Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with serious physical, psychiatric, and psychosocial consequences. The prevalence of eating disorders continues to increase, and recent evidence shows that eating disorders occur in around 1 out of 20 Australians throughout their lifetime.
“Eating disorders do not discriminate and can occur in people of any age, weight, size, shape, gender identity, sexuality, cultural background, or socioeconomic group.”
Problems with eating, body image, or exercise can arise from a combination of factors including genetic factors, temperament factors (such as perfectionism), trauma, and environmental stressors (like bullying or sickness in the family). Unfortunately eating disorders have the highest mortality rate out of all mental illnesses and require intensive and specialised treatment and support.
Seeking help as early as possible has been consistently shown to reduce the severity, duration, and impact of an eating disorder. Despite the serious consequences associated with eating disorders, hope for recovery and improved quality of life at all stages of illness is possible with the right treatment and support.
True North Psychology recognises that each person with an eating disorder is individual and looks to understand the functions of the illness. Treatment aims to create a safe environment to challenge and overcome the eating disorder and help you to be able to fully engage with life.
True North Psychology has several psychologists with extensive experience in providing evidence-based treatment for eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults. This includes three psychologists who are credentialed with the Australian and New Zealand Association for Eating Disorders, and two psychologists who are also available for supervision of clinicians working with eating disorder presentations. We are able to provide treatment for a range of eating disorders including; Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, OSFED, and ARFID.
Our therapists are trained in a range of eating disorder therapies including:
Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E)
Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)
Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment in Adults (MANTRA)
Schema Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders
Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Anorexia Nervosa
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (CBT-AR)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Guided Self Help (CBT-GSH)
For further information on eating disorders please see our resources link.
Contact True North Psychology today to make an appointment to book in with one of our psychologists for eating disorder treatment.