"The good news, however, is that, also contrary to popular belief, full and lasting recovery from an eating disorder is possible."Lynn Crilly from HealthyPlace.com
We also understand 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 health professional that you trust in your corner.
At The Melbourne Centre for ISTDP our 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 been successful.
We also know that the specific treatment needs of someone struggling with an eating disorder will vary. We're here to help you decide what you want to achieve in treatment and from the first meeting we begin to provide treatment to help you achieve your goals. After the first session, we can recommend the frequency of sessions and the length of treatment that may be required to help you achieve those goals, but you're free to decide whether you want to engage in further treatment after that point or not. 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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