Treatment & Recovery

Achieving a full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. The primary focus on admission is to stabilise the individual’s physical health and restore weight. This will drive their motiva­tion to engage in an agreed treatment programme, which will focus on developing a range of psycho­logical, social, emotional and practical skill-based strategies.

Psychological therapy involves creating aware­ness of how the social environment influences eating disorders. It assists individuals to under­stand their eating patterns and beliefs and provides strategies to help change dysfunctional attitudes and behaviours towards weight and body image.

Individuals will gain an understanding of factors that put them at risk of eating anxieties and develop coping mechanisms to better manage these situations through building confidence, motivation and self-awareness.

To maximise an individual’s potential of main­taining a full recovery, our model of care focuses on relapse prevention and the development of a personal coping plan. Our MDT will provide patients with the skills to manage future setbacks and identify early intervention requirements.

Psychiatric medication, for example; serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can be beneficial for individuals who struggle with anxiety, panic attacks or depression and will be considered by our medical staff when appropriate. We will provide a range of NICE approved individual and group therapies in accordance with the needs of each individual. We will also provide 'complimentary therapies' and activities as requested by patients and agreed with thier Responsible Clinician (usually a Consultant Psychiatrist) and MDT.

Therapy programs may include:

  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dietary therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Advocacy
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Art therapy
  • Animal therapy