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Interventions

We offer a range of evidence-based interventions for Eating Disorders. Recovery from an Eating Disorder can take a very long time and be an incredibly difficult journey. Families can be a valuable resource in supporting, or even driving, a young person’s recovery and so our first line treatment is most often a family-based approach. However, every young person and their family are unique and we will work with you to identify the approach that is right each young person in maximising their chances of recovery.

Monitoring your physical health is necessary throughout all of these therapeutic approaches and, depending on how a young person’s recovery is progressing; we may routinely weigh you, take your blood pressure and pulse and request blood tests.

Interventions for Anorexia

Family Based Treatment / Approach (FBT/FT-AN)

  • Emphasis on family supporting young person to restore weight / normalise eating
  • Empowers parents to support young person
  • Returns control to young person as recovery progresses
  • Non blaming approach
  • Option for supplementary Multi-Family Therapy (MFT) groups

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Structured treatment, focussed on the present
  • Individual approach
  • Focuses on influencing thoughts and behaviours that maintain the Eating Disorder
  • Sets behavioural experiments to challenge problematic beliefs

Adolescent Focussed Therapy (AFT)

    • Focus on patients identifying, tolerating and managing their emotions
    • Alliance and mutual understanding of Anorexia
    • Enhancing independence from parents
    • Develop strategies to deal with the tasks of adolescence
    • Supports weight restoration

Interventions for Bulimia

Family Based Treatment / Approach (FBT/FT-AN)

  • Emphasis on family supporting young person to restore weight / normalise eating
  • Empowers parents to support young person
  • Returns control to young person as recovery progresses
  • Non blaming approach
  • Option for supplementary Multi-Family Therapy (MFT) groups

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Structured treatment, focussed on the present
  • Individual approach
  • Focuses on influencing thoughts and behaviours that maintain the Eating Disorder
  • Sets behavioural experiments to challenge problematic beliefs

Interventions for Binge Eating Disorder

Guided Self-Help

  • A clinician will support a young person to work through an appropriate self-help manual or workbook

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Structured treatment, focused on the present
  • Individual approach
  • Focuses on influencing thoughts and behaviours that maintain the Eating Disorder
  • Sets behavioural experiments to challenge problematic beliefs

Dietetics

Young people and families referred to CEDS will also have access to specialist Dietetic advice on the nutritional aspects of recovery from an Eating Disorder. This may include education on a balanced diet to ensure normal adolescent growth and development, advice on nutrients to optimise physical and mental health and help with normalising eating patterns and behaviours.

Parents & Carer’s support group

This group is for all parents / carers who are currently accessing treatment from CEDS. The aim of this group is to give parents and carers a space to share their experiences and learn from one another. You are welcome to access this group as and when you feel it would be helpful, in additional to your child’s individual treatment plan. If you would like to attend please can you let your named clinician know or call us on 01302 566980

Multi-Disciplinary Review

All care plans and interventions offered to a young person and their family are regularly reviewed by CEDS multi-disciplinary team and are under the over-arching supervision of the team’s Consultant Psychiatrist. Further psychiatric, psychological or family interventions may be offered as appropriate, including the use of medication.

When it is not possible to safely support a young person with an Eating Disorder and their family in the community, CEDS may refer them to an inpatient mental health, or paediatric hospital bed. CEDS staff manage the referral process, accompany families for assessments, provide in-reach work and attend reviews whilst the young person is an inpatient.