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We are a community-based outpatient service who offer treatment to individuals with a range of eating disorders across Buckinghamshire.

The first step in treatment is a specialist assessment, carried out by one of our clinicians.  When you are referred to us by your GP or other health professional, you will be invited to telephone us to arrange an assessment appointment at a time that suits you.

You will be sent a letter and some questionnaires to complete.  The assessment usually lasts for an hour and a half and you are encouraged to bring a friend/relative with them if you wish.  You will be asked about what problems you are struggling with, what led up to this, and how this has an impact on your life.  Your weight and height will also be recorded and we will ask about your goals for treatment.  This will enable us to provide you and others involved with your care with the appropriate recommendations and treatment.

Our main community treatment is individual psychological therapy.  This is provided on a weekly basis at one of our locations.  You will meet with one of our clinicians to agree personal goals to work towards recovery.  Clinicians in our team are trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, which is an evidenced-based psychological approach.  They are also trained in other psychological approaches and will integrate these as appropriate, depending on your needs and goals.  All of our clinicians are experienced in working with people with eating disorders.  Psychological therapy will usually last between 20 and 30 sessions.

In addition to psychological therapy, you may also be offered a nutritional assessment and dietary advice from our specialist dietician.  Also, you may be offered some practical sessions at home with our community worker, to work on practicing meal planning and food shopping.  When there are physical health or medication concerns that cannot be addressed by an your GP, you may be offered a review appointment with our consultant psychiatrist.

Last updated: 17 August, 2017

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