Eating Disorders

A compassionate and effective approach…

Are you or someone your care for having difficulties with eating or weight management? Do you have obsessive eating habits or thoughts? Are eating difficulties interfering with your work, home or social life? Our practitioners have experience in CBT-E, a highly researched approach to managing eating disorders.

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are a very serious issue that can have a major impact on someone’s life. They can be extremely difficult to overcome and can often lead to other mental and physical health problems. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Here are some signs that may indicate someone has an eating disorder:

⦿ Preoccupation with food, weight, and body image
⦿ Unhealthy or obsessive eating habits
⦿ Extremely restrictive dieting
⦿ Excessive exercise
⦿ Purging through vomiting or using laxatives
⦿ A change in mood or behavior (e.g., becoming withdrawn or irritable)

If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone else, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Eating disorders are treatable and there is hope for recovery.


Are there different types of Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders come in many different forms, and no two people experience them in exactly the same way. Here are some of the most common types of eating disorders:

Anorexia nervosa: Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, even when a person is already very thin. People with anorexia may severely restrict their food intake, exercise excessively, or both. As a result, they can become dangerously underweight.

Bulimia nervosa: Bulimia nervosa is characterized by episodes of binge eating, followed by purging through vomiting or through the use of laxatives. Like people with anorexia, people with bulimia often have a distorted body image and are overly concerned with their weight.

Binge eating disorder: Binge eating disorder is characterized by episodes of compulsive overeating, without purging afterward. People with this disorder often feel out of control during a binge and eat much more than they would normally eat in one sitting. They may feel ashamed or embarrassed about their eating habits but feel powerless to change them.

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Miss. Laura Gwilt
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Laura specialises in helping those with emotional and behavioural challenges

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What does therapy involve for Eating Disorders?

CBT-E is a stages-based approach to treating eating disorders that was developed by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn. The CBT-E approach is designed to help patients recover from their eating disorder and develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

The first stage of CBT-E therapy is engagement. In this stage, the therapist works to build trust and rapport with the patient. The therapist also assesses the severity of the patient’s eating disorder and develops a treatment plan.

The second stage of CBT-E therapy is weight restoration. In this stage, the focus is on helping the patient reach a healthy weight. This may involve providing nutrition education, developing a meal plan, and monitoring the patient’s progress.

The third stage of CBT-E therapy is addressing binge eating and purging behaviors. In this stage, the therapist works to help the patient stop these unhealthy behaviors. This may involve developing coping skills, exploring triggers for bingeing and purging, and practicing alternative behaviors.

The fourth stage of CBT-E therapy is addressing distorted thoughts and beliefs about food and body image. In this stage, the therapist might begin to challenge the individuals current negative, or distorted, thinking.

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