What to Expect
Your First Appointment
After we receive your referral, our administrator will contact you by text, phone, email, and/or post to arrange for you to attend an assessment. Generally, we text people about their appointments unless they prefer otherwise.
Your assessment (your first appointment) may take place at our building or over Zoom, depending on availability and your preference.
We are located at 104 Kennerley Road, Davenport, SK2 6EY. We have our own private parking lot around the side of the building. We are also right next to the Davenport train station if you are coming on public transport.
There are four stairs to get into our building with a handrail. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible. If you would prefer a face to face appointment and you are a wheelchair user, we can arrange an assessment for you in an accessible building. We have two ground-floor consulting rooms and a ground-floor toilet.
Your assessment will last around an hour (or 2 hours if you are on our FREED pathway).
If you are attending your assessment on Zoom, please make sure you will have a fully private, quiet space available for the entire duration of your assessment.
If you have any sensory needs, or if there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable when coming to our service, please let our administrator know.
Treatments & Pathways
CBT-E: For all Eating Disorders
CBT-E is the abbreviation for “enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy”, and is one of the most effective treatments for eating disorders. It is a “transdiagnostic” treatment for all forms of eating disorder including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders. CBT-E isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” treatment - it is highly individualised. You and your therapist will create a specific version of CBT-E to match your specific eating problems and other therapy goals. Usually, CBT-E is conducted over around 12 sessions, but can range from 4-40. You will be asked to complete homework every week, in the form of keeping a diary of what you eat and how you feel, and completing various activities like worksheets or 'food challenges'.
We offer two different group therapy programmes, based on CBT-E. Our groups are:
- Help Yourself: For people struggling mostly with binge-eating
- New Patterns: For people struggling mostly with restrictive eating
We also run wellbeing group courses throughout the year, such as our Self-Compassion Course, which can be a complement to any therapy.
MANTRA: For Anorexia
MANTRA is a specialist integrative therapy that has been developed specifically for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. MANTRA consists of seven core modules conducted over 20-40 sessions. MANTRA aims to address the cognitive, emotional, relational and biological factors which tend to maintain anorexia by working out what keeps people stuck in their anorexia, and gradually helping them to find alternative and more adaptive ways of coping. You and your therapist will work together on the aspects of your eating difficulties that you feel are the most relevant and/or problematic for you, with a view to making lasting changes that will improve your overall quality of life. MANTRA therapy homework often involves writing activities like completing worksheets or letter-writing.
Our dietitian offers a four-week group course on Zoom called 'Eating for Recovery' which delivers foundational information about nutrition as well as explores social factors which can impact people's relationship with food and their body.
Individual dietetics appointments are also on offer to people who need additional support with their nutrition, such as our patients with ARFID.
CBT-AR: For ARFID
CBT-AR is similar to CBT-E, but designed specifically for people with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) to help you increase the variety and amount of food you are eating, and decrease your negative feelings towards food and eating experiences. This is also a treatment that will be individually developed in collaboration between you and the therapist to target and work on your specific goals as much as possible. There is a big focus on education about nutrition, eating, and food. You will be asked to complete homework every week, in the form of keeping a diary of what you eat and how you feel, and completing ctivities such as 'food challenges'.
Safe Living Track
The safe living track is a year-long support offer for people who are currently unwilling or unable to commit to recovery-focused therapy for their eating disorder. Reasons for this might be prioritising the treatment of another mental health condition they have, such as EUPD/BPD, treatment burnout for people with 'Severe and Enduring' eating disorder presentations, or our neurodivergent patients who may need to make slower, smaller changes to their eating.
The Safe Living track is not therapy but is therapeutic, and focuses on harm reduction and social recovery, as well as helping you establish and maintain a safe and stable baseline in your mental and physical health.