"The good news, however, is that, also contrary to popular belief, full and lasting recovery from an eating disorder is possible."Lynn Crilly HealthyPlace.com
We also believe that it’s important to find a professional who specialises in treating eating disorders and body image problems to ensure all your health needs are looked after. Evidence shows that recovering from an eating disorder is much easier when you have an experienced, caring health professional that you trust in your corner.
At The Melbourne Centre for ISTDP our Clinical Psychologists have specialist training and expertise in treating eating disorders and are ready to help you overcome your difficulties. We have treated many people including those for whom other treatments have not worked with success and are ready to answer your questions.
We also know that the specific treatment needs of someone struggling with an eating disorder will vary. To help you decide what you want to achieve we conduct a thorough assessment. From this, we can recommend the type of treatment that would best be suited to helping you meet your goals, the frequency of sessions and the length of treatment that may be required to help you achieve those goals. We know that successful recovery begins with you deciding to make a commitment to yourself, but that you should also be aware of what type of commitment is required.
Some people may require assistance with gaining weight, while others may require assistance to reduce binges or purging. In addition to these areas, some people may want to become more self-aware of how they use food to deal with emotions. Depending on your needs, your therapist can help you recognise your emotional triggers and learn how to combat them. Other treatment goals may also include learning how to:
Research has shown that the most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or psychological counselling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. Ideally, this treatment needs be tailored to the individual and will vary according to both the severities of the disorder and the patient’s particular problems, needs, and strengths. We will work with you, your GP and other supports (e.g., dietitian or psychiatrist) in helping you develop the most appropriate plan for your recovery.
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