Advanced Therapy Partnership


Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

The commonest eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (anorexia), bulimia nervosa (bulimia) and binge eating disorder. They all have differnt symptoms, but basically, they  each result from the fact that the individuals who suffer from them have difficulty separating their emotions from their eating habits.  Indeed, they may even choose to use their eating habits to express their emotions and to 'communicate' with those around them.  The way and the amount that they eat are seriously affected,and the long term effects can be devastating.

This, however, gives us a clue to one of the best approaches to eating problems - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the fact that our emotions - and our actions - are based on our thinking and perceptions.  It helps people to examine the relationships between their thoughts, feelings and actions and therefore to understand that  if they change the way that they think and feel, they will change the way that they act and eat.

It is a brief form of therapy, very interactive, requiring a lot of input from the client, and while it can be challenging, it can be extremely effective.

CBT is our preferred approach, and our clients receive any necessary paperwork and assignment sheets by email.  The links on the left provide more detail about eating disorder than we have space for here.


ED Association
NHS Choices Site  
Royal Coll. Psychiatrists