The aim of your initial 90-minute assessment with one of our Clinical Psychologists is to understand your current challenges and their context, together with relevant background factors. Personalised treatment planning takes place following completion of the assessment. This process allows your Clinical Psychologist to have a full understanding of your challenges, so that treatment recommendations can be tailored to your unique situation.
We ask that you allow up to 2 hours for the first appointment, as you may be asked to come early to complete some forms.
We draw heavily on evidence-based psychological interventions (or therapies) when planning individual treatment. These are treatments that have strong evidence for their effectiveness from high quality research trials involving people with eating disorders, anxiety, or mood concerns from around the world. With adolescents, the family is typically involved.
In many cases, a client may be a good fit to sit within one specific treatment approach. In other cases, your Clinical Psychologist may decide that drawing from a number of different approaches is indicated. We often work closely with GP’s or other community-based professionals that may be involved in your care. The addition of a dietitian or medical specialist may also be recommended alongside individual psychology sessions.
Key evidence-based treatment approaches we offer include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT/CBT-E) – considered the most effective psychological treatment for anxiety concerns, depression/mood concerns, and older adolescents or adults with an eating disorder (typically for non-underweight clients)
Guided self-help CBT - a low-cost treatment option for older adolescents and adults with anxiety, mood or binge eating/bulimia nervosa
CBT for ARFID (CBT-AR)- for children, adolescents & adults with clinically significant fussy eating
Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) – for older adolescents and adults with a low weight eating disorder
Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) – for adults with a low weight eating disorder
Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) - adjunct treatment for adolescents & adults with an eating disorder
Depending on individual situation, your Clinical Psychologist may draw from other complementary psychological therapies such as dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) to enhance your treatment plan. Therapy appointments are 55 minutes long.
*Please note that due to the constraints of private practice, we are unable to see clients that are high medical risk (including being at a very low body weight), are engaging in notable self-harm, or have suicidal thoughts. In this instance, please contact your GP or the emergency department for support.