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EATING DISORDERS:

If you or a family member or friend has a eating disorder we may be able to help. It can often be very challenging and distressing when an eating disorder is present in someone's life.  Children, young people and adults can struggle with an eating disorder or difficulties with their weight, either too little or too much. Parents and carers can sometimes blame themselves or feel blamed by other people. This burden of blame can easily add to the distress.

It has recently been reported in the national press that children as young as five are presenting with anorexia. This condition can be very frightening for the parents and carers of such children. It can be frustrating to find that your child refuses to eat anything but cannot agree that they weigh so little. On the other hand, we are informed that it is now normal that the majority of the population are over weight, resulting often in significant poor health outcomes, such as diabetes, heart conditions and the greater risk of strokes and lower life expectancy.

We can offer an intervention-NIB (Nip it in the Bud) to help you turn around these life challenging conditions. 

At the early stage of an eating disorder which could lead to anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa we can offer NIB-(Nip it in the Bud), a psycho-educational programme to enable you, your child or partner to nip the eating disorder in the bud. NIB is on average 6 sessions but can be between 6-12+. If you are worried about yourself, your child, grandchild or partner developing an eating disorder NIB might be the right Therapy for you. Find out how to understand how an eating disorder arises and how to regain control over it. Please see under the NIB heading for further details. 

If the eating disorder is more entrenched we can work with you following the Maudsley Hospital outpatients family based approach, followed in many other parts of the world as well as in the UK. We are willing to liaise, (with your permission), with your GP, This approach includes other family members in the sessions, seeing them as a good and welcome resource in the journey of recovery. It is an approach that works collaboratively with parents and carers, partners and siblings. It does require commitment from you and it can sometimes be hard work but it is worth it. The Maudsley Approach has three phrases needing on average 15-20 sessions.                                                               

Phase 1: concentrates on weight restoration                        

Phase 2: returning control over eating to the you          

Phase 3: Supporting the healthy adolescent identity                                                                            

EATING DISORDERS & EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)  

EMDR is an effective therapeutic intervention for those who struggle with an eating disorder. Having to face eating or listening to family members and professionals talking about eating can be traumatic and anxiety provoking for the person who has an eating disorder. EMDR can help in these circumstances. Sometimes people who have an eating disorder may have been bullied, lack self esteem, have suffered loss or feel anxious and failing. EMDR may help in these circumstances.

EATING DISORDERS AND CRT:

CRT (Cognitive Remediation Therapy) also called Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, was developed at King's College, London. CRT has been shown to help adults and adolescents in their recovery from anorexia. It addresses the process rather than the content of thinking and can be fun, using board games and puzzles. Identifying the differing cognitive styles in family members can be helpful in supporting the person with the eating disorder in their recovery.