Occupational therapy at SYEDA provides individuals with an eating disorder emotional and practical support.  Occupation refers to any activity of daily living including self-care, leisure and work or education.

(Occupational Therapy) has reduced my stress around food in a way I thought was impossible. I feel happier in my skin and my life and I’m hopeful about the future.

Our occupational therapist is Fiona.

She will work with you to set practical goals and to help you engage in meaningful activities. 

Occupational therapy can help in the following areas:

  •  Meal planning and preparation
  • Self-care
  • Independent living skills
  • Leisure activities
  • Social interaction
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Education and employment

The OT will talk with you to work out which areas you want to work on together. These could include: addressing anxiety when food shopping or eating in public, attending social groups to improve confidence and develop relationships or restoring wellbeing through engagement in leisure activities. The OT will work collaboratively with you at all times to set manageable and realistic goals.

I have grown in confidence... I binge less and in less amounts.

Sessions can take place at SYEDA or in the community depending on the nature of the goals and you will be encouraged to reflect on sessions and evaluate your own progress.

The Occupational Therapist can also work through Guided Self Help.

To access Occupational Therapy you need to make an appointment . You will be asked for a bit of information about how you are at the moment. Once this is submitted someone will contact you to arrange for you to come in and talk through what the different options are and what sort of support would be most effective for you. At the moment we only offer Occupational Therapy in Sheffield.