We take a weight inclusive, non-dieting approach to our work. This includes accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes and promoting all aspects, physical, psychological and social, of health and wellbeing for people of all sizes. We promote healthy eating that considers nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure, as well as appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity.
Our psychologists use a range of best-practice evidence-based approaches to help you overcome your eating, weight, and body image concerns to improve their health, wellbeing and happiness. As we are client-centred we work collaboratively with you to plan and implement these treatments to best meet your needs.
The best-practice evidence-based interventions we use include:
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is the fastest, most effective approach for the treatment of eating disorders in adults. CBT addresses the behaviours, thoughts, and emotions associated with an eating disorder. It involves establishing regular eating patterns, reducing rigid dieting, minimising binging and purging triggers, reducing weight and shape concerns, and improving body image and self-esteem.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is effective for the treatment for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults. IPT focuses on current interpersonal problems that are related to the eating disorder. Common interpersonal difficulties addressed in IPT include intimate relationships, interpersonal role disputes, role transitions, grief, and life goals.
Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM) is effective for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adults. SSCM combines advice, information and encouragement to adopt normal eating behaviours and restore weight with supportive psychotherapy to encourage treatment adherence.
Family based therapy (FBT) is the most effective treatment for eating disorders in children and adolescents. This approach actively involves parents in their child’s recovery. It supports parents to help their child restore weight, handing control over eating back to the child, and encouraging normal development.
Behavioural family interventions (BFI) and behavioural parent training are the most effective approaches to the treatment of child feeding problems. They involve changing parent feeding practices to promote improvements in the family food environment and children’s eating behaviours.