Eating Disorder Counselling

Eating Disorders Counselling Birmingham, UK
Renewed Hope: Eating Disorder Counselling in Birmingham

Welcome to Kay’s Counselling, your compassionate ally in the journey towards healing and recovery from eating disorders. Located in Birmingham, our dedicated team of experienced therapists is committed to providing empathetic and tailored counselling services to support individuals struggling with eating disorders. We understand the complexities of these conditions and are here to offer a safe and supportive space for your healing journey.

Understanding Eating Disorder Counselling


Eating disorder counselling is a vital component of the recovery process, offering individuals the opportunity to explore underlying issues, develop coping strategies, and cultivate a healthier relationship with food, body image, and self-esteem. At Kay’s Counselling, we approach eating disorder counselling with empathy, understanding, and a focus on holistic well-being.

What is an Eating disorder?

When you have an eating disorder you will be focussed on your weight and body shape, which in your eyes is unattractive or overweight. Due to the way you see yourself, you change your eating habits, which will affect your physical appearance and state of mind.

Eating disorders can be quite complex and have a variety of different symptoms and signs. When you suffer from an eating disorder, you may also suffer from depression and may experience other mental health difficulties e.g. self–harm and may wish to seek eating disorder counselling in Birmingham.

Symptoms of an Eating disorder

If you find that your thoughts are revolved around food, the way you look and it’s impacting the way you view and eat food, you could be at risk of developing an eating disorder. Doctors use a system called SCOFF to help them diagnose a person with an eating disorder. These are the questions they ask:

Sick – Do you force yourself to be sick because you feel uncomfortably full?

Control – Do you feel you’re not in control when it comes to eating?

One stone – Have you lost more than one stone in a three-month period?

Fat – Do you believe you’re fat despite other people telling you, you’re thin?

Food – Would you say that food is the main factor in your life?

The above is considered a guide. However, through more in-depth discussions the doctor can make a diagnosis on an eating disorder. If you are concerned about food, seeking help early on can prevent any future disorders from developing.

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Causes of Eating disorder

There are not any set causes for eating disorders. There are many theories on what can cause an eating disorder but it is rare that one specific thing will be the cause, it is usually a variety of factors that play a part. There are some risk factors that can make someone more likely to develop an eating disorder, which are detailed below:

• A family history of eating disorders, substance abuse or depression

• Being criticized for your weight and or body shape

• Pressure to be slim for a job (e.g. model, ballet dancers)

• Having a certain personality trait – e.g. being a perfectionist, having OCD

• Having experienced trauma or loss

• Having an unstable relationship with family and or friends

• Have experienced or are experiencing a stressful time

Types of Eating disorders

There are several different types of eating disorders, each with different signs and symptoms.

– Anorexia Nervosa.  This disorder causes the individual to starve themselves, skip meals and or exercise excessively to lose weight

– Bulimia Nervosa. This disorder causes the individual to binge on food and purge, which is either done by forcing themselves to be sick or via laxatives

– Binge eating. This disorder causes the person to overeat as a way to
cope with difficult emotions

There are other eating disorders, which are known as ‘Eating disorder not otherwise specified’ (EDNOS). A person who has EDNOS may not have all the signs and symptoms of a person who ‘typically’ fits into the above, but they do still have a distorted view about food. If you believe you may be suffering from any of the above disorders it is recommended that you speak with an eating disorder counsellor.

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Spotting the signs of an Eating disorder

There can be several warning signs that someone you know has an eating disorder, including:

• Skipping meals

• Complaining about being overweight when the person is of ‘normal’ weight or underweight

• Weighing themselves constantly

• Cooking large meals for everyone and very minimal food for themselves

• Eating only low-calorie foods

• They feel uncomfortable eating in public

• After a large meal they go to the bathroom

Statistics for eating disorders in the UK
  1. Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, with most cases developing during adolescence and impacting individuals between the ages of 16 and 40 years old 1.
  2. Approximately 25% of those affected by an eating disorder are male, and the prevalence of eating disorders in males has been on the rise 1.
  3. The statistics also indicate that about 10% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from anorexia nervosa, with the average age of onset being 16 to 17 years old. Additionally, 40% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from bulimia nervosa, with the average age of onset being 18 to 19 years old. The rest of the sufferers fall into the BED or OSFED categories of eating disorders 1.
  4. Importantly, it’s noteworthy that research suggests people with family members affected by eating disorders are more likely to develop eating disorders themselves, underscoring the influence of familial factors 1.
  5. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders, with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder in adolescence 1.
Counselling for an Eating disorder

If you feel that a friend or family member is suffering from an eating disorder – the best thing you can do is to offer support and suggest they may benefit from speaking with eating disorder counsellor in Birmingham. Encourage the person to seek professional treatment for their eating disorder and offer to attend the sessions with them as they may feel quite nervous.

