To access talking therapies, you will first need to refer yourself for an assessment appointment. Please read our referral criteria to help you decide if this would be helpful to you.

The referral form asks you for a bit of information about the difficulties you are experiencing. Once this is submitted someone from our clinical team will look through the information. We may contact you to discuss this information before offering you an appointment for an assessment. At an assessment someone from the team will meet with you to discuss what has brought you here and discuss what may be helpful. This is a collaboration between you and us to help you to find the most suitable source of support.   An outcome of this may be that you are placed on our waiting list for talking therapy such as counselling. Talking therapies are currently provided in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

The therapy has given me a lot of insight into why I do things ... I feel more in control of myself and the eating.
— Mike

Talking therapies include:

Guided self-help – a 6-8 session programme designed for people over the ages 16 and over who are unhappy about their relationship with food and where the problem is low level or in its early stages. Guided self help combines a written manual/booklet with a ‘guide’ (a health professional) who will help to steer you through the sessions and a set of activities so you are in charge of the changes you make and moving forward.

Counselling –sessions of counselling can give you the opportunity to explore issues around your eating disorder, and can help you work through areas of distress and difficulty which arises. You may want to work on developing strategies for managing these feelings, and the opportunity to explore moving away from the disorder and finding other ways of coping with difficulties and uncomfortable emotions.

CBT-10 – this is a programme of ten weekly sessions, for those with regular episodes of binge eating and bingeing and purging behaviours. The treatment is follows a manual which helps you identify some of the unhelpful beliefs and fears which may keep the disorder going and aims to help you to move towards reducing problem behaviours and move towards a more balanced relationship with food.

Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) – 20-30 sessions using the MANTRA Workbook, a collaborative flexible approach to supporting people with eating disorders which involve mainly restriction of food and possible over exercising . The aim is to help you move towards recovery supported by therapist who acts as a guide whilst you follow a manual. The manual has modules which help you to identify what may be helping to keep your eating disorder going, moving towards a regular food intake to restore weight amongst other things. This is a more focused approach than guided self-help.

Creative Therapies-Creative therapies such as; Art, Drama or Dance therapy are forms of psychological therapy which utilise the creative arts as way for you to work with difficulties in a different way. The sessions are facilitated by a creative arts therapist who is there to support and guide you to work therapeutically at your own level in a safe way which feels comfortable to you. You do not need to be experienced in arty subjects. Creative methods are purely used as another medium to help you express and explore.