Eating Disorders

Life with an eating disorder is often painful, both physically and emotionally, but help is available. Better Therapy offers expert treatments for eating difficulties and our clinicians are specialists in this field.  

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders refer to difficulties maintaining a stable pattern of eating. This can result in episodes of binge-eating, purging, or extreme weight loss. In some cases this can have serious effects upon an individuals' physical health. Common types of eating disorders include:

  • Bulimia Nervosa: Periods of loss of control over eating (“binges”) which are often followed by purging (e.g. vomiting or using laxative) and restricted eating.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: Highly restricted eating coupled with having a low body weight.
  • Binge-eating Disorder: Repeated episodes of loss of control over eating which do not tend to be followed by restricted eating.
  • Emotional Overeating: Binge-eating or overeating in response to difficult emotions like sadness, anxiety or anger.
  • Mixed Eating Disorders:  For example, chewing and spitting food or highly selective eating.

It is rare that eating disorders are linked to just weight and food. Many sufferers also struggle with low self-esteem, body image concerns, and anxiety. Food may also function as a way to manage difficult emotions, maintain control in life, or manage problems in one's relationships or family. Thankfully most eating disorders can be much improved with the right psychological therapy.

Better Therapy for Eating Disorders

Clinicians at Better Therapy are highly specialised in treating all types of eating disorders. We have worked within this area for many years and have helped numerous people work towards their recovery. Our treatments are based on the latest clinical research and are supported by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Research indicates that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), including enhanced-CBT, is a leading treatment for most eating disorders. As such, this is the therapy approach we recommend for most individuals. However, there are other therapies available at Better Therapy which can also be effective for eating problems. These include cognitive analytic therapy and schema therapy.

Speak to us today to find out more about how we can help.