A Consultant Clinical Psychologist across both independent and NHS services since 2002, Dr John Fox is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has been an active researcher in eating disorders and mental health, with over 60 research papers and one edited book.
WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS?
Eating disorders are a rare but serious mental health conditions. There are three main types of eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is hallmarked by being severely underweight, whilst Bulimia Nervosa (BN) occurs in people who are normal weight. BN is associated with episodes of bingeing and vomiting, whilst binge eating disorder is indicated by episodes of bingeing without any attempts to remove food afterwards (e.g. vomiting). All of these disorders are associated with poor body image and marked distress about the bodies.
WHAT ARE THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR EATING DISORDERS?
For people who have not had treatment before, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the best approach. It is practical, as it focuses on thoughts and behaviours around food and body shape. Research has shown that it has the best efficacy, but it does not suit everyone. In my experience, another good option is cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), as it helps with the underlying issues, as well as the difficulties with food/body shape.
WHAT IS COGNITIVE ANALYTIC THERAPY (CAT)?
CAT is a form of therapy that differs from other established therapies, such as CBT. It looks at the relationships in a person’s life (i.e. with themselves and others) and investigates the origins of these experiences, often from childhood and early life. It is non-judging/blaming approach and a good treatment for eating disorders, depression and relationship difficulties.
For a free 30-minute no-obligation chat with Dr John Fox, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07946 063156
Fox Psychology, Remedy Lounge, 3rd Floor, Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4BQ