Our service is underpinned by a feminist framework which values relationship, openness, transparency and diversity.
Issues of power and control are central to working with people and eating issues at The Eating Issues Centre.
This is because the eating behaviour - or the person’s relationship with food and their body may have been used as a way to create a sense of control in their life.
We value the person as the expert of their own life and recognise the expertise, strengths and skills they bring to their recovery journey.
In recovery we value the process as well as the outcomes and seek to understand the whole picture of people’s lives through linking individual experiences, relationships and the impact of the wider social and political context.
The Eating Issues Centre recognises that eating issues are caused by a complex interaction of socio-cultural, familial, biological and individual factors and works to support people to:
- Develop an understanding of the underlying issues that have contributed to their eating issue
- Decrease people’s experience of isolation, shame and misinformation surrounding their eating issues
- Enhance people’s sense of self and control in their lives
- Enhance capacity to seek supports that will assist in the recovery journey
- Identify and develop alternative coping strategies
The Eating Issues Centre offers a safe place for people to access a range of services to support their recovery.
We understand that individuals heal at their own pace and in different ways.
We value the important role that Medical and Psychiatric services can have in recovery from an eating issue and offer our services as a partner as well as alternative to the medical model, depending on client need.
The Eating Issues Centre offers a range of approaches to therapeutic work and environments that support connection to broader meanings, our inner life and to each other. These include:
Relationships and connecting to others are vital to wellbeing and recovery. At the Eating Issues Centre we value what happens between people as much as what happens inside them and foster communities and relationship building across our organisation. We acknowledge that the relationship is the most important aspect of therapy.
A multimodal approach where through creative expression people can communicate ideas and feelings that may be hard to put into words. Multiple intelligences are recognised and techniques can include art, sandplay, drama, creative writing and music to explore our inner life.
Crosses the mind/body/spirit interface and seeks to reconnect us with our bodies and feelings to create integrity or wholeness. Somatic intelligence is acknowledged and we are gently supported to experience what we actually feel. Through this approach we develop awareness and appreciation of our bodies and the links between self care and holistic wellbeing.