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Anorexia treatment in Surrey at Life Works

Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that causes sufferers to develop an overwhelming obsession with being as thin as possible. People with anorexia typically have an irrational fear of gaining weight, and a hugely distorted body image (making them believe that they are fat), which results in them engaging in harmful behaviours such as starving themselves, making themselves vomit after eating, and exercising excessively.  

Anorexia can have hugely detrimental impact on all areas of your life and it can make you feel as though you are in a daily battle with food. You may find yourself counting calories, obsessing over your weight and constantly feeling guilty. Anorexia can also cause a whole host of serious long-term psychological and physical problems and can even result in death.

Anorexia is treatable

Whilst anorexia can seem like an insurmountable illness, it is important to understand that this condition is treatable, and you’re not alone. Our expert team of psychiatrists, therapists, a nutritionist and a dietitian are able to deliver evidence-based anorexia treatment, individually tailored according to your unique needs and personal experiences. The goal of anorexia treatment at Life Works is to reduce your irrational thoughts and behaviours, and ultimately, improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life.

At Life Works, we recognise that admitting you have a problem, and seeking help for your anorexia can be daunting. That’s why we offer a free, confidential eating disorder assessment, comprising dietetic, therapeutic and GP input, to assess your current condition and suitability for treatment, answer any questions that you have and help you to develop an understanding of the journey that you will be taking towards recovery.

Seeking help & support for anorexia is the most crucial step towards recovery and wellbeing. Our beautiful rehab centre in Woking, Surrey offers the perfect place in which to receive expert treatment and our supportive, therapeutic and highly compassionate approach enables you to address your challenges and take steps towards a positive future.

Treatment for anorexia nervosa at Life Works

Treatment for anorexia at Life Works in Woking is aimed at looking beyond the basic issue of food intake and addressing some of the emotional issues that underpin the disorder. We will help you to understand the contributing factors of your illness, develop a healthier relationship with food, acquire effective coping strategies and improve your self-esteem.

In addition, because each person is unique and anorexia can manifest differently in different people, all treatment that you receive at Life Works is personalised and takes into account any specific triggers for your unhealthy relationship with food, as well as the impact that the condition is having on both you, and those who are closest to you.

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Treatment and counselling for anorexia nervosa

Treatment for anorexia at our clinic in Woking comprises a wide range of tried and tested approaches. These include:

A variety of practical dietetic techniques, designed to help to gradually expose you to the concepts of healthy eating, diet and nutrition. These include:

    • Personalised meal plans
    • Weekly shopping groups
    • Weekly cooking groups
    • Weekly psycho-educational groups, specific to eating disorders

A range of therapeutic approaches which are specific to eating disorder clients:

    • The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA)
    • Body image/acceptance groups
    • Drama and movement therapy
    • Understanding emotions workshops
    • Relapse prevention groups
    • Meal and post-meal support, with input from the full multidisciplinary team

Other therapeutic interventions which can be used for both eating disorder and addiction clients:

    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) informed groups
    • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) informed groups
    • Art informed therapy
    • Shiatsu
    • Mindfulness
    • Drama therapy

We are able to deliver comprehensive anorexia treatment in a number of different formats, including one-to-one therapy, group therapy and family therapy, and offer an array of treatment options ranging from intensive inpatient treatment, through to day care and outpatient treatment. The format and type of treatment that you receive for anorexia at Life Works is tailored according to your unique needs and the intensity of the support that you require. You can read more about these different treatment options on our approach to eating disorder treatment page. In addition, we provide access to Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) groups.

We also offer a high quality family programme to our eating disorder clients. Not only does anorexia have a devastating impact on your own health and wellbeing, but it can also affect those who are closest to you. Family and friends of anorexia sufferers often find it difficult to understand the thought processes and unhealthy behaviours that underpin this disorder, which can lead to intense stress, arguments and other relationship problems. That’s why we’re committed to involving our clients’ loved ones throughout the treatment and recovery process, in order to improve lines of communication and provide education and support to your family in terms of helping you to navigate this destructive illness.

This page was reviewed by Steve Clarke, Hospital Director, (MSc, NCFED) in 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in 2021.

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