Eating disorders most commonly develop in adolescence and early adulthood. A few, particularly anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are more prevalent in women, although they can happen to anybody, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Our eating disorder specialists in London offer comprehensive and highly specialised outpatient treatment for children and young people with eating disorders.
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At Schoen Clinic, we have over 35 years of experience treating eating disorders and mental health problems. We're committed to improving the lives of those affected by eating disorders and we're considered industry leaders in the fields of clinical research and innovative treatments thanks to our breadth of knowledge and expertise.
Our specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea understand the importance of early intervention. We provide evidence-based support and leading treatment for young people suffering from eating disorders. As a highly specialised eating disorder outpatient clinic in London, Schoen Clinic Chelsea offers a range of evidence-based treatments for 6–17-year-olds suffering from eating disorders or disordered eating. Our specialists use the most innovative treatments available to help overcome eating disorders including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is widely recognised as an effective treatment.
Schoen Clinic Chelsea offers highly specialised care in a discreet, idyllic location in London's Chelsea. We treat each patient as a whole to achieve the best possible outcome.
"I would like to thank everyone at Schoen Clinic. Without them, I would have ended up in hospital. They have given me tools and belief to make me know that I will get better." – Schoen Clinic Chelsea patient.
Our multidisciplinary team of specialists treat a range of eating disorders including bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. We also treat atypical eating disorders - other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), formally referred to as “eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)”.
We treat the following eating disorders at Schoen Clinic Chelsea:
We understand that everyone is different and there are lots of different pathways to developing an eating disorder. Many experts believe eating disorders are a type of coping mechanism, where people utilise their control over food to deal with emotions and other situations.
They are characterised by disordered attitudes and behaviours. This results in compulsions that control your day-to-day activities. Unhealthy habits include overeating, undereating, extreme overexercising, and obsessing over your weight or body type. Our specialists have enabled hundreds of young people to overcome their eating disorders by identifying the underlying causes and various contributing factors which may have exacerbated their condition.
This has been achieved through an integrated approach to treatment that considers our patients' physical health needs and their psychological well-being and recognises the importance of family support.
Our private outpatient clinic for eating disorders is recommended when young people and their families require expert help in order to overcome the impact of disordered eating.
This might be at the start of an eating disorder or later on in the journey when specialist help can be used to break bad habits that families have struggled with for some time.
Our specialists provide a range of therapy types, all approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE):
The support that we provide is tailored to each individual and their specific disorder, with one-to-one, group and family therapy offered to those with anorexia and bulimia.
Our specialised outpatient clinic offers the following:
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, religious belief or sexual orientation. Whilst they most commonly present during adolescence and affect more women than men, research suggests that eating disorders also disproportionately affect members of the LGBT community.
Our private one-to-one therapy appointments are available for children and young people (6-17 years) experiencing disordered eating or confirmed eating disorders.
Referrals will be accepted from GPs, independent Psychiatrists, Psychologists and CAMHS professionals.
On receipt of the referral for outpatient treatment, our team will contact the referrer to provide information on assessment and treatment options and clarify the funding pathway.
If the enquiry comes from the patient’s family, the family will be asked to seek a GP referral and consent for ongoing liaison with the GP during treatment.
All outpatient referrals will be clinically discussed and assessed with the Clinical Manager.
Experiencing one of the following conditions (find more information about these further down the page):
If the diagnosis is unclear or not specified, an assessment with a Consultant Psychiatrist should be considered.
We offer bespoke outpatient treatment packages for children and teens which start with an assessment with one of our specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea.
An assessment with a Consultant Psychiatrist can be arranged if the diagnosis is unclear or there is a requirement for medical oversight.
All patients coming into outpatient services will have a full assessment (including a risk assessment), formulation and treatment plan completed prior to starting treatment and goals/expectations regarding weight will be clear.
The assessment includes finding out what treatment, if any, the young person has had prior to the assessment and what support is currently available to them. If the client is already in contact with a community eating disorders service, Schoen Clinic will liaise with them and joint working can be offered as part of the package of care. In this case, the initial care plan will specify whether medical responsibility will rest with the GP, the community Psychiatrist or a Schoen Clinic Psychiatrist.
The specialist eating disorders clinician will discuss and agree on the treatment plan with the Clinical Manager or Pathway Lead before the treatment package is discussed with the client.
An outpatient assessment form will be completed, together with a risk assessment and an agreement on the treatment plan.
Our award-winning team of leading eating disorder specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive, holistic treatment for a range of eating disorders.
The team also work closely with GPs and community CAMHS teams to ensure patients receive the highest level of care throughout treatment.
Available if a CAMHS team is also involved;
Schoen Clinic Chelsea holds medical responsibility.
Patients for whom Schoen Clinic Chelsea has medical responsibility will have a MEED physical risk assessment carried out by a consultant psychiatrist at assessment.
Individual & family therapy
There will be a Schoen Clinic Chelsea multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting once a week which all members of the team attend.
Treatment packages will be agreed upon for an initial 8-week period. After 8 weeks, we will review the treatment to ascertain if a further 12 weeks is recommended or if the patient will be discharged. Further reviews will be carried out every 12 weeks. Letters will be sent to GPs following the initial assessment, after the initial 8-week review and then every 12 weeks, unless treatment or risk status changes in between reviews.
If there are concerns that a patient isn't progressing, the Consultant Psychiatrist will carry out a review of the care and treatment should be arranged.
"The team at Schoen Chelsea have been supporting our teen since February 2022, and we feel immensely lucky to have found them. We sadly found there was no treatment locally that would be available urgently to us, so we decided to travel away from home for the day programme.
The MDT approach and treatment offered have been of great benefit, professional, kind, holistic and hopeful. Dr Hugo (psychiatrist) is very experienced and skilled and our child has been able to develop trust and confidence in the team who have helped us all during very difficult times."
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“From arrival to departure at the end of the programme, the attention paid to my daughter’s wellbeing was paramount and every decision was focused on this above all.” – parent of a Schoen Clinic patient.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts have extensive experience in treating eating disorders and help you return to healthier eating habits using specialised one-to-one and group therapies, which can often reverse the serious complications caused by the eating disorder itself.
At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we understand how difficult it is to recover from an eating disorder. If a loved one is showing early signs of developing an eating disorder, or if you have an eating disorder yourself and want to take back control of your life, contact us today.
Specialist Dietitian | Group Strategic Lead for Dietetics
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
CYP Primary Therapist
Senior Specialist Clinical Psychologist