The EDS Day Service Programme provides more intensive community-based support for a smaller number of people with more severe problems with anorexia nervosa. Our goal is to help the day clients to: develop a balance between weight restoration and normalised eating encourage flexibility in the process of recovery and improvement. focus on creating a life outside eating disorder in order to reduce the power and function that the disorder plays.
Therapy at EDS consists of one-hour weekly individual sessions, when the clients and their therapists can explore issues, thoughts, feelings, life events or patterns of behaviours that have caused difficulties in their life.
Therapists will facilitate exploration of these areas and help to find ways to resolve these difficulties, or support them to seek alternative more constructive forms of coping.
To maximise the benefit of this form of input, clients’ commitment to regular weekly attendance and willingness to make changes (no matter how small these may be) are the key to a positive outcome.
It is important to be realistic and not too ambitious by expecting improvements immediately. It takes time to make and stay with the changes which can often be painful and challenging.
EDS group therapy, facilitated by one or two therapists, involves a small number of clients meeting on a weekly basis to talk, interact and support each other and learn about specific issues around eating disorders.
Group therapy aims to create a safe and comfortable environment for the individuals to work out specific issues. They may gain insight into their difficulties and offer support and suggestions to the other members.
Group therapy is not for everyone and is only offered after careful consideration, balancing the clients’ needs and the benefits from this type of input.
EDS offers a range of therapies recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for those with an eating disorder. Every person is unique and the package offered will be carefully discussed and considered by the team and may vary according to the clients’ needs and circumstances. This may involve a combination of individual, group therapy and specialist dietetic input.
In addition to psychotherapeutic input, our ED support worker can help clients to explore, plan and rebuild a life outside of their eating disorder, often towards the latter part of their individual input.