Eating Disorder Recovery

FAQs

General

How much do you charge?

Sessions are £110 per 50 minute session, payable via bank transfer 48 hours in advance. ​
 
We are registered with AXA, AVIVA and WPA. Please let us know if you are funding sessions through health insurance. Rates for those paying via insurance are negotiated directly with the provider.

How do I make an appointment?

To get in touch and book an appointment you can contact us via telephone or email, or you can book a free consultation directly using the booking link.
 
The first step is to arrange a free consultation where we can discuss what you are looking for support with. This is a chance for us to make sure we are the right service for you.
 
Tel: 07553472935

How does online therapy work?

All sessions are currently provided online using Zoom.
 
Once we have arranged the time for your first appointment you will receive an email with the link to the Zoom session. All links are individual, so no one else will be given the link to your session.
 
You can log in on your computer, phone or tablet, whichever is most convenient for you.
 
We recommend that you think about where you would like to do your sessions from. Ideally you will need a private space in which you feel safe and comfortable. Some people chose to avoid their bedroom for therapy sessions so they don’t speak about difficult topics in the same room where they sleep.

Is therapy confidential?

It’s important that you feel comfortable to talk openly in therapy. What we discuss, and any information you share, is kept strictly confidential.
 
There are rare circumstances in which psychologists are required to break confidentiality to keep people safe (i.e., share patient information with other professionals). This includes when there is a serious risk of harm to you, or to other people. We will discuss confidentiality in your first session and is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have.
 
For eating disorder therapy, we recommend that you keep in close contact with your GP to monitor your physical health. In some circumstances (e.g., if your physical health is at serious risk) we may require contact with your GP in order to provide safe treatment. If this does apply to you, we will discuss this in the first session and answer any questions you may have.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed will vary depending on what you are seeking therapy for and your goals. We typically recommend starting with a block of 4-8 sessions, and then reviewing.
 
For eating disorder therapy, the recommended treatment length for anorexia is 20-40 sessions and 10-20 sessions for bulimia and binge-eating disorder.

When do you offer appointments?

Currently we have slots available on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 8am and 12pm. If these times do not suit you, please check back again in the future as availability is updated.

I am in a crisis, where do I go for support?

We are not able to provide an emergency service. If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or seriously harm yourself, or if your physical health is deteriorating please:
 
Call 999 or visit your local A&E
 
Call your local NHS crisis team – you can search for your local helpline here
 
Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans
 
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19
 
Call 111 for out-of-hours support.

Eating Disorder Therapy

Will I need to be weighed?

In all eating disorder therapy the first priority is making sure you are safe, this will usually include monitoring your weight. For CBT for eating disorders, weekly weighing is an essential part of the therapy as we help address your fears about weight. You can read more about this here.
 
There are also other approaches to eating disorder therapy that do not include weekly weighing as part of the therapy. In your first session we can discuss the approach that will be most helpful for you.
 
We understand that many people have had unhelpful experiences of being weighed in the past, we will always work collaboratively with you to ensure you feel fully supported.

Will I need to gain weight?

If you are currently underweight, we strongly recommend that you work with your psychologist towards restoring weight. The research tells us that for the best chance of recovery, people need to be eating regularly and within a healthy weight range. This is because under-eating and being underweight has a significant impact on people’s well-being. You can read more about this here.

Will you give me a meal plan?

Changing your eating pattern may feel extremely overwhelming, we can provide sample meal plans to support you with this. Research tells us that regular eating is important for recovery, we can discuss any fears or questions you may have about this.
 
If you require more specific dietary advice then we can recommend a registered dietitian to support you.

Will you help me lose weight?

Most people with an eating disorder are within the healthy weight range, or overweight. If you are overweight you might be worried about the impact of this on your health, and want to lose weight.
 
If you have an eating disorder, the first step is to heal your relationship with food. This will mean pausing any diets or weight loss attempts for a period of time.