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MANTRA (Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults)

Specialised treatment for children, teens and adults with anorexia at Schoen Clinic

woman in one-to-one therapy with specialist

Understanding the complexities of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa is essential for providing effective treatment. The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) is one such approach that has garnered attention for its tailored and collaborative method.

Learn about MANTRA is and how it contributes to the recovery process for adults experiencing anorexia nervosa.

What is MANTRA?


MANTRA is a specialised psychological treatment approach originally developed for adults with anorexia nervosa in an outpatient setting, though it has since been adapted for use in group settings, inpatient hospitals, and with children and teens.


Developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London, this therapy focuses on individualised care and involves the patient in the decision-making process. It recognises that a one-size-fits-all strategy does not suit everyone and therefore tailors the treatment to each individual's needs.


Philosophy and approach


MANTRA operates on the principle that individuals with anorexia nervosa have unique psychological profiles. These often include perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive features, and a drive for control.


MANTRA addresses these underlying issues rather than just focusing on weight gain and eating habits. It aims to empower patients to understand and change their thought patterns and behaviours related to their eating disorder.


How MANTRA works and how we apply it


MANTRA involves a series of sessions with a therapist trained in the model. The therapy progresses through several stages, starting with the initial assessment and moving towards motivational work and active change.


A core component of MANTRA is enhancing the patient's motivation to change. Our trained MANTRA specialists at SChoen Clinic work to develop a trusting relationship, engaging the patient in a dialogue about their ambivalence towards recovery and helping them explore the advantages and disadvantages of their eating disorder.


Cognitive Interpersonal Maintenance Model


Another key aspect of MANTRA is its focus on what maintains the disorder. This cognitive interpersonal maintenance model looks at how personal traits, cognitive styles, and interpersonal relationships contribute to the persistence of anorexia nervosa. By understanding these factors, therapists can help patients develop new strategies for coping and relating to others.

Get in touch with our caring team today


If you're looking for specialist MANTRA sessions, please reach out to our team.


Our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London offers private outpatient sessions with appointments in as little as 24 hours.


MANTRA is also often part of inpatient treatment for children and teens with eating disorders in Birmingham and adults in York.


Email our caring team today to get started.


How much does MANTRA therapy cost?


The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

Who is MANTRA for? Who might benefit from it?


MANTRA is a specialised therapy designed specifically for treating anorexia nervosa. It is typically recommended for individuals who exhibit very rigid thinking patterns, struggle with emotional processing or relationships, have positive beliefs about their anorexia, and experience low motivation or ambivalence toward recovery.


This approach is also suitable for those lacking a supportive network or who find their existing support system unhelpful. Additionally, MANTRA may be offered if previous evidence-based treatments have been ineffective or if the individual is sceptical about the potential benefits of other treatments.


The role of family and friends in MANTRA


Unlike some other treatments, MANTRA actively involves family and friends as resources for recovery. Therapists may offer guidance on how to support the patient without taking control, nurturing a supportive environment that respects the patient's autonomy.


Effectiveness and Outcomes


Research indicates that MANTRA can be an effective treatment for anorexia nervosa, especially for patients who are motivated and have insight into their condition.


It is particularly beneficial for individuals who prefer a collaborative approach to treatment and who may not have responded well to other treatment models.

Anorexia recovery with MANTRA


MANTRA is a patient-centred approach that goes beyond merely addressing symptoms. It delves into the psychological underpinnings of anorexia nervosa and involves the patient's support network in the treatment process. For those seeking an alternative to traditional anorexia nervosa therapies, the Maudsley Model offers a promising option that empowers individuals to take an active role in their recovery journey.


If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, consider exploring what MANTRA could offer. Remember, recovery is a personal journey, and finding the right treatment is a crucial step towards a healthier future.

Our MANTRA specialists at Schoen Clinic


Our specialists are dedicated to providing exceptional care for individuals with anorexia nervosa. Outpatient appointments are available at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, and our comprehensive inpatient treatment programmes in Birmingham and York integrate MANTRA therapy to support your journey to recovery.

Dr Hollie Shannon

Senior Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Hollie Shannon

Dr Joan Brunton

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Joan Brunton

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