We have several treatment options available. Different options are suitable for different people and may depend on the type of eating disorder, age and physical health of the client.
Our therapists can provide individual, group or family therapy
Individual therapy is our most common form of therapy. We see clients at our rooms in Johnsonville or at our base at Hutt Valley Hospital.
If a person is under 18 and living at home we usually recommend family therapy. Our family-centred treatment is called the Maudsley Model and originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. It empowers the family to be closely involved in the recovery process and involves all family members living at home. You can find out more about the Maudsley Model here.
For people with bulimia or compulsive eating we also offer group therapy. The group runs for 10 weeks and is run once or twice a year.
Our clinical services
All clients are required to have their physical health monitored by a GP.
Our dietitian educates people about healthy eating and nutrition, as well as monitoring the person’s weight and eating patterns.
Our psychiatrist is available to carry out psychiatric assessments, and in some cases prescribe medication.
The day programme provides the residents and community based clients with an intensive programme of psychotherapy, group work, recreation, gentle exercise, meals and support, 5 days a week. It is run in a supportive environment to assist people with eating disorders to regulate and normalise eating behaviours and address underlying issues.
The programme includes a range of therapies, which are aimed at helping clients to understand their own issues more fully. These enable individuals to challenge social values and belief systems and to realise self-healing. Using small group sessions the day programme looks at past and present behaviours as well as coping strategies. It builds on previous skills and introduces new ways of coping. The programme is designed to support the individual through peer and staff support.
The number of days each client attends is flexible and will be decided in consultation with the individual and staff.
Our six-bed residence provides a warm, welcoming and homely environment for clients and their visitors. When a client comes into the residence they initially start with a 2 week-assessment and stay on average for 2 to 3 months. The residential stay is only part of the journey of recovery.
All residential clients have their own room, will participate in the day programme and undertake individual therapy. The residence operates 7 days a week and has 24-hour nurse care.