postnatal depression and more.
Community Counselling is built on foundations of humanistic therapy. We offer counsellors from different counties and varied modalities within the humanistic approaches. Our ethos is to provide high quality service to our clients and operate on a social enterprise system, which applies a strategy to maximise improvements in the well-being of disadvantaged client groups. ​CC aims to provide a non-judgemental, confidential and supportive environment to promote an atmosphere of trust, enabling clients to bring to the session what is important for them.
We work within a range of areas from Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, Trauma, Self-harm, Infertility, Relationship, addictions, eating disorders, Children and young people, bipolar, postnatal depression and more.
Community Counselling is built on foundations of humanistic therapy. We offer counsellors from different counties and varied modalities within the humanistic approaches. Our ethos is to provide high quality service to our clients and operate on a social enterprise system, which applies a strategy to maximise improvements in the well-being of disadvantaged client groups. ​CC aims to provide a non-judgemental, confidential and supportive environment to promote an atmosphere of trust, enabling clients to bring to the session what is important for them.
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The Rose May Practice - Sarah Davies
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF10  (Online Only)
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
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BeWell Talking Therapies
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
I'm Natalie, a qualified, pluralistic psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Together, we'll collaborate to identify your unique therapy needs and tailor an approach that suits you. Because each client is unique, I believe in providing personalised care that goes beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. Your well-being is my top priority.​ As a member of the BACP, I adhere to the highest ethical standards outlined in the BACP Code of the Ethical Framework. I work with your best interests in mind, providing you with a professional and ethical therapeutic experience.
I'm Natalie, a qualified, pluralistic psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Together, we'll collaborate to identify your unique therapy needs and tailor an approach that suits you. Because each client is unique, I believe in providing personalised care that goes beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. Your well-being is my top priority.​ As a member of the BACP, I adhere to the highest ethical standards outlined in the BACP Code of the Ethical Framework. I work with your best interests in mind, providing you with a professional and ethical therapeutic experience.
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Dr Alex Morey
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11  (Online Only)
As a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, I deliver evidence-based interventions to help individuals improve their mental health and well-being. I have experience working with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, low mood, OCD, and trauma. My approach to therapy focuses on creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space in which clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make changes in their life. I believe in collaborating with clients to help them achieve their objectives and goals, tailoring support to meet their individual needs and personal priorities.
As a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, I deliver evidence-based interventions to help individuals improve their mental health and well-being. I have experience working with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, low mood, OCD, and trauma. My approach to therapy focuses on creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space in which clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make changes in their life. I believe in collaborating with clients to help them achieve their objectives and goals, tailoring support to meet their individual needs and personal priorities.
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Ciro Ivan Marcello De Pau
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF23
Hi there. If you stopped here, that means that probably you are looking for some assistance, so I hope you will find this information useful when choosing the right support for your needs. Let me start asking you a question: What steps are you taking to ensure your emotional and psychological needs are satisfied? If you are struggling with saying no and ending up pleasing everybody but yourself, feel trapped and incapable to get rid of worries and anxiety or just overwhelmed with your current life situation then perhaps you are not meeting some of your needs. I can help you with that.
Hi there. If you stopped here, that means that probably you are looking for some assistance, so I hope you will find this information useful when choosing the right support for your needs. Let me start asking you a question: What steps are you taking to ensure your emotional and psychological needs are satisfied? If you are struggling with saying no and ending up pleasing everybody but yourself, feel trapped and incapable to get rid of worries and anxiety or just overwhelmed with your current life situation then perhaps you are not meeting some of your needs. I can help you with that.
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Siwan Stephens
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
Have you reached a point where you're questioning your direction in life? I believe it is important to pay attention to these feelings, needs and desires and that change is possible. I provide an empathic and understanding counselling space to collaboratively explore the issues that have brought you to therapy. I believe that if you feel safe, accepted and heard it can help you unpick the difficulties you may be facing in your relationships, work or how you see yourself. My role as a therapist is to really see and accept you where you are now. In time, I hope you will discover a sense of clarity, and realise your own strengths.
Have you reached a point where you're questioning your direction in life? I believe it is important to pay attention to these feelings, needs and desires and that change is possible. I provide an empathic and understanding counselling space to collaboratively explore the issues that have brought you to therapy. I believe that if you feel safe, accepted and heard it can help you unpick the difficulties you may be facing in your relationships, work or how you see yourself. My role as a therapist is to really see and accept you where you are now. In time, I hope you will discover a sense of clarity, and realise your own strengths.
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Umeus Talk
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
Hi I'm Sarah, a Counsellor and Relationship Therapist. I am based in discreet location in Roath, Cardiff and I would like to help you move towards a happier future. With many years experience, you will find that I am a warm, friendly and effective Counsellor, that will help you feel at ease as you embark on what could be a life changing experience.
Hi I'm Sarah, a Counsellor and Relationship Therapist. I am based in discreet location in Roath, Cardiff and I would like to help you move towards a happier future. With many years experience, you will find that I am a warm, friendly and effective Counsellor, that will help you feel at ease as you embark on what could be a life changing experience.
