Treatment

TreatmentThe treatments we offer are based on National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. This means that they're based on research and practice which is approved nationally in the Eating Disorders field. The aims of treatment are to improve physical, psychological and social functioning in order to help people regain healthy control over day-to-day living.

Outpatient Service
We provide outpatient services in Chertsey, Farnham and Epsom.

Initially treatment is aimed at reducing the behaviours which keep eating disorders going. Many of our treatments are offered in groups, which people find supportive once they have overcome initial anxiety about sharing problems.

Further treatment is adapted to each individual's needs. These may include the following and are usually be offered by any professional from our team:

  • Psycho-education and dietary advice
  • Monitoring of weight, physical and mental health
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Counselling about past and present problems
  • Individual talking therapies e.g. enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT E) or Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Self-help groups
  • Support in activities of daily life such as food shopping and preparation, leisure activities and vocational choices
  • We also offer support for friends and families of people affected by an eating disorder

Day Care Service
We always try to avoid hospital admission and aim to provide treatment in the least restrictive way possible, whilst being mindful of the medical and psychological risks that might affect eating disordered individuals.

Our day care service in Farnham offers more intensive support to people who are struggling to make the necessary changes through outpatient treatment alone. It's also used as a 'step down' from inpatient treatment, for example  where we feel it's likely that someone will struggle to adjust from a period of intensive inpatient treatment to outpatient clinic appointments.

Day care offers an intensive approach with the aims of restoring and maintaining a normal body weight and understanding the thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours that lie behind the eating disorder. People are expected to attend the programme each weekday from 8:30am – 3:30pm and are supported to eat two meals plus two snacks every day.

Inpatient service
For more information about the inpatient service that we are linked to, please visit the South-West London and St George’s NHS Trust website.