CBT-E is a time-limited treatment that offers an opportunity for you to become skilled in your eating disorders. It is the leading evidence-based treatment for adults with an eating disorder.
Data indicates that around two-thirds of people who complete treatment make an excellent response. There is no reason why you should not be in this group so long as you commit to treatment and give it priority.
The treatment is a one-to-one talking type of treatment that primarily focuses on what is keeping the eating problem going. It is therefore mainly concerned with the present and future. It addresses the origins of the problem as needed.
The treatment will be tailored to your specific eating problem and your needs. You and your therapist will need to become experts on your eating problems and what is keeping going. It is important that there are as few breaks in treatment as possible because we want to establish what we call 'momentum' in which we work from session to session to break into your eating problem. We need to take this into account when thinking when it would be best for treatment to start.
Each appointment will last just under 1 hour. For everyone's sake it is important that appointments start and end on time. Your therapist will make sure that he / she is ready at the due time, and we request that you do the same.
If you are unable to attend a specific appointment, please let us know as a soon as possible so that we can reschedule the appointment and offer someone else the time slot.
You and your therapist will be working together as a team to help you overcome your eating problem. You will both agree on specific tasks for you to undertake between each session. These tasks are very important and will need to be given priority; it is what you do between sessions that will govern, to a large extent, how much you benefit from treatment.
Since you may have had an eating problem for quite a while, it is really important that you make the most of the opportunity to change, otherwise that problem is likely to persist.
Treatment will be hard work but it will be worth it. The more you put in, the more you will get out.