A range of psychological therapies is available on both an individual and group basis. Patients staying on Birch unit will be introduced to an individual therapist who will work with them throughout their time on the unit. A scheduled therapy session will be offered at least once a week and patients will also be able to take part in the group programme, relevant to their needs.

Programme ethos

The underlying ethos of the therapies programme is to introduce the patient to 'skills for life' (Treasure, J. 2006); helping them work towards giving up the eating disorder and includes working towards developing self compassion, managing emotions, changing unhelpful behaviours, and developing or restoring more helpful relationships. It also involves helping the patient manage their day to day experiences on the ward, including the challenge of eating.

The programme itself

The programme accommodates those patients who are able to work towards recovery and those who are seeking a more stable state whilst currently living with the eating disorder, and promotes hope and flexibility between the two areas.

The therapies programme will be regularly reviewed and developed, responsive to feedback from patients and our own continued learning and best evidence.


Therapies underpinning the programme include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT )
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ( DBT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Family Interventions
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).