Eating Disorders Counselling in London

Eating Disorders Counselling in London

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating Disorders are serious, potential life threatening illnesses that involve disturbances in eating habits and excessive concerns about body weight and shape. They are not simple behaviour problems but are instead caused by a combination of biological, psychological and cultural factors.
It is estimated that about 8 million of Americans suffer from eating disorders. Of this figure, 1 million are males. The most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

What causes Eating Disorders?

Many factors, including genetics, personality, family and culture can set one up for a poor body image and excessive dieting. Not everyone who diets or wishes to be thinner has an eating disorder. However, when thoughts about food and body shapes become persistent and obsessive and when people base their entire self-image on how they look and what they eat, an eating disorders exists.


Treatment for Eating Disorders

Treatment for Eating Disorders can be done in tandem with your General Practitioner. You and your therapist will work together to determine the best and most appropriate modalities for treatment. A common therapy is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) that aims to identify and process how behavioral patterns led to the development of the disorder and how to disrupt these unhealthy patterns. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will reveal how closely the disorder is tied to unhealthy and unattainable thoughts and beliefs regarding food, diet, and control. With CBT you will work to replace the unhealthy and unrealistic thinking with positive and attainable thoughts and behaviors. Focal Psychodynamic Therapy (FPT) is based on the belief that mental health conditions may be associated with conflicts that occurred in the past or during childhood and have been unresolved. The primary focus of this therapy is to identify and process healthy ways to successfully cope with stressful situations and manage negative thoughts and feelings.

For more information about talking therapies and treatment programmes available at our Clinics in London, Milan and Rome please visit our Treatment page.


Locations

We offer Psychological Therapies for Eating Disorders to Adults and Teenagers at our clinics in City of London, London Bridge, London Kensington, London IslingtonLondon Marylebone, London Oxford Circus, Milan City LifeRome San GiovanniRome Piazza Bologna, Rome Garbatella and Online worldwide.


Team

All our Therapists offer Psychological Therapies for Eating Disorders to Adults and Teenagers. Click here to meet the Team.


Fees

Sessions with our Psychologists are by prepaid appointments only. You can find out more about our fees on our Fees Page.


Further Reading about Eating Disorders

An eating disorder can have a “ripple effect” on a family unit - impacting one individual directly and causing an unintentional impact on others. Click here to view an article that provides tips and advice for communicating with your child. Additionally, please click here to view a list of coping skills to use if you are experiencing anorexia nervosa. For further reading about bulimia, please click here to view a blog written by a recovery coach who has recovered from bulimia for 15 years. The blog offers advice, shared experiences, and resources for those recovering from bulimia. Imperfect Matter is health and recovery blog, written by a former gymnast who has recovered from bulimia. The blog offers advice and additional resources for those living with bulimia, please click here to view the blog.

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