Our approach

Expertise With Empathy

Arriving at the point where you are considering eating disorder treatment can feel like a big step. 

We are a highly specialised team of clinicians who have an understanding of the different forms an eating disorder can take and the impact it can have. 

Our philosophy is to provide care based on evidence-based treatments alongside empathy and kindness. 

We understand an individual experience of an eating disorder can vary, and we tailor treatment plans to ensure maximum benefit. 

Wherever you are in your eating disorder journey, we will support you in making decisions towards recovery. 

Day treatment can be an opportunity to begin or maintain recovery from an eating disorder.

There are flexible hours available at ABBI Clinic to accommodate clients who are working or studying. 

Additionally, we offer outpatient services where individual therapy sessions provide a confidential and secure space for you to address your eating disorder and recovery objectives.

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Support a Loved One

Need help understanding and supporting your loved one through their eating disorder?

Support for loved ones

How a Typical Programme Works

ABBI Clinic day treatment is based in Altrincham and typically runs for 12 -24 weeks. How many days a week you attend depends on your individual needs and requirements. 

Individuals are provided with specialised treatment and support through our tailored groups and individual session programme.

Treatment plans are based on unique needs and goals, drawing upon our extensive experience in the field.

We consider the whole person and incorporate the latest research into treatments, such as group therapy, one-to-one therapy, family work, and medical support, plus stay-in-touch days for ongoing support.

We also offer online treatment programmes for eating disorder recovery.

Example timetable at ABBI Clinic

Below is a sample timetable. Groups are held by specialist nurses, dieticians and occupational therapists. Topics include activity management, nutrition education and body image challenges.

Welcome and weight checks

Doctor’s reviews as and when required

Breakfast – With meal support from staff

Post Meal Support – Open Discussions, Reflection time, Distraction and coping skills.

Nurse Led 1-1s as and when required (Clients to review care plan goals/reflection on the week/meal planning/mood diaries within this time.)

Snack – With meal support from staff

Post Meal Support – Open Discussions, Reflection time, Distraction and coping skills.

Nurse Led Group (Examples include – Body Image, Improving low self-esteem, Improving mood, Improving sleep hygiene, MANTRA, WRAP, Relapse Prevention, Crisis Planning, Managing/understanding emotions, Managing triggers, Changing negative mind-sets, Relaxation, Mindfulness, Exploring thinking styles, Values and Beliefs work)

Lunch – With meal support from staff

Session Reflection/Challenge and Homework Setting/Peer Led Open Discussion

We’re Here for Your Journey to Recovery

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, eating disorders are relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased and it is estimated that there are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK. Around 25% of those are male.

Causes of eating disorders are multifactorial, including genetic predisposition (family history of eating disorder or other mental health condition), psychological factors (depression, anxiety, fear of being overweight, being a perfectionist), societal pressures (social media, having a job or hobby where size matters), and individual experiences (abuse, bullying, personal criticism about diet/eating, family tension).

People may develop eating disorders due to a combination of genetic, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

Eating disorders are mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating patterns, thoughts, and behaviours that often have serious physical and emotional consequences. This can include eating excessively or not eating enough. It can lead to preoccupation with food and dietary patterns. They can also include other compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting or misuse/overuse of medication. They can have a serious impact on all aspects of an individual’s life.

A therapy session

Have Questions?

If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder or you’re worried that you might be, please get in touch with us today.

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