Types of Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - This is a here and now, problem solving approach.  Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to understand eating disorder problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and biology.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) - Is a relational approach that focuses on the here and now.  Eating disorder problems can be a means of coping with interpersonal difficulties.  Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to map current interpersonal relationships and roles, aiming to help to work towards expanding both emotional and practical supports.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) - Your therapist will work with you to understand why eating disorder problems have developed in the light of early/past experiences.   A joint ‘reformulation’ of relationship patterns and coping strategies will be made, helping you to understand and alter the patterns that maintain difficulties.

Psycho-Education - This is used in conjunction, or as a component of all of the approaches above.  It provides information about the effects of eating disorder behaviour.  Through psycho-education you will be helped to find a range of skills and techniques to manage eating disorder problems.

Art Therapy (AT) - Art media/materials are used to increase self-reflection, AT draws on the individual’s creative processes for growth and repair.

Additional therapies/techniques - As part of a comprehensive treatment package, your therapist may suggest a range of other helpful approaches.

Dietetic Input - This is aimed at assisting individuals to gradually re-establish a healthy, well-balanced dietary intake.

Last Reviewed: 25/10/2013