Based in Southampton, Basingstoke and Portsmouth, our Eating Disorders team provides assessment and treatment for people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and some atypical eating disorders.
Some of the treatments we provide include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - an active therapy that focuses on understanding links between thoughts, feelings, physiology and behaviours. During treatment, you’ll be supported to become more aware of the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour that might be maintaining your illness, and how to tackle these. CBT can also tackle issues such as perfectionism or low self-esteem, which are common in people with an eating disorder.
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - this works by bringing the underlying meaning of the eating disorder to the surface, focusing on the interpersonal context in which the illness has developed.
- Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) - this combines clinical management (which includes giving information, advice and encouragement) with a supportive therapeutic style.
- The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) - this is designed to address factors that are known to play a role in the maintenance of anorexia, including a need to avoid intense emotions, personality traits such as perfectionism, pro-anorexia beliefs, and the response of family to the illness. It involves identifying an individual’s strengths, resources and goals, to inform a treatment plan.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - binge eating often develops as a way for individuals to try to manage painful and difficult emotions. DBT treatment (in groups of up to eight people) aims to replace binge eating by helping to develop alternative coping strategies.
- Family and Friends’ Support Group – this allows carers and family members to share experiences with others who have been in similar situations.
- A Day Support Programme – helpful for those stepping down from inpatient care or for those wanting more intensive support than that provided in out-patient treatment alone. It offers diet input, supported mealtimes and a range of therapeutic groups.
We also support the process of admission and discharge for those patients needing inpatient care.