Our therapy concepts

Group therapy

Treatment success based on a wide range of therapies and interventions

Based on the latest scientific findings, our multidisciplinary team will create a personalised treatment plan for you. Various therapy elements are coordinated, according to your individual needs, into a meaningful whole - for proven sustainable treatment success. They may be delivered on a 1:1 or group basis by members of the multidisciplinary team.

Therapy concepts

  • The morning check in session is led by a clinician and provides the space for you to transition from life outside the clinic to your therapeutic day.  It gives you time to reflect on how your previous night has been, how you are feeling and what you hope to get from the day.

  • Physical observations are a necessary component of your treatment. These will include having your weight and height recorded, and monitoring of your blood pressure and pulse. They may also include the recording of an ECG and blood tests.

    These physical observations are carried out in order for us to ensure that you are physically well and safe. They also enable us to monitor your progress and physical health needs.

  • Yoga therapy

    Based on the Minded Institute 8 week yoga therapy course, this group aims to enhance the functioning of your nervous system to improve wellbeing, improve self-awareness through the practice of mindfulness and support the developing relationship with your body. The sessions will include a combination of asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath work) and mindfulness. No yoga experience is necessary.

  • Dance movement psychotherapy (DMP)

    Dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage creatively using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP sees the way we move as important to communication and expression as words. The underlying principle of DMP assumes that your mind and body are interconnected and that any changes that happen in the mind effect the body and vice versa.

  • Learning to cook and eat together

    At meal-times you will eat with staff and other group members. There are structures in place to support with meals, to normalise mealtimes and your eating behaviours with support and encouragement.

  • Creative art therapy

    Uses the creative process, to help people in achieving personal wellbeing, mental health and improved levels of function.

  • Self-esteem and resilience is a group looking at how we value and perceive ourselves as well as our capacity to recover from difficulties. Through the group we look at different factors influencing both our self-esteem and resilience as well as how we can work on improving these through factors like self-compassion and taking control.

  • This group is led by a clinician. In an unstructured way, it explores the emotional and contextual interaction between group members. This helps us gain insights into ourselves, develops awareness of how we respond to others and strengthens psychological resilience. 

  • BodyWise therapy

    Becoming friends with your own body again

    BodyWise is an eight session group aiming to provide clients a structured and safe space in order to begin to voice and explore their thoughts about their body image. The core goal of the group is to raise the awareness of biased thinking and its links to body image disturbance. Facilitators use a range of methods to actively involve all of the group members and support them in learning to shift their focus from high detail to broader understanding and to increase flexibility in their thinking.

  • A series of groups to explore an evidence-based understanding of how nutrients interact with your body. The groups will cover the importance and the roles of nutrients, how much we need daily, myths and facts and portioning for long term health.

  • Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

  • This is a group held by management, and includes the full patient group here at Schoen Clinic Chelsea. The aim of the group is to empower patients, by seeing that their views are going directly to a senior member of staff and ensuring that their voices are heard. The group is a way to share and gather information, which impacts the community. This group is to collect ongoing feedback from all group attendees, to ensure the experience is continuously helpful and valuable.

  • A group for you to look at the factors that influence your eating disorder, creating a detailed document of your wellness, triggers and signs of a relapse as well as what you can do to work on these.

  • To support individuals in planning, ordering and eating meals out. There will be support from staff to ensure patients are able to try a variety of different food outlets and are encouraged transfer these skills to their life outside of the clinic.

  • Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment (MANTRA) helps people, in this case adults, to understand what causes their anorexia. It focuses on what is important to you personally, and on encouraging you to change your behaviour when you are ready. Your family and carers can be involved in the therapy too if you think it could help.

  • Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) is a psychological treatment, which uses cognitive behavioural principles to explore the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviour, and was specifically designed for people with an eating disorder. Within these groups you will be supported to think about factors that may be maintaining your eating disorder, which include thinking styles and behaviours, and how these could change.

  • The self-care group is both a discussion based and experiential group. We look at the role of self-care in our lives and its importance to our mental, emotional and physical health. We will also spend some time engaging in self-care activities to support you to explore these and start to implement these into your life.

  • Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) is a manualised treatment programme for anorexia and other mental health disorders. It focuses on helping others with mental flexibility and global thinking strategies. The manual covers 3 key thinking styles: bigger-picture vs finer detail, task switching and multi-tasking. It is a practical group, with facilitator participation and a variety of activities to engage your thinking styles.

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an integrative therapeutic approach originally developed by Marsha Linehan. The original 1990’s programme has been further developed and expanded – DBT  is now recognised as an effective treatment for both personality and  mood disorders.  At Schoen Clinic we offer a rolling 4-week group DBT programme teaching the core skills used in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness to help manage episodes of emotional dysregulation and resultant harmful behaviours.

  • The group supports individuals to take what they have been working on over the week into the weekend. The group will look at setting goals for the weekend around food and activity and support you to make a plan to work towards achieving these goals. You will be supported to identify challenges that may arise over the weekend and then identify coping strategies that may be helpful to help manage these challenges.