Eating Disorder Diploma

About the Diploma

Eating disorders affect millions of individuals worldwide. It is estimated that 1.25 – 3.4 million people in the UK live with an eating disorder, and millions more are at risk of developing an eating disorder or relapsing back into one.

Our Diploma in Eating Disorders is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make a significant impact in this critical area of mental health.

Launching in September 2024, this comprehensive program covers everything from understanding the full spectrum of eating disorders to ethical treatment practices and specialised care for neurodiverse clients. Join us to deepen your expertise and become a vital part of the solution for those struggling with eating disorders.

Key Information

The diploma starts on Saturday 14th September 2024.

To make our diploma as accessible as possible, we’re delivering it in a blended format.

There will be three in-person days, one at the start and two at the end of the diploma. The days will be held in Bridgwater, Somerset.

The modules will be delivered as prerecorded presentations with handouts. The presentations will vary in length, depending on the size and complexity of the module. The prerecorded presentations can be watched at a time that suits you.

There will be fortnightly reflection groups held on Zoom. These groups are where you can ask any questions about the module content, and we will discuss and explore the content with the use of case studies and group activities. 

The diploma has a total of 16 modules that cover everything needed to work competently, safely, and ethically with clients experiencing eating disorders. Topics include:

  • Understanding all types of eating disorders, their symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment pathways.

  • Working from a transdiagnostic perspective.

  • Working with a client’s unique mix of behaviours, thoughts, and emotions safely.

  • Working ethically with clients with eating disorders.

  • Improving body image, including body dysmorphia.

  • Adapting treatment for neurodiverse clients.

Yes, we’re limiting the size of the first cohort to 12.

Our Diploma is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to deepen their understanding of eating disorders. Whether you are looking to specialise, enhance your current practice, or support your supervisees, this program offers a comprehensive knowledge base. 

The only prerequisite is that you are a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. Please note, this diploma does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Expect to commit up to 10 hours per month. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Three in-person days in Bridgwater, Somerset (one at the start and two at the end of the Diploma).

  • Monthly online modules consisting of prerecorded presentations and downloadable resources, taking 1-4 hours each month.

  • Fortnightly online reflection groups on Zoom, lasting about 2 hours.

  • Suggested reading and research, around 1-2 hours monthly.

The diploma starts on Saturday 14th September 2024. This date is an in-person day in Bridgwater, Somerset.

The first module will also be released on the 14th September, with subsequent modules released at monthly intervals.

The first online tutorial group will be Monday 30th September and will repeat fortnightly. The group will be 7 pm – 9 pm. The groups will be moved to Tuesdays whenever the Monday is a bank holiday.

The final two in-person days will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 2025.

The diploma is taught by Sarah and Richard.

Sarah Palmer, BSc, Adv. Dip,  has years of experience working with and teaching about eating disorders.

Richard, PGDip, PQ Dip Eating Disorder, PGDip Supervison, Adv. Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy,  is the founder of The Eating Disorder Recovery Clinic and has thousands of hours of clinical and supervision experience in the eating disorder field.

The cost for this cohort starts at £1200, with various payment plans available:

  1. Full payment upfront: £1200

  2. Deposit of £600, followed by £610 after three months (total £1210)

  3. Deposit of £100, followed by 11 monthly payments of £110 (total £1310)


Please email us at or click here to ask any questions that you have or to book your space. We will email you a booking form and arrange for you to pay the deposit.

Please note that your space is not booked until we have received the completed form and your deposit.

Why Study With Us?

Choosing to study with us means you’ll be learning from a deeply passionate team dedicated to understanding and treating eating disorders. As a treatment provider, we bring thousands of hours of hands-on experience working directly with clients. This practical expertise ensures that the knowledge and skills we share are grounded in real-world practice, not just theory. Our commitment to helping individuals with eating disorders goes beyond the classroom. We truly understand the complexities and challenges of these conditions because we work with them daily. By joining our diploma, you’ll benefit from our extensive clinical experience, gaining insights that only come from years of dedicated work in the field.

Our course is designed to go beyond textbook learning, offering a holistic view of eating disorder treatment that integrates various therapeutic methods and perspectives. Our team’s diverse experiences enrich our curriculum, providing you with a well-rounded and in-depth education. By choosing us, you’re not just enrolling in a course—you’re joining a community of passionate professionals dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of those affected by eating disorders.