Eating Disorders & Food Concerns
Comprehensive Support for Eating Disorders and Food Concerns
Understanding Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions characterised by a problematic relationship with food, impacting one's physical health, mental health and psychosocial functioning significantly.
They are a result of a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors, manifesting in various forms, such as:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- and other specified disordered eating, feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)
Our eating disorder therapy methods are diverse and tailored to address the unique requirements of every individual.
Our therapeutic approach to eating disorder treatment is multifaceted and personalised to meet the specific needs of each individual.
We utilise evidence-based therapies, such as Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to address the underlying cognitive, emotional, and behavioural aspects of eating disorders.
1. Assessment and Diagnosis
Our first step involves comprehensive assessment to understand the nature, severity, and impact of the eating disorder, aiding in formulating an individualised treatment plan targeting specific symptoms and associated factors.
2. Therapeutic Intervention
We offer a variety of therapeutic interventions focusing on behaviour modification, emotional regulation, and cognitive restructuring to challenge and alter unhealthy thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours related to food, eating, and body image.
3. Nutritional Counselling
Our holistic approach to eating disorder treatment includes nutritional counselling to promote balanced eating, restore nutritional health, and instil sustainable healthy eating habits.
4. Relapse Prevention
We work collaboratively with clients to develop effective strategies for relapse prevention, enabling them to maintain recovery and manage potential triggers for disordered eating, as part of our eating disorder treatment process.
5. Family Support and Education
We understand the significance of involving family and loved ones in the eating disorder recovery process and provide education and support to create a supportive environment for people with eating disorders.
"Rediscover a harmonious relationship with yourself and your body."
– Joanne Fitzgerald, eating disorder therapist
About Joanne Fitzgerald
Joanne is a seasoned psychotherapist and counsellor with extensive experience in assisting young people from diverse backgrounds and with various mental health conditions.
Holding a Bachelor in Psychology, a Diploma in Counselling, and specific accreditations in eating behaviour and trauma counselling, Joanne brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to her practice.
Joanne’s philosophy centres on the belief that each individual possesses a unique set of strengths, values, and resources that can be harnessed to lead an enriched, fulfilling life with a positive physical and mental health, a good body image and a positive relationship with food and eating.
In her private practice, Joanne creates a calm, supportive, and client-centred space, where young people are valued and their individual needs and preferences are respected.
She is committed to helping her clients build on their unique skills, discover new pathways, and navigate through their challenges towards mental well-being.