Children and Young People

Early intervention can make recovery from an eating disorder much quicker and easier. We work with children from the age of 4 to help them before their eating disorder can become too entrenched.

Does My Child Have An Eating Disorder?

We work with children from the age of 4. The two most common eating disorders that we treat in young people are ARFID and Anorexia

Answering the question ‘does my child have an eating disorder?’ is really hard for us without talking to your child. It’s very possible they do, but there are also other conditions, physical and psychological, which can mimic an eating disorder.

The easiest way to start figuring out if your child has an eating disorder is to contact us. We’re very happy to talk to you about what’s going on and point you in the right direction.

Why is Early Intervention Important?

Most eating disorders are coping mechanisms. The only real exception is ARFID which can be linked to neurodivergence.

When someone, of any age, first develops an eating disorder it is their brain’s way of trying to cope with something. As time goes on, that coping mechanism becomes stronger and more automatic, meaning that it’s harder to break. Early intervention means that we can help your child to move from using food as a coping mechanism, to a much healthier way of processing their emotions and living a fulfilled life.

What Does Treatment Look Like?

Treatment with children is much harder to describe than it is for adults simply because we not only have to take the eating disorder and underlying causes into account, we also have to take your child’s age into account.

For younger children, treatment takes the form of creative therapy. For older children and teenagers, their treatment will be personalised to their age and concerns.

Most clients will attend a weekly therapy session with a specialist therapist who is also qualified to work with children and teenagers. 

Family Involvement

Eating disorders are complex and terrifying to watch in your child. In our experience, parents are desperate to do what they can to help their child recover, but often receive conflicting advice on what would be helpful. This is a very confusing time for parents and family members.

We would like to help you understand how best to support your child on their road to recovery. 

Please be aware that this is different to Family Based Therapy (FTB). 

How do I start treatment?

We know that it’s a massive deal asking for support whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about. We want to make working with us as easy and straightforward as possible.

So that you know what to expect, these are the steps that you’ll go through when you first contact us:

1. Please contact us on whichever method you prefer.

When you contact us we will ask your full name name, phone number and email address. We will also ask if you have any questions.

You can contact us here.

2. We will arrange an initial consultation for you, usually within 1-2 weeks.

The initial consultation is free and is a chance for you to meet one of our therapists. The consultation can be in person at our clinic or held online, whichever is best for you.

3. We will email you an admin form which needs to be completed before your initial consultation.

4. You have your initial consultation.

We will discuss what’s going on for you and you can ask any questions that you have for us. If both the therapist and you agree that our service could help you to recover, we’ll discuss your availability for regular appointments.

5. We will arrange your first therapy appointment

This is where your treatment with us, and more importantly your recovery, starts.