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Angelika Klosinska
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF10
It can feel overwhelming to contact a therapist and consider that you may need support, however, it is never too late to ask for help as it shows a sign of strength in a person and a readiness for change. I am offering both long-term and short-term therapy where we can engage in insightful ways to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. My aim is to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you to develop self-awareness to work through and reflect on any issues you might be experiencing.
It can feel overwhelming to contact a therapist and consider that you may need support, however, it is never too late to ask for help as it shows a sign of strength in a person and a readiness for change. I am offering both long-term and short-term therapy where we can engage in insightful ways to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. My aim is to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you to develop self-awareness to work through and reflect on any issues you might be experiencing.
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Platfform Wellbeing
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
Limited time offer - 50% off your first initial appointment. We have a large team of friendly and experienced counsellors. Whether there’s a specific challenge you’re facing, or you just aren’t feeling yourself right now, our counsellors work with you in a safe, confidential space It might be that you are struggling with anxiety, feeling low, grieving, or experiencing distressing thoughts. Or you may be looking to move forward and achieve your goals. Face-to-face counselling in Cardiff & Swansea or remote sessions. Our counsellors can work with individuals, couples and children.
Limited time offer - 50% off your first initial appointment. We have a large team of friendly and experienced counsellors. Whether there’s a specific challenge you’re facing, or you just aren’t feeling yourself right now, our counsellors work with you in a safe, confidential space It might be that you are struggling with anxiety, feeling low, grieving, or experiencing distressing thoughts. Or you may be looking to move forward and achieve your goals. Face-to-face counselling in Cardiff & Swansea or remote sessions. Our counsellors can work with individuals, couples and children.
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Danielle Joan
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11
My aim is to support an individual to become aware of the cause of their dissatisfaction and to live the life they want. I work with clients on the subject matter they bring however creatively they chose. I am committed to equality of opportunity for people of all abilities, races, faiths, genders, sexual orientations, and ages. I find myself consistently curious and passionate about the human experience and am dedicated to furthering my development in this area.
My aim is to support an individual to become aware of the cause of their dissatisfaction and to live the life they want. I work with clients on the subject matter they bring however creatively they chose. I am committed to equality of opportunity for people of all abilities, races, faiths, genders, sexual orientations, and ages. I find myself consistently curious and passionate about the human experience and am dedicated to furthering my development in this area.
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Jeremy Young
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
At certain life stages we may experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of a loss or meaningless, loss of direction or purpose, or difficulty with building meaningful relationships. I will work with you to identify what these symptoms mean and how they may be pointing you to discover a deeper sense of self. My approach is integrative and allows for self-discovery. My methodology offers focus, allowing you to explore and connect to a truer sense of who you are. I encourage you to develop a sense of curiosity to understand yourself more profoundly. We will work together, to support your needs.
At certain life stages we may experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of a loss or meaningless, loss of direction or purpose, or difficulty with building meaningful relationships. I will work with you to identify what these symptoms mean and how they may be pointing you to discover a deeper sense of self. My approach is integrative and allows for self-discovery. My methodology offers focus, allowing you to explore and connect to a truer sense of who you are. I encourage you to develop a sense of curiosity to understand yourself more profoundly. We will work together, to support your needs.
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Kyle James (Psychotherapist)
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
Thank you for visiting my page. If you're reading this, it's likely that you're going through a difficult period and could value some support. I'm a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and Trainee Psychologist offering online CBT therapy to help you overcome your difficulties. CBT is a type of talking therapy that helps you to understand yourself and develop bespoke coping mechanisms. CBT focuses on how certain experiences and situations can impact your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Sessions will focus on understanding your difficulties and exploring effective and bespoke tools and strategies that work for you.
Thank you for visiting my page. If you're reading this, it's likely that you're going through a difficult period and could value some support. I'm a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and Trainee Psychologist offering online CBT therapy to help you overcome your difficulties. CBT is a type of talking therapy that helps you to understand yourself and develop bespoke coping mechanisms. CBT focuses on how certain experiences and situations can impact your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Sessions will focus on understanding your difficulties and exploring effective and bespoke tools and strategies that work for you.
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Inge Deane
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
It can be a very daunting experience trying to find a counsellor. You may have several questions and possibly not be sure if counselling is for you. Talking to a professional can help. My name is Inge, I am a qualified counsellor and I offer an empathetic space for you to explore what is causing you distress, so you can move through your counselling journey at a pace that is comfortable for you. I adopt a person led approach whereby I work with you by continually discussing how the direction your counselling journey is progressing and if it is having the desired effect you had hoped for.
It can be a very daunting experience trying to find a counsellor. You may have several questions and possibly not be sure if counselling is for you. Talking to a professional can help. My name is Inge, I am a qualified counsellor and I offer an empathetic space for you to explore what is causing you distress, so you can move through your counselling journey at a pace that is comfortable for you. I adopt a person led approach whereby I work with you by continually discussing how the direction your counselling journey is progressing and if it is having the desired effect you had hoped for.
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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.