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Eating Disorders Service

The Hampshire wide Eating Disorders Service forms part of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and is run from bases in Southampton, Basingstoke and Portsmouth.

We provide assessment and treatment for people with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and some atypical eating disorders.

Get access to this service

Contact your GP to request a referral to our service, or if you live in Portsmouth City you also have the option to self-refer, through contacting the service on 023 9262 7762.

If you are transferring from a child and adolescent service we will try to be involved in planning your care six months before you're transferred.  This helps ensure the transition is as stress free as possible.

Our outpatient service is open Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Fridays 8.30am - 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays).  Our day support programme is open for more extended hours.

How we can help

If you’re referred to our service, we will invite you to an assessment so we can find out more about you and the problems you’re facing. This helps us to develop a care plan to suit you. The assessment will normally take around two hours.

We will always take into account your physical, psychological and social needs when planning your care and treatment. We will also work closely with your GP and other mental health services to make sure you have the right support.

Some of the treatments we provide include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - CBT is an active therapy that focuses on understanding links between thoughts, feelings, physiology and behaviours. During treatment you will be supported to become more aware of the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour that might be maintaining your eating difficulties. Once you have a clear understanding of these patterns, you will be able to work towards changing these unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. CBT can also address underlying issues such as perfectionism or low self-esteem, both of which are common in people with an eating disorder.   

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - psychodynamic psychotherapy works by bringing the underlying meaning or psychological function of the eating disorder to the surface by focusing on the interpersonal and relational context in which the illness has developed. This approach draws on psychoeducative material and encourages people to make behavioural change, with the overall aim of moving towards and achieving recovery.      

Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) - SSCM combines clinical management (which includes giving information, advice and encouragement) with a supportive therapeutic style. The aim of SSCM is to help individuals to make links between their symptoms and their eating behaviours and weight, and to support them in a gradual return to normal eating and weight. Additional therapy time is spent discussing areas that are identified by the individual as being important to them.    

The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) - MANTRA is designed to address factors that are known to play a role in the maintenance of anorexia. These can include: a need to avoid intense emotions, personality traits such as perfectionism, pro-anorexia beliefs (e.g. believing that the illness will help manage difficult emotions) and the response of families to the illness. MANTRA involves identifying the individual’s strengths, resources and goals, as well as developing an understanding of the factors that might maintain the anorexia. This understanding will then inform a treatment plan which will involve changing some of these patterns and developing new skills, linking these with changes to eating behaviours.  

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group treatment for Binge Eating Disorder - Within the DBT model, binge eating is understood as a behaviour which has often developed as a means for individuals to try to manage painful and difficult emotions. The DBT treatment group aims to replace binge eating by supporting the development of alternative skills and coping strategies. The programme includes work on mindfulness skills, strategies to help identify, regulate and respond appropriately to a range of emotions, and tools to better manage tolerate distress. Each group includes up to 8 participants, and is facilitated by two staff members. The group runs over 10 two hour sessions.   

Family and Friends’ Support Group – this allows carers and family members to share experiences with others who have been in similar situations.

We also offer a day support programme. This type of programme might be for those stepping down from in-patient care or for those wanting more intensive support than that provided in out-patient treatment alone. Our day support programme offers dietetic input, supported mealtimes and a range of therapeutic groups aimed at supporting individuals to address the psychological issues underlying their eating difficulties. This programme is run in Southampton and is available up to five days a week. The structure of the treatment allows time and space for the knowledge and skills learnt through attending the programme to be practiced and integrated into everyday life.

We also support the process of admission and discharge for those needing an episode of in-patient care.  

I would like to:

Download the Eating Disorders Service information leaflet

Find out about my care and treatment

Contact us

April House,
9 Bath Road,
SO19 5ES

Tel: 023 8081 9000
Fax: 023 8081 9029

The Bluebell Rooms
Kingston Crescent Surgery
92 Kingston Crescent

Tel: 023 9262 7762
Fax: 023 9265 3472

Useful websites

Beating Eating Disorders (b-eat)

NHS Choices (eating disorders)

Emotional Wellbeing