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Eating Disorders

 'Eating Disorder' is an umbrella term for a number of eating related disorders including, but not limited to, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. You can find out more useful resources from these links:

Beat Eating Disorders

Men Get Eating Disorders Too (MGEDT)

National Centre for Eating Disorders

Content WarningPlease be advised that the following content might trigger you as it discusses themes around eating disorders.

In Therapy

Eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate within the groupings of mental health disorders. Whilst eating disorders can vary from person to person and there are several types, with Anorexia being the best known, they are generally recognised as being about more than eating. In therapy we might look at your relationship with your primary caregivers as a child and the way that you relate to those around you, we might look at what your relationship with food is from a personal and culturally sensitive perspective, as well as any past experiences of trauma. Eating disorders are indiscriminate and impact all genders and people from all backgrounds and cultures. You can find out more about eating disorders here

As someone who has worked with clients with disordered eating behaviours, as well as being a therapist with a personal background of eating disorders, I am passionate about finding the best and most comfortable way of supporting individual clients. I have a personal awareness of some stigmas that may be encountered in the industry regarding eating disorders. In my collaborative capacity, I want to ensure that you feel safe, secure and that you have options in the way we explore your experience with different eating behaviours. 

You may have experienced feeling marginalised by not fitting the 'image' of an eating disorder which may have limited your ability to access the support you have needed. However, in our work together we will work to understand your personal experience and the way you identify with your feelings and lived experience. Together we will work on a healthier relationship with yourself, your body, food and look at what underlying processes may be at play. 

I would add that therapy is very useful here, but sometimes I might suggest that working with a multi-disciplinary team might be effective (such as seeing a dietician, a GP etc.).

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"If you develop an eating disorder when you are already thin to begin with, you go to the hospital.

If you develop an eating disorder when you are not thin to begin with, you are a success story" 
 

A powerful quote from the poet Blythe Baird's poem 'When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny'.

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