Specialised bulimia treatment for children, teens and young people in London

Bulimia is a serious type of disordered eating that is prevalent among children teenagers. Relatively common, it's estimated that around 40% of people with an eating disorder suffer from bulimia.

Fortunately, there are effective bulimia therapies for children, adolescents, and young adults that can support the return to healthier eating patterns and deal with psychological concerns.

How our bulimia treatment centre in London helps children, teenagers and young people recover

At Schoen Clinic, we've been treating eating disorders and other mental health issues for more than 37 years. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by eating disorders and to raise awareness of their impact. Children and teenagers with bulimia can receive highly specialised outpatient treatment from our bulimia specialists in London.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists (unique in private healthcare) collaborates to offer children and adolescents with bulimia clinically advanced treatment pathways. In order to provide the best possible chance for long-term recovery, this approach ensures that each of the therapies we provide addresses the multiple factors that contribute to an eating disorder.

Our teams also collaborate with patients and their families to deliver the most efficient care. We provide a confidential, sympathetic, and non-judgmental setting where families can openly share their worries. Early intervention can significantly improve the chances of a full recovery, so don't delay in contacting our team today.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Diagnosing bulimia nervosa in children and teens

Bulimia, also known as bulimia nervosa, is a potentially fatal eating disorder that has an effect on a person's mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Young people are most commonly affected, and they are often diagnosed while they are adolescents.

Bulimia in young people is difficult to diagnose and calls for a multidisciplinary team (MDT) strategy. If a diagnosis of bulimia has not already been confirmed, our MDT at Schoen Clinic Chelsea consists of a number of bulimia specialists to ensure a thorough and precise diagnosis can be achieved.

Any underlying physical health disorders that could explain the symptoms should first be ruled out by a thorough medical examination. Once physical causes have been ruled out, a psychological assessment is required to identify whether bulimia is present.

At our bulimia treatment centre in West London, we use a variety of assessment tools and procedures to diagnose bulimia. These include:

  • Clinical interview: To learn more about the patient's dietary habits, medical history, and mental health history, our specialists carry out a detailed interview with the patient and family members.

  • Psychological testing: Psychological testing can be used to identify bulimia or other mental health problems that are frequently linked to bulimia, such as anxiety and depression.

  • Physical health assessment: A physical exam and laboratory testing can help doctors establish whether a patient's symptoms are being caused by physical diseases like diabetes or an underactive thyroid.

  • Nutritional evaluation: To detect any nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition, a nutritionist or dietitian may evaluate the patient's nutritional status, eating habits, and patterns.

Who is at risk of bulimia?

Bulimia typically affects females and first manifests in adolescence. It's important to note that boys and men can also suffer with bulimia. People with bulimia are more likely to have a history of eating disorders, physical illness, and other mental health problems in their families.

If you're concerned yourself or a loved are experiencing bulimia our specialists in London are here to help and have extensive experience in treating children, teens and young adults with bulimia.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

The diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has detailed the diagnostic standards for bulimia nervosa. To be diagnosed with bulimia, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • A pattern of binge eating events where an excessive amount of food is consumed in a short period of time while also losing control of one's appetite

  • Repeated compensatory behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, or abusing laxatives, diuretics, or other medications, are used to avoid weight gain

  • The binge-eating and compensatory behaviours both occur, on average, at least once a week for three months
  • Self-evaluation that is excessively influenced by weight and body type
  • The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa
  • The symptoms of bulimia cannot be more adequately described by another mental illness or physical condition.


Bulimia treatment for children in Chelsea

Bulimia is a complex mental condition that affects children, adolescents, and young adults and its treatment calls for a multidisciplinary approach. Bulimia in children and teenagers can be treated well with timely intervention and a mix of nutritional and psychosocial treatments.

We offer thorough bulimia treatment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea in London that incorporates psychotherapy, medical attention, and family engagement. To achieve the best results from therapy, our bulimia specialists collaborate with parents and families to create individualised treatment plans for children and young people with bulimia.

If you're concerned that your child may have bulimia please get in touch with our team as soon as possible to access our highly specialised treatment.

Bulimia treatment options in London

We understand that every individual is different and that a variety of factors could cause a young child to develop bulimia. That's why our bulimia treatment is personalised for each patient.

At our London bulimia treatment centre, we provide a highly specialised outpatient model offering selected therapy groups and one-to-one outpatient appointments with our Consultant Psychiatrists. These can be self-funded or accessed via a recognised health insurer.