Remember – being supportive in your approach will work much better than being confrontational and accusatory. It may help the person to be provided with some information on their disorder; this may help them to realise what’s going for them, that they have a problem and that it will only get worse without professional/therapists help.

Let the person know you care about them and offer as much support as you can.

If your eating disorder is left untreated it can have damaging effects physically and mentally and in some cases, be fatal.

You may believe that talking to someone is not going to help, however talking through your feelings with eating disorder counsellor in Birmingham and what’s happened can help you resolve any issues you have, help with the eating disorder and make you feel better in the long run.

There are plenty of treatment options for eating disorders, which is good news. Eating Disorder Counselling in Birmingham can be very beneficial in treating the underlying issues, within a safe environment, insight provided by an experienced counsellor or psychotherapist.

Here at Kay’s Counselling Birmingham, we help you learn to take back control and help you deal with your eating disorder issues.

Our Approach to Eating Disorder Counselling

Our counselling services for eating disorders are tailored to address the unique needs of each individual. We offer a range of therapeutic interventions, including:

  1. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Addressing distorted thoughts and behaviours related to food, body image, and self-worth.
  2. Nutritional Counselling: Providing education and support to establish a balanced and healthy relationship with food.
  3. Body Image Therapy: Fostering self-acceptance and promoting a positive body image.
  4. Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating self-awareness, emotional regulation, and coping skills.
Benefits of Eating Disorder Counselling

Engaging in eating disorder counselling can lead to numerous benefits, including:

  1. Improved Self-Esteem: Rebuilding self-worth and confidence beyond the constraints of body image and eating patterns.
  2. Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Developing effective coping strategies to manage stress, emotions, and triggers without reliance on disordered eating behaviors.
  3. Enhanced Body Positivity: Embracing a more positive and compassionate relationship with one’s body and appearance.
  4. Supportive Recovery Environment: Accessing a safe and non-judgmental space to process challenges, setbacks, and triumphs on the road to recovery.
Why Choose Kay’s Counselling in Birmingham?
  1. Compassionate Support: Our Counsellors is dedicated to providing compassionate, non-judgmental support as you navigate your journey towards recovery.
  2. Tailored support: We understand that each individual’s experience with an eating disorder is unique. Our counselling services are customized to address your specific concerns and aspirations.
  3. Collaborative Treatment: We work in collaboration with individuals to develop personalised treatment plans that align with their recovery goals and values.
  4. Confidential and Safe Environment: Your privacy and well-being are our top priorities. We provide a confidential and safe environment for your counselling sessions.
Take the First Step Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, know that you are not alone. Contact Kay’s Counselling in Birmingham today to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step towards healing and recovery. Together, we can work towards reclaiming a positive relationship with food, body, and self-worth.

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Recovery from an eating disorder is possible with the right support and guidance. Let Kay’s Counselling be your trusted partner in this transformative journey towards renewed hope and well-being.


An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterised by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person's physical and/or mental health. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Signs of an eating disorder may include extreme weight loss or gain, obsessive thoughts about food and weight, secretive eating habits, frequent dieting, excessive exercise, and changes in mood or behavior related to food and body image.
Yes, eating disorder counselling in Birmingham can be highly effective, especially when combined with other forms of treatment, such as medication (if necessary) and support groups. It provides individuals with the tools and support they need to address the underlying issues driving their disordered eating behaviors.
Yes, recovery from an eating disorder is possible with the proper treatment and support. It's important to seek help as soon as possible and to be patient with yourself as you work towards recovery.
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Are you ready to reclaim your relationship with food, body, and self-worth? If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, taking the step to seek professional help can be the first transformative stride towards healing and recovery. Contact Kay's Counselling in Birmingham today to embark on a journey of hope and healing. Our compassionate team is here to provide tailored support, empowering you to overcome the challenges of an eating disorder and cultivate a healthier, more positive relationship with food and body image. Reach out to us now and take the courageous step towards a brighter, nourished future.