Eating Disorders Treatment

Smarmore Clinic treats patients that present with eating disorders as a dual-diagnosis, or secondary condition to their addiction; namely, mild Bulimia Nervosa or Binge-Eating Disorder. The management of eating disorders is incorporated into the treatment programme.

We are unable to offer treatment to those with severe Anorexia Nervosa.

Assessment

Once your admission has been agreed, a more detailed and specific history is obtained and diagnostic tests are performed to further assess the level of your eating disorder. Once all the data is gathered, your therapist will develop a personalised treatment plan incorporating the full range of needs.

Medical and Nursing Supervision

Doctors and nurses will provide appropriate assessment and supervision, including the monitoring of electrolytes, weight and eating behaviour.

Therapy for Eating Disorders

Our view is that an eating disorder is an illness whereby a problematic relationship with food has developed commonly alongside other traits, such as negative body image, perfectionism, impulsivity and low self-esteem. Patients are supported and advised in a safe environment by trained and experienced staff.

Group and community based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are drawn upon to treat eating disorders.  CBT Groups are interactive and psycho-educational.

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend CBT-BN for Bulimia Nervosa, CBT-BED for Binge Eating Disorder and Interpersonal Psychotherapy and/or Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa.

Diet and Food Preparation

We provide three healthy and nutritious meals per day and snacks such as fruit all day. Patients with eating disorders are encouraged and supported to establish a healthy and sustainable pattern of eating, and dietary advice may be requested from a dietician.