Our clinicians are dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care for our patients and work closely with parents and families to ensure appropriate treatment for optimal outcomes.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Our approach to highly specialised child and teen bulimia treatment

Our bulimia treatment strategy at Schoen Clinic Chelsea is based on two main goals: gaining the ability to eat regularly and creating more constructive ways to express emotions.

The pace at which each individual completes the course of outpatient bulimia treatment is decided upon by the patient and specialist while also taking into account their physical health and wellbeing.

A typical course of treatment may include:

  • Monitoring and management of physical and mental state
  • Weight restoration as determined by MDT
  • Group and individual therapies
  • Regular meetings with key worker
  • Family meetings and therapy where appropriate

With the help of our team of experienced bulimia specialists, all therapy components can be modified to meet specific needs. Before any treatment begins, a preliminary treatment strategy will be decided upon.

Throughout the course of treatment, regulated weight restoration is combined with psychiatric therapies that focus on psychological development.

Bulimia treatment for children and teens at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

One of the most effective treatments for bulimia in children, teens and young people is a combination of psychotherapy, medical care, and family involvement.

Some of the most common bulimia therapies we offer for children and teens in London are:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is the gold standard psychological treatment for bulimia. CBT attempts to assist children and adolescents in recognising and disputing unhealthy ideas and perceptions about eating, weight, and body image. Additionally, it teaches children how to cope with stress and develop appropriate eating habits.
  • Family-based therapy (FBT) is another effective psychological treatment that involves family members in the therapy process.
  • Medical treatments may be necessary for severe cases of bulimia.

    To help manage concurrent mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinicians may prescribe medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilisers, and anti-anxiety medications. In order to make sure that adolescents with bulimia are not suffering from electrolyte imbalances or other health issues, medical monitoring is also important.

  • Nutritional interventions are meant to assist children and teenagers in developing a positive relationship with food. The development of healthy eating habits, the elimination of dangerous diets, and the prevention of binge eating can all be assisted by nutritional counselling, meal planning, and education.

Our specialist children and teen bulimia treatment facilities in Chelsea

To support the recovery of children, teenagers and adolescents with bulimia, our private outpatient bulimia centre in London offers:

  • A light, modern environment
  • Six consultation spaces
  • Three rooms for group therapy
  • A spacious patient lounge
  • A relaxation space
  • A contemporary training kitchen with all the necessary amenities to aid adults with eating disorders.

Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of bulimia specialists

Individuals undergoing bulimia treatment at our private outpatient clinic in London will be under the care of our multidisciplinary team. This ensures each young person undergoing treatment for bulimia has access to a team of highly skilled experts with extensive experience in treating eating disorders. Our team includes:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists (and Assistant Psychologists)
  • Dietitians
  • Dietetic Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CBT Therapists

Conveniently located London bulimia treatment

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is part of a prestigious international hospital group, with an enviable reputation for providing exceptional treatments for children and teens with bulimia.

Our child and teen bulimia clinic has long helped people from all over London and the surrounding areas. It is conveniently located in a quiet location in the centre of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Schoen Clinic UK Group also has a highly specialised hospital for children and young people in Birmingham and a dedicated eating disorders hospital for adults in York, in addition to our private outpatient clinic for children and teens with bulimia in London.

Parent testimonial - December 2022

"The progress that our daughter has made under the care and supervision of the clinic has been remarkable. Not only did they give our daughter the support she needed, but they also provided amazing support for us as parents.

They were always available to answer any questions and reassure us when things were difficult. We also found the parents group of great help, as we could speak to other parents experiencing the same challenges and issues as our daughter.

Our daughter’s journey definitely hasn't been an easy one. We’ve had many bumps along the way, but she’s made amazing progress and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and care of the clinic."

Our child and teen bulimia specialists in London

For the benefit of each patient, our bulimia specialists in London collaborate as a multidisciplinary team. Our team of specialists, which includes Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, and Dietitians, has a wealth of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults with bulimia. We will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome from treatment.

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Christina De Beukelaar

Specialist Dietitian | Group Strategic Lead for Dietetics

Eating Disorders
(Child & Adult)

Contact us about child and teen bulimia treatment in London today

Our caring team of child and teen eating disorder specialists in London are on hand to help adults with bulimia access the treatment they need.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.