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Highly specialised bulimia treatment for adults in York

Bulimia is a serious eating disorder that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. It's characterised by episodes of binge eating followed by purging, which can take the form of self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise. Thankfully with proper treatment, adults with bulimia can recover and lead fulfilling lives.

Our leading bulimia treatment centre in York empowers adults by providing access to a variety of interventions to support recovery, including specialised bulimia therapy, one-on-one bulimia counselling, group therapies, dietetic meal support, and more.

A multidisciplinary team of adult bulimia specialists are available to all patients receiving private bulimia treatment at our facility, and they share the goal of assisting adults with bulimia in making a full recovery.

How our bulimia nervosa treatment centre in York helps adults to recover

At Schoen Clinic, we've been treating eating disorders and other mental health issues for more than 37 years. Our commitment to improving the lives of those affected by eating disorders has earned us distinction as industry leaders in the realms of clinical research and cutting-edge therapies, and we were named the LaingBuisson Hospital Group of the Year 2020.

At Schoen Clinic York, our multidisciplinary team of adult bulimia experts offer highly specialised inpatient bulimia treatment as well as an advanced daycare treatment programme to assist adults recovering from bulimia in rebuilding their quality of life. Our specialised bulimia treatment for adults helps patients manage their symptoms, regain a healthy weight, maintain their physical and mental health, and often even undoes the detrimental effects of the eating disorder itself.

To provide the most effective care with a high probability of recovery, our teams also work with patients and their families.

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

Diagnostic criteria of bulimia in adults

If a diagnosis of bulimia has not already been established by a GP, Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) team or another health professional, our leading bulimia specialists at Schoen Clinic York offer fast private assessments for adults to attain a diagnosis.

Diagnosing bulimia in adults requires a careful assessment by one of our highly skilled clinical team. Our bulimia experts rely on a combination of clinical judgement and diagnostic criteria as outlined by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterised by eating an unusually large amount of food in a short period of time and feeling a lack of control over the eating
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, or excessive exercise, intended to prevent weight gain
  • The binge eating and compensatory behaviours occur, on average, at least once a week for three months
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight
  • The disturbances do not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa
  • The disturbance is not better explained by another mental health problem (such as binge-eating disorder) or medical condition (such as gastrointestinal disorder).

To accurately diagnose bulimia in adults, our team takes multiple factors into account, including medical history, physical symptoms, and psychological behaviour.

Access private bulimia treatment for adults

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

Diagnosing bulimia in adults

To diagnose bulimia, our bulimia specialists at Schoen Clinic York perform a comprehensive psychological evaluation, which includes a detailed history. They will also ask about their eating habits, including attitudes toward food, body weight, and shape, and will assess whether they have any other physical or psychiatric conditions that may be contributing to their symptoms.

In some cases, additional laboratory tests or imaging studies may be ordered to rule out medical conditions that can mimic the symptoms of bulimia.

Once a diagnosis of bulimia is made, our experienced team will initiate appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Adult bulimia treatment typically involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and nutritional counselling, and may be delivered in our specialised inpatient or daycare treatment setting depending on the severity of the disorder.

Bulimia treatment for adults in York

Early diagnosis and treatment of bulimia can help prevent significant physical and mental health consequences and improve the patient's overall quality of life. At Schoen Clinic York, we provide comprehensive bulimia treatment that includes counselling, therapy, social engagement, medical care, and family involvement. Adults suffering from bulimia can recover and work to lead happy, healthy lives with the assistance of our bulimia specialists in York.

Families and parents play a critical role in the treatment of bulimia. If you or your child may have bulimia, please get in touch with our team as soon as possible to get our highly specialised therapy. Our bulimia treatment centre in York is available to individuals over the age of 18. If bulimia has not yet been diagnosed, our adult bulimia specialists can assist in identifying the signs and symptoms, making a diagnosis, and creating an individualised treatment plan.

Adult bulimia treatment options

We understand that every person is different and that a variety of factors could cause an adult to develop bulimia. We tailor our bulimia treatment to each patient as a result.

Depending on the bulimia nervosa stage and the level of care necessary, there are two ways to access our bulimia therapy for adults.

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

Our approach to highly specialised bulimia treatment for adults in York

At Schoen Clinic York, our treatment for adults with bulimia has an overall structure of learning how to eat normally and developing more helpful ways of expressing emotions.

We've made it our Purpose to provide the best individualised specialist care for every patient, helping people feel better and recover faster. At Schoen Clinic, we tailor our bulimia therapies to meet the needs of each patient because we want to help individuals return to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

All programme elements can be changed to match particular needs after consulting with our world-class team of bulimia specialists and an initial treatment plan will be decided upon before any treatment starts.

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

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

Bulimia therapy for adults at Schoen Clinic York

Psychotherapy is the backbone of bulimia treatment at Schoen Clinic York.

Psychotherapy focuses on addressing the underlying psychological issues that contribute to the development of bulimia in adults. There are several types of psychotherapy that have been found effective in treating bulimia, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and psychodynamic therapy.

CBT is the most widely used therapy for bulimia treatment. It focuses on teaching patients how to identify negative thoughts and beliefs that fuel their behaviour and replace them with positive, healthy ones.

We also provide nutritional counselling at our bulimia treatment centre in York, in which patients with our dietitian to develop a healthy eating plan. This is an essential component of our bulimia treatment in York, as many individuals with the disorder have poor nutrition and may struggle with proper meal planning.

Our adult bulimia specialists in York also offer a variety of group therapies and support groups to offer an additional level of support and encouragement for adults recovering from bulimia. 

Our highly specialised bulimia treatment centre for adults

Schoen Clinic York is a 13-bed specialist eating disorder hospital for adults, based on the ground floor of Minster Grange just outside the historic city of York. Adults with bulimia are treated in a peaceful, welcoming environment at our eating disorders facility.

There is a great balance between individual and group therapy rooms, patient relaxation areas, and bright, open circulation areas.

We have a special dining room and kitchen for occupational therapy, where patients may practise making meals and families can eat together.

We also have a spacious garden that offers adults recovering from bulimia nervosa a tranquil area to interact with nature.

Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of highly experienced adult bulimia specialists

Our comprehensive multidisciplinary team will be responsible for providing care for adults receiving bulimia treatment at our hospital in York. The group consists of:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists (and Assistant Psychologists)
  • Nurses (Lead, Senior Staff Nurses)
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CBT Therapists
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Social Workers

Our MDT works together to ensure that each patient receiving treatment achieves the best possible outcome. They have a wealth of experience treating people with bulimia.

Patient testimonial - November 2022

"I am so glad that circumstances led me to Schoen Clinic York.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for holding the hope for me that I could not hold myself."

We're part of an award-winning hospital group

Our bulimia treatment centre for adults may be in York, but we welcome patients from around the UK for specialist bulimia treatment. We regularly treat patients from outside the immediate area because we're recognised for providing highly specialised treatment for eating disorders including bulimia nervosa.

We are a part of the Schoen Clinic UK Group, an internationally renowned hospital group that specialises in the treatment of mental health conditions and eating disorders. Together with our leading adult hospital in York, Schoen Clinic also operates an outpatient eating disorder and mental health clinic in Chelsea, London, as well as a highly specialised children's and adolescent hospital in Birmingham.

Ready to access highly specialised bulimia treatment in York?

Our caring team of adult eating disorder specialists in York 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. Click here.