Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Eating Disorders (CBT-E)

Is a treatment that concentrates on patterns of thinking that are distorted and the beliefs that are the root cause of irrational thinking. CBT-E aims to incorporate psychodynamic and behavioural therapies in help relieve symptoms that a person with an eating disorder may be experiencing. The key concept behind CBT-E revolves around the idea that thoughts and feelings are tied with behaviour. ‘How one thinks largely determines how one feels and behaves”. Therefore, the goal of CBT-E is to help individuals learn that while they cannot control every aspect of their environment, they are able to gain control of how circumstances in their surroundings are interpreted and dealt with.

Style of Treatment :

  • 1. CBT-E utilises a range of cognitive and behavioural procedures.
  • 2. It is based o the premise that change in behaviour achieves extensive changes in cognitions.
  • 3. Focused on maintaining mechanisms, not the origins of the disorder.
  • 4. Highly individualised.
  • 5. Treatment is an opportunity, a “fresh start”, and instils realistic hope.

The Components of the 4 stages of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Eating Disorder include :

  • Stage One: Functional Analysis-The stage of CBT where the individual is learning to identify problematic beliefs. You are engaged in treatment and change. Together we will formulate a personal plan for your recovery.
  • Stage Two: Progress Review. Actual Behaviours-The second stage of CBT-E where new skills are learned, practiced, and applied to real-world situations. Progress to date, compliance with treatment and obstacles to change.
  • Stage Three: Overview . Cognitive Interventions, avoidance, body checking, dietary rules.
  • Stage Four: Relapse prevention-Final phase of CBT-E.

Research shows the sooner you engage in therapy the better your outcomes.
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