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How can ACT help someone with an eating disorder?

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Psychologist Steven Mahan explores how acceptance and commitment therapy can treat eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, by enabling patients to focus on what matters most in their lives. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

There’s many people who use food as a way of coping, either by under-eating or overeating. It’s not the way they want to live their lives. They don’t want to experience anorexia. They don’t want to experience bulimia, but often they’re really struck with the situation that they’re in and they’re stuck in terms of using different coping strategies to try and help them to live a more fulfilled and meaningful life. So with acceptance to commitment therapy, you can really think about, “What matters most in my life?” Often it isn’t about restricting their eating or overeating. It’s about family or loved ones, or being in a certain job role. And so by working with a therapist, you can really think about, “What matters to me the most? How can I sit with these uncomfortable feelings? How can I learn to challenge these feelings without the need for using food as a way of coping with these difficulties?”

Dr Steven Mahan

Dr Steven Mahan

19 June 2022

"Dr Steven Mahan is a Clinical Psychologist with many years’ experience in both the NHS and private sector. He specialises in adult mental health and has worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, social anxiety, eating disorders, work-related stress, health anxiety, and substance misuse. Throughout his career, Dr Mahan has gained extensive experience working with clients with relationship and interpersonal difficulties. "

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